Can Schnauzers be left alone?

Answered by Jarrod Smith

Miniature Schnauzers can be left alone for periods of time. However, it is important to ensure that they have enough mental and physical stimulation to keep them occupied while you are away. Schnauzers are intelligent dogs and can become bored easily, which can lead to destructive behavior or excessive barking.

To prevent this, it is recommended to provide them with toys and chew items that can keep them entertained and mentally stimulated. Puzzle toys or treat-dispensing toys can be particularly helpful in keeping them occupied. Additionally, leaving a radio or TV on can provide some background noise and help them feel less alone.

It is also important to note that while Schnauzers are generally affectionate dogs, they are not overly dependent on human companionship. They can be content spending some time alone, as long as their needs are met.

In my personal experience, I have a friend who owns a Miniature Schnauzer named Max. Max’s owner works full-time and leaves him alone for around 8 hours a day. However, she ensures that Max has plenty of toys and treats to keep him busy during the day. She also hires a dog walker to come and take Max for a walk in the middle of the day to break up the time he spends alone.

With the right preparation and provisions, Miniature Schnauzers can be left alone for reasonable periods of time. However, it is important to remember that every dog is unique, and some may have different needs or may struggle with being alone. It is always a good idea to observe your dog’s behavior and adjust accordingly to ensure their well-being.