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“Crate Expectations” By Cheri Lucas

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Reprinted With Permission

Have you ever wondered why your dog loves to worm his way under a chair, table or other tight space? Dogs are den animals by nature, and look for spaces in your home or yard that mimic a den. Dog crates make excellent dens and provide that safe, secure environment that dogs crave.

“Crate Training” has been proven to be the fastest and most effective way to housebreak a puppy.  A dog’s natural instinct is to avoid being near his own waste, so he’ll make an effort to avoid eliminating in his crate.

Begin by choosing a crate that is large enough for your puppy to stand up, turn, and stretch out. If it’s too large the puppy may choose to use one end as a bedroom and the other as a bathroom! If you prefer to purchase a crate that will work for your dog when he’s full grown, look for the type that has a divider panel.

Keep the crate in your common living area during the day so he can be part of family activities. If possible, move the crate to your bedroom at night or get a second crate for sleeping. Dogs instinctively want to sleep near their pack. This will also allow you to correct him if he gets fussy in his crate.

When a dog is released from his crate, he should be taken outside immediately and encouraged to eliminate. Praise him when he accomplishes this! Supervise your dog 100 percent when he returns to the house if he’s not completely housebroken. If you become busy or distracted, crate him with a special toy that he only gets while he’s confined.  If you keep your pup on a regular feeding schedule and use his crate religiously, you will be rewarded with a fully housebroken dog in no time.

Destructive chewing behavior is often the result of an unsupervised dog being bored or anxious. Using a crate during an owner’s short-term absence eliminates this possibility. Dogs sleep the vast majority of the time when their owners are away anyway. Crating your dog while you’re away keeps him from being destructive and prevents him from ingesting something that could potentially harm him.

Separation anxiety occurs when a dog becomes distressed over his owner’s departure. Because dogs are pack animals, they are not always prepared to cope with isolation, even if it’s temporary. Making your dog’s crate time a positive experience can help remedy this. Therefore the most important rule of crate training is to never use the crate as a place of punishment.  Never make a big deal about letting your dog in or out of this crate. Wait until he’s calm before releasing him from his crate, and avoid giving praise or affection until he’s relaxed.  If you plan on travelling with your dog, they have to be crated. So preparing him early for this experience is the best way to ensure a stress-free trip.

With proper training, it won’t be long before your dog’s crate becomes a wonderful sanctuary for him and the favorite training tool for you!

About Cheri Lucas
Cheri Lucas is the founder and president of Second Chance at Love Humane Society, a no-kill dog rescue in Templeton, California. In 1999, Cheri began mentoring under Cesar Millan. She has since appeared on five episodes of Dog Whisperer and has been a guest on Sessions with Cesar. Cheri is a member of the International Association of Canine Professionals.  Visit Cheri’s website at:

Benefits Of Adopting An Older Dog

Friends – Click on this link to learn about the benefits of adopting an older dog!  Benefits Of Adopting Older Dogs

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 By Isabel Hamel

As printed in USA Today, October 2, 2009


Acquiring a pet should be life-enriching, but as with any relationship with long-term expectations, a potential pet owner must take stock of what it takes to make a perfect match.

What’s Your Motivation?

Pets play many roles in our lives.  Think about your reasons for bringing an animal into your life and make your decision based on your needs.  Here are some typical situations that offer insights:

  • Loss of a loved one or a pet often motivates people to acquire a new pet in an effort to lessen the impact of the loss. Assess your feelings about what you are willing to invest emotionally under these circumstances. Appreciate your new pet’s individuality; don’t make comparisons.
  • Studies show that raising children with pets helps them to be more compassionate and sensitive. Teach children to respect the animal by interacting through daily care and appropriate play. An older pet experienced with children may be less challenging for a family.
  • You want protection. While some dogs can provide a level of security, the primary role of a pet should be that of a companion.

Think Long Term

Acquiring a pet can be a 17-year commitment.  Anticipate lifestyle changes that may present unique challenges for you and your pet and be prepared to make adjustments:

  • Starting out on your own may provide the impetus to acquire a pet, but being the animal’s sole caregiver can be socially and professionally restrictive.  A potential first-time pet owner can get a feel for this special bond before committing in various ways – volunteering at a shelter, fostering an animal or watching a friend’s or relative’s pet.
  • Moving often triggers temporary behavior problems requiring understanding and tolerance.  You might have to retrain your pet to adjust.
  • A couple’s first “baby” is often their pet treated like a child.  But behavior that is acceptable in the absence of children is often problematic when kids come along.  The pet’s world changes and, most likely, so does the rules.  Dogs are particularly sensitive to change.  Set rules and a routine in the beginning that won’t change even if your family does.
  • “Empty nesters” may feel loss when children leave home.  Caring for a pet provides a sense of purpose but can also impede newfound freedom.
  • Retirement provides time to spend with a pet but consider your plans and whether a pet can be included.  Will you relax at home, travel or possibly relocate?  A small dog is a wise choice for traveling.  A Husky would be a poor choice if kenneled often or you relocate to a warm climate.
  • As we approach the “golden years”, often our spirit is willing, but our bodies aren’t quite up to the task.  Caring for a puppy or kitten can be exhausting.  Seniors would do well to consider an older or smaller, more manageable dog.

