5 Dog Grooming Schnauzer Tips
So, you just got a Schnauzer and you now need 5 Schnauzer grooming tips? Schnauzers are a German dog that can be a faithful companion and very protective and friendly. You don't want to neglect it because you could be losing a very good relationship between man and animal.
- Grooming your Schnauzer's ears. The ears of a dog can have loads of bacteria build up in them if not cleaned regularly. One way to tell if they're not clean is if there's any discharge or bad smell coming from the inner flap. Another way to tell is if it's no longer a pinkish color. To clean your Schnauzer's ears, use tweezers or your fingers to pluck out some hair from the inner ear canal. However, don't pluck out all the hairs because the hairs are what prevent the bacteria from getting to the other parts of the ears. We recommend that you check your Schnauzer's ears weekly to make sure that it is clean.
- Trimming the nails. When you think your Schnauzer's nails are too long, trim them. However, only trim the top part. Also, make sure that you check your Schnauzer's nails on a daily bases. You'd want to look for cracks or tears in its pads. To make your Schnauzer more comfortable with the nail trimming, feel in between its pads, softly though, and gently stroke each paw at the end or right before you trim its nails. This will relax it a lot more. Eventually, your Schnauzer will get used to your trimming its nails.
- Dental hygiene. This is very important to a dog's health so make sure that you check the teeth and gums regularly. Don't not check and brush its teeth because your Schnauzer dislikes it because this could have bad results for later. If your Schnauzer doesn't like its teeth being brushes, just use dog toothpaste. One way to tell if your Schnauzer's dental hygiene is poor, check its gums. If its gums are weak, not a healthy pink color, and swollen then its dental hygiene is poor. Also, check for tartar and bleeding in the mouth as well.
- The eyes. Here's a very effective way to clean your Schnauzer's eye area. Take a washcloth and soak it with warm water. Then, wring it out a bit but don't make it completely dry. Now, gently wipe around the eye area to remove any particles and material that collected around its eyes.
- Grooming the coat. While this may be the most difficult and time consuming step to grooming a dog, don't be sloppy about it. It could very frustrating to a dog if its hairs are all tangled up in clumps. Treat it like you would treat your own hair. Groom it well and don't rush through it. Take your time to brush through your Schnauzer's hair daily. Brush in the direction that your Schnauzer's hair naturally flows. However, if you come across a tangle or a clump, just cut it out with scissors. Don't make your dog suffer because you're too lazy to simply cut it out. Also, don't forget to check for ticks, fleas and bumps that might need the attention of a vet. Once you finish brushing your Schnauzer, give it a treat and take it for a walk. This will probably make it more cooperative the next time you groom. It may also look forward to its next grooming session.