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Learn the Secrets of Miniature Schnauzer Training

Are You Ready to Deal With the Magic of Your Delightful New

Miniature Schnauzer Puppy?

Training Mini Schnauzer

If you are still hindering on whether a puppy is really for you, rest assured, a Miniature Schnauzer puppy will without a doubt, become your greatest companion. They will be there to greet you with excitement when you get home at the end of each day, follow you loyally around wherever you go and be your little helper in the garden.

Your puppy will be a good guard dog, constantly protecting you and your family.  Your Mini Schnauzer is extremely loveable and takes delight in participating in family life.

With all that said, this little bundle of fun will have much to learn and with careful training, he should be all that you desire in a dog.

And best of all, when you have a good understanding of your puppy’s temperament, managing him should be a true pleasure.

Personality of the Miniature Schnauzer

  • Friendly and happy
  • Very active and loves attention
  • Always pleased to alert you that someone is approaching
  • Playful and good with children
  • Great for indoor living
  • Does not shed hair easily
  • Responds well to obedience training

Things to Be Mindful of With Your Puppy

  • The Miniature Schnauzer may be possessive of his toys and food even though he is good with children, so care needs to be taken when playing with puppy, and at his meal times.

Mini Schnauzer puppy

  • He is fond of chasing anything smaller than himself and likely to give cats and rabbits a troublesome time.
  • Daily grooming of your Miniature Schnauzer puppy is necessary and professional grooming should be done every 6 to 8 weeks.
  • With regard to health, the Miniature Schnauzer may have a tendency to eye, liver and skin problems. Any indication of such problems should be referred to a Veterinary Clinician.
  • Diet is of utmost importance and keeping your puppy’s weight under control is a major factor in maintaining his health. Although we love to see our pets enjoy their food every bit as much as they enjoy eating, it is of major importance not to overfeed our puppies as overweight is totally detrimental to their health. So good training from the start goes a long way towards your Miniature Schnauzer being happy and healthy from a puppy right through to his mature years.


Start training your Miniature Schnauzer from Day One and
enjoy puppy’s reactions.
You can be sure he will love learning & pleasing you!

Training Mini Schnauzers, or another breed of puppy, to sit and stay are basic and valuable learning skills not only in the results of puppy responding to your commands but also in puppy learning right from the beginning that you are in charge.

So if this is your first puppy you have skills to learn as well.  Your puppy’s behaviour will be as good as your commands. I’m not suggesting that you expect perfection from your puppy at the start as it will take time for him to learn but, like children, puppies learn quickly.

The following is a list of skills and habits that your puppy will need to learn so I suggest that you start with ‘Sit’ as your puppy will enjoy learning that skill and at the same time, learn to obey your commands.

And, of course, Diet and Grooming are of vital importance to ensure your puppy remains healthy.

This is intended as a guide to introduce you to training a Miniature Schnauzer whether you have already adopted or are still in the process of deciding to adopt a dog or puppy, and wondering whether or not the Miniature Schnauzer breed is the right one for you.


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  1. Love your website Valerie, it is very comprehensive – and feel this is certainly a passion of yours! Miniature Schnauzer’s rule!

  2. Thanks Valerie,
    I am the proud parent of two small boys and they really want a dog. We have delayed getting a dog because we are renovating the house at the moment…. but the kids still ask.

    This mini schnauzer seems like a really good choice as a family pet.

    Its good that they don’t shed hair easily. I was wondering how long do they typically live for?

    • Hi Glenys,

      Thanks for your enquiry about miniature schnauzers.

      I feel sure a miniature schnauzer would be just right for your two small boys, and for you too, of course.

      The life expectancy of the mini schnauzer is between 12 to 15 years.

      I hope this helps.

      All the best.

  3. Thanks Valerie, for a wonderful post. One always need help to train such a cute dog, I worry too much about doing the right thing each time with my little dog. Keep up the good work.

    • Thanks very much Lanu for your comment.

      I’m pleased you like the post, and I understand what you say about doing the right thing with training. It’s important to give our little dogs much love and care and at the same time, teach them that they need to know about the difference between right and wrong behavior.

      All the best to you and your little dog.

