Snowbound Bernese Mountain Dog
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Please contact the BMDCA regional club near you!
Contact their breeder referral chair for a
list of their breeders.
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If you are interested in a FUTURE litter please set up an
appointment to visit us!
We do not sell puppies via email or phone.
December 20, 2012
BISS CH Country Wings No More Credit x
Snowbound's Goodnight Moon
J Litter, 1 boy, 4 girls, all pups and Mom doing good
Litter Theme . . . James Bond
Adele at 6.5 weeks
YouTube video of Neonatal Stimulation
Watch our videos, Snowboundbmd on YouTube
Litter theme, Island
June 21, 2012
All pups in new homes
CH Jaberwock's Butterslinger (Mudd)
x GCH Zanzebern Remember Mtn Spirit (Spirit)
Bjorn , Snowbound's Rock Island, lives in
Flagstaff, AZ with Britt and Matt,
Briggs, Snowbound's Lucia Moon, lives in Woodbury, MN with Joan
Gus, Snowbound's Gusty Breeze at Kona, lives
in the Mpls area with the Heitkamps
Lu, Snowbound's ?, lives with Maggie and Dave in Blaine, MN
Kuna, Snowbound's Ka'anapali Dreamin, lives with Brenda Larsen, and is
co-owned with us.
Watch for Kuna in the ring in 2013.
Left - Cayman lives in Colorado with Kathy
and Jeff C. and is co-owned with Snowbound
Right - Ricco is staying right here with the Snowbound crew!
2-8-11, H Litter,
theme Blizzard, as it was one heck of a storm they were conceived in!
Three girls, two boys. Whelp date 2-8-11, CH Wynsome's Urban
Legend, CGC x GCH Zanzebern Remember Mtn Spirit
All pups are with their new
(L) Gracie with her new sister
(R) Maddie with our son Colin
Snowbound's Lillehammer Grace, Gracie
Snowbound's Moonlight Basin, Maddie
Snowbound's Nellie of Welch, Nellie
Snowbound's Whistler Blackcomb, Whistler
Monte, Snowbound's Angel Fire
As always, thank you to my marvelous
puppy families for staying in touch
and for letting me "see the kids" grow up through your photos
(No photos may be used from my website
without written permission)
my puppy socializing philosophy scroll to the bottom of this page.
Our sweet Griffin, age 9 months,
visited at Nationals. What a love and what a BIG boy.
McKinley 7 weeks
McKinley 3 years, C litter
(and Sharon didn't think you would get
(Gunner) now Stanley, Snowbound's Going Country
(Geronimo) now Griffin, Snowbound's Get Over It
Enjoying all the new toys in his house We are anxious to see Griffin in the ring next year!
Snowbounds' Goodnight Moon
(Nora) stayed right here!
Photos from past litters are posted below.
We thank all of our puppy families for staying
in touch and sending us photos of your Snowbound babies.
In good weather, the puppies get
lots of fresh air and sunshine in the play yards.
In the cold weather they have an extra play yard inside with toys.
objects to explore and climb on.
We use the "Rule of Seven" with our litters and start pups on clicker
Pups learn to sit for their dinners.
Young pups using the litter box in their inside pen.
Pups are held by many different people, exposed to crates, and played
Neighborhood visitors and a pup exploring the gardens
Early socialization at a local ski resort,
and more neighbors!
Neighbors make excellent puppy socializers. So do husbands!
These photos were submitted by my past puppy families and can
not be used without permission.
Berners in the Berner cave
(C litter) at 1.5 years
For litter information and inquires
please contact us at
In an effort to improve the performance of dogs used for
military purposes, the U.S. Military developed a program called "Bio
Sensor" in the 1970's. Later, it became known to the public as the
"Super Dog" Program. Based on years of research, the military learned
that early neurological stimulation exercises could have important and
lasting effects. Their studies concluded that there were specific time
periods early in life when neurological stimulation had optimum results.
The first period involves a window of time that begins at the third day
of life and lasts until the sixteenth day. It is believed that because
this interval of time is a period of rapid neurological growth and
development, it was of great importance to the individual dogl.
The "Bio Sensor" program was also concerned with early
neurological stimulation in order to give the dog a superior advantage.
