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With a face you just can't help but love, King Schnauzers rule the roost wherever they go. A mix between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (talk about royalty!) and a mini Schnauzer, the King Schnauzer is a loving, playful pup that grows to be full sized at less than 20 pounds.
These family-oriented dogs are perfect for households that offer plenty of love and attention, as well as stimulation because King Schnauzers need a lot or they will find their own ways to stay occupied -- and you probably won't like what they find to get into!
The King Schnauzer's favorite thing to do is to spend time with family and they are highly adaptable to just about any location. Even though they love to be active, you'll want to be careful exactly how you choose to keep your pup stimulated because their excitement can go beyond what their little bodies can handle.
Try to find activities that are broken into smaller chunks of time and always keep an eye on your pup for signs of overexertion.
What many people who purchase King Schnauzers don't realize is that their emotional state is usually tied to how much they are around people. If they don't get attention, they may become depressed.
To keep this from happening to your pup, a great activity is to train them to become a therapy dog and visit nursing homes!
Not all dogs have what it takes to do this well. They have to enjoy people, both known and new, and not bite or nip, even when coerced. They also have to have basic commands down pat and be calm in new environments.
If your pup startles easily or gets nervous with new sights or smells, training them to be a therapy dog might not be the activity for them.
King Schnauzers are as equally happy curled up in your lap as they are running and playing, but these smart dogs need mental stimulation.
There are a lot of puzzle toys on the market that you can buy to entertain Fido for hours, but many other games are cheap or free if you make them at home.
You've probably seen the Shell Game used by magicians everywhere to stump viewers as they attempt to follow an object under a shell with only their eyes.
Now you can be the magician and Fido will be your loyal assistant! Using plastic cups and a ball or a treat, you and your pup will be entertained for hours.
Are you constantly running behind your dog at the end of the day and cleaning up all of their toys? If you are, you aren't utilizing your King's intelligence to their utmost potential.
King Schnauzers have an uncanny ability to remember just about anything they learn after the first time. This makes them one of the most trainable dogs in the animal kingdom. They love to use their intellect, too, to show they aren't just another cute face!
One way you can help your pup increase their brain stimulation is by teaching them how to play Name That Toy, otherwise known as 52-Toy Clean Up.
As excited as we were as kids to play this game, your pup will be just as thrilled, if not more! For doggie hide-and-seek, you choose a treasure, like a toy or a treat, and show it to your dog to sniff, then hide it while your pup is not looking. For best results, have two people playing so one person can distract Fido while the other hides the treasure. When the treasure is safely hidden (but not too far out of the way), you can release Fido to sniff it out! Make sure as you are teaching the game that the hiding spots are easy, but then continually add a challenge as Fido masters them.