You are now the proud owner of a very special Miniature Schnauzer
puppy. To prevent stress, keep your new pup at home for a week or
two. Just like a new baby, there is work to
be done so your lifestyle isn't totally upset. You must remember,
this is a baby who is going to be fully grown in just a few months,
so you only have weeks to establish your ground rules. If you don't
work daily with this puppy, you will have an ill-mannered, spoiled
brat by the time he/she is six months old. You are the adult, the
puppy is the child— you are the boss!
A playpen is a must. Don't lock the pup in a kitchen, bathroom or
utility room while you are home. Keep it in a playpen in the room
you're most often in, so it can watch what you are doing and not be
getting into trouble behind your back. When you let the puppy out
of the playpen, this is his/her time to be with you and your family.
This is the time to play and interact and to learn the boundaries
of your home. This is NOT the time for the puppy
to go exploring on its own. You are buying a toddler without a diaper.
Do not play with the puppy on carpeting if you do not want to clean
up carpeting. Paper, books, kleenex, toilet paper and all reading
material can become confetti in less than five minutes. See Housbreaking below.
An enclosed carrier is used to sleep in at night. It should not be
used for punishment. This is a happy place. I even feed my dogs in
their carriers and they look forward to being there. You may use a
piddle pad on the bottom until the puppy is old enough to chew it
up (8 weeks or older). At that time you must plan regular potty-out-of-doors
times. A towel or old rug may be used and you may add a toy or stuffed
animal and/or dog cookie in the cage, then place the puppy in at bedtime.
If you place the kennel on a chair or table next to your bed so the
pup can see you from the kennel he/she is less likely to cry. They
simply want to be with you and know where you are. If the puppy begins
to cry, clap your hands and firmly say "No!" If the puppy
continues to cry, place a towel over the front of the cage so the
puppy cannot see you, clap your hands and firmly say "No!"
again. If the puppy keeps crying, take a shoe, book, ruler or any
object that will make a loud noise and hit the top of the cage with
it, and firmly say "No!" This loud noise and vibration will
instill the word NO into your dog's memory. Usually this only has
to be done a couple of times for the first few days, then when you
clap your hands and say "No" the puppy settles down.
For your PUPPY I am using 4 HEALTH from TRACTOR SUPPLY grain free chicken Puppy food. This is purchased at: TRACTOR SUPPLY. This kibble is a perfect size for toy dogs. You may use any good grain free puppy food if you choose not to feed this food. Just mix 2 cups of my food with 2 cups of the new food and when the mixture is gone just feed the new food. Feed______ 2
times a day, moistened with water, continue to increase the food amount slowly as the puppy grows. By six months, the puppy eats only
once a day. Do not leave food down
longer than 20 minutes. If your dog hasn't finished, just pick up
the bowl and place it in the refrigerator until the next meal. Never
leave food down all day for your puppy. You'll never be able
to housebreak it and you'll have an overweight, picky eater. No one
needs to be eating all day long. At 12 weeks to one year of age
you may switch over to an adult dog food. Puppies can eat all they want of the food you have
measured out, at their mealtimes. But you must judge if they seem
to be getting fat. Adult dogs only eat one cup of a high quality food
per day. Do not feed a soft food or only canned food on a regular
basis. If you do, you will have a dog with bad teeth, bad gums and
bad breath. There are times when you may want to use canned food to
encourage eating such as when your dog has been or is sick. Then when
he/she is well you discontinue the canned food.
I feed 4 HEALTH SALMON AND POTATO for my ADULT dogs.This food is grain free and has small chunks and is perfect for your Toy Schnauzer. Please
keep your puppy on a grain free food for the life of the dog.
It is very common for toy breeds to have retained baby teeth. These
may cause plaque and bacteria to build up. This is a major cause of
health problems in these tiny babies. You need to keep the baby teeth
pulled as they become loose and be sure they are removed by the time
they reach 8 months of age. Then keep your precious baby on a good
teeth cleaning schedule. Brushing their teeth can certainly be of
great benefit. Please practice good dental care.
