I would love to tell you one food suits all dogs, but thats like saying chicken agrees with all humans, it doesnt and we shouldnt expect our dogs to be the same.
Through my time as a devoted Bernese Mountain Dog lover and owner I have tried to provide my dogs with the Best of the Best in high quality nutritional dog food. I have tried so many kibble foods on my past dogs and more recently explored different feeding approaches. Ultimately we all want the same thing for our beloved family members and that is for them to be healthy, happy and living their best lives. For our beloved dogs and ourselves a great immune system and good skin and hair has everything to do with how healthy the GUT is. There are lots of things you can do to ensure this wellness with your puppy/dog is created.
I love using currently a grain free high protein kibble holistically formulated for a large breed puppy, focusing on slow and steady development. I choose Australian made, owned and all Australian ingredents which is mostly meat. Currently my food of choice is a brand called Stay Loyal owned and operated by Robert Belobrajdic (a breeder of 20 years) and David Kora.
I would also very happily feed my dog Ziwi and Frontier, two companies that have huge integrity when it comes to farmed live stock for pet food and also nutrition for pet food. It is at the end of the day a personal choice and we are lucky in Australia there is so much exceptional choice to be had.
Do I feed Raw? I would love to say YES but I feed a mix of kibble and raw, this way really works for me and my girls and it is a very balanced approach. I like to do chicken necks or chicken feet or another type of meaty bone in the morning this gives them a fun and filling activity while i do school drop off.
Bones also give their body a terrific boost of natural organic protein and nutrients, cleanse teeth and gums and cleanse your dogs digestive tract. It is incredibly satisfying for them as it works their jaw releasing tension and entertaining them too. My local butcher provides bags of chicken necks and they are a few dollars, I freeze them for two days then down the hatch.
Other raw food I add into their diet consists of a whole egg, shell and all, this is most fun for the dogs and its like nutrient bomb with calcium, protein, omega, and lots of other great immune boosting nutrients. Some frozen berries and a sardine or two, occasionally they will get cooked pumpkin which they think is AMAZING and for dogs it actually is a wonderful tasting wholesome food but also extremely good for them, it can settle down an upset tummy, help dogs with constipation or diarrhoea, improves digestion just to name a few. These added things are mix with their kibble. I must state this is not an every day occurrence, pumpkin is more of a treat, sardines 2-3 times a week, egg 3 times a week.
Recently I have also started using BIG DOG as a raw food option, and the benefits to my dogs have terrific. Consistency with the food and quality are of upmost importance.
I also freeze into cubes batches of bone broth which I give them and my family for added immune boosting properties & natural gelatine goodness. Safe to say any time of year it is a popular treat for the girls.
Supplements, This is an area I am seriously skeptical about especially within the pet industry. However when I am researching food or new pet products there can be something that really catches my attention. Then I have to see what others are saying about it and their experiences with the product. Currently I am using Augustine Approved Human Food for Dogs, A+ Super Dogs have nutritionally been given every opportunity to live the longest and healthiest lives possible. This organic powdered superfood makes up for everything that is potentially missing in their diet. If you would like more information there is a link above.
The other product I use daily with my dogs currently is CGF Cainine Gut Formula as approximately 70% of dogs immune system resides in the gut.
The healthier the gut microbiome, the healthier your pet will be overall, because it’s the immune system that must defend against disease.
CGF is a premium Pre + Probiotic that contains Saccharomyces boulardii, along with immunostimulant properties specifically for the canine gut. CGF may aid by balancing the canine’s microbiome. So fare I am really pleased with this product. I don’t have any affiliation with these products I am simply sharing my current opinions on them and whats attracted me to use them, at the end of the day I want to be able to say I gave my dogs absolutely everything to live life to their fullest potential, just as a I would with my own children.
Important to remember, as a new puppy owner or a seasoned dog owner to always be open to learning new ways of benefiting our dogs health. They dont have to be complicated, expensive or time consuming. Just be open to what your breeder is suggesting as their puppies are most important to them and they are working off a proven formula for health and wellness. Always do your own research though.
