My Miniature Schnauzer Has Trained Me Well

Our Miniature Schnauzer Puppy, Baby

My Miniature Schnauzer, Baby at 8 weeks of age.
My Miniature Schnauzer, Baby at 8 weeks of age. | Source

My Granddaughter Welcomes Baby


My Miniature Schnauzer, Baby

Baby Learns To Beg


Queen of Our House

I'd just like to tell you how my MiniatureSchnauzer trains me:

This little dog, Baby, is indeed the Queen of our house. I know that the books tell you that the owner of the dog should always be the Master. From the first moment Baby came into our lives, it was soon well known by the family and our friends that Baby would be the Master here.

She seemed to know from the start that she was a very special dog. It is unusual for a Schnauzer to be pure white in color. They are usually charcoal black or black. She just seemed to know she was "different" from other dogs of her breed. She is AKC registered, and she could have been a show dog , but we just wanted her as a pet.

She is a playful, beautiful 14lb. white Miniature Schnauzer, and very loving (when she wants to be). Everyone thinks their dog is special, and I'm no different. I've had lots of dogs in my life, but Baby is my all time favorite. Baby is very independent. She reminds me of a cat. She only jumps on my lap and seeks affection when SHE feels like it.

She not a "morning" dog. Baby likes to be left alone until she is fully awake. Since she naps all morning, she is never in a playful mood until the afternoon.

She is constantly training me. I used to be a very impatient person; very controlling, you might say. Baby has taught me to be more patient. She is an independent thinker. If she wants to do something, like learn a new trick, she will learn the trick IF and WHEN pleases her. Once she learns a trick or a behavior, she's like an elephant: she never forgets! It took me a long time to teach her to "beg". I think she thought it was beneath her to have to beg for anything. Now whenever she sees anyone eating, she goes right into her "beg" position. She knows she is irresistible when she does this.

Baby Could Have Been a Showdog

This is Baby, my Miniature Schnauzer
This is Baby, my Miniature Schnauzer | Source

I have tried to train Baby the way the books teach, so I would have a perfect dog. I wasted a lot of time before I realized that dogs are like people. They have their own distinct personalities. They are supposed to do things to please their owners, but Baby does things to please Baby! There are traits common to certain breeds, but Baby doesn't fit the mold.

Baby's Favorite Sleeping Place

This is Baby's favorite place to take her nap.
This is Baby's favorite place to take her nap. | Source

Schnauzers are supposed to be "lap dogs", content to lounge around on their owner's laps and sleep. Baby's favorite place to sleep and to nap in on the back of our couch. I'd like for her to sleep with me, but she prefers to sleep alone. The only time she comes into my bed is when she doesn't feel well, and she wants "a tummy rub"

Baby Is Groomed Every 4 Weeks

In our research before getting a Schnauzer, we found that they don't shed. Since we have allergies in our family to dogs, we thought a Miniature Schnauzer would be perfect. What I didn't know at the time was that Baby would have to go a professional groomer every four weeks to keep her beautiful white coat trimmed. Her hair grows very fast. I can't afford to have my hair done as often as Baby does. When the hair gets too long between her toes, she tries to pull it out with her teeth.

So, she has taught me that grooming her hair is more important than having my hair cut.

After A Visit To The Dog Groomer

This is Baby right after she was bathed and groomed.
This is Baby right after she was bathed and groomed. | Source

Baby Has Trained Me To Enjoy The Water

I have never been fond of the water, and I avoid getting into the pool. I'd rather watch everyone from the safety of the edge of the pool.

Baby loves to float in the raft, so I go into the water just to please her!

Baby On The Raft

My Miniature Schnauzer enjoys floating around the pool on the raft.
My Miniature Schnauzer enjoys floating around the pool on the raft. | Source
Baby is waiting for me to throw her ball so she can play fetch.
Baby is waiting for me to throw her ball so she can play fetch. | Source

Ways Baby Has Trained Me

I can thank Baby for teaching me to be a more patient person. It's taken a lot of patience to teach her the tricks she knows. She begs, dances, jumps through a hoop, runs through her tunnel, and rolls over.

