Obedience training promotes responsible dog ownership and creates a loving bond between canine and owner. Miniature Schnauzers enjoy the companionship that comes with training and do well in the various events available for competition. Even if you never show your dog, the training creates a pet that is a joy to live with and is more socially acceptable.
American Kennel Club events available for competition and titles include Obedience, Rally, Earth Dog, Tracking and Agility. These events are fun for you as well as great fun for your dog. By taking obedience classes, you and your dog can gain the skills for showing in AKC obedience trials. Your dog could also be entered in Rally competitions which were designed to be a bridge to the more formal obedience exercises. Agility events involve dogs running a set of obstacles such as an A-frames, teetertotters, high dog walks, tunnels and jumps, etc. This is done with the dog off lead but under the handlers control and direction. A trained Miniature Schnauzer can also be a wonderful nursing home or hospital therapy dog.