Training a Miniature Schnauzer Puppy to Come When Called

Training a Miniature Schnauzer Puppy to Come When CalledSo, you’ve given your delightful Miniature Schnauzer puppy the freedom of being outside the house but you can’t get her to come when you call her.

Although this is tiresome for you, it is quite normal behavior with a young dog.  It is natural for dogs to enjoy the freedom of outdoors, but you know there is the potential of danger.  Maybe even the fear of your puppy running to somewhere you can’t find her.

The first step in training a puppy to come when called is much easier if you have already established yourself as pack leader of your puppy.

Role of Pack Leader

First time dog owners may not be aware that the role they play in relation to their dog is Pack Leader.

The normal behaviour of dogs is to follow the pack leader, and that is what your dog is looking for in you.

If you don’t take on the role of Pack Leader, your dog will be very happy to oblige.  If your dog believes he/she is the pack leader, then training your dog is difficult, if not impossible.

Do not let this happen.  The result of your dog being pack leader is not good for either you or your dog.

More information about being Pack Leader is available here.
Now that you have established yourself in the role of Pack Leader, you are in control of training your puppy to come to when called.

To train your puppy to come when called you will require:

  • A long rope – several meters in length.
  • A supply of special treats that your dog really loves and enjoys.
  • At least 15 to 20 minutes for the first training.

If you have a large outside area at home, you could start the training there.

Alternatively, take puppy to a park or public area suitable for dog training.

  • Connect the long rope to puppy’s collar and let her go as far from you as the rope extends, of course keeping hold of the rope.
  • Let puppy look around, sniff the grass and feel some freedom.
  • When you are ready to call her back, have some treats in your hand.
  • Call her by name.  When she returns to you, praise and pat her and give her some treats.
  • Let her go again and have some freedom again.   Then call her back to you, praise her and give her treats again.

Continue this training several times by letting your puppy go away from you and rewarding her when she returns.

When you are ready to complete this training session, call puppy back to you, make a fuss of her and give her treats.  Then holding her collar, shorten the rope.  Continue to tell her how good she is!

This type of training will need to be repeated many times.  It is not a quick training.  In saying that, it varies with different dogs.

Never punish your puppy or dog for not returning to your call

A dog that receives punishment will never be well trained.  Punishment sets up long term fear with dogs.
I am sure you would never punish your dog, but some people do hand out punishment and that leads only to trouble.
Training a puppy to come when called is a most important training, particularly for safety reasons.

Training a Miniature Schnauzer Puppy to Come When CalledWhen a dog owner becomes fearful of their dog running far away, or getting into danger, this fear can influence a dog and delay results with training.

If you are at stage where you really need help with training your puppy, or older dog, I encourage you to have a look at Doggy Dan’s training.  Dan has a range of videos about training dogs to come when called.  You can watch Dan working with dogs and see the results he gets.  It is truly amazing what Dan can teach about dog training.

To learn more about Dan’s training you can view his free videos by clicking on this link.

I wish you years of happiness with your beloved dog, whether he or she is a Miniature Schnauzer or another wonderful breed of dog.


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How to Stop a Miniature Schnauzer Puppy Jumping on Furniture

Stop Mini Schnauzer Jumping on Furniture
Updated 17 March 2021

The question of how to stop a Miniature Schnauzer puppy jumping on furniture and making a nuisance of him or herself is not always simple to answer. As wonderful as Miniature Schnauzers are, they can be full of mischief and take delight in romping on the furniture.

It is a sad fact that some dog owners do not understand how to control their dog. The result is grief and stress for a family, not to mention the confusion of a dog that doesn’t understand his behaviour is unacceptable. Choosing the best and most comfortable chair available is the natural thing to do, thinks puppy!

However, the good news is that you can train your puppy to sit on the floor and leave the chair for you.

When Training a Puppy the Right Way You Can Stop This Naughty Behaviour

Miniature Schnauzers are delightful dogs and add much pleasure to family life, as well as being a fantastic company for people living on their own. The Mini Schnauzer is friendly, faithful, and loving. Together with those characteristics, the Mini Schnauzer puppy is full of fun and loves plenty of activity.

These puppies are big on pleasing their owner and respond to any signal that resembles a chance for playtime. Because of their generosity with play, it is essential to be clear with letting your Miniature Schnauzer puppy know what you expect in the way of behaviour.

Help Your Miniature Schnauzer to Settle Into His New Home

In fairness to a puppy, in your role as owner and leader, you need to set the rules and teach the puppy what those rules are. That training needs to be in place right from the first day you bring a puppy into your home.

For example, when adopting a new young puppy, it is customary to make a fuss about this little dog. During the first weeks, while the puppy is tiny and getting familiar with new surroundings, without realizing it, you may not be setting the best examples or rules for your puppy.

It is normal to sit down in a comfortable chair, pick the puppy up off the floor and sit him/her on your lap. This behaviour happens many times, and the puppy gets used to it. Such comfort and fun to a small puppy.

Now the example is set. This chair or that couch is a great place for jumping on, or even having a sleep, puppy thinks.

Stop Your Miniature Schnauzer Puppy Jumping on Furniture By Changing Your Habits

Sitting on the floor and playing with your puppy is a much better option that will keep the puppy off that chair. After all, it’s not the chair that the puppy is attracted to, it is the action of playing with you that draws the puppy to the chair.

If the floor isn’t the most comfortable place for you to sit, make an effort to change that with cushions or something similar.

What you are doing here is teaching your Miniature Schnauzer that a floor is an excellent place for having fun with you, or anyone else wanting to join in.

Stop Your Miniature Schnauzer Puppy Jumping by Keeping the Rules You Have Set

So as not to confuse your puppy, start training right from the time he first comes into your home. It is kinder to gently let your puppy know the rules right from the beginning.

Be Consistent With Your Use of Words

Use the same words for specific behaviour. By using those exact words, the puppy won’t be confused.

For instance, saying NO and pointing your index finger at the same time would be ideal when the puppy tries to jump on the couch, chair or other furniture.

If you use the word NO each time puppy tries to jump on something he is not allowed to, then that is the first step in training your puppy.

Ignoring Your Puppy is Okay

If the puppy continues to try jumping on the furniture, say NO, and turn your head away. Don’t look puppy in the eye. Show him that you are not interested in what he is doing.

If the puppy understands the message that he is not allowed on the furniture, but continues to plead with you, this could be an excellent time to get on the floor and play with him.

By continually refusing to let your puppy jump on the furniture, and choosing to sit on the floor, you are giving puppy obedience training which will prove to be of benefit with future training.

Your Miniature Schnauzer is Special

Of course, your Miniature Schnauzer puppy is unique to you. Miniature Schnauzers are beautiful dogs that give so much pleasure to so many people.

However, it doesn’t matter how impressive or how wonderful a dog is; each one needs to be well trained.

Even the most devoted dog lovers do not enjoy the company of badly behaved dogs. Don’t let that be your puppy!

Give your Miniature Schnauzer puppy the very best of training. You will be rewarded with your puppy’s loyalty, obedience and fun times together.

Learn Techniques of a Professional Dog Trainer

As much as dogs are wonderful, their behaviour can be very trying.  That is natural and to be expected without appropriate training from the start of being adopted into a family.

Rather than dealing with the stress that can be caused by a puppy’s annoying behaviour, taking advantage of online training can solve your problem.

I recommend Adrienne Farricelli’s Brain Training For Dogs programme.  Adrienne is a professional certified dog trainer and behaviour consultant with vast experience in the training and care of dogs of all breeds.

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