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  1. Where do your schnauzer parents come from?
  2. Are you a kennel?
  3. Are your puppies crate trained?
  4. What is litter box training?
  5. Are toys important for young puppies?
  6. Can we visit you and see puppies and parents?
  7. Hi, I have a miniature schnauzer that is almost 10 weeks now... At what age do you recommend that a mini gets its first hair cut or a trim? Thanks, Sarah



  1. Where do your schnauzer parents come from?
    Our breeding program starts with our parents. The schnauzers in our breeding program have been carefully selected from top breeders in the US. We look for pups with a certain temperament, health, size, and structure. These are not "pet stock" pups that we have decided to breed for the fun of it. These adults have been carefully screened and will be retired before ever having a litter if we don't feel the quality we are looking for is present.
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  2. Are you a kennel?
    No, we only have one schnauzer living with us on a full-time basis. He is a family pet and one of our studs. All our other dogs have their own families that care for them, train them and love them year round. The only time they are with us is when they are being used for stud or are having puppies. This makes the parents happy, well-adjusted, calm and well-mannered which, in turn, makes for happy, calm, well-adjusted puppies. It is the best of both worlds for our dogs and for us!
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  3. Are your puppies crate trained?
    Yes, our puppies are introduced to a crate, informally, when they are 3 weeks old. The bottom half of a crate is placed in their living area and puppies sleep in it. Later, at 5 weeks, the top is put on the crate (but no door). Now puppies freely go in and out of the crate for nap time. At 6-7 weeks we start giving puppies supervised individual crate time once or twice a day. By the time they go home at 8 weeks, they are usually quite comfortable in a crate and enjoy spending time in it.
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  4. What is litter box training?
    We teach our puppies that there is a place for sleeping, a place for bathroom, a place for eating and a place for playing and they are not the same. At 3 weeks of age, puppies start being able to urinate on their own. At that point we set up their living space to contain a sleeping area and a litter box for them to use for a bathroom. Generally, within a week, puppies learn to keep their "bedroom" clean and only go potty in the litter. By the time they leave at 8 weeks, they are reliably using the litter as a bathroom or have started to ask to go outside when they wake up from a nap. This makes housetraining much easier for the new owners when puppies go home!
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  5. Are toys important for young puppies?
    For young puppies (4 weeks and up) a variety of toys is important to stimulate mental development and problem solving skills. We introduce our puppies to toys by 4 weeks of age. These toys are rotated often so that pups do not get bored. Because of the opportunity to play and learn from an early age, we have noticed that puppies are alot more interactive with people and each other and are more likely to develop a natural retrieve. Toys make smarter puppies and we like that!
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  6. Can we visit you and see puppies and parents?
    We welcome visitors with appointments arranged in advance. If you are coming to see a litter that is already born, visits can usually be arranged the same day or within a day or two. If you are interested in meeting the parents of an upcoming litter, we usualy need a few days to arrange to bring the parents to our home (because they live elsewhere) and coordinate schedules with the other families. Visits are available during the day mon-fri and Saturdays. We prefer not to arrange visits for Sundays as this is our "family day."
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  7. Hi, I have a miniature schnauzer that is almost 10 weeks now... At what age do you recommend that a mini gets its first hair cut or a trim? Thanks, Sarah
    Our puppies get quick haircuts at 5 weeks followed by an indepth bath and haircut at 8 weeks when they go home. If your puppy is now 10 weeks and has not had a haircut, find a good groomer and arrange for the first haircut as soon as you can. The sooner they are exposed to trimmers, handling of feet etc, the better.
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