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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.

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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.


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

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Recent Answers from Karen Brittan

2015-03-13 assessing a problem:

Two possiblities.... One is that this is her way to tell you to leave her alone and not touch her. She may have been too frightened initially to say/do anything, but now she is gaining more confidence

2015-03-12 Miniature Schnauzer Puppy:

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"

2015-03-06 Heart attacks in dogs?:

The worse thing anyone can do is let his dog get grossly overweight as it is just begging for bad health and huge vet bills to happen. One of the most common things this causes in dogs is diabetes. Among

2014-10-21 dog:

Yes! Get him into a vet ASAP! If he isn't getting any fluids, he will be dehydrating and you could lose him. Lift up the skin on the back of his neck, and if it goes down slowly or not at all, he is in

2014-06-23 odd scary behavior:

I doubt that there is any relationship between the dog fights and killing the woodchuck. I have had dogs here who would attack and kill "critters", too. Getting rid of the woodchuck was a good thing!


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