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Covington Schnauzers
Miniature and Toy Schnauzer puppies!!


Covington Schnauzers useful information.


Preparing for Your New Miniature Schnauzer Puppy
 
The Ride Home
Housebreaking Your Miniature Schnauzer
Hypoglycemia in Toy Puppies
Raising Miniature Schnauzers is Like Raising Kids
Feeding Your New Miniature Schnauzer
Registering Your Miniature Schnauzer AKC
AKC Codes and Colors 



 PREPARING FOR YOUR NEW MINIATURE SCHNAUZER PUPPY

Preparations for the arrival of your miniature schnauzer puppy must include a bed, a collar and a leash, two bowls, one for water the other for food and a complete agreement between the members of your family as to where your miniature schnauzer puppies will sleep and where your mini schnauzer will be kept.

Collar, leash, bed and bowls can be expensive or inexpensive according to your taste and your pocketbook. To the Miniature Schnauzer the cost of these items couldn’t matter less. Just remember that your miniature schnauzer puppy will grow out of these items in a short time unless, in buying the bed and bowls, you have taken your Miniature Schnauzers growth into consideration.

Durability should be your aim when buying these items. A thin, flat or rolled collar is best for your Miniature Schnauzer.

Wide, heavy collars cut the neck hair, and mar the symmetry of the neckline. Your Miniature Schnauzer puppy will also need something to chew on. For Miniature Schnauzer puppies, the Gumabone products are probably the best, due to their softer composition..

Puppies should never be given a shoe, sock or household object as a chew device: not only can these be dangerous but they can also confuse your Miniature Schnauzer puppy
 about appropriate objects to chew.

Other essentials are a large supply of newspapers, a good carpet cleaner and a vast amount of patience and self-control. Armed with these necessities you are ready to face the future as a bonafide Miniature Schnauzer puppy owner.



 THE RIDE HOME

Before you bring your new Miniature Schnauzer puppy home you should be prepared for his arrival. There are many items you will need for him. You must also be prepared for the trip home with your new puppy. This will require a crate big enough for the pup to be put into and roomy enough to allow your Schnauzer puppy to move about.

Lots of newspaper for the bottom of the box for any accidents and a few pieces of clean towels are also necessary. You can assume, especially if the trip home is to be a long one, the pup will become car sick and vomit. Clean newspapers and towels to wipe the puppy’s mouth and any body areas that become soiled will immediately be needed.

By keeping the pup in your lap accidents will be less likely to happen. Sometimes a lot of attention during a trip will keep him so occupied that he will not vomit, particularly if he had not been fed immediately prior to the trip.



 Housebreaking your Miniature Schnauzer

Crate training is the method I prefer. House breaking the dog by using the crate method of training is quickly becoming the most accepted process by professionals and dog owners alike.

Crate training requires a greater percentage of time and energy expenditure in the early stages, but if executed correctly is a quicker, more through method than paper training, thus saving time and frustration in the long run.

To housebreak your Miniature Schnauzer puppy with the crate-training method, you will of course need a dog crate. A blanket or other suitable bedding, a safe chew toy, and a few other things which you feel the pup will appreciate can be placed in the crate, but do not clutter the crate. Size is very important: the crate should be large enough to allow the pup to stand and move comfortably but must not be large enough to allow the dog to recline at one end and soil at the other.

The key to crate training is routine. The dog must be allowed out the crate frequently and regularly. The crate should be permanently located in a restricted area to prevent the puppy from evacuating at a place distant from its crate. When you can watch the puppy, the door of the crate should be left open to allow the puppy to come and go as it pleases, within the restricted area. You must watch carefully for signs that the puppy is going to relieve itself. When it shows signs, it must immediately be taken to the selected spot until if evacuates.

As the puppy relieves itself, warm and lavish praise must be given: the puppy must come to know that it is doing well by going at the spot to which the owner brought it. After praise, the puppy should be returned to its restricted area.

When acute observation is not possibly, the puppy should be confined to the crate. However, it is imperative that the puppy be taken to the selected spot regularly. If the puppy is left to long in the crate, it cannot help but soil its crate; in this case scolding is futile and nonsensical. It is not the fault of the puppy, and it will not associate punishment with an action of the past. Thus, successful crate training requires that the puppy be led to the selected spot immediately after each feeding, every time it prepares to evacuate, and regularly throughout each day.

The puppy must be kept in the spot until evacuation occurs, and praise must given. Young puppies cannot retain their excrement, and the owner must provide adequate opportunities for relief. Through praise, supervision, and the clean maintenance of the restricted area, housebreaking can be quickly and thoroughly accomplished with your new Miniature Schnauzer puppy.

