Attn, Saint Bernard Owners I need HELP!!?

I have a almost 2 year old Saint Bernard, she is about 120lbs, and very well behaved, sometimes, yesterday she took a flying leap onto the couch and landed right on my face, which hurt like H*LL but that wouldn’t have bothered me, except I am 6 months pregnant and she isn’t a lap dog, how can I make her see that? I just need her to back off a little before the baby comes, so she doesn’t try to cuddle with the new born, any advice.. PLEASE I don’t want to have to get rid of her
I got her when she was 7 months old, therefore preious owners had her pretty much trained, and everything else is perfect, she’s never had an accident in the house or anything like that.

5 Responses to “Attn, Saint Bernard Owners I need HELP!!?”

  1. Jenna Says:

    Well, my St is almost 3 years old and he is well trained, but we had to be strict on him. When he was young we kept squirt bottles around the house. If he did something he wasn’t suppose to we would squirt him in the face with the bottle, and then say in a firm voice, NO. This will get their attention and normally, our St would sulk for a while, and then he’d get over it, but this did work. We now stud our St out and he is still well behaved even though he is not fixed. Show her you are the boss, and not her. :o)

    good Luck and Best wishes on your baby!

    PS If you do have to get rid of the dog, you should post it on here, and e-mail me….. we would love to have another St!

  2. walkinglady Says:

    I’m afraid she’s only doing what these dogs have been bred to do. These dogs have been bred to rescue people trapped in snow. Therefore, what is deeply ingrained in them is that they need to lie on top of people to keep them warm until they’re rescued.

    This dog needed to be trained from a very young puppy what is and is not acceptable behaviour. You can re-train her, but you need to be patient and calm when you go about it. She’ll give signals before she’s going to lie down on someone – you need to be able to interpret it and stop her before she does it. Calmly and quietly re-direct her so she’s beside, not on, you. Give her lots and lots of praise for being content beside you and she will catch on.

  3. JR Says:

    Wow that is hard. You are really going to have to watch what she is doing and be more able to predict what she is about to do so you can tell her no before hand. I would even go as far as when she does do anything rough tell her "easy baby" and show her your belly. St.s never mean any harm.

    I really do hope everything works out. And if it does become necessary to re home her make sure its a good home. Try an all breed rescue via petfinders. Most breed specific rescues can be a little anal. Also suggest to them you will foster till placement is available.

  4. msnite1969 Says:

    I have a 178lb St. Bernard. He still tries to jump on the couch. You just have to discipline her so that she realizes that it is bad behavior. You also have to be consistent. You cannot allow her up sometimes and not others.

    I know how you say that they think they are lap dogs. My Buddy doesn’t realize that he weighs 178lbs and that I cannot breathe if he leans on my chest!

  5. k9partnership Says:

    Behavior that happens frequently enough – good or bad – is being reinforced somehow. If she’s had two years of being a ‘lap dog" and allowed to jump up and cuddle then you have a history to work against.

    There are some specialty classes such as Dogs And Diapers – SF/SPCA that help teach owners how to adjust to modifying dog behavior and helping them adjust to the new member of the family.

    Adding a correction: I would suggest that you seek professional service from a qualified and humane dog trainer – but a water bottle might be a first approach as long as the dog finds it aversive. Some dogs actually like being sprayed – therefore not a punishment. Good humane trainers try a balance of approaches based on the dog’s response and emotional concern.
    The Delta Society has an outline and flowchart that they recommend.

    The gist of puppyhood is be careful what you find "cute".

    Outwiting Dog by Terry Ryan
    How To Behave So Your Dog Behaves by Dr. Sophia Yin – check their library

    Trainer referrals: