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How to Train a Miniature Schnauzer: 13 Expert Tips & Tricks

Written by: Ed Malaker

Last Updated on April 9, 2024 by Dogster Team

How to Train a Miniature Schnauzer: 13 Expert Tips & Tricks

Miniature Schnauzers are intelligent and highly trainable dogs, but they also have a great deal of energy, so it is important to start training them early, so they can get into a routine that they can continue to follow even as adults. If you just purchased a Miniature Schnauzer or are considering it but are worried about training them, keep reading for several tips and tricks that will help make the process easier.

 

Preparation

Before you get started, learn about the Miniature Schnauzer, and research their temperament and training needs. Understand their energy levels, intelligence, and any breed-specific quirks. Designate a specific area in your home or yard as a training space, and let other family members know that it is off-limits when you are training. Remove any distractions, and ensure that it’s a safe and comfortable environment for your dog. Stock up on healthy treats, a clicker if you choose to use one, a leash, a collar or harness, and any other necessary training equipment.

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The 13 Tips on How to Train a Miniature Schnauzer

1. Teach Basic Commands

Start by teaching your dog basic commands, such as “sit,” “stay,” “come,” and “lie down,” and use positive reinforcement techniques like treats and praise to reward desired behaviors.


2. Use Positive Reinforcement

Reward your Miniature Schnauzer with treats, praise, and play whenever they display the desired behavior. This positive reinforcement will motivate them to repeat the behavior, and they may even look forward to completing tasks to get a reward.

Black miniature schnauzer dog holding ball in lawn close up
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3. House Train Them

Develop a consistent routine for bathroom breaks, and use crate training or confinement to prevent accidents. Reward your dog for eliminating in the appropriate area.


4. Expose Them to New Environments

Introduce your Miniature Schnauzer to various environments, people, and animals at an early age. Gradually expose them to different things as they get comfortable. The more experiences your dog has, the more comfortable they will feel in strange environments.


5. Address Behavioral Issues

If your dog displays behavioral problems, such as excessive barking or jumping, use positive reinforcement techniques to redirect their behavior. For example, you can prompt your dog to perform a more desirable behavior, such as sitting or staying, and treat them when they obey.

Miniature Schnauzer
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6. Do Leash Training and Loose Leash Walking

Teach your dog to walk calmly on a leash without pulling. Practice loose leash walking, and reinforce good behavior with treats and praise.


7. Do Trick Training and Mental Stimulation

Engage your dog’s mind with trick training sessions. Teach them fun and challenging tricks like “roll over,” “play dead,” or “fetch.” This mental stimulation will keep them happy and attentive and will help prevent them from misbehaving at other times of the day.


8. Start Recall Training

Strengthen your dog’s recall ability by teaching them to come when called, even in distracting environments. Gradually increase the level of distraction as your dog becomes more reliable. Distractions can include noisy environments, areas with many people, and dog parks.

Two Miniature Schnauzer
Image By: Sebastian Coman Travel, Unsplash

9. Be Consistent

Consistency is crucial in training. Establish clear rules and boundaries and ensure that everyone involved in your dog’s care follows them consistently.


10. Be Patient

It can take even the smartest dogs several weeks to learn a new trick, so it is important to be patient with your pet. Never try to rush them or get angry or disappointed. If the dog senses that you are unhappy, they may not want to continue the sessions and might avoid them.


11. Keep Training Sessions Short

Miniature Schnauzers have a relatively short attention span, so keep training sessions brief, around 10–15 minutes at most, to maintain their focus.

Miniature Schnauzer Closeup
Image By: Sebastian Coman Travel, Unsplash

12. Keep Training Sessions Engaging

Make the sessions fun and engaging by incorporating toys, games, and variety into the routine.


13. Hire a Professional

If you’re struggling with specific training challenges or your Miniature Schnauzer has behavioral issues that you find difficult to address, consider consulting a professional dog trainer or behaviorist. They can provide expert guidance tailored to your dog’s individual needs.

Conclusion

Training a Miniature Schnauzer is not difficult, but it requires preparation, consistency, and positive reinforcement. Teach them basic commands early so they can be safe on walks and visiting parks, and slowly expose them to new things as they become comfortable. Keep the training sessions short and at regularly scheduled times to help get them into a routine. Address any behavioral issues quickly, and hire a professional if you are having problems.


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