How to Stop a Miniature Schnauzer Puppy Jumping on Furniture

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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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4 thoughts on “How to Stop a Miniature Schnauzer Puppy Jumping on Furniture”

  1. Greetings Valerie,

    Oh, it was such a delight to read your post! I never thought about the habits I could be ingraining into a puppy, by the simple act of picking them up when sitting on a chair or couch!!!

    My housemates and I have casually talked about adopting a puppy, so your site would definitely be very helpful.

    Thanks, Valerie!

    • Greetings to you Veronica, and thank you for visiting my website.

      I am so pleased to know you enjoyed the post and received benefit from it. Yes, it is so easy to spoil our pets because of our love for them. In the case of dogs, it is a pity to spoil them because they are easily trained when we use the right skills.

      All the best to you and your housemates when you adopt your puppy. It will be an exciting and wonderful time in your lives.

  2. Hi Valerie
    This is a great post and very informative. I’ve always liked schnauzers and would love to have one one day. We want to get a dog soon but we haven’t decided which kind (my boyfriend wants a big dog, ie labrador) and I’m torn because it would be easier to have a small dog. Do you think what you’ve written on this post (how to train schnauzer puppies) can be applicable to puppies of all kinds?

    • Hi Ayako,

      Thanks very much for visiting this post and I’m pleased to know you found it helpful.

      The foundation, or basics, of puppy training is pretty much the same for all dogs. In saying that, some breeds are more excitable, or more stubborn, than others. For instance, as adorable as Miniature Schnauzers are when your compare them to say the Labrador breed, there is a noticeable difference in behavior traits. Labradors are quite placid in nature, whereas the Miniature Schnauzer is more excitable. But, still wonderful!

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