I have a female St. Bernard that is about 2 years old. She is a loving girl and gets quite a bit of exercise in the yard and plays with other dogs that are well behaved. I am concerned though, because just recently she has figured out she is big. She has knocked me down three times in as many months. Last week when at the end of the walk she pulled me several feet across a yard while trying to get to some yapping dogs, (she just wanted to play). I have skinned arms and bruised ribs. I haven't taken her on another walk because I don't want to get hurt again! I am not afraid of her; I just can't keep her at my side - not all of the time, just occasionally. I am 55 years old and am fairly healthy, but am concerned about being pulled and breaking something - especially when I do get older. I am considering selling her to a home where they can 'contain' her energy. I don't want to, I am feeling I may have to do this. What advice can you give me?
Honey you DO NOT have to give up on her. Saint Bernard's are stubborn as I know from having taken part in a lot of animal careers such as training but this so easy to fix with some training. Use methods such as watch me (very easy trick) when you think she is getting distracted and some leash training. Also remember with a hyper dog be sure to throw in some fetch in excersize as well. I'd advise you to follow a remarkable and famous trainer named zak george on YouTube - zakgeorge21