We've written an entire post about our St. Bernard puppies because they deserve it.
They're far more than the cliche image wearing a barrel of brandy around their necks. These big and beautiful pups have so much more to offer than a photo op. Take a look at five reasons we think you should consider getting one of our Saint Bernard puppies.
St. Bernards belong to the working dog breeds group and that's because they're incredibly smart and quick to learn. Guess what. All you need to give them is 15 good minutes of training each day and you'll have one of the most intelligent dogs out there.
Their Vast History
The St. Bernard dog rose to fame in the late 1600s at the Great Saint Bernard Hospice. St. Bernard puppies were initially bred to pull carts and act as watchdogs. Soon they became known as snow dogs who loved to frolic and play in it and the cliche image was born.
We've already talked about their intelligence, but we haven't begun to cover their overall affable dispositions. These dogs are the creme de la creme! They are smart, sweet, eager to please, and great with kids. Because they are such family dogs, they absolutely hate being alone for long periods time. They truly thrive off of being around family and they feel oh so sad when they're left out…so don't!
They're Great Watchdogs
As watchdogs, they will fiercely protect your home and anyone in it. Just because they're sweet doesn't mean they aren't ideal home protectors. Trust us, you don't want to challenge Saint Bernard puppies who have grown to adults.
Their Activity Levels
Because they were bred as outdoorsy working dogs, their activity levels reflect that. Be mindful of outside activities during the summer because their thick coats can make them extremely hot and overheat. Overall, they are rather active dogs and they will benefit from daily exercises and they will enjoy every minute of it!
Part of the fun of getting a new puppy is the naming process!
This is an opportunity for you and your family to get creative in naming one of your Petland puppies. To help you out, here are five tips for naming your new furry family member.
Think of how often you're going to call your dog's name (which is pretty) and where you'll be. For instance, it's likely that you'll be in public and at dog parks. Do you really want to call out an inappropriate name at the park?! Maybe you do, we aren't here to judge, we just want to throw it out there for you to be mindful of what you name your pup.
Consider What Your Dog Hears
Another tip for naming your dog is to give her a name that is easy for her to understand and hear. There's a science to it actually. Petland puppies aren't named until they go home with their owner but we like to address them as "sweetie" or "baby." In your home, you'll want something simple and easy to decipher. Names starting with the letters D, T, or K are easy. Sometimes S or F are hard and confusing for them.
Avoid Words That Command
We have to say this, but we think you are likely to agree with us. Avoid naming your dog anything close to a command you'd want to teach. Actually, stay away from words that rhyme with the commands, too. For instance, you don't want to name your dog "Faye" because she'd get confused with the word "stay," and neither of you wants that!
Maybe you want to name your pup something that is dedicated to her lineage. Sometimes new pet owners name our Petland puppies after the origin of the country for the specific breed. Is your dog an American breed like a Boston Terrier? Maybe you'd name him "Boston" or Massey for Massachusetts. You're free to take this name by the way. We don't own the rights!
Over your lifetime, how many dogs have you encountered or even seen on TV that was little but named Brutus? What about big dogs named Tiny? You get where we're going with this. You can get playful and switch it up by naming your new Petland puppies after the opposite of their size or directly after their size.
As a pet owner, sometimes you just need your own space, especially when you have medium dog breeds.
They aren't small enough to not be intrusive, but they're large enough to feel their presence. Do you want to get your dog a bed of his own but not sure how? We've got a list for that! Continue reading to learn more.
No Floor No More
When selecting a special bed for your pup, you should know your dog's personality. Some dogs don't like sleeping on the floor...they're kinda rare but they exist! For the elite royal group, there are raised dog beds to suit them just fine. Medium dog breeds will enjoy not being on a cold floor.
Wrapped in a Ball
Haven't you seen popular memes of medium dog breeds squeezing into the bed of a small dog? They're funny and quite frankly the dogs look comfortable. Sometimes they like to be in smaller spaces. If your pup fits this category, there are bagel/doughnut-shaped beds that will help to perfect their sleeping ball position.
