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I am thinking seriously of getting a Miniature Schnauzer puppy.  We have the opportunity to purchase one at 10 weeks old which is ideal.  However we are not in a position to have the dog until it is 12 to 14 weeks old and I am wondering whether this could be a problem regarding bonding and training with us.  Is it too late do you think?  We have two cats and will have to introduce them correctly over time. One of them is very very affectionate and quite jealous.  We certainly couldn't have another cat! Your advice would be appreciated.

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No, this shouldn't be a problem at all as long as the breeder is socializing the puppy as he/she should doing at this age. I myself rarely place a puppy before four months of age as I want to put my "thumbprint" on all of them... housebreaking, coming when called, manners... before they go to their new homes. I have found that too many new owners only see that cute little puppy, letting it run amok doing what it wants rather than working with it and teaching it the manners that they will later wish it had.

Just be sure you talk with the breeder so that he/she understands your needs, and I am sure that there shouldn't be a problem holding the puppy a bit longer as long as you give the breeder a deposit to hold the puppy for you.

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Karen Brittan

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I have been showing miniature schnauzers in conformation, obedience, and earthdog for forty years, and am a professional dog groomer. I am not a veterinarian and cannot answer questions of a veterinary nature. However, I can give my opinion or share some experiences on some health issues. Everyone should remember that this is a volunteer service, and few of us are up late into the night. Medical emergencies require a veterinary visit, or at least a telephone call... not an internet question which might not be viewed and answered until hours later. If your dog is sick or injured, it should be seen by a licensed professional for proper diagnosis and treatment.

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I have taught obedience classes and have taught people how to groom for many years.

Learn more about me and my dogs: http://britmorschnauzers.com

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Member of: American Miniature Schnauzer Club; Twin Cities Miniature Schnauzer Club; Twin Cities Obedience Training Club; Elk River Kennel Club; Minnesota Professional Pet Groomers Association; Greater Twin Cities Earthdog Club.

Education/Credentials
Fifty-one years of living with, observing, and training dogs, along with numerous seminars during that time.

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