Its development utilized five exercises which were designed to stimulate
the neurological system. Each workout involved handling puppies once
each day. The workouts required handling them one at a time while
performing a series of five exercises. Listed in order of preference the
handler starts with one pup and stimulates it using each of the five
exercises. The handler completes the series from beginning to end before
starting with the next pup.
Studies show that removing pups from their nest for three
minutes each day during the early days of life causes body temperatures
to fall below normal. This mild form of stress is sufficient to
stimulate hormonal, adrenal and pituitary systems. When tested later as
adults, these same animals were better able to withstand stress than
littermates who were not exposed to the same early stress exercises. As
adults, they responded to stress in "a graded" fashion, while their
non-stressed littermates responded in an "all or nothing way."
Benefits of Stimulation
Five benefits have been observed in canines that
were exposed to the Bio Sensor stimulation exercises.
The benefits noted were:
Improved cardio vascular performance (heart rate)
Stronger heart beats
Stronger adrenal glands
More tolerance to stress and
Greater resistance to disease.
In tests of learning, stimulated pups were found
to be more active and were more exploratory than their non- stimulated
littermates over which they were dominant in competitive situations.
At Snowbound Bernese , we also use the Rule of Seven with
our puppies. This gives young pups exposure to many different
environments, materials and experiences to help build solid
temperaments. Pups are exposed to a variety of experiences before the
first fear stage, so that they have already learned that the metal food
dish or the vacuum is not a scary thing.
-- By the time a puppy a puppy is 7 weeks old, it should
1. Been on 7 different surfaces: carpet, concrete, wood, vinyl, grass,
dirt, gravel, woodchips, etc......
2. Played with 7 different types of objects: big balls, small balls,
soft fabric toys, fuzzy toys, squeaky toys, paper or cardboard items,
metal items, wooden items, milk jugs, etc.......
3. Been in 7 different locations: front yard, back yard, basement,
kitchen, car, garage, laundry room, bathroom, crate, kennel, etc....
4. Met and played with 7 new people: include children and older adults.
5. Been exposed to 7 challenges: climb on a box, climb off a box, go
through a tunnel, climb steps, go down steps, climb over obstacles, play
hide and seek, go in and out a doorway with a step up or down, run
around a fence....
6. Eaten from 7 different containers: metal, plastic, cardboard, paper,
china, pie plate, frying pan, etc....
7. Eaten in 7 different locations: crate, yard, kitchen, basement,
laundry room, bathroom, x-pen, etc...
We adhere to the Rule of Seven and also gradually expose
the pups to household sounds such as television, radio, vacuums, kitchen
noises, trimming nails, brushing and even bathing. The pups live inside
with the family but also enjoy the outside play yards, weather
permitting. They are use to crates in their play area, car rides, and
more. I have very trusted friends who provide experiences with all
ages. Young children with their higher voices and quick movements and
older friends, both male and female, who have lower voices, canes or
walkers, with and without glasses and some will wear hats!
When the pups turn 5-6 weeks old I begin separating them
for a couple minutes from the litter and we play one on one. I also
start working with the clicker, not using commands, but getting them to
start thinking. There is nothing quite like seeing a litter (most of
them anyway) sit for their supper dish.
During the eight weeks the pups live with me, I work with
them every day. I handle them every day. I register the litter
with the AKC. Families are invited to visit and help socialize the entire
litter at 5 weeks of age. I administer a Puppy Aptitude Test at 6-7
weeks and at seven weeks I assess the litter for show potentials.
Sometimes I will hold back a couple pups until 10-12 weeks to further
evaluate and watch.
At seven weeks I pick which puppy goes with each family. Why does the
breeder pick? It's simple. I knows the pups and know which will work
best with each families temperament. I have spent the past 8 weeks/24
hours a day with the litter. I have taken pages and pages of notes on
each pup so who better to chose the best pup for your family!
Questions to honestly ask yourself before considering a puppy.
Do you have time and patience to care for a new puppy?
Do you have the financial means to cover the yearly vet bills, food,
obedience training, yearly licensing and kenneling.
Do you own a home with a yard for daily exercise?
Berners don't do well living in a kennel. Can you live with
a large dog in your home?
Is your entire family allergy free from dogs?
Berners are shedders. Will the fur on your carpet, clothes
and occasionally in your food drive you nuts?
Have you researched the breed and health concerns, such as hip and
elbow dysplasia, or cancers?
Are you willing to be committed to this pup for it's entire life?