Baby has trained me to get out into the fresh air and sunshine by insisting she wants to play ball in the afternoon. So, we go out into the yard and play to make her happy. Her favorite game is "fetch". This requires me to get some important exercise.

Because she likes to take walks, I now walk about a mile every day. I never walked before. So, she has trained me to get out of the house and walk. We walk slowly and enjoy the scenery, listen to the birds, and stop and say hello to people passing by. When another dog walks by , she greets them and tries to make friends. That gives me the opportunity to chat with the owner.

She has trained me to take better care of my health. I am in the "autumn of my life" , and I would probably just sit around the house and watch TV. Because of Baby, my blood pressure is now normal. My doctor agrees that having a dog lowers a person's blood pressure. I recently discovered that having a dog also lowers ones cholesterol.

Baby has trained me in many ways: She has taught me to be more patient, kinder, compassionate, and thankful to have a little dog like Baby to enrich my life.

Baby Says Hi To Everyone!

My beautiful spoiled Miniature Schnauzer, Baby
My beautiful spoiled Miniature Schnauzer, Baby | Source

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UniqueVanities 5 years ago from Ohio

Love this hub--and these dogs! Had one from the time I was a year old until I was 18!! Best friend and family member. Such a great breed. I now have a baby of my own and there isn't another breed I would consider getting! Voted up, awesome, and interesting!

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mary615 5 years ago from Florida Author

Thank you SO much for your nice comment!

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TattooKitty 5 years ago from Hawaii

Baby is gorgeous!! How could you NOT let a sweet face like that rule the roost? LOL! Cute hub!

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mary615 5 years ago from Florida Author

Thanks, TattooKitty! Yeah, she's a honey!

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fucsia 5 years ago

Very nice Hub! Thanks for sharing and for the spontaneous smile that I have now. :)

fucsia 5 years ago

Thanks for nice comment!

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The RV Guy 5 years ago from Somewhere In America

I can't let my dog; Charlie, see this or he'll become more spoiled than he already is out of spite. 'Baby' looks like a sweetheart and could certainly sweeten any heart!

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mary615 5 years ago from Florida Author

So, Charlie is pretty spoiled, huh? That just means you love Charlie a lot. My Baby sticks to me like Velcro. She is never far away from me.

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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA


Oh, I had no idea our two girls shared the same name! My Lab is "Aunt Baby" and I can understand perfectly how your "Baby" has you wrapped around her paw!

I love how she makes you take time to smell the roses in many ways! I think our doggies are angels on Earth to help us be better people across the board. May you enjoy each and every moment with your sweet little Velcro girl. Voted UP & FAB, mar.

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mary615 5 years ago from Florida Author

Thanks Marcoujor, Baby is SO independent, but when she hears thunder she runs to me for comfort. Today we had bad storms, so I had to stop and hold her tight to stop her trembling.

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Agnes Penn 5 years ago from Nicholson, Pennsylvania, USA

Wonderful hub! We all have a purpose in life and dogs like Baby remind us of it. You're blessed with a great furry friend.

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mary615 5 years ago from Florida Author

Hello again, Agnes. It has rained here in S. Fl. for 3 days and Baby has trained me NOT to go out in the rain for any reason. So, she just "holds it". How's Elvis & Fido, your two furry friends??

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NiaG 5 years ago from Louisville, KY

Love this. I have one too and you're not alone, I can't get her to snuggle with me for nothing. Every now and then we have our Cuddlebug sessions but other than that she's very independent. Awesome hub!

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mary615 5 years ago from Florida Author

Hi NiaG,you can relate to my relationship with Baby, I'm sure. Yesterday I took her to the groomer, and she pouted with me the rest of the day. I really think she thinks she's being punished for something when I take her. Thanks for the compliment!

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gracenotes 5 years ago from North Texas

I love this breed. I have a salt and pepper mini schnauzer named Meadow. And I do agree that they train you.

