With our Miniature Schnauzer Family we follow the guidelines and advice of Dr. Ian Dunbar, Veterinarian, Animal Behaviorist and Expert Dog Trainer of 45 plus years. Our puppies go to their forever family at 8 weeks old, per the recommendation of Dr. Dunbar.
I also recommend that all fur baby parents take 2 classes by Dr. Dunbar in order to stay current with the fur baby philosophies and trainings.
These 2 classes should be completed 1 -2 weeks before you ta your new fur baby home at 8 weeks.
We at Zurilgen Family of Miniature Schnauzers teach age appropriate dog training from 3 days until 8 weeks of age.
At 8 weeks of age, it is recommended to start the training of your 8 week old puppy with the Puppy Training at Home by SIRIUS, it should start right at 8 weeks of age and the first segment should be completed simultaneously with the 2nd segment “Dog Training”.
Number 1 class for fur baby parents in which we recommend to complete is an extensive study of Puppy Training by Sirius by Dunbar
Number 2 class that we highly recommend is, Dog Training which we ask you to complete before you take your puppy home. You are to train your new 8 week old puppy both classse #1 and #2 at the same time, that is to say teach them simultaneously both classes 1 and 2. Your study of both classes 1 and 2 you are to complete 2 weeks before you take your fur baby home.
According to Ann Barkley, “we do not know what we do not know”. She went on to say, “before taking the 2 Dunbar classes recommend by Barbara Williams, I thought I knew how to train a puppy because I had previously owned, trained and cared for over 8 or more puppies. However, previously I never owned a puppy as intelligent as the Miniature Schnauzers raised by Barbara Williams at Zurilgen Family of Miniature Schnauzers. After taking “Angel” home at 8 weeks old I quickly realized and was thankful I had taken the 2 recommended Dunbar courses.”
“The Miniature Schnauzer Puppies that Barbara Williams raises are so smart that I am able to teach most of the commands in less than 3 repetitions and I was able to teach Angel to sit in one repetition. This speed of learning has never happened with any of my previous puppies and experiences.”