GROOMING TIPS FOR SCHNAUZERS, MINIATURE, STANDARD, GIANT
A very distinctive dog, intelligent, active and respond well to training with many having larger than life characters. They come in three variants Miniature, Standard and Giant all with similar coats and similar needs.
The Schnauzer has a coarse wavy/curly top coat and a soft undercoat they require regular grooming and frequency and type of grooming is subject to many conflicting views. We would recommend grooming daily or other daily to maintain the coat in great condition and ensure that all shed hair is removed from the coat thereby minimising knotting, matting etc. Their beards and leg feathers need special attention and if groomed on a daily basis they will soon look fantastic. They also require stripping or clipping dependent on your preference and here we would strongly advise that you get your local groomer to undertake this and whilst there ask them for advice on grooming your Schnauzer, they may also teach you how to strip your dog.
To maintain their coat in good condition we recommend a combination of visits to the Groomer and in between visits washing and grooming sessions as and when they have become dirty after rolling in dubious smelling materials! But please try to limit your bathing sessions ideally no more frequently than monthly as overbathing can damage the naturals oils in the coat and can also occasionally cause dry skin.
The visits to the Groomer should concentrate on stripping, cutting/trimming of coat, clipping of nails and of course a good wash and groom, and most owners advise these visits can be as often as every 6 weeks but with regular washing and grooming this can be reduced to every 8-10 weeks Whist at the groomers we suggest you ask your groomer for tips on stripping of the coat it is a specialised action and they will be able to give you useful tips and advice.
So in between these visits keep your Schnauzer in great condition by having your own washing and grooming sessions at home, this can be a rewarding and fun experience and keep your pets coat in Tip Top condition and enable you to check the dogs skins for any problems..
Before you start your shower and grooming sessions make sure you have all tools and materials required: –
Shampoo ensure you use a specific Dog Shampoo this will ensure that the Fur is maintained in great condition, Human Shampoos have different formulas not always compatible with Dogs. Airedale Terriers coats respond well to a good conditioner so we would recommend you regularly use a conditioner.
Towels 1 x Roses PVA Mega Absorbent Towel, and I x Roses Large Microfibre Towel
1 x Roses Grooming and Drying Brush
1 x Good Quality Dog Pin Head Brush and Wide Spaced Firm Bristle Brush, Bristle Comb, Good quality combi Stainless Steel Comb
A good supply of treats
Washing your Schnauzer
For all Schnauzers’s we advise you to use the shower, (and use a non-slip shower mat) as washing in the sink or bath may result in your dog jumping out and potentially harming itself. If you do choose to use the sink or bath again a non-slip mat and if possible secure your dog to stop it jumping out and hurting itself. Ensure the water is a comfortable temperature not too hot or too cold use the shower attachment to thoroughly wet your dog’s coat and then apply the shampoo and knead it thoroughly into the coat, if your dog has got extremely dirty you may need to repeat this process. Now this is important when rinsing the shampoo out you must ensure that all shampoo is rinsed away as any residue can cause itchiness. Another key point we would make is to avoid getting shampoo into the eyes and try to keep the inside of ears dry away from shampoo and water. Starting from the head and working towards the tail can minimise the risk of shampoo in the eyes and ears.
If using a conditioner repeat process and again make sure the conditioner is thoroughly rinsed out of the coat
When coat thoroughly rinsed it is time to dry and technique is important here to keep your dog’s coat in great condition. Firstly, dab the coat all over with the Roses Mega Absorbent PVA Towel, squeezing excess water out often to ensure maximum absorbency. Once all surplus water is removed then wrap your Schnauzer in a Roses Large Microfibre Towel gently dabbing and rubbing the towel all over until the coat is just damp. It is important that you do not vigorously towel dry your dog as this can result in Frizz, Split Ends and matting.
Now to the final drying and grooming, connect your Roses Grooming and Drying Brush set on medium heat and low speed and start brushing and Drying the coat, start from the back of the head and work back towards the tail always brushing in the direction of the coat. Another key point we would make here is to ensure the whole coat is dry particularly around the base of the tail and around the ears. Ensure all the coat is brushed through and dry (not forgetting the tail) .If your dog is a little anxious at first encourage with treats and words of encouragement. Once your dog is familiarised and comfortable with your Roses Grooming and Drying Brush you can increase the heat setting to full and increase the speed to high, but note when drying around the eyes and ears only use medium heat and low power.
The permanent IONIC feature will ensure great condition to your dog’s coat
The choice of Brush head to use varies from Dog to Dog, but for the Schnauzer we recommend the oval pin head brush head for the whole dog. But once you have used the tool a few times you will develop your own technique and use brush heads which you feel give you the best results.
We know that following these simple instructions you will soon be getting great results and you and your Schnauzer will enjoy these sessions which can help create an excellent bond between you and your dog and of course keep your loved pet looking great and smelling good most of the time.
Following a wet walk, you can also follow these guidelines if not dirty no need to shampoo or condition simply towel dry as outlined here and quickly dry off with the Roses Grooming and Drying Brush, and on cold winter walks your Schnauzer will welcome being dry and warm.
We look forward to hearing your experiences and of course receiving pictures of your Schnauzer’s after your Grooming and Pampering Sessions
THE ROSES TEAM
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