I have also just found a Prescription diet food that I use as a treat twice a day for my adult dogs 6 mos and older. It is Science Diet T/D. You must purchase this from a veterinarian. Used as a treat 2x per day will help keep the plaque and gingivitis away.
Rope toys, hard plastic
chew toys, nyla bones, budda bones, edible bones, all natural treats,
just to name a few, are good things to give your little one. DO
NOT, however give your puppy twisted rawhide chews. Rawhide can gum up and
pieces that are swallowed are not digestible. You could face
an expensive surgery to remove it.
I have also added Kefir for my ADULT dogs on their food once a day. Kefir is a probiotic that is like a drinkable yogurt but is much stronger than yogurt. You can find it in the grocery store by the refrigerated coffee creamers. I only use the plain as dogs do not need added sugar in their diet. It is 1 tsp once a day for 20 lbs or less. My boxers get 1 TBL once a day.
Please, no water after 6 PM. You will discover the seventh
wonder of the world— give them an ounce and they'll give you
a quart. This means NO food or water after you have fed your puppy
in the evening.
Once every 7 to 10 days. I like the Lambert Kay Premium Shampoo and
Lambert Kay Fresh and Clean Creamed Rinse. I also like any of the Bio-Groom
products or Miracle Coat Premium Pet Shampoo (this product is expensive but you dilute it so it will last a very long time.) Or any other brand of good shampoo/conditioner from Pet sMart or PetCo.
Puppy will get into things that will upset its stomach. Also bathing,
grooming and new situations can cause a loose stool. You may purchase
canned pumpkin from the grocery store and give your pup 1tsp (for
puppy) or 1tbl (for adult) each feeding, mixed into the food. The
stools will firm up. You may also add plain boiled white rice alone
or with the pumpkin to its food (one-half to three-fourths of a cup
of rice) and stools will firm right up. If the stool is watery, squirt,
bloody or mucous, take the puppy to the vet. It could be colitis,
or coccidia and the pup needs to be vet checked. Make sure you have
no poisonous plants that your puppy can graze on such as Poinsettia,
Oleander, Elephant Ear, or any plant that produces a white milky substance
when it is cut or when you snap a leaf off. Any of these can cause
a puppy to become very ill, and if he/she has ingested enough, even
death. Watch your puppy outside, he's very curious and can (and will)
get into everything.
While you are at home take your pup out every
hour on the hour for the first 4 days (daytime only). Don't
talk to it until it has gone to the bathroom. Then love it, play with
it, pet it and tell it how good it is. Also take puppy out the minute
it wakes up day or night (if you are home and it's not 3 in the morning),
after every meal, as soon as you get up in the morning, and last thing
at night before bed.Do not wake up a sleeping puppy to take it out at night. However, if the puppy wakes you up, by all means, take it out. There is ONE unbreakable RULE: IF THE PUPPYS FEET ARE ON THE FLOOR IN YOUR HOUSE, YOUR EYES ARE ON THE DOG. (No Exceptions) Watch your puppy; it will be telling you it has
to go by its actions. Most accidents in the house are people accidents,
not puppy accidents. When a puppy goes to the door, or whimpers to
go out, and you say "In a minute," and take it out 5 minutes
later, you will have to clean YOUR accident up off the floor. Teach your puppy to ring a bell when it has to go out. You hang a cow bell(or other bell or wind chimes) on a ribbon down at the puppy's level and make the puppy ring the bell (use his front foot or nose) each time you go through the door to the outside. He will learn in very short order that the bell has to ring for him to go out. This will save you from guessing when he needs to go out and your friends will be amazed at how smart your puppy is.
Use this instead of a rolled newspaper to swat the playpen, floor,
or puppy's rear if you need to stop fighting, crying, bad behavior,
if he is running towards the street, or if you catch him in the act
of having an accident in the house.
Give lots of love and praise. This puppy really, really wants to make
you proud of it and a little love goes a long way.
If you have any questions or need any help, please feel
free to contact me. Have fun and best wishes!