This little house dog can be quite prey driven and independent, and training him will require keeping him focused on you. Establishing yourself as his leader is very important to achieve focus, and these sensitive, independent dogs learn better from positive reinforcement. They generally do not require or respond well to punishment or heavy-handed tactics. Be firm, consistent, and ensure your pooch is well socialized and respects you in order to be successful training your Mini Schnauzer.
Miniature Schnauzers benefit from early training and socialization and positive reward-based training. Your Mini Schnauzer will need to be house trained and learn basic obedience commands like 'sit', 'stay', 'down', and 'come'. Good off-leash recall and learning to walk on a loose leash can be challenging for inquisitive Mini Schnauzers, but are especially important to establish for your dog's safety and your peace of mind. Because they are athletic and smart, Mini Schnauzers can also excel at doggy sports like flyball and agility trials, so you might want to incorporate these into your training regime to keep your bright little pup's mind busy and engaged.
It is important to stay positive and not become frustrated with your Miniature Schnauzer during training. Make time to train when you are free from distractions and in a positive mood. Use treats, toys, and praise to train your Miniature Schnauzer. Because they love to play, typical of a terrier breed, play can be an excellent positive reinforcement. By using play as a reward you can avoid the danger of overfeeding your little house dog, which can be a problem. Miniature Schnauzers tend to be pretty food motivated and while food is an excellent reward, it can be combined with affection and play so that it is not overused.
Struggling to control his barking at other dogs/people
Hello Sue, Check out the article linked below and use the "Quiet" method and the "Desensitize" method. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark Also, check out the PDF e-book download linked below and the information about how to socialize puppies found in that short book. www.lifedogtraining.com/freedownloads Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Hello, my dog is 13 weeks old and we have had him a little over a week now. We are struggling with biting and barking. He often bites hard. We respond to his attempts by handing him a toy, which he often pushes to the side in order to bite us. We then yelp in a high pitch voice and ignore him. This usually makes him aggravated and he barks and/or bites our legs as we walk away. His bites are painful so it is often hard to ignore. He usually responds to being ignored by biting furniture, hiding under the couch, or leaving the area to use the bathroom. He also often barks when one of us walks into a room. We feed him the recommended amount, provide plenty of teething toys, and let him out regularly, so I am not sure how to address the problem. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
Hello Taylor, Check out the article linked below and teach use the Leave It method. This will take a little time to teach so practice frequently to speed up that process. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite Also, it sounds like he is often over-tired and over-stimulated when the biting is at its worst a lot of times. Puppies can actually get more wound up when they are overdue for some down time. When he gets like this, put him into a crate or an exercise pen with a food-stuffed chew toy to give him time to wind down and play calmly. When you put him in the crate or pen, he will likely bark at first, ignore his barking. Check out the Surprise method from the article linked below to help with the barking when confined. Surprise method: https://wagwalking.com/training/like-a-crate For the barking while loose, check out the article linked below and the Quiet and Desensitization methods. Quiet is a useful command to have to stop the barking, but he likely needs to be desensitized to people entering and leaving the room in general to make that less exciting for him. Follow the Desensitization method for that, and also check out the video linked below for an example of someone doing this at a front door (you can do the same type of training for just entering into rooms and not just the front door though). Don't ever give treats while he is in the middle of barking; wait until he is quiet - even if that's only a second, before rewarding, so that your timing rewards the quietness and doesn't encourage more barking. Quiet method and Desensitization method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark Desensitization door video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxPrNnulp5s The video channel above also includes a few other barking videos in Kikopup's channel if you need further examples. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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