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. They 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 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.


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  1. 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?

    • 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.

  2. 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.

    • 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.

  3. 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

    • 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.

  4. 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?

    • 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.

  5. 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.


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