An cures for a 6 yo Std.Schnauzer with hand biting habits.

by Otzi

We have been offered a badly bought up 6yo std. Schnauzer. A lonely undisciplined upbringing with daily absent owners. Three known strikes, one with man with hands in pockets. Also bit the original (older long time)breeder when brought in for a clip.!
OK we have a std. Schnauzer 6 and a Rotty.9. We now live in suburbia in retirement. All I see is potential probs. as I feel this trait may well resurface at any moment.
Your views please.

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Jul 24, 2015
Following first post
by: otzi

It gets worse. Well the poor dog was put down. Probably just as well. We found out later that the "(mature)man of the house" !? when the dog, in it's visually enclosed outdoor space, would howl during a thunder storm, would receive a bucket of water thrown at it for it's trouble.

It really goes to show that an owners love and input counts for more than most else. This dogs sister brought up as a loved, trained albeit vegetarian household is the most beautiful dog one could ever hope to see. All this discovered after the first post.- Thanks for your input.

Jul 17, 2015
Miniature Schnauzer Secrets.
by: Phil Medway

This from the miniature schnauzer secrets web site.


If your Miniature Schnauzer bites when in new places or when new people are present it is likely a nervous or fearful dog.

How to stop your Miniature Schnauzer from biting that is behaving aggressively out of fear is very different from the technique used for the attention seeking or nipping dog.

Dogs that are nervous or fearful need additional socialization, not isolation or being ignored.

Ideally socialization should occur in the first few months of a puppy’s life and continue throughout the dog’s life.

Miniature Schnauzers that are kept isolated from other dogs, animals, people and new environments are naturally more fearful and self-protective when they are exposed to new things.

A dog’s natural defense is to bite or run so when you are out with your dog on a leash the only option the dog has to protect itself is to bite.

One of the best ways to work with a dog that bites from fear or anxiety is to take him or her to an obedience class.

It is very important that you speak to the trainer ahead of time and follow the instructions that the trainer provides for bringing your dog into the class.

Try taking your dog to as many new places as possible, but watch for signs that he or she is becoming agitated or fearful. Nervous behaviors such as the following should be monitored:

· Tail low or tucked between the hind legs

· Whining or growling

· Pacing

· Excessive panting

When your Miniature Schnauzer starts exhibiting these symptoms immediately remove him or her from the environment and place him/her somewhere comfortable such as the vehicle or their crate.

Praise them and pay special attention to them as they gradually become more comfortable in new situations. You may also wish to consider one of the halter type leads that attach over the muzzle area to prevent any possibility of biting during the socialization period.

The key is to work with the dog’s level of trust and comfort and gradually extend your time out as the dog becomes more confident and socialized.

Jul 17, 2015
You can do it!
by: Concerned Wendy Raeburn

Poor thing it sounds like he could do with a lot of understanding and time. Please give him a chance. Having been a stud" I wonder how he was treated? I'm sure you are just the people to turn it around for him. Also getting him castrated will help.

Jul 17, 2015
by: Linda

You van train him not to bite but it takes a lot of time and perseverance to build the trust needed. Do you have the time and energy to do this?
If you think there will be problems with your other dogs as well, you may have to turn this poor dog down.

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