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Old 09-26-2017, 01:35 PM
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Schnauzer is a lunatic

Hello all,

I have a miniature schnauzer, 10 months old, 18 pounds, and he's WILD. I went into puppy-ownership knowing that he would be full of energy, so I made it a point to find a dog daycare (Dogtopia), set up training classes, and schedule daily walks (2 a day, 30 mins each) with him.

We brought him home at 9 weeks old, and I can completely say with certainty that this puppy has never taken a nap in his life. He didn't sleep as a tiny puppy, and he rarely sleeps after a full day of activity. His days start at 5am, and they seem to end around 9pm. He is in sync with the sun, I think.

My question is this:

When (if ever) do schnauzers calm down?

I'm fine with the activity and have committed 100% to making sure he's engaged mentally and physically. I'd just like to sit down once in a while and read a book.

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I don't know a lot about schnauzers but with high energy dogs it's a good idea to teach them an "off switch" or "downtime".

Does he have any interactive food toys like a kong where you can stuff treats inside or a kong wobbler? Interactive food toys, bones/chew toys can help teach a dog to entertain themselves. I had to teach my dog down time otherwise she would keep going. As a puppy, I didn't know better and I kept feeding her need to do things and it just kept raising her energy bar higher and higher.

Even now, (she's almost 2 years old) after 2 hours of exercise (a run in the forest, play date with her doggy friends, mental games) we will come home and she will sit there and stare at me because she wants to play more. I just tell her "no more" or "down time", ignore her for 5-10 minutes and she will go off and find her bones to chew or a toy (to destroy lol) or even better put herself to bed.

At first it was really hard, I felt guilty for ignoring her but if your pup is already getting a lot of exercise for the day, he needs to learn how to settle down and entertaining themselves...for your own sanity!!!
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@yoshiposhi - Thank you for your response.

Yes, we do have an interactive feeder. We fill it with his normal serving for a meal time and he bats it around until the food comes out and it's empty. On the hardest setting, it usually takes him 20 minutes or so to empty it.

He has kongs, nylabones, and bully sticks also. He gets a bully stick maybe 4 times a week, and we fill the kongs with wet food for crate time on days that we can't take him to daycare.

We're still in the "don't chew that phase," as he likes to get into things he shouldn't when we're not watching him, such as when I'm cooking dinner. I'm constantly engaged with him when I'm at home, up until it's time to go to bed. Sometimes he even fights sleep and acts sort of like a cranky toddler; he bites a bit harder, or gets a case of the zoomies, for example.
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I had a Miniature Schnauzer for 14 years. We just lost him this past July. He was never as high energy as your baby, but he was pretty hyper. He didn't seem to mellow out until he was 3 or 4. I found with my boy that he had to be mentally and physically exercised as well. Do you use a crate? I think perhaps you may need to designate "quiet time" with him. I have a new puppy and she is hyper as all heck and that's what I do with her. Crate time means quiet time. It has worked well for us. I wish I had better advice. Schnauzers are fantastic dogs, I miss my boy every single day.
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@cpht I?m so sorry to hear of your loss. I know the pain of parting with a beloved pet. It?s good that you got to spend so many years with your pup.

Thanks for your words of advice. Our puppy will be 1 in November, so it seems we have quite a while until he calms down a bit.
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Wink give him a place to Be, & something to Do.

for those times when U don't want to crate him but U *do want a break from nonstop "watch the dog" duty, i'd try a tether.

Tethered to Success | Kerry Blue Terrier Foundation

Any big-box hardware store can make a bike-tether to length; 15 to 16-inches of free cable between the clamps at each end is good, IME.
Be sure there's a swivel base on the spring-clips, clamped into the end-loops; if not, clamp swivels in both ends, shorten the free-cable between clamps to 12-inches, & clip double-ended spring clips into each swivel's eye.

U can install an eyebolt in the baseboard, somewhere he can't reach a bookshelf / curios / magazine rack, etc; simply screw the eyebolt into a pilot hole, made with a nail - use a screwdriver as a handle, if U find the eyebolt hard to seat, just stick the blade thru the eye & turn, as Ur other hand holds the eyebolt straight.
Lay down a low-profile mat, a thick doubled terrycloth towel, a bath-mat, or a vet-fleece to give him both cushioning & boundaries - the textured surface also helps to shortstop the goodies tossed his way for good behavior. *halo*

U can also have a portable 'station' -
buy a 2-ft length of 2x4, & screw the eyebolt into the wide side, at the center. Clip the cable to the eye, choose any door that latches, open the door & lay the wood *behind* it; slip the cable under the door, & close it.
Clip the free end of the cable to the dog's buckle-collar or the chest of a Y-harness. Et voila'! - the dog can be moved to any room with a door, whether it's a closet, room door, entry / exit, all over the house.

While he's on the tether, give him busywork - an antler, cow-hoof, sterilized thick-walled marrowbone, etc. Every now & then, when he's happily occupied & content, flip a high-value tidbit his way as a reward.

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