Dog obedience training builds upon the relationship and trust between dog and owner. And having a Miniature Schnauzer that reliably responds to your commands makes for a well-behaved companion, for sure. Begin teaching your Schnauzer the basic commands right away and you too will have the companionship of a well-trained dog.
Before beginning, take a moment to review our information on using positive reinforcement to train your dog PLUS all of our other dog training tips and tricks which will further help you through the lessons below.
For more advanced learners and those of you who enjoy competition, competitive obedience trials are available. Find a list of Clubs in your area that can assist you in training your dog. Watch Mini Schnauzer Lexi Compete in AKC Obedience.
Consistency..... Timing..... Treat..... Repeat.....
Important dog obedience training tip:
Do not yell at your Miniature Schnauzer during the training process.
Yelling at your dog will only make it that much harder to train him.
Your Schnauzer could begin to associate the training or learning a
command with getting into trouble (since he's being yelled at) and you
don't want that to happen.
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The SIT command is probably the most used dog command. It is also one of
the easiest to teach your dog since dogs sit naturally on their own. In
fact if you have a new puppy, in the beginning whenever you see him
sit, say: "Sit, Good Boy". This will help to reinforce the association
of the word SIT with the behavior.
Also, be sure you are rewarding the correct response. Only treat your Schnauzer while he is in the correct position, otherwise you will be rewarding the wrong behavior.
When practicing STAY, continue to build on the distance between you & your Miniature Schnauzer. Then begin to build on the length of time your Schnauzer must remain in his STAY position. Once this is mastered, begin adding distractions to your Schnauzer's training.
dog obedience training tip: Some people find it helpful to begin training their dog to COME while on a leash. The steps are the same as above except when you command COME, you also give a little tug on your dog's leash. You may practice this way for a few days at first but then begin practicing without the leash.
Training Tip: The DOWN command is not to be used when
your dog is jumping up on you and you want him to stop. The command for that should be OFF. OFF means for
the dog to remove himself from people, sofas, chairs, beds... or in
other words: get all four paws back on the floor.
Don't forget: You must be consistent in your dog commands, or you will confuse your Miniature Schnauzer.
It's best to teach the dog obedience training command HEEL, off the leash:
dog training tip: If your Miniature Schnauzer runs ahead say uh-uh or no and return him to his mark. Have your Schnauzer SIT and start over. If necessary begin training the HEEL command with lead (instructions below).
Training dog to HEEL on leash:
Now that your Miniature Schnauzer has learned all the basic dog obedience training commands, continue to practice all of them daily.
Training should be reinforced throughout your dog's life
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Watch Miniature Schnauzer Lexi perform during an Open Competition in which a dog is expected follow commands off leash including heel, figure 8, retrieve over high jump, drop on recall, sit and more. Lexi does a great job performing! Go Lexi!
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