Bathing Your Miniature Schnauzer

bathing your miniature schnauzerBathing your Miniature Schnauzer should be easy. Make sure you have everything you need available and ready at hand, such as towels, shampoo etc.

Unlike humans, dogs should not be bathed daily.

Sometimes you might think that your Miniature Schnauzer needs to have a bath but it is not right to be bathing your dog too often.

So, how Often Should You Bath Your Miniature Schnauzer?

Bathing your Miniature Schnauzer Once a Fortnight is Enough

Your Miniature Schnauzer should not be bathed more than once in two weeks.

In other words, do not bath your Miniature Schnauzer every week. Once every second week is enough bathing for your dog.

Bathing your Miniature Schnauzer too often will dry his skin and can cause irritation that will upset him.  This will make life unpleasant for both of you.  The last thing you need is your dog to be scratching himself because of an itchy skin caused by too much bathing.

Items Needed When Bathing Your Miniature Schnauzer

  • Suitable Bath Tub
  • Shower Spray (if possible)
  • Gentle Dog Shampoo
  • Plenty of Towels
  • Soft Slicker Comb
  • Slicker Brush
  • Hair Dryer

Before Bathing Your Miniature Schnauzer

  • You will need to brush your dog’s hair to find and remove any knots.
  • It is important to remove the knots before wetting your dog’s hair as the knots will be more difficult to get rid of once they become wet.
  • To brush the hair use a soft slicker brush and comb over all of his/her body.
  • When all knots have been removed, then it is time to place your Miniature Schnauzer in the bath tub.

Use Luke Warm Water to Bath Your Miniature Schnauzer

  • Before putting water in the bath tub you may wish to place a towel at the bottom to stop your Miniature Schnauzer from slipping, and making it difficult for you to hold on to him while bathing.
  • Then test the water to make sure it is not too hot, or too cold.
  • When you have placed your dog in the bath of water and have made his fur wet, then it is time to rub the gentle dog shampoo through his hair.
  • Do not put the shampoo near his eyes.
  • Rub the shampoo into his hair from the neck downwards, covering all parts of his body below the neck.
  • Then shampoo your dog’s beard and carefully wash the rest of his head.  See To Wash Your Miniature Schnauzer’s Face below.
  • When you have made sure that your dog’s hair is completely cleaned with the shampoo, thoroughly rinse the shampoo off with lukewarm water. Continue rinsing your dog’s hair until the water from his body is no longer colored.  The water needs to be clear before you stop rinsing.

To Wash Your Miniature Schnauzer’s Face

  • Use a wet cloth to wash your dog’s face, making sure you gently clean around the eyes and ears.  Then use a soft towel to dry the face.
  • Before putting your Miniature Schnauzer in the bathtub, place a cotton ball in each ear to prevent water getting into his ears.  This is particularly important if you are using a shower spray to wet your dog, or rising off the shampoo.

Drying Your Miniature Schnauzer After Bathing

  • Place your dog on a large thick towel that will stop the water from his body running all over the floor or table that you have placed him on.
  • Then towel dry his body to remove all excess water.
  • Hold your Miniature Schnauzer firmly to stop him from shaking himself to get rid of the water he can feel on his body.
  • When all the water is removed from your dog’s body, then dry him / her off with a hair dryer on low to medium heat.

Do not have the dryer on the hottest setting as this could cause discomfort to your Miniature Schnauzer

Watch how well behaved this Miniature Schnauzer is in the bath tub:
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When you have completed drying your Miniature Schnauzer he will now be looking fresh and smart.  But if further grooming is required to make him smarter still, then more information can be found on this website by going to Grooming a Miniature Schnauzer.

Grooming A Miniature Schnauzer The Right Way

grooming a miniature schnauzer Grooming a Miniature Schnauzer puppy the right way is really important because your puppy needs to feel comfortable.  If your puppy’s hair has been cut the wrong way or damaged through grooming, he will feel miserable.  No doubt you won’t be happy either.

In my opinion, the Miniature Schnauzer is a handsome or attractive breed of dog.  The square-shaped build. long beard, mustache and bushy eyebrows make them outstanding in appearance.

A well groomed Miniature Schnauzer is a delight to behold. But, a Miniature Schnauzer that has not been well groomed and has a scruffy appearance is a sorrowful sight.

Unfortunately, there are many cases of neglect when it comes to the correct care of cleaning and grooming Miniature Schnauzer puppies, or older Miniature Schnauzer dogs, and the behavior of these puppies or older dogs is directly affected by this neglect.

So if you love to see your Miniature Schnauzer looking smart and content then it is essential that you learn, at the very least, the basics of grooming your beloved pet.

Brushing a Miniature Schnauzer the Correct Way

When you take the time to brush your Miniature Schnauzer properly his or her coat will look healthy and shiny. Plus, brushing improves your puppy’s blood circulation as well as helping with the bonding between you and your puppy.

Of course, the brushing must be done the correct way to get the results explained above and the six steps listed below are what you will need to do to have your Miniature Schnauzer puppy looking smart as well as him feeling happy with his freshly groomed coat.

Before you Start you will Need the Correct Tools for Grooming a Miniature Schnauzer

  • Slicker Brush
  • Medium or Wide-Toothed Comb
  • Flea Comb
  • Electric Clippers – for paws (see below)
  • Detangle Solution (if the coat is heavily matted or tangled)
  • Dog Bath

Six Steps for Brushing your Miniature Schnauzer Puppy

  1. Start by using a slicker brush and brush the opposite way to how puppy’s hair grows. Brushing this way you will be able to get all the loose hair out of the coat.
  2. After completing the brushing against the way your Miniature Schnauzer’s hair is growing, then use a medium or wide-toothed comb. Using this comb will untangle any knots that have formed in puppy’s coat.
  3. When you have finished combing your puppy then brush again, this time along the hair growth and be sure to get through the hair to puppy’s skin so to ensure that all hair has been brushed.
  4. Now it is time to take the Flea Comb and by starting from the root of the hair, comb through all the hair parting it as you comb. This will remove any fleas your puppy may have and get rid of any tangle and knots that you didn’t get earlier.
  5. You might need to use electric clippers on your puppy’s paw pads if they are growing hair. But, be careful to only remove excess hair and do not clip any hair that is growing between his paw pad.
  6. To help with getting rid of matting or tangles in your Miniature Schnauzer coat you may find that using Detangle Solution will assist and make the job of grooming easier.

Keeping Your Miniature Schnauzer Looking Great and Feeling Happy

Do this method of brushing regularly so that your puppy or older dog does not have to live with matted hair.   Make sure that you don’t let your puppy’s or dog’s coat get into a really bad dirty, tangled or matted state as if this happens, you will have a big job on your hands trying to restore your Miniature Schnauzer’s coat to a reasonable state.  This will cause your puppy or dog some unnecessary pain and grooming will then become a problem.   When you have completed all the brushing of your Miniature Schnauzer it is a good time to give him a bath using some dog shampoo.  This will help him to feel really happy.

Give your Miniature Schnauzer puppy or older dog the very best grooming you can.  By doing that, you will have a happy pet that continues to be a pleasure to own.

How to Groom a Miniature Schnauzer’s Head

I have included the following video for you to see a Miniature Schnauzer puppy having his head groomed.  Please note the Groomer explains this styling is being done how the owner of this Miniature Schnauzer likes it.   This style of grooming a Miniature Schnauzer is NOT for a dog being entered in a Show or Competition.

Now that your beloved Miniature Schnauzer is so beautifully groomed a fresh new collar to add to your puppy’s delightful new appearance may appeal to you.


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