More Miniature Schnauzer Puppy Advice

If you live in an apartment or have a small yard, you may be concerned about providing your Miniature Schnauzer puppy with sufficient outdoor playtime and exercise. This is an understandable concern, but did you know that there is a place where you can take your puppy so he can enjoy a fun outdoor experience with you? This place is known as a dog park.

Dog parks, as the name implies, is a park that has been designed for dogs. It is a place where dogs are permitted to run and play off leash. They provide your dog a chance to socialize with other dogs and for you to get in some good quality play time with your Miniature Schnauzer puppy.

If you are not familiar with dog parks, or have heard of them but don’t know all the facts, the following are answers to some of the more common questions concerning these parks:

Is a dog park enclosed?

It depends. Some parks have a fence and some don’t. It usually depends on how large the dog park is and where it is located. For instance, if it’s small and near a road it will likely be enclosed. However, some parks can be 50 acres or more. Therefore, you would need to investigate the parks near you to see what is available to you and your Miniature Schnauzer puppy.

Do I have to pay to use a dog park?
Sometimes there is a fee. Again, it all depends on where you live and the policies that apply to particular dog parks. Usually there is only a fee on privately owned parks, and the fee is often annual.

What if dogs get into fights?
It is not uncommon for dog fights in dog parks to occur. Therefore, it is important that you employ ways to protect your Miniature Schnauzer puppy. You can do this by making sure your dog has previously been socialized with other dogs and that you have control over him. Before you take your puppy to a park, make sure he knows the “Come” command. You should also always have his leash handy in case you need to remove him from the park.

Where can I find a local dog park?
Try searching the internet or visiting your city website if they have one. You may also want to consider contacting the city. Another good idea is to ask fellow dog owners you know in your area or even your dog’s Vet.

Dog parks are something your Miniature Schnauzer puppy will surely enjoy. He’ll love having the freedom to run around outside.

Miniature Schnauzer Training Tips – Teaching Stand

 Miniature Schnauzer training needs to begin as soon as you bring your dog home. Housebreaking and socializing come first, but this must soon be followed by obedience training.

Miniature Schnauzers are extremely intelligent and can be willful if they are not given persistent training. Therefore, it is mandatory that these dogs are taken to obedience training and taught control.

Once you have effectively mastered basic Miniature Schnauzer training you will discover just how obedient your dog is. In fact, because the Schnauzer is prized for his intelligence, it is not uncommon for many owners to train their dog for the show ring.

If you are considering teaching your dog some show commands, the following is a good command you can try to start: “Stand”

Stand is a Miniature Schnauzer training command that is needed in the show ring. You will find that it can also be quite a useful command when you bathe him and for general purposes around the home and outside.

To begin the training process, have your Schnauzer on a leash and have him sit on your left. Tell your dog to “Stand” and give his leash a forward pull with your right hand. At the same time, move your left foot forward. As soon as your Miniature Schnauzer stands, praise him and give him a treat.

Continue to repeat this Miniature Schnauzer training until your dog associates “Stand” with standing, and will perform this maneuver on vocal command.

Finally, keep in mind that when your dog is performing in the show ring, he is required to stand while he is being physically inspected all over by the judge. Therefore, once your dog has successfully mastered “Stand”, it’s a good idea to get him used to being touched while he is in this stand still position. Have another family member touch your dog on his face (nose, muzzle, teeth, lips), legs, body and tail as he stands. This will get him used to the feeling and prepare him for the judge.