Training Your Miniature Schnauzer Puppy to Stay

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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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8 thoughts on “Training Your Miniature Schnauzer Puppy to Stay”

  1. My daughter has a miniature schnauzer and he is about 6 months old. He used to be very obedient but now seems to be getting quite a handful. I think he has found his confidence and has decided he’s in charge!
    He will do sit, stay but only if he wants to. He is also very bombastic and jumps over everyone on the settee. He even humps my coat, probably because he can smell my dogs on it. But he will stop if I tell him. In fact, I don’t seem to have any trouble getting him to do what I want.
    Are there any tips for this boisterous dog. I did suggest that, if she doesn’t want to breed from him, she get him neutured. We had our pups done at 6 months and it did quieten them down a bit and stopped them ‘covering’ too. Great post thanks.

    • Hi Ches, a little miniature schnauzer with a strong mind. I’m sure he is adorable but it can be tiresome to have such an energetic puppy.

      You are correct in saying puppy ‘has decided he’s in charge’. That is exactly where the problem lies.  Puppy has taken on the role of pack leader.  I know that ‘pack leader’ sounds strange when he’s not with other dogs. But it makes no difference whether it is other dogs or humans.  When a puppy decides to rule, nothing can be done other than training.  

      Another thing that stands out is that you don’t have problems with puppy.  It sounds to me he is having your daughter on.  She really needs to learn what it takes to be the pack leader.

      One way for your daughter to show puppy that she is pack leader is to put him in another room when he is being boisterous. Ideally have a crate for him in that room, leave him there for about 5 minutes or longer if necessary, and ignore his barking.  When he stops barking, as he will, let him out of the crate and ignore him for while. Repeat the process when necessary, as it will be.   There is quite a lot more to training puppy that he is not the leader.  Another way is to ignore him (if possibe) when he’s misbehaving, and not to make eye contact with him.

      I hope this helps.

      Having puppy neutured will no doubt help, if your daughter is happy to have that done.


  2. Thanks for this very interesting article, very helpful and informative. Although i do not have A Schnauzer i have a two small terrier dogs, witch i rescued and love dearly.
    I love the idea of training with treats and i am going to try this, my dogs have got a bit out of hand,
    I use a dried treat in your opinion would this be ok to use? Or could you recommend a treat ?
    I would like to rescue another but i have to work on the two that i have first.

    • Hi Gareth.

      Thanks so much for your comment. It’s great to learn that you have two small terrier dogs and, better still, that you rescued them. I can imagine how much you love them and I bet they are great company. Years ago, we had two Sidney Silkie dogs. They were very lively and very lovely.

      Dried treats are fine to use for training. I don’t really have a preference other than Zukes Mini Naturals Dog Treats which are great, but no doubt your little ones are fine with what you are giving them.

      I hope you do get your third rescue dog, but it’s best that the two you have at present have more training to the level of responding to your commands.

  3. Thank you for the puppy advice!! I am getting a puppy soon (hopefully 🙂 )…so it’s good to know that this works for all breeds. Are there certain breeds, though, that may be more difficult to train? I know some dogs can be pretty stubborn. Does the stay method seem to be harder to maintain when other dogs and people are around? Thanks!

    • Thank you for visiting my website and for your comment.

      There are so many dog breeds that I wouldn’t like to say that any breed in particular is more difficult to train than another. My belief is that the success of training a dog depends mainly on the owner’s skill in controlling their dog while, at the same time, building a relationship of trust between the owner and dog.

      In answer to your question about the Stay method being harder to maintain when others are around; all dog training is more difficult when there are distractions of people or other animals. Training is best done on a one-to-one basis, as in just the owner and dog working together.

  4. Well written and detailed topic. Thank you for writing this. I have plans on adopting a Schnauzer and this information will definitely help. I have a Bichon Frise which is a year old but we are struggling to make him obey. Does this technique work with other breeds? Will definitely bookmark your site and visit again once I adopt a Schnauzer.

    • Thanks Marc for visiting my site and leaving your comment. It’s great to learn that you have a Bichon Frise as I think they are such delightful little dogs. It’s interesting that you say you are struggling to make him obey. Such a delightful little bundle with a strong mind!

      Yes, the technique detailed on my site to teach a puppy to stay works with all breeds of dogs.

      Best wishes for when you adopt your Schnauzer.

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