How Much Exercise Does a Miniature Schnauzer Need

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How Much Exercise Does a Miniature Schnauzer NeedMiniature Schnauzers are known for their love of activity. They are a feisty breed and therefore not too keen about just sitting around and filling in time doing nothing in particular.

If you are the owner of a Miniature Schnauzer I’m sure you will have experienced your puppy’s mischievous behavior on many occasions.  Most of the mischief of course, being the result of boredom which is natural in a young puppy.

Most young dogs need to be either entertained or provided with some type of activity to stop them from becoming bored.  Of course entertaining a puppy all day long is not possible for most families.  To remedy this, a fully fenced outside area where puppy can get some exercise by exploring is ideal for a Miniature Schnauzer.

Miniature Schnauzer Traits to be Aware Of

As mentioned elsewhere in this website, the Miniature Schnauzer was bred to be a digger and a hunter of rodents.  So, outdoors on your property provides some ideal exercise for your Miniature Schnauzer.  In saying that, you may not be too happy about having your garden dug up. If this is the case, a contained area within your garden may be required.

In Reality –  How Much Exercise Does a Miniature Schnauzer Need?

In a situation where there is a young family and plenty of activity going on, a Miniature Schnauzer puppy would have the benefit of running around and playing with family members.  Therefore, the need for regular walking activity, although important, would be less than a Miniature Schnauzer living with an adult family, and consequently not so much activity in the home.

Ensuring Your Miniature Schnauzer Has Adequate Exercise

In the case of an adult family where less activity happens within the home property, walking your Miniature Schnauzer puppy at least once a day is essential.

Walking a puppy on a leash along the footpath or sidewalk is one way of ensuring adequate exercise.

Additionally, if there is a park near enough to your residence then walking puppy to the park and allowing him to have a run around the park is ideal.

Use of a Long Lead for Exercising Puppy in a Park or Public Reserve

If you do take your Miniature Schnauzer, or another other breed of puppy, to exercise in a park it is essential that you take a long lead.  Puppy can get all the exercise needed by having a long lead attached to his collar.  This gives you full control while at the same time your puppy can frolic and explore the wonders of the outdoors.


Feeling Really Energetic and Ready For Greater Exploration

I recently watched a video of a young Miniature Schnauzer out with his family on a climbing expedition.  I was so intrigued by this adorable young dog that I decided to share the video with you on this website.  Of course, you may have seen this, but if not, I do hope you take the time to watch it now.

This video is proof of just how feisty the adorable Miniature Schnauzer really is.  He just kept on going as though he knew he was about to achieve something wonderful. Not quite Mt Everest, but a wonderful achievement for a young dog.

I welcome your comments and/or questions.  Please leave them in the area provided below.

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10 thoughts on “How Much Exercise Does a Miniature Schnauzer Need”

  1. Hi Valerie,
    I have a mini schnauzer girl named Bella. She is nearing 1 years old and has been such a treasure for my 2 young boys who just adore her. I have been taking her on light jogs (3km) where she always pulls ahead and seems to love it. I am now worried that I have over exerted her to young as I have come across articles advising not to run with your puppy etc. I would love to hear your thoughts on this? Thanks Tracey

    • Hi Tracey,
      Thanks for your comment and question about your much loved mini schnauzer, Bella. I can understand your concern that you may have over-exerted Bella. From my understanding, it is dogs of larger sizes that can be harmed by too much exercise.

      If Bella is not showing any physical discomfort I doubt that you need to be concerned. However, for your peace of mind, I would advise consulting your Vet.
      If your Vet approves of continuing exercising Bella in the same way your worries will be gone.

      With best wishes,

  2. What a wondrous day for Lando! I loved his never flagging eagerness to carry on. And, am wondering … how soon did he drop into sleep?
    Thanks for posting this.

    • Hi Lynne,

      I’m pleased you enjoyed the video and thanks so much for leaving your comment.

      I can’t say how soon Lando slept after that amazing exercise, as he’s not my puppy. This was a video I couldn’t resist sharing with lovers of small dogs. I’m sure it didn’t him long to curl up and go into a sound sleep.

      Best wishes.

    • Hi Marion,

      I’m pleased to know you enjoyed the video. I couldn’t resist including it in that post! These sweet little dogs taking life seriously and at the same time having fun.

      So pleased you enjoyed it, and thanks very much for leaving your comment.

  3. Hi. I am blessed to be getting a retired female Mini Schnauzer in a couple months. She is house broken, crate trained, comes when you call her by name, she knows sit and stay. She will just turn five when I bring her home. What is your advice for me? I know the transition will be hard for her. How do I become pack leader? She also is used to sleeping in be with her owners and allowed on the furniture. I really want her to sleep in her crate and not get on my furniture. What wisdom do you have for me? Thank you, Rosie

    • Hi Rosie,
      Congratulations on your soon-to-be new Mini Schnauzer. That is exciting and I know you will have so many happy and wonderful times with your new family member.
      As you say Rosie, the transition will be hard for her. It will not be easy for you either, but so long as you have plenty of patience with her she should be able to live by your rules. But it may take time.

      With regards to her not being allowed on your furniture, my best advice is included in my recent article on this website. This is the link to the article The most significant information starts at: So How ARE You Going to Stop Your Miniature Schnauzer Puppy Jumping on Furniture?
      I put great emphasis about sitting on the floor with puppy and getting her to believe that the floor is a fun place to be.
      You will need to use treats, such as owners with young puppies use. Treats should do wonders.

      The most difficult part will be night time. I feel for both you and puppy in regard to this. Maybe you read my article on this website about Sleeping at night. If you haven’t read the article, I suggest you do read it as it may be of help in regard to you keeping strong and not letting puppy get the better of you!

      In respect to ‘wisdom’ to help you and puppy, I recommend that you ask the present owner of this puppy to provide you/puppy with an item that puppy can have in her crate at night. The item being a small blanket, cushion or any item at all that will have the scent of what becomes her previous/old home to bring to her new home. This will be a great help for her to settle into your home.

      You ask how you can become pack leader. There is an article on my website about being a pack leader, which may help you.
      A short form of being a pack leader is to tell your dog NO. When you have firmly said NO, don’t look you dog in the eyes. Show your disapproval. When your dog sees you are not interested in her, she should quieten down and behave. But, it depends on a dog’s nature. To become a good pack leader you need to be strong, and yet kind and loving towards your pet.
      If you have problems in this direction the best thing I can recommend is to look at perhaps just one month’s subscription with Doggy Dan. Not only is he a great trainer of dogs, his program also provides a forum where you can get access to other dog owners. Alternatively, if you go to this page you will see some red colored text to get expert training. If you click on that you will have the opportunity of some free Doggy Dan videos which may have enough information to help you sufficiently.

      I wish you and your new Mini Schnauzer many happy and fun packed years together.

  4. He looks just like my Schnauzer Jasper, except for the cropped tail, Jasper has a bottle brush for a tail. What a feisty, brave little dog . Miniature Schnauzer’s are so smart.

    • So pleased Mary that you enjoyed the video. And thanks so much for commenting.

      Miniature Schnauzers certainly are delightful little dogs and I can imagine how much pleasure you get from having Jasper in your life.

      I wish you and Jasper heaps of fun and companionship for many years to come.

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