Many dogs like to stretch out so, for those pups, they'd fancy mat beds. These are big square pads that sit directly on the floor. It allows your furry baby to get comfortable and rest in any position they'd like, as long as they're not on a cold hard floor they’re happy.
There are some dogs who really love to have their own hidden spaces. There's a bed for that. Check out beds that are made like tents or caves. They can get in there and get their rest and sleep on with no interruptions at all!
No matter the type of bed that you choose, we highly recommend each bed has something that is removable and washable. This is important and will allow you to take off the outer layer and seamlessly pop it in the washing machine to get rid of any dirt or hair that’s been collecting over time.
There's is one thing for sure, a dog has a strong sense of smell.
It doesn't matter if they are hybrid puppies or purebred, all dogs possess this strong sense. So basically they can hear better than us and they have an amazing sense of smell! How much do you know about a dog's nose? To learn more, continue reading.
Their sense of smell is stronger than ours.
When it comes to the sensitivity of a dog's nose, you should know that they beat humans in this category, hands down! There's no getting around it. Sure there are variables that contribute to what they can smell, but facts are facts. There's a cool analogy that sheds light on just how strong they are. When you walk into a doughnut shop, you smell the sweet glaze on doughnuts or coffee scents. If one of your hybrid puppies walked into the same shop, he'd smell the ingredients of the sweet glazed doughnut. Makes sense?
...to dogs that is. Even though you've showered and sprayed your smell goods all around you, to a dog it's putrid! We are stinky to them, but they love us regardless, as do we to them!
There's no tricking a dog's scent.
Research has shown that a dog's sense of smell can easily pick up on and detect anxiety, fear, and sadness. An increased heart rate and blood flow are normally accompanied by fear or anxiety. When this happens our body chemicals rise more quickly to the surface of the skin and guess what...your dog smells that! So, if you're feeling anxious and try to brush it off with a smile around your dog, don't think for a second that they're buying it. They've already sniffed you out!
Did you know a dog's nose has two functions?
This is true! One function is for smell and the other is for respiration. If you've got hybrid puppies or purebred ones, it's all the same. The dog's nose has the ability to separate air. A portion goes directly to the olfactory sensing area (for scents), and the other portion is dedicated strictly to breathing.
They breathe in and out simultaneously.
Dogs also have the interesting ability to breathe in and let out air at the same time! When a dog is sniffing, it creates a circulation of air, unlike with humans. We can do one other the other but not at the same time.
For as long as you can remember, there's always been a distinction between the age of a dog in "dog years" versus that of human years.
Are you ready to really learn how old is a dog in human years and if that really means anything? As always, we are going to shed light on another dog topic that has people talking. Keep reading to learn more.
The First Year
As much as there is an easy topic that compares the age of dogs to the age of humans, we know that it's a controversial subject. What is commonly circulated is that for every human year, there are 7 dog years in comparison. The reality is that it doesn't matter the breed, all dogs will develop and age very similar to 15 human years in their first year of life. You read that right. In the first 5 months, your pup will lose teeth and by seven months old, they will have all of their adult teeth.
The "Terrible Twos"
Once again, as in the first year, the second year of your pup's life will be the same regardless of the breed or size. They will all age pretty much at the same rate, with little variants. During the "terrible twos" your dog will age a total of 9 human years. So how old is a dog in human years? This means that after only 2 years, your dog is already past the human legal drinking age and well into their mid-20s!
Small dog breeds grow much faster out of the puppy stage than larger dogs but they will eventually catch up to them. Large dogs reach middle age faster than small dogs.
In your dog's fifth year of living in the big world, this is when they start a little more rapidly. Small dogs weighing 20 pounds or less are approximately 40 in human years while they are only 6 in dog years. For larger dogs, add 2 more years.
If you can believe it, after only 6 years of living, your dog will technically be considered a senior dog. They will continue to age anywhere from 3 to 5 years over just 1 human year.