Training Mini Schnauzer – Feisty Adorable and Lovable Dogs

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

No matter what you do, whether you are right or not-so-right your Miniature Schnauzer puppy will, without doubt, be your constant companion.  He will be there to greet you when you arrive home at the end of the day and he will follow you around the house and garden when you are at home all day.

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 over feed 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 the pack leader.

As the owner of your puppy you are, and always will be the pack leader and your puppy will, throughout his entire life, follow, respect and obey your commands providing that you learn and always demonstrate the correct skills of pack leader.

So if this is your first puppy you have skills to learn as well.  Your puppy’s behavior 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.

I look forward to receiving your comments.  Please leave them in the space provided below.

Thank you.


18 Responses to Training Mini Schnauzer – Feisty Adorable and Lovable Dogs

  1. Matt's Mom January 9, 2017 at 1:52 am #

    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.

    • Valerie Joy January 9, 2017 at 5:21 am #

      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.

  2. uphill1 January 9, 2017 at 2:05 am #

    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.

    • Valerie Joy January 9, 2017 at 5:37 am #

      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.

  3. Ryan January 10, 2017 at 3:36 pm #

    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?

    • Valerie Joy January 11, 2017 at 2:19 am #

      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.

  4. Norman January 12, 2017 at 1:24 pm #

    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.

    • Valerie Joy January 14, 2017 at 4:38 am #

      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.

  5. Vertical Veloxity January 14, 2017 at 3:34 am #

    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?

    • Valerie Joy January 14, 2017 at 4:50 am #

      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!

  6. Jagi January 18, 2017 at 4:35 am #

    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?

    • Valerie Joy January 18, 2017 at 6:41 am #

      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.

  7. Andrea January 20, 2017 at 4:26 pm #

    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.

    • Valerie Joy January 20, 2017 at 11:07 pm #

      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.

  8. ches January 23, 2017 at 4:41 pm #

    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

    • Valerie Joy January 24, 2017 at 1:21 am #

      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.

  9. Valine Ditona April 18, 2017 at 4:44 pm #

    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?

    • Valerie Joy April 18, 2017 at 10:05 pm #

      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.

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