We all have the same aim, to raise and nurture healthy, happy dogs and puppies so they may live their best life.
Lily is our youngest member of the Thorben girls and dearly loved. Lily is almost 6 months and incredibly intelligent and affectionate. You will most often find Lily on her back reaching out for tummy rubs, Lily is a typical pup who loves interaction with new people, loves her people and her pack. Lily has beautiful symmetry in her markings and is a healthy thriving and curious puppy.
I started training Lily from near 8 weeks very slowly and gently, we then joined her sister at puppy school to meet other young pups and she has really enjoyed that weekly activity. Lily has been raised around my 5 year old and 3 year old so nothing surprises her with the businesses young children create in the home. Lily is a very calm and happy go lucky puppy.
I hope to welcome a litter later this year, however at this point I have no indication as to when that will be.
I do not have a waiting list, as you never know what you will get in a litter. However I do offer a questionnaire that can be filled out so I can assess at the time of having puppies who is going to be a good match to that puppy. Each puppy has a very different personality.
All updates when I have them will be communicated via the website.
My aim at Thorben is to keep the wonderful temperament and unique beauty of the breed thriving with loving attention to their physical soundness. So we can ensure we are providing healthy and beautiful new family members.
Thorben puppies are able to leave for their new home between 8-9 weeks of age. Upon leaving for their new home they have had worming done at week 2,4,6 and 8 weeks, they have had their 1st Vaccination with 6 week health check and a provided veterinarian health certificate. They are also provided with a puppy pack and Limited Registration Pedigree papers (NOT FOR BREEDING). They have been through the socialisation training, and I supply puppy food for the following 48 hours. All Thorben puppies are placed in the loving care of adoptive families I have spoken with over the phone and met in person first. I also require a contract to be signed before you leave with your puppy and an agreement within that contract is that at any time throughout the dogs life you understand that if you need to rehome your puppy/adult dog that was from a Thorben litter I request it be returned to me.
I welcome all enquiries from families or persons wanting a Bernese Mountain Dog companion through the website.
The questionnaire I send out upon your request helps me know what you as a potential adoptive parent/s are looking for some examples; male or female pup, markings, size and temperament. This forma also helps me asses if the Bernese Mountain Dog is suited to your lifestyle. This form does not mean you get a puppy it just allows me to best match the puppy to the best family for them. Puppies really start to show their true nature around 6 weeks of age, there for no allocation of a puppy is done until AFTER they have each had their temperament test completed.
Once you have your new Thorben Puppy I am hear to welcome your updates for life.
Hello, my name is Loene , Welcome to my blog at Melbourne Bernese, my prefix name is Thorben and here you will get to know more about me, my girls and my breeding philosophy.
I live in the Dandenong Ranges on a beautiful acre block with my family and included in our family are some beautiful Bernese Mountain Dog girls Coco, Mickey & Lily. I first became introduced to the Bernese Mountain dog back in 2010, at the time I really wanted a Yorkshire terrier and my partner said what about this breed a Bernese Mountain Dog?, from there I was hooked and we set out to find our beautiful puppy, so in 2010 we had the pleasure of meeting our boy Lincoln. Lincoln was a stunning dog in our eyes and set the tone for what a joy and pleasure it was to have the Bernese as family, so of course I couldn’t stop at one. Now after many years I have my own prefix as Thorben translating to “ Thor’s Worrier Bear “ as the breed are so large and beautiful to look at but hold a strong stand with gentle eyes just like a bear. Hence why I guess so many get called Bear!
All our Bernese are brought up in our home as well as our puppies, surrounded by kids, adults and lots of fresh air and nature. Our property is now the perfect setting for having a Bernese Mountain Dog litter now and then as we are surrounded by everything our puppies and dogs need to thrive with, trail walks, waterfalls, children and the amount of trees for shade and comfort makes our premise a Bernese Paradise. As a new Breeder but seasoned owner I am striving to encourage the breeds natural temperament of being Affectionate, Loyal, intelligent and happy go lucky. My intention with Thorben is to create well adjusted Bernese Mountain Dog puppies through their experience and time with me and my family on our spacious and lushes property, I am committed to exceeding where possible the breeds standards of health, happiness and longevity. We don’t breed unless all measures have taken place to ensure the female and male has sound hips and elbows and is of a beautiful nature with all the right ingredients true to the breed.
