When Do Bernese Mountain Dogs Calm Down?

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Are you getting concerned because your furry friend just won’t seem to calm down? Their energy level is so high that you can’t catch up, and now you’re left wondering if you made the right decision choosing this breed.

So when do Bernese mountain dogs calm down?

While they can be bundles of incredible energy, with the right training and time, Bernese mountain dogs do mellow as they grow older. Introducing them to positive training methods and early socialization can teach the right behavior expected of them easily.

In this blog post, I’ll answer your burning questions, explore the different factors that influence their behavior and provide some helpful tips to help your pup find their inner zen.

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What is a Bernese Mountain Dog’s Personality and Temperament Like?

Have you ever heard of the term gentle giant?

A Bernese Mountain Dog is a gentle giant with ENERGY TO SPARE!

As a puppy, this dog breed will bounce from wall to wall all day long.

When they grow older, your Bernese Mountain dog will be calmer. 

They will be sweeter in nature and snuggle with you on the couch or just about anywhere it goes with you.

This large breed is also known to make excellent watchdogs.

Do you know what to do if a stray dog won’t leave your home?

When Do Bernese Mountain Dogs Calm Down?

When Do Bernese Mountain Dogs Calm Down?

I think we can both agree that a Bernese Mountain Dog can be a handful.

You love them to death, but you don’t want them to be the death of you!

The good news is this breed will eventually mellow out around two to three years of age.

Depending on how well you taught them their basic obedience commands using positive reinforcement methods, they will become more obedient and better behaved.

In their older years, your Bernese Mountain Dog can become a well-behaved companion and quite the couch potato.

Why are Some Bernese Mountain Dogs so Hyper?

Most of the time, an over-excited Bernese Mountain Dog is due to four possible reasons:

  • Boredom
  • Lack of exercise
  • Anxiety
  • Hyperthyroidism 

I’m not sure if you’re aware, but hyperthyroidism is a condition in which your dog’s thyroid gland produces too much of the hormone thyroxine, resulting in various health issues.

Unfortunately, Bernese Mountain Dogs are more vulnerable to developing thyroid-related issues.

If you observe that your canine friend is exhibiting signs of listlessness, alterations in appetite, fur thinning, or strange heat cycles, it may be time for a visit to the vet.

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How to Teach an Overexcited Bernese Mountain Dog to Calm Down and Behave

How to Teach an Overexcited Bernese Mountain Dog to Calm Down and Behave

Need to calm down your overexcited pup?

Try out these tips to try to get them to behave.

  • Establish a routine – Establishing and sticking to a regular daily routine can help give your Bernese Mountain dog structure. With proper structure, your dog will have fewer spontaneous bursts of energy.
  • Exercise – Make sure your pup gets exercise every day. This can be as simple as a walk around the block or some playtime in the backyard.
  • Create a calm environment – Try to keep the energy in your home as calm as possible. No loud noises or music, if possible. You can try calming scents, such as lavender, which will help to create a more peaceful atmosphere.
  • Socialization – Try introducing your dog to different people, places, and animals. A well-socialized dog is less likely to develop anxiety or aggression toward people or other animals and responds better to your commands.
  • Show patience – Give your pup time to adjust to their new environment and routine, as well as any changes you make in behavior training.

Always keep in mind that every dog is different and may require a different approach to training.

If your pup is displaying hyperactive behavior that you can’t seem to manage, it might be wise to contact a professional trainer for help.

With the right guidance and patience, your Bernese Mountain Dog will soon become the calm and obedient companion you know it can be!

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Steps/Tips to Create a Calm and Peaceful Environment for Your Bernese Mountain Dog

Creating a calm and peaceful environment is ESSENTIAL when you want your Bernese Mountain Dog to Calm down.

Here are some ways to keep your dog relaxed and in check:

  • Be Mindful of Your Voice Level – The louder your voice, the more excited your dog can get. Make sure to speak in a gentle, calming tone when your dog is around. 
  • Play relaxing music – This one might sound crazy, but classical music has been proven to positively affect a dog’s mood. Try playing some soft classical tunes during your pup’s leisure time.
  • Provide cuddles & petting sessions – Nothing calms your Bernese Mountain Dog down like a good cuddle or petting session. I know you have a busy day, but try to set aside some time to give your pup lots of love and affection!
  • Try obedience lessons – Training and obedience classes can help establish boundaries for your pup. If they know what behaviors are acceptable, they won’t feel the need to act out.

With the help of these tips, it’s possible to create a stress-free and peaceful environment for your Bernese Mountain Dog. It’s essential to be consistent with your pup’s routine and give them plenty of love and affection!

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I give my Bernese Mountain Dog for anxiety?

You can give your Bernese Mountain Dog an anti-anxiety supplement containing L-tryptophan, L-theanine, or melatonin. Always speak with your vet before giving your dog any kind of medication. 

Are Bernese Mountain Dogs hyper?

Like most breeds, they can become overstimulated or anxious. It’s just natural. Provide your Bernese Mountain Dog with regular exercise, mental stimulation, and positive reinforcement training to keep them calm and well-behaved.

Are Bernese Mountain Dogs mellow?

In their older ages, yes. Senior Bernese Mountains are not very energetic and tend to be quieter.

Are Bernese Mountain Dogs easy to train?

Yes, Bernese mountain dogs are generally relatively easy to train. This breed is as smart as they come and can pick up commands quickly. 

Do Bernese Mountain Dogs bark a lot?

No, Bernese mountain dogs are not known to be excessive barkers. But, like all breeds, they may bark out of excitement or at random sounds. If your pup is barking a lot, it could be a sign that they are feeling anxious or bored.

Will My Bernese Mountain Dog get along with other pets?

Yes, Bernese Mountain Dogs can get along with other pets. It’s important that your pup is socialized from a young age. This way, they can learn how to interact with other animals positively. And remember, it’s crucial to provide your Bernese Mountain Dog with regular exercise and mental stimulation so they can keep their energy in control. 

In Conclusion: When Do Bernese Mountain Dogs Calm Down?

Bernese Mountain Dogs are known for their lovable and friendly personalities, but they can take quite some time to calm down.

Generally, Berners tend to mature and settle down around two to three years of age.

Most importantly though, as a dog owner, it’s essential to understand that every dog is unique and will have their own pace of maturing.

You must provide them with proper training, socialization, and care to help them develop positive behavior patterns and build their confidence.

Check out other dog behavior articles such as why does my dog look at me when he eats, older dog regressing with a new puppy, why does my dog keep licking and trying to hump me, and many more on our blog!

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Zack Keithy
Zack Keithy

Hey, I'm Zack, the Chief Editor here. I was formerly a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) for a good 6 years before moving on to greener pastures. Right now, I am still heavily involved in dog parenting duties, and it is my desire to share all our knowledge with fellow dog owners out there! Connect with me on LinkedIn, or read more about Canine Care Central!

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