Make The Perfect Match

Do your research.  Consider the age, size, weight, temperament, energy health and life expectancy of the new pet and the people in the household.

Assess the size and location of your residence.  If you live in an apartment, consider a cat or a quiet dog requiring minimal exercise.  A Mastiff or a Great Dane, although large, needs less activity that a Jack Russell Terrier.  All pets require exercise or they can become depressed, overweight or destructive.  The amount depends on the individual.  A walk around the block can seem like a marathon to a Bulldog but is just a warm-up to a Labrador Retriever.

Breeds have specific traits and tasks for which they were bred.  If the origin of a mixed breed is unknown, so are the traits, but most bad traits are extinguished in mixed breeds through natural selection.  An animal’s personality is based both on inherent traits and environmental influences.

The perfect match between a pet and owner is precious.  It’s your job to create it!

Won’t You Be A “Scotlund” ?


“What Your Dog Can Teach You” by Cesar Millan

Cesar Millan, known as the “The Dog Whisperer”, can be seen on National Geographic and is the author of several books including “A Member of the Family” and “Cesar’s Way”

 From Parade Magazine, January 11, 2009

 I am honored that so many people look to me to help them enjoy more fulfilling relationships with their dogs, but the truth is that the dogs themselves have been my teachers. The most valuable lessons I’ve received have come from animals. Here are some of the ways dogs have helped me become a better, happier, and more-balanced human being.

Live in the moment.
People often wonder how I get such quick results with the dogs I rehabilitate. The answer is simple: Dogs live in the moment. They don’t regret the past or worry about the future. If we can learn to appreciate and focus on what’s happening in the here and now, we’ll experience a richness of living that other members of the animal kingdom enjoy.

Nurture a balanced life.
I tell my clients to follow this simple rule with their dogs: Offer exercise, discipline, and affection every day. Do the same for yourself. We humans are happier if our routines include physical activity, a sense of structure, and the opportunity to give and receive love on a daily basis.

Trust your instincts.

Animals don’t care about words. They recognize that what’s really going on in any interaction is beneath the surface. Many of us have lost touch with this all-important instinctual part of our natures. By paying attention to nonverbal cues such as body language and energy, we can learn more about our friends, our loved ones, and ourselves.

Be direct and consistent in your communication.

Many of my clients only intermittently enforce rules, leaving their pets confused about what is and isn’t acceptable behavior. Great relationships, no matter the species, begin with clear and consistent communication. This is a lesson we should carry into other areas of our lives-with our family, our friends, and at work. Remember: We teach people how to treat us.

Learn to listen.

Make the time to lend an ear to those you love or those who want to transform their lives. But don’t try to fix their problems, and don’t take their problems personally, either. A great leader is also a great follower and knows that everybody counts.

Don’t hold grudges.

There’s a remarkable lack of conflict in dog packs.  That’s because members resolve the situation when disagreements arise, then move on. Imagine what our world would be like if we dealt with our conflicts before they escalated out of control. Holding onto negative feelings tends to make them multiply and prevent us from moving forward.

Live with purpose.

When dogs are bored, they develop issues ranging from anxiety to aggression. But when given a job and a way to contribute to the pack’s well-being, they turn around almost immediately. All animals-including humans-have an inborn need to work for food and water. Ask yourself how you can contribute more to your job, your family, and the world around you. You’ll feel much better about yourself if you earn your food and water, too.

Celebrate every day. 

For a dog, every morning is Christmas morning. Every walk is the best walk, every meal is the best meal, every game is the best game. We can learn so much by observing the way our pets rejoice in life’s simplest moments. Take time every day to celebrate the many gifts that are hidden in the ordinary events of your own life.

About Miniature Schnauzers

Thank you for visiting Miniature Schnauzer Rescue Houston.  At MSRH, we appreciate your interest in learning more about the Schnauzer breed.  We hope this section provides you with useful information as you work to make an informed decision as to the dog breed that best fits your family’s lifestyle and personality.  We think you’ll agree – the Miniature Schnauzer is a special breed complete with many enduring qualities.  And we thank you for considering adopting one of our rescues who, through no fault of their own, finds themselves without a loving family.  Can you provide a forever home to one of our great dogs?  Thank you for your consideration!