Mickey is very simply – The Boss Lady! No two ways about it.
Mickeys two favourite things are running in the play yard and playing chasie a game she fondly loves with both Coco and myself & resting inside with the family. Normally after a walk and some outside time she is ready to retire to her cosy bed (that was purchased for her daughter Lily BUT like I said she is the The Boss). Mickey is a very patient girl and I actual notice this to be a very strong Bernese trait or it could just been the Bernese I have owned, her patience with Coco and Lily is wonderful and I always greatly admire her for her mothering of both of them (washing faces and allowing them to be a little silly) . When Mickey is inside she likes a quiet and relaxed house hold. Its great training for the human children who she loves to get tummy rubs from.
Mickey is incredible to witness with her own puppies, so attentive, gentle, nurturing and dedicated. Mickey could of chosen to spend a lot of time away from her pups but she let her puppies feed when they wanted and as often as they wanted. Once they all fell asleep she would come to me with her tail waging and like any new mum be excited to make it to the toilet for a break. Mickey is my right hand girl and travels most places with me, loves the car and any adventure that comes with a ride. She has a thick beautiful full body coat wavy and lush, Mickey displays a beautiful big smile when she knows she is about to go on a walk or into her play space. Grateful for every day with Mickey.
PENNHIP is the most effective hip screening process for dogs of any breed. Research has been able to demonstrate that the PennHIP method surpasses other diagnostic methods in its ability to accurately predict susceptibility to developing the osteoarthritis of canine hip dysplasia. This finding has been corroborated by multiple independent laboratories. The PennHIP method can be performed on dogs as young as sixteen weeks of age compared with two years using the standard technique. The ability to receive an early estimate of a dog’s hip integrity is important whether the dog’s intended purpose is for breeding, for working or service use, or as a family pet. At Thorben I choose to get the PennHip done at 12 months of age.
“Today, the general veterinary consensus is that hip dysplasia is a heritable disease manifested as hip joint laxity that leads to the development of OA. So a knowledge of hip joint laxity is key to predicting the ultimate development of the osteoarthritis OA of Canine Hip Dysplasia” – AIS PENNHIP
COCO VELVET is a playful puppy at heart, she was adopted by me when she was 4 months old and has brought a lot of joy ever since. Coco is a girl that likes to do things at her pace, walks, play, chasing her bestie Mickey in the yard ( and normally wins because Mickey being wiser lets her). What we love most about our girl Coco Velvet is that she is incredibly affectionate, if you are sitting down she will be on you or try somehow to wrap herself around you, and kisses are included. Cuddles are her medicine and she can never ever get enough of them. She loves her spot inside the house where she sits and watches the bustling home making sure she stretches a paw out at any passer by so she can her a nose rub or cuddle.
” Cuddles are her medicine and she can never ever get enough of them”
Facts about Coco She is safe around pet bunnies and will actually protect them from foxes which is true to her breed origin. She is very sociable and safe around other dogs, very responsive, and relaxed once she has gauged the situation She loves to have a run in a field or run after a ball, but then is happy to have a sit on the grass and enjoy some pats, she will follow along on a walk but really she is very content after about a good half hour of walking a day.
The Bernese Mountain Dog is a large breed gentle and originally for the purpose of working on farms. The thick, silky, and moderately long coat is tri colored: jet black, clear white, and rust. The distinctive markings on the coat and face are breed hallmarks and, combined with the intelligent gleam in the dark eyes, add to the Bernese Mountain Dog “Berner’s” aura of majestic nobility. A hardy dog who thrives in cold weather, the Berner’s brain and brawn helped him multitask on the farms and pastures of Switzerland, tending to animals on the farm lands and also carting the bottles of milk to nearby homes, life looks a little different for the Bernese today. Berners get along with the entire family and are particularly gentle with children, but they will often become more attached to one lucky human. Berners are imposing but not threatening, and they maintain an aloof dignity with strangers.