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 Miniature 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.

10 thoughts on “Stop Puppy Biting and Be Proud of Your Miniature Schnauzer”

    • Hi Sheri, it’s really good to know you’ve found a way to deal with puppy’s biting. At 8 weeks of age, that is a really good response to your training.
      At such a young age, puppies do a lot mouthing which is natural. But, if you can stop the biting right from the start, that is a great achievement.

      Thanks for sharing your success.

  1. Hello!

    We have a baby schnauzer (about 2 months old) that is in a pretty big mouthing phase. It’s all well and good but every so often it has an episode of reeeally wanting to attack and bite pants and our skin. It reeeeally hurts. We don’t want to fall into the trap of physical punishment but time out does not seem to be a good option because it is capable of crying manically for up to 40 minutes (I only did this once as an experiment to see if he needed to exhaust himself but I think he has a deeper anxiety that we shouldn’t exacerbate, so time out does not seem like the best option for now). It’s hard for us to do the “walk away” because he sees this as a game and follows us more excitedly and bites harder. If we leave him in any room of the house while in that state, he will frantically bite anything he can. I’m considering getting a gate to put on the kitchen threshold so we can walk away without having him completely out of, at the least, ear’s range. Any help you can provide would be appreciated! Thanks for your time!

    Andrew

    • Hi Andrew,

      I’m sorry to learn of your puppy’s biting episodes. This is something that needs to be dealt with while puppy is young, otherwise you will live with a puppy that grows to adulthood knowing he is the one in charge.

      Your puppy is definitely seeking constant attention so the gate is certainly a good idea so puppy can see you and not feel completely alone.

      The best way to deal with attention seeking is to ignore your puppy, and although that can be hard to do puppy must learn that you are the leader and you are not going to respond to his commands. Not making eye contact is one way of teaching him that you’re not interested in his mischief, because that’s what it is. Again, I know that’s not easy.

      Rather than leaving puppy in a room on his own where he can wreck things with his biting, placing him in a crate and closing the door to the crate could be an option. Put the crate in the room and place puppy in it, and close the door. Although he won’t like being alone and in the crate, he should quieten down after 5 to 10 minutes. That will be the time to let him out of the crate, praising him and giving him a treat for being such a good boy.

      This definitely is a ‘control’ problem and you need to show puppy, in the kindest way, that you are the one in control. The only other thing I can suggest is professional help. On this website you will see links that lead to Doggy Dan who is a highly respected dog trainer, globally. Dan offers some free videos that might be of assistance to you. You have the option of accessing his program if you so wish.

      Alternatively, there will be dog trainers in your locality who should be able to help you with training puppy to obey you. It is essential to get help now, while your puppy is still young.

      Wishing you all the best with your delightful puppy.

      • Although it wasn’t my question, i do experience very similar behaviour from my 8 weeks old puppy. I thought that you don’t use a crate as a punishment. To me, it seems that if you put the puppy in his crate once he starts his biting spree, it feels like a punishment. I don’t; want him to feel that his crate is a “punishment cell” and then he may hate to go there at night. Any thoughts? thank you!
        Kate

        • Hi Kate, I understand your concern with regard to using a crate to teach your puppy not to bite. The main point is getting your puppy to understand that you do not approve of his biting. You could place him in another room rather than using a crate. The main thing is to convey your disapproval of his behaviour. Every dog is different and what works for one may not work for another. There is a video on Youtube you might find helpful. This is a totally different method of teaching a dog not bite. Whether or not it works I do not know. I went on Youtube to find something to help you, and I will include a link here. You will need heaps of patience with this method, I imagine. But if it works, no doubt it will be worthwhile. Please note that I am not a dog trainer, I’m a lover of dogs. This is the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zw0_FTQpH0
          With best wishes,
          Valerie

  2. Hello,
    I have recently resumed a 2 year old mini Schnauzer that has little training, he is crate trained and house trained and that is really it. He tends to play bite and is mouthy when he plays, he has tons of energy and always wants to be right in my face. I have a wife and 2 young children. Any suggestions on where I should start with training. I had a schnauzer before that was well behaved, he lived to be 15, it’s just been a while since I’ve had such a young dog. I want very much for him to be a happy member of our family for many years. Thanks in advance,

    • Hi Mike, congratulations on becoming the owner of a young mini schnauzer. The problem you are having with this little dog is that he is taking charge of situations, rather than listening to you. It is essential for this dog to learn that he must obey your commands. In other words, he needs your direction. It must be taken into account that this dog has had a change of leader. Whatever his previous leader commanded of him has now gone. Therefore Mike, you must take on the role of leader. In other words, Pack Leader is your role.

      There are skills to learn, one being placing your dog in a crate for a short while. The crate can be in the same room so puppy can see you, but can’t jump on you. And the greater thing is, for you to ignore his barking while in the crate, and to not make eye contact with him at this time. You can get 3 days access to training from Doggy Dan for the cost of US$1. Dan is an incredibly talented dog trainer who provides top quality training by means of video. I’ve experienced Dan’s video training and highly recommend it. There are links on the ‘Stop Puppy Biting’ page of this website which provide access to Dan’s training. I hope this helps to solve your problem with puppy, and I wish you all the best.

  3. I have a nearly 4 month old mini schnauzer. I got him when he was nearly 3 months. He was pretty great at the beginning with potty training and play time. About a month in, all potty training is out the window, he often barks at me and others, whines incessantly, and worst of all, bites like I’m his personal chew toy. My arms and feet are filled with cuts from his sharp teeth. I have tried the YouTube training you suggested in another comment for the biting, I have kept him limited to a specific part of my home, and I’m now trying the crate. It has all been fruitless. The biting is no better and he seems to enjoy the crate. In fact, his time in the crate is the calmest of all moments. I let him out once he’s calmed down, but he comes out each time more energized! I have signed up for puppy classes, but in the meantime, is there anything you can suggest about the biting?! What am i doing wrong?

    • Hi Anna, I am sorry to learn of the problems you are experiencing with your puppy. It is clear that the crate method won’t work in your case. And, those cuts you have are a concern.

      If the problem was anything other than biting, perhaps it could be something you are doing. However, a biting dog is difficult to control without expert advice.
      My advice would be to look at what Doggy Dan, an Online Dog Trainer advises. If you click on this link https://theonlinedogtrainer.com/easyway-optin/ you will get access to some free videos. You will also see what others say about his training. Also, you will be able to get 3 days free access to Dan’s course. I believe you will get some help from this. The only other thing I can suggest is to get an appointment with your Vet. It may not be the usual thing to do but, in your case, your vet could be the best one to help you.

      I do hope you find the help you need very soon.
      Valerie

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