GETTING ADVICE AND HELP
The Saint Bernard Club of America has established an Advisor Program to help people new to the breed (or are interested in learning more about the breed) get in touch with some “old-timers”. These Advisors can answer many of your questions and can provide the help and support needed to get you off on the right foot.
All of these folks have volunteered to serve in the Saint Bernard Club of America Advisor Program, so don’t hesitate to contact them. They are looking forward to hearing from you. Each Advisor has owned Saints for at least 10 years, has shown their dogs in Conformation, Obedience, Drafting, Agility or Weight Pulling (in many cases in several of these competitions), and has bred at least two Champions. In other words, they know a lot about Saint Bernards and are willing to share their knowledge.
While these Advisors can provide lots of information and help, they are not veterinarians. If you have any questions about the health of your puppy you should contact your own vet as soon as possible. Most health problems can be resolved quickly with prompt care.
Remember, if you get a puppy from a reputable breeder they can also serve as an Advisor.
However, please note that the Advisor Program does not, in any way, constitute a list of “Approved Breeders”. The Saint Bernard Club of America does not endorse any specific breeder. Before purchasing a Saint Bernard puppy you should talk with several breeders to get a better perspective on buying or owning a Saint. The Saint Bernard Club of America cannot become involved in transactions involving the sale, breeding or ownership of any dog.
Attention Advisors: If your contact information changes please be sure to email Jennifer Berry at: firstname.lastname@example.org with your corrected address, email, and phone number.
Saint Bernard Club of America ADVISORS Listed by State
A properly trained and conditioned Saint Bernard can pull a cart loaded with more than 3,000 pounds of weight.
If you take your untrained two year old Saint for a walk and he decides to chase the neighbors cat, do you think you will be able to restrain him? This is one of the reasons most breeders will suggest you begin training your puppy at an early age.
Many communities offer classes through
- Local Dog Training Clubs
- Local Kennel Clubs
- Local Parks and Recreations
Before you bring your new puppy home make arrangements to enroll in a puppy training class and plan to set aside 30 minutes a day to work with your dog.
The American Kennel Club offers a certificate called Canine Good Citizen (CGC) for any dog that passes a test of fundamental obedience skills. You can learn more about the CGC at http://www.akc.org
THEIR FUTURE IS BRIGHT
The SBCA is a non-profit organization. Membership is open to all persons who are in good standing with the
American Kennel Club and who subscribe to the purposes of this Club.