Schnauzers are just like any other dog and, as such, will have frequent visits to the vets throughout their life time.

As a result, it’s easy to argue the importance of the right vet. Whether it’s a check-up or an important operation, a good vet will ease your worries and do everything to keep your little Schnauzer safe and healthy. Such vets deserve to be rewarded and the Petplan Veterinary Awards (United Kingdom) do just that. In honour of this, it might be worth thinking about what makes a great vet, as their job is unique, needing both people and animal skills.

Petplan Schnauzer

Below you’ll find some opinions on what makes a great vet and how they can help your furry friend but if you already have such a vet, you can click here to nominate them at the Petplan website.

The five available categories are:

• Practice of the Year
• Vet of the Year
• Vet Nurse of the Year
• Practice Manager of the Year
• Practice Support Staff of the Year


A check-up can be a prime example of a great vet. Even a small check-up means a lot from the right vet and such actions deserve to be rewarded. If you think your vet does a great, even if you only ever visit for a regular check-up, then thank them for this by nominating them for the Veterinary Awards.


It’s also important for a vet to offer and explain their advice. If something happens to your beloved Schnauzer, you’re likely to want more than a solution. You’re likely want to know how it could have happened, if it will happen again and how you may be able to prevent it.

The industry’s best – those that deserve to be awarded – will be more than willing to take time out and explain this to you.

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Walking – Don’t let your dog walk ahead of you. If he is ahead of you on a walk, he will walk all over you in all other areas of your relationship!

Loose Leash – Always walk your dog on a loose leash. Tension on a leash can cause frustration which may be taken out on other dogs or moving objects.

Supervise – Supervise your dog at all times. You must witness a problem in order to correct it and prevent it from reoccurring

A Tired Dog is a Good Dog – Fulfill your dog’s needs both mentally and physically. A 15 – 20 minute run, twice a day will serve your dogs’ physical needs. 30 minutes of obedience training will have a therapeutically profound effect on your dog and will serve your dogs’ mental needs.

Attention – You can’t teach a dog if you do not have his attention. Get his attention first before you give a command.

Reinforcement – Never give a command that you can’t reinforce. Mom Says ONCE! – Give a command once, then correct if the dog does not obey. If you repeat a command more than once, you will teach your dog that the command has no meaning.

Jobs – If you don’t give your dog a job to perform at, he will eventually find one himself and you won’t like what he chooses!

Calm and Assertive – Do not yell and scream at your dog when he is behaving badly.

Down Stay – Do a 30 minute down stay, twice a day. This will reinforce your role as the Alpha leader.

Arriving Guests – Before your guests arrive, crate your dog or put him in “place.” No one enjoys being greeted by an out of control dog!

Eating and Entering Passageways – Eat and enter all passageways before your dog does. Alpha’s always eat first and enter all areas first.

Attachment – Don’t let your dog follow you around like a laser guided missile. This behavior can lead to separation anxiety.

Love and Discipline – Always balance love with discipline and structure. If love was all that was needed, my business would not be thriving!

Tonality – Tone of voice is extremely important. A high pitch tone is a sign of approval and a low tone is a sign of disapproval. Your dog will clearly understand this.

Praise – Praise your dog for doing something right. Praise does not always mean you have to shower your dog with affection. It simply means you need to say “Good boy / girl” in a high pitch tone of voice.

Elevating Status – Don’t allow your dog on the furniture or on your bed. If you allow your dog to be on the same level as you, you are elevating his status and lowering yours. This is clearly not the way to establish yourself as the Alpha Leader.

Ignoring Problems – Ignoring problem behavior will not make it go away. Ignoring is condoning and condoning is approval in your dogs’ mind.

Corrections – Correcting your dog must have meaning. If your correction is not strong enough it won’t have meaning for your dog. If it doesn’t have meaning, there is no motivation for your dog to stop the bad behavior.

Behaving Badly – Dogs behave badly because they know they can and they don’t understand it is wrong.

Vladae Roytapel, known as “The Russian Dog Wizard,” is the owner of SoCal Dog Training – one of the most successful dog training companies in the world. He has worked for various organizations including leader dogs for the blind, the Red Army, and Soviet KGB. Vladae has been seen on CNN, CBS’s Late Show, and countless morning shows on ABC, NBC, & FOX stations across America.

To learn more tips and secrets from the Russian Dog Wizard, please contact him at

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A friend named Peter Christensen of has recently put together a great page for Schnauzer Bumps or Comedone Syndrome.

I really wish I would have had this information sooner in Oskar’s life, as he has one of these bumps & I didn’t know what it was.

Here’s what Peter has to say about his great new site:

Continuing my research on Schnauzer bumps, I believe I now have the most thorough, accurate information on the web. And I created a webpage just for it:



Most of those I have met whose Schnauzers have mole-like bumps like you see in the picture didn’t notice them until they looked like that. But I suspect that their development could have been thwarted if they had checked regularly and found them in earlier stages of development.

Check out for more information!

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Hi friends,

Please check out Pet Blogs United for an update on my crazy stomach issues.  Link

I’m sorry for the lack of updates lately.

I’m struggling with a couple of different health problems that are being very persistent.  All will be fine, I just need to muster through.

If you’ve emailed me about being featured or if I’m supposed to review a product please be patient.  I will eventually get to you once I get better.

People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals have stood on a soapbox pointing fingers at many for any multitude of perceived sins, but I have been aware of their many fabrications, misleading information & at times, out right lies.

This New York Times article has some eye opening facts that you may want to consider before supporting PETA.

Among some of the most interesting facts are that PETA kills on average 2,000 cats & dogs in their Norfolk, Virginia facility annually.

The same facility has ridiculous numbers when it comes to adopting out animals. In 2012 they adopted out only 19 cats & dogs  & in 2011 that number was 24.

Please do your research & investigate the record of any animal rescue organization before giving them your well earned dollars.

I welcome your comments that may have a different viewpoint on PETA than I do, but any disrespectful comments will be deleted.

*I am still running our reader survey, so if you haven’t already completed it I would truly appreciate it if you clicked over & answer the 10 simple questions to help determine the direction Go Schnauzer will take in the future.

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