Training the Miniature Schnauzer

Learn fast tips for training your Miniature Schnauzer dog.

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4. Be consistent. You can't snuggle together on the couch to watch TV today, then scold him for climbing on the couch tomorrow.

5. Never tell your dog to come to you and then correct him for something he did wrong. He will think the correction is for coming to you. (Think like a dog, remember?) Always go to the dog to stop unwanted behavior, but be sure you catch him in the act.

6. Never hit or kick your dog or strike him with a newspaper or another object.

7. When praising or correcting, use your best doggie voice. Use a light and happy voice for praise, and a firm, sharp voice for warnings or corrections. 

Your dog also will respond accordingly to family arguments. If there's a shouting match, he will think that he did something wrong and head for cover. So never argue in front of the kids or the dog!

Despite the Miniature Schnauzer's sometimes stubborn nature, he is a soft dog who will not respond to harsh training methods or corrections. Puppy kindergarten and continued lessons in obedience focusing on positive reinforcement are the best course to combating the Miniature Schnauzer stubborn streak.

Next step: Games for Miniature Schnauzer Puppies

Reprinted from Breeders Best: Miniature Schnauzer © 2004. Permission granted by Kennel Club Books, an imprint of BowTie Press.

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Judy   Waterloo, IL

8/21/2009 5:22:14 PM

I have 2 month old mini schnauzer puppies, a female and a male. They are doing well, the female is very headstrong and the male is definately a people pleaser. I am looking for anything to help with dealing with her outbursts of anger when she is stopped from doing something she wants to do. Overall, they are doing great and are so much fun to have. I had a male mini that was absolutely wonderful (he was very headstrong too), we just lost him this summer. Having 2 is a very neat experience, they love playing together.

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Clayton   Webster, TX

7/26/2009 11:02:56 AM

You are absolutely correct about the training. I have had dogs from doberman's to currently a schnauzer puppy. They do watch us most of the time which is why they will rollover by using either a hand signal or voice command if taught at the same time. Which makes us think about our own behavior.

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