Good luck. 



  Hypoglycemia in Toy Puppies

Hypoglycemia is a common problem in small and toy breed dogs like Chihuahuas, Toy Schnauzers, and Yorkshire Terriers. The definition, symptoms, and treatment for hypoglycemia is outlined. 
   
Hypoglycemia is a common ailment in toy breed dogs. Hypoglycemia is low blood sugar. The pancreas makes the hormone insulin, when there is too much insulin the body can develop hypoglycemia. Toy breed dogs can develop hypoglycemia even when they are healthy because they don't have the fat stores to use for energy, and their liver can not produce enough sugar to use as energy. Diabetic pets who receive to much insulin can also become hypoglycemic.
Symptoms of hypoglycemia: Symptoms include but are not limited to: Slow heartbeat and breathing, weak, sleepy, disoriented, wobbly, glassy eyed, and seizures. In some cases pets may lose consciousness and fall into a coma. Pets can die from hypoglycemia if they do not receive treatment.


Diagnosing hypoglycemia: Your veterinarian can diagnose hypoglycemia with a quick blood test that checks your pets blood glucose or blood sugar.

Treatment for hypoglycemia: If you notice your pet is acting wobbly or weak try giving some treats or canned food, anything you know your pet will eat. If your pet won't eat, try giving it some sugar water, Karo syrup, or Nutri-Cal from the pet store or your vet works the best. Rub the syrup on the gums and under the tongue if your pet is unconscious. If your pet is not unconscious and can swallow you can give the sugar with a needleless syringe.If your pets blood sugar drops it may also begin to suffer with hypothermia, so you'll need to help keep your dog warm with a hot water bottle and
blankets. A milk jug filled with steaming hot water makesa good hot water bottle in a pinch. This treatment works with puppies who are failing to thrive. After giving initial first aid get your pet to your veterinarian immidiately.

Diabetics and hypoglycemia: If diabetics are given to much insulin they can develop hypoglycemia.
Diabetic pet owners should monitor their dog or cat closely for signs of hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia and try to be consistent with exercise and daily feedings. Staying consistent with
a feeding and exercise schedule will help avoid the dangers of hypoglycemia. If you are worried about your pets blood sugar levels, call your veterinarian.



 Raising Miniature Schnauzers  Is Like Raising Children

Raising puppies is a lot like raising children. They need to be fed and protected, taught how to behave in the world, and most all loved. If you trust your parental instincts and feelings, you will be successful at raising your Miniature Schnauzer puppy. Nothing special is required; simply treat them as you would treat your children.

The only way bringing up puppies is different than raising children is that dogs are being taught to live among a different species, but otherwise the process is very similar. Every parent knows that raising children is not as simple as feeding them and watching them grow. Children must learn from and be socialized by their parents, siblings, teachers, and friends, and likewise puppies need to learn from their owners how to follow the regulations of human society. If in your training you make allowances for their behavior because they are dogs, you will end up teaching them halfheartedly or incompletely. Dogs need a great deal of consistent and patient guidance.

Just as parents must come to except their children for who they are and just as parents never stop caring for and loving their children even after they have grown and left the house, so you must have the same mind-set when raising a puppy. There are no concrete how-to’s. Each puppy is different, with its own personality, its own strengths and weaknesses, and you should train your young dog in the manner most suitable for its character. If you remember to always balance this training with love and enthusiasm, you will be successful.



 Feeding Schedule

The puppy’s feeding schedule will be somewhat dictated by your own personal schedule. You do not want to leave food out for the puppy so that he can eat it whenever he wants. You need to be there for the feedings because you want the puppy and his entire body on a set schedule. This is best accomplished by feeding the pup what he will eat at specific times on a specific schedule. Puppies under six months of age should be fed three times daily; after 6 months they may be fed twice daily.

By feeding on a set schedule, the dog will then go to the bathroom on a more set schedule and make housetraining easier and faster.

Make it a habit to give the puppy some quiet time after the meal. Do not let the children romp and play with him for the first hour to an hour and a half after eating. This can lead to some stomach upsets that can sometimes be very serious.


Amount to Feed your Miniature Schnauzer Puppy

The amount of food given with each meal should never be dictated by what is on the back of the puppy food bag. That is a good place to start, but from our experience, many puppies need less than what is on the bag, and a few may need more. Adjust the amount fed to maintain your puppy at an optimal weight. Your veterinarian can help you determine the proper amount to feed to keep your puppy at optimal condition. Remember to have water available with or immediately following the meal.

