Introduction

With a bushy beard and eyebrows that make them look almost human, the Miniature Schnauzer has successfully secured a spot among the most pawpular dog breeds in the United States. Aside from their charming appearance, the breed's extroverted nature, low-shedding coat, and portable size make them ideal family dogs for city and country dwellers alike. Outgoing and friendly, the Mini Schnauzer enjoys vigorous play and being with their family. They were bred to be farm dogs and ratters, meaning they need daily exercise and make furrific watchdogs. If you're ready to commit to this sturdy little breed, read on for tips on how to be a pawsome Mini Schnauzer puppy parent! 

Home Preparation

Puppies are inherently curious creatures who will get into anything they can. Make your home a safe space for your Miniature Schnauzer by hiding all potential hazards, including electrical cords, garden chemicals, cleaning supplies, and medicines. Move valuables and breakables to higher ground, too. Remember, everything within reach is fair game to your Mini Schnauzer! Baby gates are great for limiting access to certain sections of the house. If you have a yard, make sure that it is fenced, as Miniature Schnauzers have a strong prey drive and can run off in pursuit of small animals. Don't forget to go shopping for puppy essentials as well! Your pup will need dog food, treats, toys, food and water bowls, a collar and leash, grooming supplies, a bed, and a crate.

Create a Schedule

Following a consistent schedule will help your Miniature Schnauzer adjust to their new environment and become housetrained much faster. Start off on the right paw by having a schedule ready even before your puppy arrives! Your Mini Schnauzer will need to be fed three to four times a day, and take potty breaks several times a day. Bring them outside first thing in the morning, after meals, after naps, and before going to bed. They might also need to go in the middle of the night. Daily exercise is crucial for maintaining your pupper's mental and physical health. Veterinary and grooming appointments are impawtant, too. While Mini Schnauzers shed very little, their wiry coats need to be trimmed every five to eight weeks to keep them looking furbulous.

What to Expect the First Week

The first few days without their mom and littermates can be overwhelming for your Mini Schnauzer, so keep the mood nice and mellow. Have chew toys on hand for your teething pup. Be patient with them as they learn the do's and don'ts of their new home. Some mistakes and accidents will likely occur, but your Mini Schnauzer pup is doing their best and wants nothing more than to please you. Know that you'll always have a family-oriented and affectionate companion in your Miniature Schnauzer!
Training
Training

Make It Fun

Keep training interesting as Mini Schnauzers can get bored with repetition.
Food
Food

Don't Overfeed

Mini Schnauzers can become overweight if their diet is not monitored.
Sleep
Sleep

Cuddly

Your Mini Schnauzer will want to be next to you all the time, including bedtime!
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