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

How to Stop a Miniature Schnauzer Puppy Jumping on FurnitureHow to stop a Miniature Schnauzer puppy jumping all over the furniture and making a nuisance of him or herself?  As wonderful as Miniature Schnauzers are, they can be full of mischief and delight in romping on the best furniture.

The good news is, with training a puppy the right way you can stop this mischievous behavior.

Miniature Schnauzers are delightful dogs and add much pleasure to family life, as well as being great 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, we need to be clear with letting our Miniature Schnauzer puppy know what we expect in the way of behavior.

Help Your Miniature Schnauzer to Settle In to His New Home

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

For example, when we first adopt a new young puppy it is normal to make a fuss of this little dog.  During the first weeks, while he/she is very small and getting familiar with new surroundings, without realizing, we may not be setting the best examples or rules for our puppy.

We sit down in a comfortable chair, then pick puppy up off the floor and sit him/her on our lap.  This happens many times, and puppy gets used to it.   This is comfortable and fun to a small puppy.

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

So How ARE You Going to Stop Your Miniature Schnauzer Puppy Jumping on Furniture?

Rather than having puppy sit with you in chair, a much better option is to sit on the floor and play with your puppy.

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

What you are doing here is teaching your Miniature Schnauzer that the floor is a great 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 certain behavior. By using those same words, puppy won’t be confused.

For instance, saying NO and pointing your index finger at the same time would be ideal when 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 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 puppy gets the message that he is not allowed on the furniture, but continues to plead with you, this could be a good time to get on the floor and play with him.

By continually refusing to let 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 special to you.  Miniature Schnauzers are beautiful dogs that give so much pleasure to so many people.

However, it doesn’t matter how special 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. He will reward you with his loyalty, obedience and fun times together.

Doggy Dan is an amazing Dog Trainer.  He has trained dogs for many years and has incredible success with the dogs he trains. is the only dog training program endorsed by the New Zealand Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The training is by viewing videos.  There is also written training to accompany the videos.  This image is taken from Dan’s training program.  I have included it here as just a small sample of some of Dan’s training.

If you need training for your dog FREE access to Doggy Dan’s introduction videos is definitely worth taking advantage of. You have nothing to lose and much to gain from the free videos.

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How To Calm an Over Excited Puppy

how to calm an over excited puppyHow to calm an over excited puppy or adult dog is a skill that dog owners need to learn.  It can be difficult to deal with a puppy or older dog that is over excited, especially if we don’t know the reason for their excitement.

Your Miniature Schnauzer is no different to other dogs when it comes to being over excited.

As much as we love our pets, when they are hyperactive or over excited we have to find a way to help them.  They need to calm down and relax.

It’s impossible to get on with life when a dog is constantly barking.

Barking may not be the problem; perhaps they are jumping all the over the furniture.  Or they’re chasing anything that moves.  Maybe they’re chasing a shadow.  And it is worse still when the dog is chasing its own shadow.  I’ve seen that happen, and I’m sure you would have seen that too.  It could be expected that a dog chasing its shadow would become exhausted, but that often is not the case.


So How Can We Help Our Over Excited Puppy?

As the owner of your puppy or dog the best way you can help him is to remember that you are the pack leader.  The pack leader is in control and decides the dog’s behavior.

Your dog needs to settle down and become calm.  Therefore, your role is to lead by discouraging your dog to continue his hyperactive behavior.

  • Ignore your dog. Do not make eye contact with him.
  • Definitely do not shout at your dog in an effort to keep him calm.


What Is the Reason for a Dog to Become Overly Excited?

It could be that something has caught your dog’s attention.  Was he looking out the window and saw another dog walking along the pavement?  Perhaps this upset your dog and he is trying to let you know.

  • What your dog needs to learn is that getting over excited will not provide him with a playmate or friend.
  • It could be that your dog is bored and wants your attention. He needs to learn that being hyperactive will not make you pay him the attention he wants.

This is not the time to feel sorry for your dog that he is the one and only, and doesn’t have a playmate.  That will make matters worse.  Keep control and let him see that you are calm and not interested in his troublesome behavior.