One of the common complaints that breeders hear from dog owners, especially those with animals less than 18 months of age, is that they never eat enough. The owners feel the dog is not putting on weight or growing as fast as they think she should. They are tempted to somehow encourage their animals to eat more. Do not do it. The growth rates and appetites of young animals on a good quality food are primarily dictated by their genetics. Do not try to make your dog grow faster than she should or into something she is not. This will only cause problems. Artificially accelerated growth leads to bone and joint disorders. Feed them the amounts they want and let their bodies dictate their needs.


We feed our adult Miniature and Toy Schnauzers Iams mini chuncks.

Product Information:
Iams MiniChunks is perfect for dogs that prefer a smaller bite-size kibble. It is enhanced with vitamin-rich fish oils for a healthy skin, lustrous shine and overall health. High-quality chicken offers a rich, wholesome taste for normally active adults. Essential vitamins and minerals support the immune system and help maintain good health. A patented fiber source helps maintain colon health and enhance your dog's ability to absorb nutrients. When more nutrition stays in your dog, there's less backyard clean-up. Iams MiniChunks contains a patented carbohydrate blend of select healthy grains to help maintain normal blood sugar levels for sustained energy.

Recommended for:
Normally active dogs-1 year and older.
We feed our Miniature and Toy Schnauzer puppies small breed
 Eukanuba puppy or Iams small breed puppy.

Small breed Eukanuba is recommended for:
SMALL BREED - PUPPY - 20 LBS. AND UNDER AT MATURITY 1 - 12 MONTHS

Product Description:
Small Breed puppies may think and act like they are big puppies but they have significantly different nutritional needs. Eukanuba recognizes this, so our foods are customized for their unique needs. Eukanuba Small Breed Puppy has our highest protein and fat content in a puppy food and comes in a small nutrient-dense kibble - ideal for their higher metabolism and smaller stomach.

Eukanuba Small Breed Puppy is made with more natural fish oil than our adult foods to deliver enhanced levels of DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid) for optimal brain development and a smart, trainable puppy. Since small breeds can live up to an average of 50% longer than larger dogs, our food contains selected antioxidants like Vitamin E to support their immune system and longer life expectancy. Eukanuba Small Breed Puppy also contains fibers such as beet pulp and FOS (fructooligosaccharides), to help promote a healthy digestive tract. 

HIGHEST QUALITY INGREDIENTS

  • Chicken is the #1 Ingredient: Real chicken as the #1 ingredient provides an excellent source of protein
  • Natural Fish Oil for DHA: Provides DHA, a brain-building nutrient that helps develop smart, trainable puppies. Fish Oil also provides Omega-3 fatty acids for healthy skin and coat
  • No Unnecessary Extras: No fillers, artificial preservatives, artificial flavors or colors added
  • Wholesome Grains: Made with highly digestible corn, grain sorghum and rice to help maintain healthy blood sugar and energy levels
  • Antioxidants: Made with antioxidants such as Vitamin E, to support your dog's immune system

DigestiCare Plus: Made with beet pulp fiber and FOS that work with your puppy's natural defenses to help maintain a healthy digestive tract.

 


 Registering your Miniature Schnauzer puppy with the American Kennel Club

  • When registering Miniature Schnauzer puppies all variations of rare colors like white, parti colors, liver, liver and tan, liver pepper, and Wheaton all must include two photos with the AKC paper work...
  • It is necessary to include two photos along with your puppy’s AKC registration paperwork...
  • The photos must have a full front view of the puppy as well as a complete side view of the puppy...
  • Please make sure you also label the back of each photo with the litter registration number, the date of birth and the full name you have given your puppy...
  • You must mail the photos with the registration papers if you have a rare color..


 AKC Registration Codes

Standard colors

Black 007
Black and Silver 016
Salt and Pepper 167

Alternate colors

White 199
Parti 038
Wheaton 224
Liver 123
Liver and tan 124
Liver pepper 498

American Kennel Club does recognize all of these Colors but you must send in photos!!

The American Kennel Club does a great deal more than register dogs… The American Kennel Club is the only purebred dog registry in the world that maintains a systematic and sustained investigations and inspection effort to ensure compliance with the standards that support the health, safety and welfare of dogs and the environment in which they are maintained…

Covington Schnauzers has been inspected by the American Kennel Club and has always been in compliance…We hold our breeding practices to very high standards and appreciate that AKC does the same.

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Covington Schnauzers 
Miniature and Toy Schnauzer puppies!!