  4. Hi Valerie,

    My husband and I both work on a college campus, and due to his job, we are required to live in a house on campus. We are getting a miniature schnauzer around April (the puppies are due this week), and I am preparing for its arrival and doing my research! My husband and I both grew up with dogs, however, neither of us have ever been directly responsible for one (how great are parents, right??).

    My question is, is there a link or resource page that helps with house training for working adults with a puppy? Due to us living in very close proximity to our work, it is possible to go home at lunch and let the puppy out, but not every 15 minutes which is what I’ve typically seen. I’m hoping to develop a sort of schedule prior to the puppy’s arrival at our home, if possible.

    Thank you for your help!


    • Hi Rebecca,

      Congratulations on your soon-to-be new miniature schnauzer puppy. I imagine you can hardly wait for April to arrive. It’s so wonderful having a young puppy and enjoying the different experiences as puppy develops.

      It will be very important in those first few weeks to assure puppy that he is not alone, even though you will be away from him for a few hours at a time. The last thing you need is for separation anxiety to set in, and this can happen with your puppy having just left his mother and siblings.

      The best I can offer is some free videos from a man who calls himself DoggyDan. The free videos may not give you the answer you are looking for but I suggest you watch them. If you go to the Review on my website which is a review of the Online Dog Trainer, in the last sentence click on ‘The Online Dog Trainer’ and that will take you to where you can get access to the free videos. I hope there will be something in those videos to help you. If there isn’t, you might like to consider a month’s subscription to Dan’s training. I know Dan has amazing videos explaining how to deal with all types of dog behavior. Also this might give you access to actually asking Dan your questions. I can’t guarantee that but I feel certain Dan would be happy to assist. That one month’s subscription would also give you access to a Forum where you would be able to have interaction with other dog owners.

      Whatever steps you take Rebecca, I wish you all the best with your new miniature schnauzer. I would be interested to know how things work out for you.

      Kind regards

  5. There is no other dog in the world like a Schnauzer. We have now got our third little darling called Pepper. Our previous two died after fourteen years of age. Holly used to “talk”to us and tell us when she wanted to go out, needed more water or more food. Over her life time she understood forty phrases. I mourned her for weeks until our son gave us little Pepper. She has learned very fast. Do not hesitate to buy a Schnauzer! You will have no regrets. Best, Jean

    • Hi Jean

      I’m delighted to read about your beautiful little darling, Pepper. It’s wonderful that your son took your mind of your loss by giving you a new little Schnauzer. They certainly are gorgeous little dogs, so intelligent and so very lovable. I wish you many years of happiness with Pepper. May she have good health and stay strong throughout her lifetime.

      Thanks for visiting my website and leaving your comment.

      All the best, Valerie

  6. Hello. I love the miniature schnauzers. My sister has a female named Lexi and she is three years old. I keep her every other week and she is a joy. She is very obedient. I’ve taught her myself on and off the leash. You have to be consistent though. I let her know that I am the pack leader. I will be getting me a puppy probably the first part of 2018. Daphne Riggs of Indiana is the breeder I have chosen because she has videos of how she raises her pups from when their born up until she brings them to the new parents by airplane travel. She is very dedicated. She will be getting my baby adjusted to being a therapy dog. I was wondering if a miniature schnauzer could be trained as a Cardiac Alert Service Dog. I’m not allowed to pick up things that are heavy and the size of a miniature schnauzer would be the perfect size. I have a rare heart condition known as SCAD which my arteries unravel. So no straining or heavy lifting is out of the question. So do you think I could have my MS trained as a medical alert dog. Do you have any suggestions on someone that could train my new baby.

    • Hi Tracy, Thanks so much for your comment. It is great to hear from you and to read about your sister’s miniature schnauzer, and that she spends time with you. From what you say, it seems as though you are really good with dog training, and being consistent is the answer. Also that you let Lexi know you are the pack leader, is really great.

      To answer your question about your new miniature schnauzer being trained as a medical alert dog, I believe that she can be trained for that duty.

      However, you will need to find the right trainer as medical alert training will be a specialized.

