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Being a Schnauzer Puppy Parent  

When you’re thinking about adding a furry friend to your family, it's essential to make sure that you choose the right breed for your lifestyle. Miniature Schnauzers make excellent family pets; they're the smallest of the Schnauzer breeds and generally weigh 11-20 pounds. Miniature Schnauzers grow 12-14 inches tall; they're sporty and muscular dogs initially bred as farm dogs and ratters.

Diet and Exercise

Miniature Schnauzers are lively and energetic dogs that require daily exercise for their mental and physical health. They enjoy going on walks and outdoor activities with their family. Miniature Schnauzers have a medium energy level, making them a good fit for city or country living. Miniature Schnauzers should be fed high-quality dog food. For specific dietary needs, consult with your veterinarian.


Miniature Schnauzers have medium-length, wiry double coats. They shed minimally but require daily brushing. They should be bathed monthly and have their hair and nails trimmed by a professional groomer every five to eight weeks.

Temperament and Training  

 Miniature Schnauzers are quick learners and eager to please. Schnauzers are smart dogs, and they may get bored with repetitive training, so make training fun with a mix of tasks and activities. Miniature Schnauzers are friendly dogs that get along with children and other dogs with supervision. Schnauzers are family-oriented, enjoy plenty of playtimes, and make excellent watchdogs. Miniature Schnauzers are energetic and excel in canine sports, such as agility. Caution should be exercised outdoors, as Miniature Schnauzers may be prone to chasing small animals running away because they were initially bred as ratters. A fenced-in backyard is best for the safety of your Miniature Schnauzer. 

PetSmart and Petco offer basic, intermediate, and advanced pet training through scheduled weekly classes, and common commands such as sit, stand, stay, touch, down, and heel. The key to resolving almost any problem behavior concerns you is to help your dog behave better. Please take the opportunity to communicate with your dog trainer about what worries you; they'll offer additional one-on-one training to solve problems with your Miniature Schnauzer. 


Make it a point to take your Miniature Schnauzer with you in as many places as possible. Provide your dog access to new places, people, and experiences. At the age of 3-12 months, they accept new things and willing to investigate their environment. At 16 weeks and beyond, let your puppy warm up to people, places, and things because they become more cautious. Try always to make sure you know your surroundings and position yourself, so your puppy doesn't get scared. Taking treats with you is a good idea so they can associate the new thing with something positive. 

House Training

Housetraining is about empowering your Miniature Schnauzer by teaching them the proper places to use the bathroom. The key to successful housetraining is paying attention to when your puppy starts sniffing on the floor, bed, or in their playpen. That's your sign they're looking for a place to go to the potty, and it's your cue to bring them where you'd like them to eliminate. Once they understand your expectations and how happy you're by praising them, they'll continue to comply and practice by informing you they'd like to go to the potty. For example, our male Miniature Schnauzer will sit by our patio door looking back at us, and our females will climb on us and sit on our chest to let us know they'd like to go to the bathroom. Don't get upset or mad if you become preoccupied and don't recognize the signs your puppy is giving you. Use the opportunity to interrupt them while using the bathroom and take them outside immediately to show them where to go.

Let us say your puppy has had a bowel movement in your home; move them to another location where they can't easily see you cleaning up the mess. Witnessing pet parents cleaning up a mess causes a pet to believe that is your job. Miniature Schnauzer has a strong sense of smell, so use a pet-safe household cleaner to eliminate stains and odors from severe urine, diarrhea, vomit, feces, blood, mud, grease, and many more! This unique formula also helps prevent pets' attraction to repeat marking. To reinforce the designated location, you'll need to protect your hands, take a small piece of a stole, and place it where you would like them to go. Making sure you maintain a routine will avoid accidents in your home.

Dog Playpen for inside your home and Bedding  

 A pet playpen provides a safe, enclosed area for your Miniature Schnauzer to exercise and play indoors. It can become your Mini Schnauzer's own space and keep your puppy out of trouble when you can't supervise or need to run out for a few errands. Dog playpens are foldable, making this an ideal, portable dog enclosure for travel. Some pet parents prefer to have their pet companions sleep in their playpen; we recommend not using a stuffed bed. Stuffed beds, which can be found at local pet stores, feed stores, and department stores, aren't chewing-proof and will be ripped apart in a matter of minutes, leaving you with an explosion of stuffing to clean up. Kuranda Pro chew-proof beds made to last. The beds are made to resist chewing; the seams are reinforced so they won't quickly come apart and are backed with a warranty/money-back guarantee. 

Chew Toys

Super Chewer, from the makers of BarkBox, is the themed monthly delivery of toys and treats made for dogs who play harder and demand a challenge. BarkBox designs all durable toys and treats built to last for dogs who run faster, jump higher, and fetch further.

As pet parents, you can buy individual toys or subscribe monthly to a delivery box from my home page and receive special offers from BarkBox, which includes two tough dog toys, two full-size bags of dog treats, and two meaty chews. Each month celebrates a different surprise theme and playstyle, with tips and tricks to make playtime together even better! All treats and chews are made in the USA, and allergy-friendly options are available for pups with dietary restrictions.

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