Edie's grooming journey begins

Grooming is an important part of looking after your Schnauzer. Regular grooming will help keep your Schnauzer healthy and comfortable and you will spot potential problems early. Whether you decide to clip or strip your Schnauzer, help is on hand. Schnauzers are generally a non-shedding breed and will require a fair amount of grooming to get rid of dead hair.
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Re: Edie's grooming journey begins

Post by Dawnspell » 26 Oct 2018, 09:19

I've been looking through old photos. Barney was 6-7 months old before he started looking "tidy". Wouldn't say quite a swan but not scruffy puppy
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Re: Edie's grooming journey begins

Post by Schnauzer Sam » 09 Dec 2018, 15:48

Edie is 6 months old now. She still can't make up her mind whether she's going to allow her whole jacket to turn pepper and salt and is stubbornly hanging on to quite a bit of solid black on her back.

She's very good about having her upper legs stripped and isn't concerned about her head or ears either. She's not a big fan of having her throat and chest stripped so I cheat here and after carding it will use clippers on her throat and thinning scissors on her chest.

I've a bit more to pull off her neck but I'd already taken her to her limit and I'd rather the whole process was pleasant (or at least tolerable) for her.

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Re: Edie's grooming journey begins

Post by mikegoodson1 » 10 Dec 2018, 19:34

Nice to see an updated picture of her - looking very smart :)

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Re: Edie's grooming journey begins

Post by Dawnspell » 11 Dec 2018, 14:42

Hasn't she grown :-o Looking very sleek
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Re: Edie's grooming journey begins

Post by Schnauzer Sam » 09 Jan 2019, 14:53

Here's Edie at 7 months, one month on from previous picture.

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She's quite gangly and still holds on to her black jacket. Her leg furnishings are still threadbare but I know these will develop. She allows me to strip her head and ears with no fuss and you can see that I strip her back legs through the thighs and almost down to the hock. Should I go further here or blend it in?

With the front legs I need to take some more off her shoulders but what do I do at the elbow? There always seems to be more hair here than anywhere else and stripping doesn't seem to take it all out. Do I use thinning scissors here after I strip as much off as possible?

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Re: Edie's grooming journey begins

Post by Oscar 12345 » 09 Jan 2019, 17:11

Sam, I think she looks great and you are doing a tremendous job of stripping and carding. I can't do the thigh on Otto like you do, he doesn't like it and I get a stare if I even try.

As has been said, she will fill out. With a dog that does have longer legs with little furnishings, it sometimes helps to keep the skirt a little longer. It should start level with the elbow at the front and then taper up at an angle to the thigh furnishings but not too sharp as skirt can look "tucked in". It does have a dramatic effect when you play with the length making a shorter stockier dog look taller if kept short and visa versa. As for the leg furnishings, I don't know whether you ever blow dry their coats but if you blow dry up the leg so the hair puffs out as much as possible and slicker the hair out at 90 degrees from leg and then use thinning scissors down the leg to keep the leg hair straight like a cylinder and take the ends off you will find it does look thicker and will get thicker.

I wouldn't go any further down the hock/leg but I would blend in with thinners. Again flick the hair out and blend. Comb the hair at the back of the hock out and cut down straight at 90 degree angle at a length of approx 2 inches long. Again. you can play around with the length to extenuate the angle of the hock if you like.

At shoulders strip as far down as you need to to keep the furnishings at the top of the leg in place otherwise the top of the furnishings stick out. At the elbow as I said above best thing is to comb hair out at back and trim cut straight down. If hair is really thick at elbows get your thinners in there to remove a bit. Do a bit at a time because if you remove too much it can create a bit of a hole, the hair should look full at the top. I have the same problem Otto has a lot of hair on his legs and elbow particularly, I thin it a bit to make it easier to groom.

That is what I do but as I said, she looks fab Sam (as does Rosie of course just in case she is reading this too :) )
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