      I don’t have experience of this type of specialized training. Also, it depends what part of the world you live in. I’m assuming that as your new dog is being breed in Indiana, you live in America. I’ve looked on the internet and I found a website about USA Service Dog Registration. This includes a list of Service Dog Trainers. Even if they are not in your State or region, I recommend you contact one, or may two of these people and ask them for help. I feel sure they will be pleased to assist you. This is the link to their website https://usaservicedogregistration.com/service-dog-training/

      Tracy, I do hope you find the right trainer, and I wish you all the best with your new dog and with the specialized training.


  7. My daughter has a miniature schnauzer bitch who is almost two. She is very good off the lead now after a nervous start but is quite mischievous and my daughter is finding her very challenging and isn’t enjoying her at the moment. My daughter works from home and if she doesn’t give her attention she displays ‘bad’ behaviour such as scratching up the carpet. At my house she has dug up plants, chewed shoes etc and makes a dash for my dog’s bed to try and wreck it,. I wonder if she is jealous of my dog as I had her after. I think my daughter needs to retrain the dog and take control but I’m not sure how she can achieve this. I think she would willingly rehome the dog at the moment except it would upset my granddaughter too much.

    • Hi Joan,

      Thank you for your message. It is great to know your daughter has a Miniature Schnauzer. You say that puppy had a nervous start which makes me wonder if she had been abandoned prior to living with your daughter, and consequently lacked the love and feeling of security which is so essential to a young puppy.

      It is clear that this little dog is seeking attention, and knows she will get it in some form when she scratches the carpet.

      The behaviour at your place is definitely attention seeking. She wants to be leader, rather than your dog. That is normal dog behavior. It’s not jealousy as we know it, it is that she sees her role as pack leader when she is at your house.

      My opinion is that this little dog seriously needs some professional training. On this website there is a review of a professional dog trainer. His name is Daniel Abdelnoor, and he calls himself Doggy Dan. I will leave a link below that will take you to the review. There is a video within the review and I strongly recommend you and/or your daughter watch the video. The only remedy I can see for your daughter’s little dog is some professional advice and training.

      At the end of the Review there is a link which leads to more about Doggy Dan’s training. When you click on that link you will have access to more free videos to watch. Dan achieves remarkable results with his training and I’m sure it would be the same with your daughter’s Miniature Schnauzer.

      I sincerely hope this helps you and your daughter and family, including her Miniature Schnauzer. The link to the Review is below this message.


      With best wishes

  8. Hi were are picking up our puppie M.S on 25th October 8weeks old .what do I feed her on .
    How can I maintain a good healthy shiny coat and healthy teeth . But keep that mini schnauzer look I like to call it a grandad look .
    Feeding her seems a worry as I’m been told different information
    Also the breader not kennel registering the puppies how do I go about this when she arrives to us .her new family .

    • Hi Michelle

      Congratulations on your new Miniature Schnauzer puppy. The 25th October will be an exciting day for you, and I am sure you can hardly wait for that to come.

      About feeding your puppy – By the time you pick puppy up from the breeder puppy will be enjoying a certain type of food. Ask the breeder what the food is and for the first days at home, feed puppy on the same food as she has been having. Your puppy will have left her mother and siblings behind and it’s natural that she will feel very strange. So please do not change her food just yet. Just continue with the same food for a few days or even a week or two.
      There are so many different types of dog food, but what you need to find is the best food for a puppy of her age. You will need to take puppy to your Veterinary clinic for vaccinations and general health check. When you see your Vet, ask what is the best food he/she recommends for puppy at this young age.

      But, to go back to when you first bring puppy home, she will need to be feed 3 to 4 times a day, about half a cup per feed.

      Healthy teeth and a healthy coat will be helped by the correct food. That is why I recommend asking your Veterinary carer’s advice.

      Of course, grooming puppy the right way will also help with a shiny and healthy coat. No doubt a dog groomer will be the best person to keep that grandad look. It would be wise to make some enquiries about the best dog groomer for a Miniature Schnauzer, because of their unique style.

      Registration: As the owner of your puppy you will need to register her. I don’t know what country you live in, but your country, city or town will have their rules about dog registration.

      Where I live in New Zealand, we have to go to our local council to register our dogs.
      You can search on the internet – dog registration in (your area) – to find advice about dog registration in your area.

      Becoming the owner of a new puppy is exciting and should not be a worry. Please consult your Veterinary specialist for the right care of your new puppy. You Veterinary specialist is able to give you the best advice because he/she is medically qualified. You cannot get better advice than from your Veterinary specialist.