I told the trainer I am working with that the more I teach Meadow, the more she expects from me. I really do think she has a sense of schedule, more than I do.

Nice pictures, by the way! I'd like to see Baby.

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mary615 5 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, gracenotes: So good to meet a fellow Schnauzer lover! My Baby certainly has a sense of schedule; sometimes I think she can tell time. She knows exactly when play time and walk time is, and she lets me know, too. She's too smart for me at times. She's my first Schnauzer; I wonder if they are all this smart?????

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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Oh mary whata gem.

You are so very lucky to have your baby.

I had a Min Schnauzer called Pepper together with my Dobermann Major. Pepper was the boss, Major had to do as he was told or there was big trouble and he accepted it without a grumble.

Pepper lived until nearly 17 years old.

A great hub mary.

Take care my friend.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Eddy, how's the weather in Wales today? It's cold here. I have Baby's sweater on. I'm told Min Schnazers live to be quite old, as did your Pepper. Thanks for taking the time to read my Hub about Baby, and for commenting. See you again, soon.

kc7647 4 years ago

Why did you name her baby?

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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

We just thought it was a cute name!

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Charlu 4 years ago from Florida

I love this hub and am so glad you posted it on the question. It's amazing how much I have learned from my dogs and horses, and like you have been given some training in reference to my control issues. Voted all the ups and thanks again.

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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Charlu, that's a beautiful horse there. I come from a horse family. My kids all had quarter horses, grew up with them, and loved them! Thanks for reading my Hub, and thanks for the votes, I appreciate that. You asked a very good question, by the way.

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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Mary,

Reading this put a big smile on my face. Our dogs (and even cats for that matter) have trained us you are not the only one. Haha! Your Baby is so cute. Enjoyed seeing the many photos of Baby and "her" people. Many up votes and sharing. :))

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healthylife2 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

Loved this hub and the beautiful pictures! I finally agreed to get a miniature schnauzer after two years of the kids trying to convince me. Since this was my first dog I read everything I could to prepare. The books really do leave out the fact that your dog will train you. Our dog Fritz is turning 3 in a few weeks and I'm so glad I finally gave in.

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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Peggy W Thanks for reading about my "Queen of the House", my miniature schnauzer who teaches me something new every day! She's my joy; so spoiled! I just added a new photo of her.

Thanks for the votes, and the share, Mary

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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi healthylife2. Baby was the first Miniature Schnauzer I've ever had. She is just TOO smart. I swear the dog can tell time! She lets me know exactly what time of day it is.

I just added a new photo of Baby in the pool. She hates the water, but will float on the raft all day.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

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Nicole S 4 years ago from Minnesota

Too cute! Great hub here, and a cute pup as well!

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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Nicole S. Thanks for reading and for the nice compliment on my Hub. Yes, Baby is just another member of our family!

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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

Hi Baby!! Good to see her again. Mini schnauzers are a truly intelligent breed! Say hi to her for me, and I'm sharing!

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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Good morning, midget38. Thanks for the visit with Baby today! She says to tell you Hi for her, and to thank you for your loyal support her on HubPages.

She also said to say "thank you" for sharing about how she trains me!

Hope you have a wonderful day, Mary

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Pawpawwrites 19 months ago from Kansas

This made me smile. At least you recognize it. My wife doesn't even realize that our cat trained her to get up in the night to feed her.

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mary615 19 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, Pawpawwrites Oh, yes, our little furry friends have a way of training us well. Cats are certainly no exception. I don't have a cat, but I love hearing stories my daughter tells me about her cat who "talks" to her all the time. He is a very demanding cat! Goodnight, Mary

Nancynurse 19 months ago

My daughter has a m s we keep her quite a bit . She is the opposite of your little one thanks for sharing!

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mary615 19 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, Nancynurse Thanks for reading about my Miniature Schnauzer. Hope your daughter's Schnauzer is as perfect a dog as mine! LOL.

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