miniature schnauzer timidness

by Mac MacFarlane
(New Jersey)

We lost our 14 and 1/2 year old schnauzer to cancer about a month ago. He was a great dog. We were all devastated, particularly my wife.
As a result a week ago we purchased a 7 month old miniature schnauzer from a breeder. While healthy and very lovable when held he is very timid. He withdraws to my daughter's bed until she comes home and doesn't respond to a call.
When she leaves he howls for a little while. You can hold him for a while until he's ready to move. When you then approach him he softly growls.
We took him outside to the back yard and he stayed in the corner or under a chair. We tried to walk him with a vest harness and he was reluctant to leave the house. We've been very patient but he obviously has trouble socializing. He was not crate trained. The breeder said she kept him in a fenced in cement run with doggie door access to his living area. He is starting to become less withdrawn.
My question is what is the best method to help him become more sociable and ready for more training? We never had any problems with our other dog which was 12 weeks when we got him and crate trained.
The comparison is inevitable as he always was bouncing out to greet and love my wife even as a puppy. As he is very loveable I'm sure he will adjust.
Your response would be appreciated.
Thank you Mac MacFarlane

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Apr 05, 2010
Patience is the key
by: Linda and Max

You have hit the nail on the head - patience is the key here, along with a lot of love.

Your puppy is feeling very insecure having left the home and siblings which were her life. With a lot of time and effort on your part, she will grow to trust and love you.

Her timidity - which may well be part of her character - may always be thwere, but it is made worse right now by the fact that she feels very insecure.

good luck with winning over her love and affection and let us know how you get on.

Best wishes,
Linda and Max

Mar 29, 2010
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by: MATMAC1164

I have since learned that puppies who are not separated from their parents/siblings at 7 weeks but continue together can be very difficult to train. The author of the article suggests NOT to purchase. In questioning the breeder I now find out he was with his sister/sibling and the breeder decided to retain the female. We'll continue to be patient but any suggestions for this adjustment period would be helpful. Thank you.

Mar 29, 2010
by: Bella

I think you just have to give him some time with his new mommy and daddy

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