Puppy News

Snowbound Bernese Mountain Dog


To find a reputable breeder in your area
Please contact the BMDCA regional club near you!
Contact their breeder referral chair for a list of their breeders.
Visit BMDCA.org for a list of regional clubs

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
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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 and Tom

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 families now.

(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)

For 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.

Dreamboat Annie

                                                       McKinley 7 weeks                                   McKinley 3 years, C litter
                                                                                                                  (and Sharon didn't think you would get big)


 (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 training.

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 with daily.

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

Marley (C litter) at 1.5 years



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Puppy 101

Neo-Natal Program

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.

Rule Of Seven 

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 have:

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... 

Puppy Socialization 

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.

  1. Do you have time and patience to care for a new puppy?

  2. Do you have the financial means to cover the yearly vet bills, food, obedience training, yearly licensing and kenneling.

  3. Do you own a home with a yard for daily exercise?

  4. Berners don't do well living in a kennel.  Can you live with a large dog in your home?

  5. Is your entire family allergy free from dogs?

  6. Berners are shedders.  Will the fur on your carpet, clothes and occasionally in your food drive you nuts?

  7. Have you researched the breed and health concerns, such as hip and elbow dysplasia, or cancers?

  8. 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.




Week One (Days 1-7)

+ 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 toe gently).
+ 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, etc.)
+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 from litter
+ Continue with crates, attach doors and give pups short times in crates with bones
+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.


+ 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 maintenance meal
+ 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
















Wynsome's Urban Legend




eek Three (Days 15-21)


         Teeth begin to erupt

         Puppies stand up and start walking

         Begin to lap liquids



To Contact Us:

Sarah Tennessen
715-235-7976, 9 am to 7 pm
Email: tennesse@charter.net 

N4801 430th Ave.
Menomonie, Wisconsin  54751