New Mini Schnauzer owner/’groomer’ Help!

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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Kirsty
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New Mini Schnauzer owner/’groomer’ Help!

Post by Kirsty » 26 Sep 2019, 22:09

Hello all!

So Rodney came home last Friday. He’s settling in really well and getting lots of attention. I’d like to start brushing him to get him used to that, might be a silly question but is there a particular type of brush that I should get that’s more suitable for Schnauzers?

I’d like to hand strip him, my mum has had Border terriers before and we’ve always just done it with our hands. Reading all the advice it sounds like a stripping instrument is used for schnauzers, is this completely necessary or could I just use my hands? How will I know when he’s ready to be start being striped? His coat it very soft at the moment.

Thank you for you patience with a complete newbie to schnauzers.

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Thanks,
Kirsty & Rodney 🖤


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Re: New Mini Schnauzer owner/’groomer’ Help!

Post by Dawnspell » 27 Sep 2019, 10:34

For general day to day grooming I've always preferred a metal toothed comb you can get right down to the skin. I find brushes don't get down to the skin as easily and that's where the mats start. It also depends on the hair. The two schnauzers I've had have completely different leg hair. Barneys leg hair wasn't profuse and needed combing through properly every 2-3 days otherwise some matts would form. Jaspers is kind of dense and fluffy and I've yet to see it get a matt.

As for stripping equipment you can do it with your fingers but its a lot slower job. Even just wrapping an elastic band round your thumb and forefinger or using bankers finger cots inside out on your fingers vastly improves grip and makes it far easier and quicker. I don't know much about stripping borders. I think you can get away with doing them twice a year. Is that right ? Also do you card out undercoat on a border ? A stripping knife is used the other way around running it through the coat to get out undercoat, and stripping is done on a weekly basis to roll the coat.

You can start carding his coat straight away this will get the fluff out and encourage the wire to come through
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Re: New Mini Schnauzer owner/’groomer’ Help!

Post by mikegoodson1 » 27 Sep 2019, 11:37

I can't help with any grooming advice but have to say, an adorable looking puppy :)

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Re: New Mini Schnauzer owner/’groomer’ Help!

Post by zeta1454 » 27 Sep 2019, 12:36

Rodney is very cute :o3

Re grooming, it is best to try and remove as much of the soft puppy fluff as you can as soon as possible as this will allow the harsher top coat hairs to come through. We have found a grooming stone great for this. It can be broken into smaller pieces to make it easier to use with a puppy / small dog and can get huge amounts of fluff / undercoat out.

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Kirsty
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Re: New Mini Schnauzer owner/’groomer’ Help!

Post by Kirsty » 29 Sep 2019, 21:23

Thanks all! Super helpful, I’m loving this forum and all the advise!

Will be starting brushing right away!

I’ll let you know how it goes and I’m sure I’ll have lots more questions along the way

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Re: New Mini Schnauzer owner/’groomer’ Help!

Post by Kirsty » 29 Sep 2019, 21:24

Thanks all! Super helpful, I’m loving this forum and all the advise!

Will be starting brushing right away!

I’ll let you know how it goes and I’m sure I’ll have lots more questions along the way

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Re: New Mini Schnauzer owner/’groomer’ Help!

Post by Kirsty » 30 Sep 2019, 09:09

Thank you all for your help and advice! Super helpful, I love this forum.

Grooming will commence with brushing this week!

I'll let you know how I get on and will no doubt have plenty more questions.

Kirsty x

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Re: New Mini Schnauzer owner/’groomer’ Help!

Post by Kirsty » 30 Sep 2019, 09:09

Thank you all for your help and advice! Super helpful, I love this forum.

Grooming will commence with brushing this week!

I'll let you know how I get on and will no doubt have plenty more questions.

Kirsty x

Kirsty
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Re: New Mini Schnauzer owner/’groomer’ Help!

Post by Kirsty » 30 Sep 2019, 09:12

Thank you that's super helpful.

Yes I think. you're right, with a Border you can get away with 2/3 times a year grooming so a huge difference there.

Off to buy a comb and stripping brush!

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Dawnspell wrote:
27 Sep 2019, 10:34
For general day to day grooming I've always preferred a metal toothed comb you can get right down to the skin. I find brushes don't get down to the skin as easily and that's where the mats start. It also depends on the hair. The two schnauzers I've had have completely different leg hair. Barneys leg hair wasn't profuse and needed combing through properly every 2-3 days otherwise some matts would form. Jaspers is kind of dense and fluffy and I've yet to see it get a matt.

As for stripping equipment you can do it with your fingers but its a lot slower job. Even just wrapping an elastic band round your thumb and forefinger or using bankers finger cots inside out on your fingers vastly improves grip and makes it far easier and quicker. I don't know much about stripping borders. I think you can get away with doing them twice a year. Is that right ? Also do you card out undercoat on a border ? A stripping knife is used the other way around running it through the coat to get out undercoat, and stripping is done on a weekly basis to roll the coat.

You can start carding his coat straight away this will get the fluff out and encourage the wire to come through

Kirsty
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Posts: 9
Joined: 12 Sep 2019, 16:43
First Name: Kirsty
Dog #1: Rodney
is a: Black Mini Dog
Born: 29 Jul 2019

Re: New Mini Schnauzer owner/’groomer’ Help!

Post by Kirsty » 01 Oct 2019, 09:15

Thank you all! So helpful, such a good forum.

Rodney so far Is tolerating a comb, he looks lovely a neat for about 2 mins, then runs round like a crazy pup and looks wild again :))

Will keep you all updated x

Kirsty
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Posts: 9
Joined: 12 Sep 2019, 16:43
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Dog #1: Rodney
is a: Black Mini Dog
Born: 29 Jul 2019

Re: New Mini Schnauzer owner/’groomer’ Help!

Post by Kirsty » 01 Oct 2019, 09:16

Thank you all! So helpful, such a good forum.

Rodney so far Is tolerating a comb, he looks lovely a neat for about 2 mins, then runs round like a crazy pup and looks wild again :))

Will keep you all updated x

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