Oh no I hope Mandy will like swimming. My parents have a pool and they have a yorkie named Casey who loves to swim and we are hoping Mandy will love it also, maybe she will be different and follow the lead of Casey. I hope so! It will be great excerise for her. Keeping fingers crossed.
We have all been talking about how our schnauzers love to bark but let me tell ya, since we bought our little yorkie, she can put them to shame. She can bark non stop for a solid hour and never slow up. They even lay down and just look at her. Any noise, she will run to the doggie door but will not go our and here we go. My breeder said she had never heard her bark. I think I am going to send her a tape. lol!!! My schnauzers are little angels up beside this little wart.
After dragging her butt in my girl would walk in voluntarily up to her chin.. I forced her to swim and she didnt like it too much.. she got close to shore to where she could stand on her back legs and sproinged a bit until she could walk out.LOL.
I would love to get a mini schnauzer, but I want to be prepared well before. I love what I hear about them, and I am trying to get a young one that I can raise and educate myself. However, there are issues: I never owned a dog before and I have a 5 pound (real small, runt of the litter) persian cat. She is loving and sweet with everyone but the doctors (she was sick when I got her a few years ago). She has probably never seen a dog before in her life. I know that she may be happy to have a companion because she actually meaws when she sees a toy in the shape of a baby furry cat (serioulsy). As far as I am concerned, I think that since I plan to have a puppy, I'm thinking that he will probably get used to the cat...but the safety of the puppy (since he would be so young and my cat is not declawed- and I will never do it) and for the cat not to be overly stressed. My overwhelming concern is: I want happy pets. Can anyone give me some opinions please.
Ours gets along great with cats, other dogs, children and even sugar gliders. It is so important they are taught socialization early, from about 8 weeks old.
The dog will probably still bully the cat from time to time as it gets older, but they will create their own interaction and how they handle it.
Matter of fact, my girl thinks our oldest cat is her boyfriend. She just thinks the world of him, but of course since he is in her house, she tries to boss him too lol She and our toy poodle help chase him off before I can reach for the squirt bottle any more when he tries to sharpen his claws on the rug. She is like an old mother hen. Some one actually put it, it appears we are her herd She has to know where every one is, at every moment. She naturally heels, at night I take her with me if I have to run the trash out or do anything in the back until a motion light can be reached and turns on.
The barking can be a positive thing.
I will have to post the pictures of Sadie Jane baby sitting my nephew and niece. As soon as those kids walk through my door, like some one else said, she will lie down and protect them.
I hear you, and can believe that about your yorkie on that barking comment Sandy. The demon pom next door has our schnauzer beat for sure! He doesn't get corrected for it and is left outside to bark, and bark. & bark, and bark... I try to be as considerate and kind to my neighbors