As with any larger dog, early obedience training is very important. Despite the Bernese Mountain Dog’s gentle personality, an untrained Berner can easily cause accidental harm due to their huge size. Bred as working dogs, Bernese Mountain Dogs love to complete tasks for their owners. You will be able to teach your dog a lot as they grow up! Start off with the basics. No jumping on people and good leash behaviour should be the first aspects of training. Positive reinforcement is the best way to effectively teach your Bernese Mountain Dog good behaviour. Lots of clear, affectionate praise, and treats when appropriate, will start your puppy on the road to being a well-behaved and friendly adult dog.
Healthy puppies will have clean ears with no signs of discharge, redness, inflammation or pungent odour. If the puppy is aggressively scratching or pawing their ear, tilting their head or excessively flipping their head, it may also be a sign of discomfort. Breeds with floppy ears are more prone to infection or disease.