Species group: Working Group dogs
The Saint Bernard is the legendary rescue dog of Switzerland. They are large, hardy, and enjoy being given something worthwhile to do, so they are best recommended to the owner who likes working with a larger dog. In the myth, this dog sets out to rescue avalanche victims with a little cask of brandy secured around its neck. In reality, while they probably didn't carry brandy, they reportedly saved more than 2,000 people over the years after a monk named Saint Bernard established a hospice in Swiss Alps on a route popular with travelers and pilgrims.
In the aftermath of blizzards and avalanches, a pack of four Saint Bernards would set out to find and rescue victims. On locating someone in need, dogs would lie on either side of the body to provide warmth. A third dog would lick the face to while the fourth dog would return to the hospice for aid. One such dog, named Barry or Berry, is said to have rescued as many as 100 people.
Appearance / health:
Saint Bernards are large dogs with a wide skull and a distinct stop. The muzzle is short and does not taper. They have black broad noses with wide nostrils. The brown eyes have a friendly, intelligent expression. They have medium-sized ears, which stand slightly away from the head at the base. The chest is well arches and moderately deep. The back is very broad. The legs are muscular and well developed.
Saints usually shed their dense coats twice a year, usually in spring and fall. At other times, they do not shed much.
Saints require moderate amounts of exercise. A daily long walk is sufficient to keep them healthy and happy. Strenuous exercise in the puppy stage can damage puppies' bones.
As with any large dog, Saints are prone to hip dysplasia, a condition marked by abnormal joint formation that can eventually lead to lameness. Overfeeding may lead to obesity, which can lead to problems with bones. Eye problems and epilepsy occur in some dogs.
Behavior / temperament:
Saint Bernards are extremely friendly though their size and bark can seem intimidating to an intruder. However, they are extremely protective of their family members. They love to be included in all family activities. Many Saints drool a lot.
They require patient, kind training and socialization beginning at an early age.
They rarely bark without a good reason.
gentle giant, natural protectors, total sweetheart, loving cuddly dogs, GREAT family dog, calm demeanor
St. Bernards drool, daily brushing, big vet bills, hip issues, hot Summer, shorter lives
lower energy housedogs, service dog training, drymouth kind, massive Saint Bernard
Missing My Saint
I miss having a St. Bernard even though I have three wonderful dogs in my life today. I grew up with St. Bernards from the time I was ten till after I graduated from college, my family always had one or two St. Bernards. I had one very special girl named Heidi. We got her when I was ten and she quickly became mine and my Dad's dog. She loved the whole family but she more than gave back the love the two of us showered on her. Heidi was the runt of the litter and she was not the size of a full sized large St. Bernard. She was a little smaller, but perfectly proportioned with a beautiful, square, typical Saint head. She was a gently loving dog that I spent many hours with everyday. She waited for me to come home from school and was there for me when I was upset about anything. If you want a big loving dog ...get a St. Bernard!.
From kasjaws Jun 13 2018 5:16PM
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Two main underlying causes of gastroesophageal reflux are recent anesthesia and chronic vomiting, which can be caused by a number of different conditions like chronic gastritis or gastroenteritis, chronic pancreatitis, food allergies, lympangiectasia, parasites, inflammatory bowel disease etc. Dogs suffering from chronic gastritis and duodenitis, which aren't caused by allergens, exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, acute and chronic pancreatitis and lymphangiectasia (if you use low fat i/d), liver disease, and dogs who don't have a particular diagnosis, but have a "sensitive stomach" will benefit the most from this diet. In cases of metabolic and endocrine diseases, inflammatory bowel disease, kidney disease, food allergies, intestinal obstruction, foreign bodies, etc. this type of diet wont be much help, though it's always useful for your dog to eat something which is more digestible when they have GI problems. Foods which are easy to digest move faster through the GI tract and induce less acid production, thus helping the healing process, by reducing the acid production and further damage, as well as reducing the time GI tracts spends digesting food so it can have more time to heal. Hill's I/D and other commercial "gastro-intestinal" diets have been tailored according to research suggesting level of nutrients best for management of GI inflammation. Besides the composition of the diet there are few other factors which can be beneficial. Wet foods are better, and even better if they've been heated to 20-38°C. Also small and more frequent meals work better then just one big meal. .
From Vuk Ignjic DVM 165 days ago
Counter conditioning works on changing a dog’s emotional response to another dog approaching his food. Although guarding food is a normal behaviour, it doesn’t mean you have to accept it because it can lead to dangerous situations. How can you have one dog feel happy instead of aggressive when another dog is getting food next to him? If two people work on this at a time, and both dogs are on leash far enough apart, you can give a treat to the docile dog and immediately after to the aggressive one, until you notice that the latter is anticipating a food treat when the docile gets one. Once you see that the aggressive dog starts looking happy and relaxed, move the dogs closer.
Counter conditioning and desensitization techniques are frequently used together.
You can desensitize your dog by gradually exposing him to its triggers and creating positive associations with them. Give your dog a reward when exposing him to his "menace". if your dog is triggered by another dog being fed near him or a person approaching to his plate, sit with your dog while the other dog is in view. When your dog is calm, reward him with a tasty treat.
If any of these does not work, specialists are the right people to handle the problem.
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