Games for Miniature Schnauzer Puppies
Games are excellent teaching aids and one of the best ways to say "I love you" to your puppy.
Puppy games are a great way to entertain your puppy and yourself while subliminally teaching lessons in the course of having fun. Start with a game plan and a pocketful of tasty dog treats. Keep your games short so you don't push his attention span beyond Miniature Schnauzer puppy limits. Mini Schnauzers get bored with too much repetition.
"Puppy catch-me" is a game that helps to teach the come command. With two people sitting on the floor about 10 or 15 feet apart, one person holds and pets the pup while the other calls him: "Puppy, puppy, come!" in a happy voice. When the puppy comes running, lavish big hugs on him and give a tasty treat. Repeat back and forth several timesdont overdo it.
You can add a ball or toy and toss it back and forth for the puppy to retrieve. When he picks it up, praise and hug some more, give him a goodie to release the toy, then toss it back to person number two. Repeat as before.
Hide-and-seek also teaches the come command. Play this game outdoors in your yard or other confined safe area. When the pup is distracted, hide behind a tree or bush. Peek out to see when he discovers you are gone and comes running back to find you (trust me, he will do that). As soon as he gets close, come out, squat down with arms outstretched and call him: "Puppy, come!" This is also an excellent bonding aid and teaches the puppy to depend on you.
"Where's your toy?" is an ideal beginner retrieving game. Begin by placing one of his favorite toys in plain sight, ask your puppy "Where's your toy?" and let him take it. Then place your puppy safely outside the room and place the toy so that only part of it shows. Bring him back and ask the same question. Praise highly when he finds it. Repeat several times. Finally, conceal the toy completely and let your puppy sniff it out. Trust his nosehe will find his toy.
Miniature Schnauzer puppies love to have fun with their people. Games are excellent teaching aids, and one of the best ways to teach the puppy trust and obedience.
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Reprinted from Breeders Best: Miniature Schnauzer © 2004. Permission granted by Kennel Club Books, an imprint of BowTie Press.
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