Are you Ready for a Puppy?

When you decide to get a puppy, don’t take the decision lightly. Give it alot of thought. The puppy will be a member of your family and they deserve your time and devotion. If, after deep thought, you find yourself ready to take the plunge into dog ownership–a miniature schnauzer is an excellent choice. The breed standards for the miniature schnauzer are: 12″-14″ tall and weighing between 11 and 18 pounds. They should have a stocky build, and because of their friendly, alert, and willing to please attitude they make great family pets. Most recognized colors are salt and pepper, black and black and silver and a great selling point that people love is that they don’t shed.

TEACHING YOUR MINIATURE SCHNAUZER TO BE A WELCOME ADDITION TO THE FAMILY

For the past 7 years I have been teaching Dog Obedience to 4-H members in our county. I find this to be very rewarding and it is an honor to work with the young people of our county.

Working with dogs and young people is an ongoing learning process. No two sessions are alike. Some ideas I live by are listed below.

1. Puppies are never to young to learn.
Some people think and let their puppies get away with things that will never be tolerated when they get older. When they are young, people say ,”aren’t they cute!”. People need to ask themselves, “when they are grown, will I find this action so cute?”. Most of the time, the answer is no.

2. Be consistent with your rules.
Everyone involved with the puppy NEEDS to enforce the same rules, that way we are not sending the puppy mixed signals.

3. Puppies learn by repetition.
Don’t expect them to pick up a new skill the first time you teach them. It takes lots of time and patience.

4. Praise, praise, praise!!
This is one saying that 4-H members really hear me stress. LIke kids–dogs love praise. Praise reinforces the correct behavior.

5. Never hit your dog.
Abusing a dog, is never tolerated by me. If you feel frustrated and are disgusted about how things are going, remove yourself from the situation and COOL DOWN.

6. When working on a new command or trick. Practice it for short periods of time and always finish a “learning session” by going back over something they already know how to do. This builds confidence in the puppy.

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