Caring for your Miniature Schnauzer Puppy
TLC Schnauzers does our best to provide the tools and information necessary for your puppy’s transition into his new home an easy, smooth and happy experience. Below you will find everything from what you will need when you pick up your Miniature Schnauzer puppy to safety and feeding when your puppy arrives. Although we have done our best to provide you with the most important information we encourage you to contact us anytime with any questions or advice regarding your new Miniature Schnauzer.
What will I need when I pickup my new puppy?
To make the purchase of your new puppy complete and easier for not only you but the puppy, you should have a few things on hand before you bring your new puppy home. You will need a crate, at least a two week supply of dog food, 2 bowls (one for water and one for food), a slicker brush, shampoo, teething toy, a collar, and a leash. We will provide you with health/shot records, general care instructions, and registration papers.
Okay…. we’re home, now what?
- Vet Check: We provide you with a one (1) year written guarantee against genetic problems. We guarantee our Miniature Schnauzer puppies to be happy and healthy at the time of leaving our home. We offer a 72 hour Vet check guarantee as well. You have three (3) business days to have your new puppy checked by a Veterinarian of your choice which should include a fecal examination. Failure to do so will void our guarantee. If your vet finds anything wrong with the puppy that you are uncomfortable with, we will gladly take the puppy back and either replace the puppy or provide a full refund. Please note we will not be responsible for any vet bills. A full detailed guarantee will be included in your paperwork at the time of purchase.
- Feeding: Puppies have sensitive digestive tracts and the excitement of leaving their home and then coming to a new home will always create a STRESSFUL situation due to change of environment, being away from its siblings and mother, traveling, etc and can make them have diarrhea or soft stools.
During the first two weeks your puppy should ONLY be eating high quality puppy food with a couple tablespoons of plain yogurt mixed in the food each feeding time. Please see our comprehensive dog food grading chart. If and when you decide to change the food you are giving your new puppy, the new food should be gradually introduced. The changing of the puppy’s food can cause an upset stomach and diarrhea if not administered properly.
We all love to spoil our dogs with treats but for the first two weeks we strongly advise against providing treats. When you start to introduce treats, please do this as slowly as possible and remember NO TABLE FOODS. Nothing containing sugar or salt should be given. If your indecisive as to what treats to give your schnauzer, call us!! Remember that too many treats cause tummies to be upset…..moderation in all treats is the best idea.
It is normal for a puppy to have 4 or more stools in a day. Sometimes you will see a little blood in the stool if they have been having diarrhea for more than a day or so. This is not life threatening and is fairly normal for puppies. BUT, if your puppy should become lethargic and not be active and playing as normal please call us immediately.
- Space: When you take your new pup home please do not give it free run of your home. For the pup’s safety please confine your pup to a small area that you can supervise. A child’s playpen works great for a new puppy to play in. This will not only keep your pup safe but also give it room to play and exercise.
- Nutritional Supplements: We also recommend giving NuVet Vitamins on a daily basis especially while they are still growing. You can purchase NuVet Vitamins on line at nuvet.com or call them at 1-800-474-7044, code # 38314. By ordering with code 38314, you will receive 45% off the prices that vets charge on your NuVet Vitamins. They will ask you for your breeder’s number as they were formulated for professional breeders. These Vitamins are made in an FDA inspected lab from all natural ingredients and have the essential anti-oxidants that help prevent dogs from developing allergies to grasses and other things in their environment.
- Vaccinations: Your puppy will have been started on shots and worming (please see health sheet included with your puppy). Puppies need a series of puppy shots. To be confident that your pup is protected from disease you must keep it up to date on all its vaccines. Please get your Mini Schnauzer puppy under a Vets care as soon as possible.
- House-training: Remember that your puppy does not yet have complete bladder and bowel control, so frequent trips outside are necessary as they simply cannot hold it as long as an older dog can. We strongly advise using a crate to aid in house training. Just be consistent in the words you use to indicate the dog should go outside and he will catch on quickly to what you expect. There are a lot of resources out there to help you with the house-training process, but please feel free to contact us for any questions or advice.
- Your puppy was born curious and like children has little impulse control until he matures. For that reason we highly recommend that your puppy be crated while you are gone from the home. It will keep him out of trouble and out of many situations that could be life threatening to him.
- No dog can resist a nice garbage can full of smelly things and there are many objects in our everyday garbage that can be disastrous to a dog if ingested.
- Never ever let your dog ride in the front seat of your car. If a car pulls out in front of you and you have a 20-mile per hour impact the air bag will kill your dog, even when he is an adult. An airbag is designed to stop a 180-pound person, not a 60-pound dog. Children and dogs should be in the back seat of the car.
- Obedience Training: Miniature Schnauzers take to obedience training very well, if you are able to take your dog to classes we suggest you do. You can still spoil your baby in ways that are fun for you, but you will have better control on a day-to-day basis and it will help with the bonding process.