What a fun video filled with Bernese Mountain puppies! This breed can be easy going, as you can see in this video. But just because they are easy-going doesn’t mean they like to just hang around and do nothing. On the contrary, this is a very active dog, according to Michele Welton on Your Pure Bred Puppy.
This Alpine dog loves to exercise, especially in the winter. You don’t need to worry about them getting cold. That thick hair is born to be out in the cold. They love to romp around in the snow. And they would love it even more if there are children around. Let him pull the sleds or carts with the children. That’s great exercise for him. Given that the thick coat of his does well in winter, it means Bernese Mountain is not a dog that would do well in hot climate.
Characteristics of Bernese Mountain dogs
Bernese Mountain dogs respond differently to strangers. Some can be friendly; some aloof. They could be excessively shy. But you can help them by socializing them as a puppy. You can do this by exposing them to a variety of people and dogs. Encourage them to mingle, and praise them when they do. Let them feel comfortable in all kinds of environment.
It is possible that this breed shows shyness toward a particular group of people–for example, men with beard or something else that they are focused on that somehow trigger shyness. I met some dogs who do not like people wearing hats.
And if you decide to train your Bernese Mountain dog, please be patient. Some may take a longer time to learn. These are good-natured dogs. They respond to kindness. Who doesn’t? Speak to them in a kind tone of voice. Praise them when they do what you are training them to do. If they don’t learn right away, give them some time.
Usually they are peaceful and sociable. It is possible that some male Bernies are aggressive toward other male dogs. You can read Michele’s entire article here. If you enjoy this Bernese Mountain video, here is another one you might also enjoy.
Article source: Michele Welton on Your Pure Bred Puppy