Everybody loves puppies. These little furry babies give the sweetest hugs and kisses with their teeny-tiny pink paws. When you bring your new schnauzer puppy home for the first time, he will be exposed to the sounds and sights of your normal, everyday life. This little pooch is an active, spirited, intelligent, robust, and alert dog and usually doesn’t weigh more than about 15 pounds.
How To Care For Schnauzer Puppies
There are a few things you need to know before you start caring for schnauzer puppies. There are three different sizes of schnauzers – miniature, standard, and giant. They originally were bred in Germany as farming dogs to chase and catch small animals such as rats, mice, skunk, etc. as well as guard property. Schnauzers are excellent family dogs and make extremely good watchdogs and companions when trained well.
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Schnauzers have a very warm-hearted, loving, and extroverted personality. They love to be close to their pet parents. However, they are a terrier breed so you might experience some stereotypical terrier behavior such as digging and barking or catching birds and other small animals. Schnauzers have a high energy level so make sure your Fido is getting plenty of opportunities for exercise. Schnauzers can make a wonderful beloved furry best friend. It’s very important to make sure you know how to care for schnauzer puppies before bringing them home. (1)
Feeding Your Schnauzer Puppy
When it comes to feeding your schnauzer puppy it’s important to make sure you give him raw natural food because their digestive system stems from their “wolf” heritage. An 8-12 weeks old schnauzer fur baby needs to eat a small amount of food at least 3-4 times a day.
Here at TruDog, we believe raw food is better than overheated and processed kibble. Raw food ingredients are simple and very good for their health. Besides, it keeps their coat nice and shiny. It also keeps them happy and satisfied. If you would like to learn more about how to provide your canine friend a safe and good raw food diet, check out our page here.
It is important you don’t overfeed your pooch to avoid any weight-related health problems caused by obesity. In addition, always make sure your Fido has a steady supply of fresh water available. (2, 3)
How To Potty Train Your Schnauzer Puppy
One of the most important things is to potty train your new furry baby. This is something they need to learn as soon as you bring them home. This training not only helps your home stay cleaner and smell fresher, but also teaches him to respect his new home.
With schnauzers, potty training may be very challenging. During the training time, you may become frustrated. However, when you the least expect it, your beloved furry friend may start to beg you to take him outside to do his business.
One of the simplest potty training methods is to keep eyes on your Fido. If he fusses, whines, or starts to cycling around one spot, it means he needs to go potty. It’s important to take him outside immediately. When he finished his business outside be sure you give him a treat. Make this a regular routine until he no longer has indoor accidents.
Make sure to take your pooch outside immediately every morning, as soon as he wakes up from a nap, and shortly after eating or drinking. Schedule potty breaks between meals and sleep times so your furry baby will be at the right place at the right time. If you catch your pooch is making a mess inside the house never punish him verbally or physically. You can say “NO” in a louder voice and take him outside to finish his business. (4)
Socializing With Your Schnauzer Puppy
It’s very important to let your schnauzer puppy socialize with other pets and pet parents in their early age. Socializing helps them lessen the risk of developing aggression towards people or other dogs. As a matter of fact, schnauzers may be somewhat fearful around people. For this reason, it’s a good idea to spend plenty of time socializing your beloved furry baby around other people. If schnauzers don’t socialize in their early years with other dogs they may become hostile around other pets.
Grooming Your Schnauzer Puppy
Schnauzer breeds require a fair amount of grooming. With a wire brush, you should comb his coat daily. They also need to be bathed with a high-quality shampoo designed for dogs at least once a month. Schnauzers also usually need to have their coat clipped at least three times a year. If you don’t have experience trimming schnauzers, it’s best to take your Fido to a professional groomer. (5) For more tips check out our Ultimate Guide To Caring For My Schnauzer.