      Thank you very much Michelle for your questions. I wish you very many happy years ahead with your delightful Miniature Schnauzer.

  9. Hi. I am a family of 5. 12yr old,9yr old,3yr old. We decided on a miniature schnauzer since we have allergies. We are deciding if we should get a puppy at 8wks or buy from a lady who is rehoming her 1yr 4month old miniature schnauzer. She is only asking $100 rehoming fee, but says dog is timid at first. Is this a good idea for my 3yr old?

    • Hi Valine

      With a child as young as 3 years old my thoughts are towards buying the 1yr 4month old Miniature Schnauzer. However, my advice is to find out from the owner what the dog is used to, especially where the dog sleeps at night. If the dog is sleeping on it’s own that wouldn’t be a problem. But, if the dog is sleeping on someone’s bed would you be happy about that? Yes, you can re-train a dog of that age but it is not as easy as training an 8weeks old puppy. An 8weeks old puppy may not be ideal for a child young as 3yrs. On the other hand, that can depend much on your child’s temperament. If you child is placid, puppy and child should be good together. If your child is excitable and highly enegetic such a young puppy might not be the best idea.

      I do hope this helps and that you make the right decision. Whatever your decision, I congratulate you on the forthcoming new addition to your family. May you and your family have many years of happiness with your Miniature Schnauzer.

  10. We need all the help we can get when training our new puppy. I haven’t got miniature schnauzers but I guess puppy training is similar for most breeds of dogs. I have got two half bred yorkie x bichons and they are very strong minded and can often be quite wilful. Having two brothers doesn’t help as they always seem to inherit the others bad traits, never their good ones.

    Being the pack leader is so important and many frustrated dog owners cannot understand why their lovely puppy has grown into a bit of a tyrant, doing what he wants when he wants to do it. Thank goodness for ‘Doggy Dan’. I didn’t realize until I went further into your review that DD was being recommended.

    I have been a member since the end of the year and this site has a wealth of information through videos and podcasts with everything covered about how to train your puppy and /or adult dog to be the best dog he/she can be. Great review. Ches

    • Hi Ches

      Thanks so much for visiting my website and leaving your comment. I bet you have fun with your two little dogs and it’s amazing the strength of mind that little dogs have.

      It’s so good to read what you say about being the pack leader. So many dog owners just don’t understand how dogs think. They treat their dogs as they would treat their children and it just doesn’t work. If only they could, or would, consider Doggy Dan’s program where they would find all the help they need. As you say Ches, Doggy Dan’s program has a wealth of information and I’m so pleased to know that you are a member and using Dan’s teachings to your advantage, and that of your dogs.

  11. I babysat a mini schnauzer once and I found it to be a lovable dog, but high energy! It was constantly on the move, every time someone moved in the house, the dog would follow them. It was also very vocal. I don’t think it is a good breed for my family because we are quite and not very active (spend a lot of time on computers). They are wonderful dogs with kids though, and they will cuddle with you, which is great.

    • Hi Andrea, Thanks for leaving your comment. I agree that the Miniature Schnauzers can be high energy, but a lot of their actions depend on the age of the dog, and how well trained the dog or puppy is. If you prefer a quiet dog I would say that a Golden Labrador would probably be suitable. The Golden Labrador is a quiet breed and also very gentle with children. But, of course, they grow much larger in size that the Miniature Schnauzer.

  12. Great information about training a Mini Schnauzers. This is a beautiful breed of dog. We ourselves have a Jack Russell Terrier Cross Chihuahua, he’s also pretty good at alerting us if there’s anyone at the door.

    We’ve been looking to get him a little friend so that when he’s at home he doesn’t get bored, maybe a Mini Schnauzer won’t be so bad.

    I was able to train our dog as I was the only one at home. Most of the training was easy except the potty training I’m not sure I feel up to that again. How long does it take to potty train a Mini Schnauzer?

    • Thanks so much for commenting on my post. As you say Jagi, Miniature Schnauzers are a beautiful breed of dog and I do believe that a delightful little Mini Schnauzer would be a great companion for your little one. Think of the fun they could have together!