 The Miniature Schnauzer

The typical well-bred Miniature Schnauzer is relatively small in size but in no way toyish or delicate. When you pick him up you will discover he is sturdy, heavy, and muscular… a ruggedness combined with the elegance and beauty of a pure-bred. He makes an excellent companion because he is extremely obedient and quick to learn, is devoted, playful and affectionate. His alertness makes him an excellent guard dog. He is spunky and fearless but not aggressive so that he can run with other dogs. And, like other terriers, he will go to ground to attack vermin of all kinds. One must become aware of these characteristics lest he be lost, stolen, or a victim of an accident. In the suburbs he should be fenced in or walked on a leash.

He is as much at home in the city with a small amount of exercise as he is in the country where he appears tireless. And, he easily adapts to any change of condition or climate. His deepest need, however, is to live as a part of the family, going where they go, doing what they do. Sleeping on the bed, or in his own, beside his owner is his greatest joy. The Miniature Schnauzer does not generally shed, so he often can be enjoyed by people who are allergic to other breeds of dogs. In return, the owner must keep him groomed to maintain his handsome appearance.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where does the Miniature Schnauzer come from?  The breed originated in the late 1800′s in Germany, as a smaller version of the Standard Schnauzer, that could live more easily as a house pet but still hunt vermin.

Aren’t there different sizes of the Schnauzer?  The Miniature, Standard, and Giant Schnauzers are distinct breeds though their conformation is very similar. The Standard Schnauzer was bred to keep the vermin population down on the farm, herd and guard the farm. The Giant Schnauzer was bred to do all those things plus pull carts and also has been used for police work. The Miniature, Standard, and Giant Schnauzers have similar but distinct personalities.  By the way, there is no recognized breed named the Toy Schnauzer or the Teacup Schnauzer.

What size and weight are Miniature Schnauzers?  The breed standard calls for the height at the withers or shoulder blades to be at least 12″ and no more than 14″. It does not specify any particular weight for the breed. That will depend on size and bone structure. A dog measuring 12″ to 14″ will be 11 to 20 lbs. Some breeders are producing Miniature Schnauzer that are under 10″ tall. This is a disqualification according to the breed standard. Sometimes the term ‘toy’ is used to describe them. The ‘Toy’ Schnauzer is not a separate breed, it is simply an undersized Miniature Schnauzer.

Is the Miniature Schnauzer good with children?  Miniature Schnauzers are generally good with children if raised with them from a young age. Each is an individual with an individual temperament and socialization experience. Young children need to be introduced carefully to dogs and no young child should be left unsupervised with a dog of any breed. The breed is generally very good with older children and teenagers, joining in all sorts of games. Sometimes there is an instinctual reaction from the dog with young children. Don’t forget they were bred to react to quick actions and high pitched noises. As far as adopting an older dog, how they react to younger children depends mostly on their former experiences. Those that have been used to younger children usually are more tolerant than those that have not.

Does the Miniature Schnauzer shed or cause allergies?  Miniature Schnauzers shed very little, if at all. They tend to cause fewer and less severe reactions in people allergic to dogs than breeds that shed more. Of course, anyone allergic to dogs should spend time around the breed before buying a Miniature Schnauzer because individual reactions vary widely.

Does the Miniature Schnauzer require a lot of grooming?  Miniature Schnauzers should be groomed every five to eight weeks to look their best. This is something most people choose to let a professional do, but some choose to learn to do it themselves.  The equipment needed – clippers and scissors – will pay for itself after just a few groomings. The beard and leg furnishings should be brushed weekly and may be bathed as often. Most people choose to machine clipper pets as this is the most convenient way to keep them looking sharp. The breed has a double-coat; wiry topcoat and soft undercoat. To achieve this look (as shown in the picture on this page) the dog needs to be plucked or hand stripped. A usual pattern can be found in the AMSC award winning grooming chart.  Few groomers are knowledgeable of the stripping process and even fewer pet owners would take the time to properly complete this task.  Stripping is almost exclusively limited to show dogs.

Will my Miniature Schnauzer chase animals?  All dogs love to pursue prey, whether they do so for hunger or not. The games puppies play as they grow to maturity feature aspects of hunting and pursuing. Miniature Schnauzers have a keen interest for small animals of the rodent variety but also show an interest in birds. If you have small pets like birds or hamsters, they should be gradually introduced to the dog in a controlled manner so that the dog begins to understand that the animal is friend, not foe.

Source:  The American Miniature Schnauzer Club.  Visit them at


The Standard Schnauzer

For information on the Standard Schnauzer, please visit the Standard Schnauzer Club of America at


The Giant Schnauzer

For information on the Giant Schnauzer, please visit the Giant Schnauzer Club of America at

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