Susan Weyrauch, founder of Total Dog Company, has been a “parent” of Miniature Schnauzers since 1986. She feeds them, walks them, plays with them, trims their toenails, grooms them, rubs their backs, wipes their feet, holds them when they’re scared, brushes their teeth, goes to seminars about their behavior, takes them to training classes, cleans up after them, competes with them in dog sports. In other words, she is a hands-on dog lover, involved in all aspects of their care and enjoyment. Susan has been training her dogs since 2001, competing in American Kennel Club agility, obedience, and rally obedience trials since 2003. She has studied canine behavior, health/wellness, and nutrition all through the years she has been a dog parent, including seminars on natural pet care with local holistic veterinarians and Suzanne Clothier’s Relationship Centered Training, and a home library of books by leading authorities on dog behavior, care and feeding.
When her pack grew to three dogs, she learned miniature schnauzer grooming from the experts at Twin Cities Miniature Schnauzer Club and now does the haircuts for her crew. A proponent of rotation feeding, she feeds her dogs a variety of types and “flavors” of food. She believes in balancing conventional veterinary care with holistic therapies and alternative healing modalities.
She has worked in pet retail since 2009 and has a knack for listening to customers to determine their needs and making sure the issues they present are fully addressed and her customers are satisfied. She can identify high quality dog food and gear and is committed to offering only the best to her customers.
Her current pack consists of:
Not Russell Crowe HS, RAE: Russell was born in July 2001 with a porto-systemic shunt, which went undiagnosed until he was 16 months old. It was successfully surgically repaired, but the accompanying hepatic encephalopathy has caused him lasting learning disabilities. Given all that he has had to overcome, Susan is extremely proud of Russell’s accomplishments in the Rally Obedience ring. Russell is retired from competition now; his favorite activities are being co-pilot when riding in the car and napping.
Addendum: Russell left us for the Rainbow bridge in November 2015, but he’s with us in spirit as the face of Total Dog on our brochure.
Bosco’s Sunny Dietrich HS, CD, AX, AXJ, AXP, AJP: Trey, born in August 2001, is Susan’s first competition dog. She never intended for Trey to be anything but a well-behaved pet, but he was fear reactive—even as a puppy—so they kept taking more and more classes and eventually found themselves entering agility and obedience trials. Trey’s confidence has increased by participating in training and competition, but he’s not a social butterfly, so he spends a lot of time alone, by choice.
(By the way, the HS in Trey’s and Russell’s names stands for Holy Smoke; it’s the literal translation of Weyrauch in German, so a part of all of Susan’s dog’s names—she thinks it’s apt for Mini Schnauzers.)
Holy Smoke A 3-Ring Circus, RE, MX, MXJ: Barnum, born in January 2006, has lived up to his name. He is the ringmaster of Susan’s three-ring circus. A bit of a clown, he is sure that everyone will love him if they just get to know him. He also tries to manage the interactions in the pack to keep everyone happy. Barnum is now retired from his agility competition career, sadly, because he loves the social aspect of trials as well as the agility itself. He may ease the sadness with his favorite pastime, chewing on bones. You’ll probably hear the “Barnum doorbell” when you come to the store – it means he’s excited to see you!