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Before the puppy is ready to come into your home, there are some things you can do to prepare. Please take the time to 'puppy proof' your home. Puppies are curious and can get into all sorts of mischief, much the same as human toddlers more...

A common question new Berner owners ask: "Is my puppy the 'right' size for how old he/she is? more...

A well balanced diet provides quality nutrition and in turn keeps the cells, tissues and organs healthy. This enables a Bernerís immune system to stay in top condition to fight any invaders. The food you feed can help your dog to remain fit or it can cause problems with ears, skin, overall health and behavior. Observation of your dog's physical condition, coat quality, condition of the eyes and ears, and eating habits and preferences will guide feeding decisions you make throughout your Berner's lifetime more...

People frequently choose a Bernese Mountain Dog because they have read or heard the breed is great with kids. Generally speaking, most Berners are gentle and nurturing; and most have the tendency to interact well with children. As a parent or owner please understand that you will need to spend time teaching children and your dog how to conduct themselves. Young children and puppies and even adult dogs should be closely supervised to avoid behaviors that could lead to injury of child, dog or both. Parents should also plan on providing guidance to children who visit their yard or home to ensure safe interactions more...

When weather permits, Berners benefit from spending several hours a day outside in the fresh air - a fenced yard can be a perfect place for Berners to rest or play and experience the stimulating sights and sounds of nature. Many breeders prefer to place pups in homes with a fenced yard. There are some breeders who will not consider selling a Berner puppy to a buyer who can not provide secure outdoor accommodations for their dog. Breeders who require fencing as a condition for placement of Berner pups realize owners who don't have fenced yards may not be aware of how much time and effort it takes to diligently monitor a Berner in an outdoor situation. The main reason breeders are more comfortable selling their Berner pups to an owner who offers a fenced yard is - owners too often fail to strictly monitor dogs when they are outside which can put dogs and people at a greater risk for accidents or injury more...

Proper socialization of puppies is, perhaps, the most significant contribution breeders can make to a successful life for each pup they produce. Without it, odds are that a pup will have more difficulty in dealing with change and new obstacles throughout life. With it, the chances are greater that the transfer of a pup to a new home and the development of subsequent relationships will be successful and less stressful for the pup. more...

Basic manners- more...

The teen years- more...

You recently or soon will add a new puppy to your life! This new little soul is going to be your first (or next) star in obedience, drafting, agility, or rally. But it's such a long wait until Star is 2 and physically ready for the demands of real training. Is there something more than puppy kindergarten class you can do if performance is your goal? Yes!!! Teaching a puppy words is a very easy and fun game and can reap huge rewards later on. Remember that your puppy is constantly learning, whether you think you are teaching or not! more...