Merico wrote:And you've gotta love the "roo roo". Can almost get Kiba to do it on command but still working on it.
************************************** I say be careful what you wish my friend...Minnie does this insessently...if you talk to her..in a normal tone..she answers...and it can get annoying as it goes on and on...you tell her enough...or shut up...and of corse...She is a bratt...she doesnt...This is part of Hubbys spoiling I have mentioned in the past...She is such a character...and she knows she is cute...and it has gone to her head...this is the down fall of owning one of these cuties...hard to disapline...they work pretty hard at manipulation...
*************************************** As a side note....Hello Jawlaww...I have been wondering about you and how things are...I hope all is well...
Bijou doesn't really do the "roo roo"! She lets out a loud bark or two if she's playing a really exciting game outside and she whines when she wants something, like food or to go outside... but she doesn't do the 'talking' thing that schnauzers are so famous for!
Thanks for all the wonderful advice from all the mini schnauzer owners! I can see how proud and happy all of you are about your dogs. Couple of questions.
One of you said that they should not be left ALONE for ~ 8 hrs.. We are not planning of having two pets at this point. Does it mean that we should not adopt a dog? This really breaks my heart. I thought that a puppy might be more demanding and not have control over their bladders. How about adult dogs ~ 4-5 years of age?
Do they get very "yappy" and does it bother the neighbors? Are they difficult to train? We were planning on going to a mini schnauzer show this month so that we could meet and talk to some owners. Will also get a book and read about them. If there is anything else you all can add, please do so.
Hi ... in response to your last mssg My opinion re "yappy" ... too harsh a word to use because the only time they may "announce someone's arrival" is when YOU are home and it could work out to be an advantage. This was our experience. I know other people who's schnauzers don't bark at all. My Katie was 5 yrs when we got her from our local humane society. All we knew about her was that she didn't like cats and that the people were moving and just couldn't take her. Within months she was playing with my niece's cat ... and for us it was love at first sight. As far as leaving her alone ... Katie was fine for the occasional 8 hrs but I really couldn't tell you how she would have been day after day for 8 hrs. We are a retired couple in our early fifties and so that didn't happen. As I mentioned in my other mssg we did find out that she had separation anxiety and so the vet advised that if we did have to leave her not to extend passed 3 days which again was not an issue for us. We never had a problem taking her with us ... lots of motels/hotels/condos out there accept pets. I suggest you check out petfinder.com. This site (Humane Societies) had 341 male/female miniature schnauzers looking for homes when I put in our zip code. You can look at pictures and read their histories/personalities etc. I'm sure that these little guys would have had to get over any "being alone" anxieties. The committment is serious because your pet will be part of the family and I recognize that you know your needs to have a pet that will "fit in" ... I commend you on taking the time and interest to do your research! I hope that you find a schnauzer that meets your expectations because you will have a gem of a pet and alots of fun!!
My girl barks to say "hello". She barks at people she knows, even while they are petting her. It's kinda like "I remember you!!""How've ya been?!"
She quits it if you tell her to knock it off and if not after three warnings she goes back inside. She loves to be outside so she learned to zip it pretty quick.
If you have alot of people walking past your door, I would train the dog to chill out a little bit. Or look for one that doesn't bark so much. There are all different bark tones though. Some are low and short "ruff" the loud ones when she is playing with her brother (who is a toy poodle and gets her going as far as barking at people that walk by my door)
You should definatly research this breed and other breeds if barking will be a problem.
IMO if you can't have a barking dog you might should check out a different breed. Not to say they can't be trained, just remember there is a learning curve! So even if you manage to eventually train, you will experience barking, also as its so natural to them........ just keep it in mind. It is a pleasant bark! As far as being left at home, there are a lot of people on here who stay at home. I for one am the sole support at our house and if I stay at home all day, well no toys, no kibble, no home = pound! so yes Tsion (my dog) stays at home. I checked out day care, to high risk of infectious disease. No family nearby so we do what we can. I do work 8-12 hours a day, I use a water bottle, filled kong, peepee pads ect to make it ok. A little extra work but doable. When were home we spend all our time together. If I have errands to run, I come home pick him up and he goes too. He is happy and well adjusted. I think it depends on what you are willing to do. In the future I will probably get a second dog but I want to spend at least a year just us. Good luck with your choice!