      Potty training a puppy is not the easiest of trainings, and I can’t really say how long it takes to potty train a Miniature Schnauzer. There are many things to take into consideration but with the strictest of training and observations maybe the task could be completed within six months.

  13. Awesome! Thank you for your post. I have a big smile on my face. They say that pets decrease your stress level. And reading that was such a joy.

    I grew up with dogs in my home. But I have not had one in 20 years as an adult. I think my son might want one. 😉 .
    I love these types of dogs . They are adorable.
    What is the price range of the dogs?

    • I’m so pleased you enjoyed my website and that it made you smile. That’s great news, but then dogs have habit of making people happy, and we are so fortunate for that, I believe!

      I’m sure your son would love to have a dog, and a Miniature Schnauzer puppy could be just the right dog for him!

      Regarding the price of the delightful Miniature Schnazuer, they range in price from about $500 to $2,000 US dollars.

      I trust this is helpful and that if you do choose to buy a dog for your son, that you decide on the lovable and playful Miniature Schnauzer. He’s also a very handsome playmate!

  14. There is is saying that says that a dog is a mans best friends and that is the truth when you think of how loyal they are to their master, no matter what dogs will stay with their masters at all times. I have owned several dogs before and it was so awesome at the time. What you are sharing here is so awesome and I am sure that persons with this breed will have the right kind of information to have success.

    • Hi Norman

      Thank you for visiting my site and leaving your comment. Dogs certainly are man’s best friend. They are so loving of their master and so loyal as well. Life would be dull without our canine friends, they hold a special place in their owner’s heart and that is clearly seen in the thousands of stories written about dogs that are so much loved.

  15. Many people don’t take into consideration the true amount of time and energy it takes to raise a well behaved and healthy dog before they end up adopting one into their family.
    Small dogs are no different and your site shouyld be a resource for any owner.
    I know you may be biased to this breed 😉 but are there others that share similar indoor and child-friendly breeds?

    • Hi Ryan

      Thanks so much for leaving your comment on my site.

      You are right about me being biased in respect to the Miniature Schnauzer breed. Maybe that’s just part of being a dog owner!

      But, to answer your question about other child-friendly breeds, dogs I’ve had experience with and know they are good with children are – Boxers, Labrador Retrievers and Golden Labradors. Although these dogs are larger in size than the Miniature Schnauzer, they are gentle and patient and enjoy family life.

  16. Hi Valerie,
    first off, thanks for the wealth of information you provide on your site. You definitely cover all areas for getting to know your Minature Schnauzer Puppies. They are so adorable and I’ll bet, pretty faithful. What would you say the average weight of an adult Miniature Schnauzer should be? Our dear Shitzu, ChiChi passed not that long ago. We still aren’t quite over it yet but are looking at getting a Minature Schnauzer later when we’re ready. Are they easy to get trained up? Thanks again Valerie and I look forward to your response.

    • Hi Jerome
      Thank you for taking the time to visit my site and leaving your comment. As you say, Miniature Schnauzers are adorable, and yes, they are faithful too, not to mention playful! They love having fun and are very friendly.

      So sorry to learn about the loss of your dear Shitzu. It is extremely hard to lose a pet.

      To answer your questions: Miniature Schnauzers are quite easy to train. They love to please but the really important thing is they need to learn from a very young age that they must respond to their owner, and not the other way around. However, that’s pretty much the way with all dogs.

      And the average weight of adult Miniature Schnauzer is:

      Male: 11 to 18 lbs / 5.0 to 8.2 kgs.

      Female: 10 to 15 lbs / 4.5 to 6.8 kgs
      I hope that is of help Jerome and I wish you all the best and lots of fun when time is right for you to have your new puppy.

  17. Great information on the miniature schnauzer. I have always loved this breed and wanted to get one. Now I see that this dog might be the perfect addition to our family. I love friendly dogs and ones that do not tend to shed. Do you know what their life span is? I know that this can very between breeds.

    • Hi Matt’s Mom
      Thanks so much for visiting my site and I’m pleased you found some helpful information. Miniature Schnauzers are so friendly and adorable and I’m sure you would just love having one in your family.

      The expected life span of a Miniature Schnauzer is just over 12 years, but we did have one that lived to almost 15 years.

      Wishing you lots of happy times and puppy love when you do get your new puppy, whatever breed you choose.

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