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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. He 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. 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

  5. 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.

      Sincerely,
      Valerie

  6. 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.

  7. 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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