What can be helpful is to quietly give your dog one of his toys.  But, do not cause interaction by playing with the toy.  Just place the toy on the floor or in his bed, if it is nearby.  Leave it where your dog can see the toy.

  • The lesson for your dog to learn is that his bad behavior will not gain your attention.

It is quite normal for your dog to become over excited more than once.  But when you show him, by keeping calm, that you are not interested he will eventually stop these bouts of hyperactive behavior.

You can learn much more about your dog’s behavior from the Doggy Dan’s online training program.  Reading my review of the program will assist you to understand more about the help available for dog and puppy owners. It applies to all breeds including Miniature Schnauzers.

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How to Stop a Miniature Schnauzer Puppy Barking Unnecessarily

how to stop a miniature schnauzer barking

How to stop a Miniature Schnauzer barking unnecessarily can be an issue for new dog owners.

As we all know, dogs will bark and Miniature Schnauzers are no exception. Your Miniature Schnauzer sees it as his job to let you know what’s going on in his world.  And of course, that includes your world too.

Your Miniature Schnauzer is simply behaving in the way he believes he should.  He will do so until you help him to understand that certain noises and activities are okay. He needs to be taught that not everything is his concern.

Of course a puppy’s main way of communication is by barking.  We must expect that he will bark at times. You need to be patient with your puppy while he is young.  Train him to understand when barking is acceptable or not acceptable.

Your Miniature Schnauzer is an energetic and faithful puppy that will, by nature, alert you to anyone entering your property. Whether the visitor is a stranger, friend or family member your puppy will announce their arrival. He is always overjoyed to welcome you home and will greet you by barking. With careful training, his barking will be spontaneous and brief.

If you find your puppy’s barking more than you can deal with, do not despair as help is available.

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How to Stop a Miniature Schnauzer Barking at Friends

When friends your puppy has come to know visit your home, your Miniature Schnauzer will be alert and welcoming with his barking. It is important that you take control of his enthusiastic welcoming by training your Miniature Schnauzer to stay and sit so that he is not jumping up at your visitors and causing them to feel uncomfortable.

Make sure you have a treat on hand that you can give your Miniature Schnauzer to reward him when he responds well to your commands. Be sure that you do not reward him until he does respond with good behaviour. It is really important that you don’t cause him confusion by treating him before he has followed your instruction correctly

With perseverance, and as he matures, he will learn to accept visitors and forget about the reward. In the meantime, it is essential to reward him immediately upon his correct response. Consistency in training methods is of vital importance while your puppy is learning obedience.

How to Stop a Miniature Schnauzer Barking at Strangers

Dealing with your Miniature Schnauzer’s barking when he is around strangers is a different matter.  This requires careful management on your part. You need to be more assertive with your commands on these occasions to ensure that his barking doesn’t lead to biting. Decide on a particular one-syllable word to use when he barks at strangers such as ‘No’ or ‘Stop’ and when he quietens and sits, reward him with a treat. Again, persistence and perseverance will prevail.

Be Alert to What Causes Your Mini Schnauzer Puppy to Bark

At times your Miniature Schnauzer may become anxious or nervous for reasons that you may find difficult to identify. My daughter and her family have a Schnauzer who becomes extremely distressed when the weather is stormy and the wind rages around the outside of the house. This is often a concern due to the fact that the city in which they live is renowned for its windy weather. So the upside for Zico is that in times of stormy weather he gets extra love, cuddles and attention; a very lucky puppy who is dearly loved at all times.

So in the event of your Miniature Schnauzer showing signs of distress by continual barking and not responding to your commands, do stop and listen for any sounds or disturbances that may be upsetting him. Remember that dogs are sensitive to noises that sometimes we humans can’t hear or distinguish. Much patience and understanding is required at times to calm these wonderful canine creatures.

Avoid Your Puppy Becoming Bored

Lack of activity can lead to boredom and may be a cause for your Miniature Schnauzer to bark constantly. You can easily remedy boredom by taking your puppy for a walk or have him play with a ball, or other suitable toys, outside in your garden providing you have a fenced area where he will be safe.

It is of great importance to control your Miniature Schnauzer’s barking so that he is not causing a disturbance in your neighbourhood.

As the owner of a beloved puppy, it is our responsibility to be alert to the traits of his breed, to learn about his strengths and weaknesses and take the necessary time to train him to be the best-behaved puppy one could possibly own.

