Training Your Miniature Schnauzer Puppy to Stay

Training Your Miniature Schnauzer to Stay

Training your Miniature Schnauzer puppy to stay is the next most important step after he has learned to Sit at your command.

Both the Sit and Stay commands are extremely important in your puppy’s young life, as in his adult life too.

After all, the last thing you need as a dog owner is for your puppy or adult dog to be in a harmful situation just because he wasn’t trained properly.

When you have trained your dog to obey you by sitting and staying at your command then you can be sure he will be safe.

In saying that, of course you would never purposefully place your dog in a situation that could harm him.  For instance, vehicles backing along a driveway or trucks unloading scoria or earth or similar matter.

What I am talking about is the every day situation when you need your dog to keep out of harm’s way.  When he becomes fully obedient to your command to Stay, then you can be assured that he will stay.

Let’s look at Training Your Miniature Schnauzer Puppy to Stay

How are you going to train him to obey you?

This is when you will need patience with your puppy, along with a good supply of treats.

Steps to Follow when Training Your Miniature Schnauzer to Stay

  • Stand in front of your puppy.  Tell him to ‘SIT’.
  • When he is in the ‘SIT’ position, say the word ‘STAY’
  • As you say the word ‘STAY’, hold your hand upright with the palm of your hand facing your puppy.
  • At the same time Take Two Steps Backwards.
  • If puppy stays, Move Forward and Give him a Treat and some Words of Praise.
  • If puppy moves forward, then Start again by saying ‘SIT’
  • Then say ‘STAY’ and Take Two Steps Backwards.

Repeat this procedure until you can take four or five steps backwards, each time moving forward again and giving puppy another treat.

When you start this training, do it just for a minute or two. Then increase the time at each training session until you can move quite a distance away and your puppy continues to stay.

This training to teach your puppy to stay may need to be repeated many times for several days.  But, your puppy will, in time, get to understand what you are teaching him.

As long as you persevere and have patience with your beloved Miniature Schnauzer he/she will respond well.  Both you and your puppy will have achieved another step in puppy training.

Of course, this training is about Miniature Schnauzers but the same training applies to any breed of dog.

Learn from professional dog trainer Adrienne Farricelli how to teach your puppy to stay.

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Best Way of Training Puppy to Sit On Command

Training Mini Schnauzer Puppy to Sit on Command

 Training a puppy to  sit on command is an essential skill for new dog owners to learn, and it is one of the very first things dog owners love to do. We enjoy the intrigue of seeing our new puppy respond to us, and it is common practice to avoid being too concerned at first about whether the puppy obeys. He is so cute, and we love to watch his reactions, not to be confused with his actions, which may become uncontrollable if we still need to get some basic training organised.

The first action in a puppy’s training is to teach him to sit. Not only is it a reasonably simple stance to train him in, but it is also what will be required of him probably ninety-five per cent of the time when doing other training. Unless your puppy knows how to sit correctly, you won’t get far with teaching him other skills.

I often call your puppy’s sitting a skill instead of a trick, which is what I often hear about teaching a puppy to sit. Seating is not a trick. When a human sits, is it referred to as a trick? Hardly, so why refer to your puppy posing as a trick? Of course, a dog will sit even without being trained, as seating is a natural habit of both animals and humans.

Training Puppy to Sit On Command

A puppy sitting because he feels like doing that is different from a puppy sitting on command. In other words, getting a puppy to act as you want him to comes with training.

As dog owners, we have an absolute purpose for teaching our dogs to sit on command at the stage of their very young puppyhood.

There are multiple times in one 24-hour period that we need to command our puppy to sit.

  • It could be due to visitors arriving at the house.
  • Maybe someone is about to leave the house.
  • We do not need a puppy to bolt through the door into the open backyard or garden. Once outside, the puppy could find a gap in the fence to slither into the neighbour’s property, possibly causing mayhem. Imagine if the neighbour’s cat confronts your puppy and scares him to death with her hissing!

As much as this may sound exaggerated, you can be sure that such experiences are not uncommon, hence the reason for you to teach your puppy to sit promptly.

Find the Right Space for Training Your Puppy to Sit

Before you can start training your puppy, he must understand that you are in complete control. Finding a quiet space inside your house where only you and the puppy can be together without distractions is essential.

Having decided on the space for training your puppy, spend a few minutes quietly talking with the puppy. Do your best to convey a feeling of enjoyment by doing some good things together that will make you both happy.

Before you start the training session, you must have a supply of treats alongside you.

When You have Established Puppy is Ready to Learn to Sit

  •  Take a treat in your hand.
  • Stand in front of the puppy and make eye contact with him.
  • Hold the eye contact for about 5 seconds. Then, hold the treat in a position that makes his head go back so that his mouth faces the delight in your hand, causing his rear end to go down towards the floor.
  • Now is the time to tell your puppy to sit by saying positively, ‘Sit.’
  • At the same time as you say ‘Sit,’ you may need to gently push the puppy’s lower back down to encourage him to sit.
  • When your puppy has his seat on the floor and is sitting, give him the treat and tell him how good he is. At the same time, please give him a gentle, reassuring pat or rub around the back of the neck. Be generous with your praise, as your puppy deserves it.

Choose Your Praise Word or Phrase Carefully

You will probably say ‘good boy’ or ‘good girl’. Whatever word or phrase you choose at that first training session is the word or phrase that you will always say when telling your puppy that you are pleased with what he is doing.

Dogs can only take in so many words or phrases. Therefore, you must start with what you continue with when praising your puppy.

  • Having had success with the first time that puppy sits, repeat the action a few more times at this first session.
  • Keep the session reasonably short, as your puppy will lose his attention span if the training lasts too long.
  • A few hours later, on the same day, have another session with the puppy, teaching him to sit as you did at the first session.
  • Continue brief sessions until your puppy repeatedly responds to your command to sit.

As we know, puppies and older dogs always want to please their owners. Your puppy will quickly learn to sit on command with the correct training.

You can pat yourself on the back when you feel confident that the puppy obeys your ‘sit’ command. You will have completed the first step in training your puppy to be a well-behaved dog you can be proud of.

Owning a puppy that will sit on command is the first step in helping a puppy develop into a friendly and happy dog that people are pleased to know.

Always show love and respect to your puppy – he is always there for you, whatever the circumstance.





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