new schnauzer mom has questions

by Kay
(Bay City, MI)

What a marvelous site! Thank you!
We have an 11-week-old Mini Schnauzer, salt and pepper, whose name is Maggie. We got her when she was 8 weeks old. She came to us trained very well to a kennel and sleeps well with no whining. She came with parvo vac. only and had her first round of core puppy shots on 1/9/12. I will be taking her to puppy class beginning Feb. 6, because she will have had the second round by then. Questions:

1) Biting - When she is wound up a bit and excited, she bites at hands, clothing, hair--whatever is within the reach of her mouth. She seems to lose self-control. We tell her No Bite. I know she must not bite flesh of any kind. Can you give me hints on how to accomplish that?

2) My 8-year-old grandson loves to play with her, but he is very rambunctious and physical. He is a boy and plays that way. Will this type of playing cause her to be hyper and/or aggressive?

I have many questions, but will search your site for answers.

Thank you so very much!!!

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Jan 17, 2012
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New Schnauzer Mom
by: Michele

Betsy has given you the correct advise as I too agree with the extra advice she has added... When your Grandson comes to stay or visit.. let him enter your home and make sure you as Grandma gives him that Special toy, before he meets your puppy.. get your Grandson to sit on the floor and let your puppy come to him and tell your grandson to be gentle with your puppy and not rough..that way they will then learn to respect each other and be the best of friends, forever..Rough play can cause play biting to become serious and then you could have problems later in your puppy's growing up years.. Let's know if you take our advice on board and enjoy your Schnauzer .. you'll be rewarded many times over.. but be patient...

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by: Betsy

Michele's answer has such good info and I can only think of one other thing I might suggest.

You mentioned your grandson plays rather roughly with your puppy. You might think of telling him just how delicate your little puppy is and to be very careful not to harm. And, little boys being little boys, I think when they were playing, I'd be close by to supervise.
Whenever a child comes to our home, I always take a minute to sit them down with our MS, Spiffy, and let the child feel the area around her ankles. This always helps a child realize just how small she really is.

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Playful Puppy
by: Michele

Your Schnauzer Puppy sounds absolutely adorable..In answer to your questions.. Firstly being a puppy, she is play-biting and as you do correct her.. remember to give her plenty of toys that she can chew on and not destroy.. As for your Grandson give him a Special toy to give to her when he comes round to play with her, and keep that toy for him to give to her, then your puppy WILL associate that toy or chew with your Grandson.. remember always make your puppy sit before she jumps up and gets over excited.. She also is probably starting to teethe... get used to her having her teeth examined by you and start cleaning them gently.. I clean Rebel's, who is now 3 and a half, 3 times a week, but he and Rambo, my Australian Silky, still get excited at seeing me after I've been out.. Don't scold her, just be firm in your words, but when she is good speak to her in a squeaky voice with a treat.. she WILL get the message..

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