Training Your Miniature Schnauzer Puppy to Stay

training your miniature schnauzerTraining 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 For You 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 during 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.

You can see how to train your puppy to stay by viewing Doggy Dan’s online video training.

I welcome your comments.  Please leave them in the space provided below.

Thank you.

6 Responses to Training Your Miniature Schnauzer Puppy to Stay

  1. Marc January 18, 2017 at 6:19 am #

    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.

    • Valerie Joy January 18, 2017 at 6:54 am #

      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.

  2. keichenlaub January 20, 2017 at 3:51 pm #

    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!

    • Valerie Joy January 20, 2017 at 10:58 pm #

      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.

  3. Gareth January 23, 2017 at 12:56 pm #

    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.

    • Valerie Joy January 24, 2017 at 1:10 am #

      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.

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