Stop Puppy Biting and Be Proud of Your Miniature Schnauzer

stop puppy bitingHow to stop a Miniature Schnauzer puppy biting takes time and patience on the part of the owner.

Whether your biting puppy is a Miniature Schnauzer or any other breed of dog you will need to have patience with your pet. You will also need to understand why your puppy continues to bite even though you are spending time trying to teach him to stop biting everything he sees.

It is disappointing when a newly adopted puppy takes to everything in sight with his teeth.

The pleasure you expected to have by bringing your new Miniature Schnauzer puppy into your home is soon forgotten. Loss of visitors and being isolated from your friends will not benefit you, or your Miniature Schnauzer.

How can you show off your lovely puppy and how well behaved he is?  People have been frightened away by what they saw as poor behaviour at first meeting your Miniature Schnauzer.

Even if the biting is only in play it’s not easy for others, particularly those who are not true dog lovers, to believe that your Miniature Schnauzer will out-grow his biting tendency.

To ease your pain from negative comments you may receive about your Miniature Schnauzer, the best and most important action you can take to stop puppy biting is to start training soon after bringing him into your home.

It is essential to let your puppy settle in over the first few days and be comfortable in his surroundings. But be aware you can’t delay training too long as your Miniature Schnauzer is an intelligent member of your household.  Your puppy will quickly learn to get the better of you if you allow him to take control.

As soon as you see he has reasonably settled it is time to deal with his biting or nipping and to let him know that this is not acceptable behaviour.

There may be reasons other than play that cause your Miniature Schnauzer to bite such as cutting teeth, being in a strange environment or his protection of you. Whatever the reason it is vitally important that you learn how to stop your puppy biting and nipping so that no-one suffers the effects of a canine bite.

Cutting Teeth

Although we can’t remember cutting our first teeth, most of us have experienced seeing babies going through some agony when their first teeth are coming through. So, is it any different for puppies? I doubt it. Therefore we need to be patient with our puppies and yelling, screaming or hitting will not do the slightest good; it will only cause anxiety and nervousness to your puppy and make the situation worse.

Your puppy needs to be quietened by placing him, immediately he is biting, into his crate or a space that he is familiar with and can be on his own for a period of time. Ignoring him is the most effective discipline to use at this time. Don’t even look at him. Let him know that he will not be rewarded for biting whatever the cause.

Stop Puppy Biting When in Strange Environment

Puppies can feel threatened by strangers or when being taken into an area they are not familiar with. You need to be extra vigilant when allowing your Miniature Schnauzer around strangers or strange areas. It is good practice to have something such as a metal container with marbles or small pebbles or even coins in it so that you can startle your puppy by shaking the container immediately he shows signs of biting or nipping. Keep him on his leash and ignore him. Don’t yell at him or hit him, and above all do not pet him.

Your Mini Schnauzer’s Role in Protecting You

Bonding of Miniature Schnauzers with their owner is a delight to see. Their faithfulness and loyalty to you as their owner are outstanding traits that bring true pleasure.

On the other hand, these traits can cause concern when someone unknown to your puppy approaches you. It is likely that he will see this person as a threat to you and use his biting technique to warn this stranger off.

With training, your Miniature Schnauzer will learn that every stranger is not a threat to you or him. But until you are certain that he has learned to cope with strangers, be sure to keep alert to the possibility of your Miniature Schnauzer biting in defence of you.

Kindness and Caring in Training Your Miniature Schnauzer Are of Great Importance

Be firm with your puppy and show him that you are the controller of all situations. Show him your disapproval of bad behaviour by ignoring him completely.

Do not give rewards or any form of petting until such time as your puppy has quietened down. He is sure to give you his best and irresistible doggy look, pleading to you with his appealing eyes, head on one side looking for your love and attention. Of course, you will respond – how could you not do so? But don’t respond too quickly. Keep him waiting for a few minutes.

Remember that you are the one who will make or break him. Your influence and training will make him the lovable and much-loved pet that you dreamed of having.

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Love him, adore him, but do not spoil him. Do your puppy justice by giving the best training possible. That way you will both have many years of happiness together.

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