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Miniature Schnauzer

Owned and trained by Teresa Janssen

This month Teresa will tell us about her little dynamo, "Lager":

Lager is my third Miniature Schnauzer to train. He is the whole package: intelligent, beautiful, lovable, and oh so fast in agility. He will be only four years old in the spring and he has already competed at the 2017 AKC Agility Invitational Championship (finishing as the #5 Miniature Schnauzer in the US). Lager has qualified for the AKC National Agility Championship both as a two year-old and again as a three year-old. He has been such a blast to train because he enthusiastically accepts every new challenge as something fun to do with his mom.

Lager also loves Barn Hunt. Miniature Schnauzers were, after all, bred to hunt vermin on the farm. He showed great promise in this sport the first time I ever competed with him at the Schnauzer National Specialty at Purina Farms. This is a sport where you have to trust your dog and let them “work.” The hardest aspect of this sport is learning how to “read” your dog when they find the rat. Some dogs are very subtle and difficult to read. Lager, on the other hand, is anything but subtle!! He makes it so easy for me. There is no doubt in anyone’s mind when he finds the rat! He has competed in only three Barn Hunt trials, but has been very successful, receiving his Novice, Open and Senior titles.