Miniature Schnauzer Questions

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Miniature Schnauzer

Miniature Schnauzer Questions

A Visitor asked the following question on 12/3/2004
We have a new puppy (8 weeks) and everytime we try to pick her up (myself, daughter 7) she will growl and try to bite us. Is this normal? We are hoping that it is because she is not familiar with us just yet and it will stop.

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1/9/05 Some schnauzers tend to be a bit more aggressive than others. The individual nature of a mini is determined both genetically and by training. Being that I do not know the history of your pup, (parents or genetic lines) it is hard to say if it is genetic. The best way to try to curb this behavior is by letting them know that it is not acceptable. When they start to bite too hard, tell them "no!" and put them in their crate for a "time out". Be sure to keep them in there for at least 15 minutes. Richard
Olympus Kennels
4/3/05 Puppies bite alot. Fact of life. What I do is tell the puppy no and replace your hand with a toy. If you are crate training I don't think it's good to punish a dog by putting them in a crate. That is there home where they should feel safe and secure, not punished. All I tell my dogs is let's go in your crate and give them each a treat and they are excited to go to bed. Diane
Shultz's Schnauzers
5/23/05 Not all puppies have been socialized before you get them. Some breeders leave that to the new owner. You should always get your puppy from a breeder who believes in socializing their puppies. This is not a guarantee that you won't get a puppy that is aggressive, but it betters your odds. Rita