So, when should you start puppy training? DAY ONE!
There’s both good news and bad news when it comes to training your new Miniature Schnauzer puppy:
So, it is important to start training your Miniature Schnauzer right away!
• Housebreaking your puppy is training your dog to urinate and defecate outside of your home or only in a special designated space. A dog that is house trained has learned to live cleanly in a house and knows not to soil inside.
• Crate training your puppy is teaching your dog to go into its crate on command and accepting the crate as a familiar and safe location, for a temporary time period. This is really important to understand.... Your dog's crate should be his safe place, NOT a place he is put into for punishment. Also, and just as important, the crate is for short, temporary time periods. It is not meant for long extended hours.
How Crate Training Your Puppy Can Help with Potty Training Since it is a dog's natural tendency to keep his sleeping area clean, you can begin puppy training by having him learn to accept his crate. Once he's in the crate, allow for a bit of time to pass that would be considered reasonable to resist the urge to go. At that point, take your puppy outside to urinate. The key to success is making sure you do not leave your puppy crated too long. Your new Mini Schnauzer puppy will learn that when he has the urge to go, he can hold it.
Crate Training Tips: Begin by getting your puppy
accustomed to the crate and then start using it for short time spans.
Like when you're busy with household chores or must leave home for a a
short spell. The crate can help house train a puppy as well as keep a
puppy safe and out of trouble, especially when you are not supervising
The puppy crate is also great to use when traveling with your Miniature Schnauzer. Your puppy will learn to identify a sense security and belonging to his crate and it will soon become his own doggie haven.
Again, the crate should never be used to put your puppy into when he has done something wrong nor should it be used for an extended time period. If left in the crate too long, your puppy will no longer be able to hold it and eliminate inside the crate. If this happens, it will be your fault (not the puppy's) and the puppy training process may take even longer to establish.
Keep in mind your new Miniature Schnauzer puppy is probably frightened
now that he is on his own and away from his litter mates – so let him
sniff around and explore his new surroundings.
During this time, be sure to watch him carefully.
Puppies have to go potty quite often. So during puppy training, watch for signals or signs of pre-urination. If your puppy begins to squat or circle an area, that's your cue to pick him up and take him outside or put him on the pee pads and use the potty command of your choice.
Once your Miniature Schnauzer relieves himself make sure you praise him.
So with these puppy training tips in mind, and if you're ready to test your patience and sense of humor let's begin.
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