If you are interested please contact me. I would love to
discuss any concerns or answer any questions you may have about the
breed, nutrition or training, whether you're looking for a puppy or not!
I am dedicated to each puppy that I bring into this world for it's entire
life. My puppy contracts do not have a lot of strings attached but
instead use common sense, which includes a spay/neuter clause. This is to look after my puppies after
they leave me. I will be available to answer any questions you
have one week, one month or years after you adopt a pup.
DEVELOPMENT OF THE PUPPIES
Week One (Days 1-7)
DEVELOPMENT OF THE PUPPIES
+ 90% of time spent sleeping
+ 10% eating
+ Susceptible to heat/cold, whelp box 80 degrees F
+ Instinctive reflexes: crawl, seek warmth, nurse
+ They can right themselves if placed upside down
+Needs stimulation for urination/defecation
+ Rapid development of central nervous system
+ Begin neonatal stimulation day 3
+Mom eats three times her normal food
Week Two (Days 8-14)
+ Eyes should open around days 8-10
+ Ears should open around days 13-17
+ Temperatures should be around 97-99F
+ Keep whelping box around 74 degrees F
+ Continue Neonatal Stimulation until 16 days
+ Trim nails weekly
Week Three (Days 15-21)
+ Teeth begin to erupt
+ Puppies stand up and start walking
+Begin to lap liquids
+ Defecate/urinate without stimulation
+Start becoming aware of environment
+ Start playing with littermates
+ Develop sense of smell
+Puppies will start to discriminate as to where to relieve themselves ,
litter box added
+ Start adding stimuli (toys) to puppies' life
+ Start giving specific stresses when handling (i.e.. pinch an ear or
+ Start giving pups milk replacer to lap for one meal a day -- after two
days, add some very mushy food
+ Weigh puppies every 2 days
+ Give puppies a dirty shirt of yours to play with
+ Start weekly grooming sessions (brush, trim nails, look at teeth,
+Addition of puppy pen off of kitchen
+More exposure to other household dogs
Week Four (Days 22-28)
+ Begin to eat food
+ Begin to bark, wag tails, bite, paw, bare teeth, growl and chase
+ Use legs well
+ Tire easily
+ Depth perception starts
+ Keep mom with them a lot! Things can get overwhelming at this age and
Mom will add stability for them
+ Each pup needs individual attention
+ Offer food that is the consistency of cooked oatmeal
+ Start limiting bitch's access to pups before offering them food
+Start introducing pups to new people, different gender and ages
+Add crates to play area, metal and plastic, tops and doors off
+Introduce new play area
+Add TV and Vacuuming
Week Five (Days 29-35)
+ Group activities and sexual play will begin
+ Dominance order starts
+ Rapid growth/development
+ Reduce fluids in puppies' food
+ Make sure other people are coming to see pups
+ Begin weaning
+ Play radio at normal volume near pups for 5 minutes at a time
+Continue with crates in area, add tops to crates
+Depending on weather, pups go outside for short play times, lengthening
as week progresses
+Short grooming sessions continue
Week Six (Days 26-42)
+ Growth and development continue
+ Offer soft, damp food
+ Encourage pups to sit for dish, do not use verbal command. Mark
behavior with "yes" and place food bowl on ground
+ Chart weekly weight
+ Individual attention crucial -- give each puppy time with you away
+ Continue with crates, attach doors and give pups short times in crates
+Vet checkup, and drives around town in crates
+Add more to puppy play areas to climb on, under and through
+Continue outside play weather permitting
+Add different dishes to eat out of, plastic, stainless, pyrex, etc.
CARE OF THE BITCH
+ To prepare bitch for weaning: Day 1 -- no food
Day 2 -- 1/4 normal maintenance meal Day 3 -- 1/2 normal maintenance
meal Day 4 -- 3/4 normal maintenance meal Day 5 -- full amount of normal
+ Keep bitch on puppy food for several weeks to help her recover from
the strain of breeding, whelping, and raising puppies
Week Seven (Days 43-49)
+ Total hearing/visual capacity
+ Will investigate anything
+ Can't respond yet to name
+ Pups should be weaned and on regular puppy food
+Contiue drives around town in crates
+Add new toys and surfaces
+Add different dishes to eat out of, etc.
+Continue outside play, lengthening times
Week Eight (Days 50-56)
+ First fear period