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Tips and advice on owning a miniature schnauzer

Updated on April 27, 2010

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Hi, my lens has useful tips for people considering buying a miniature schnauzer,or for those who are lucky enough to have one. It also gives you the chance to groom your own schnauzer with my practical guide that will save you thousands of pounds within the life span of your schnauzer.

I am a dog groomer and an owner of two Mini Schnauzer's both 4 years old.

Take a look, you might find it interesting :)

I would like to share some tips with you about owning and caring for a Miniature Schnauzer.So if you already have a Miniature Schnauzer or are considering to buy one then this could be quite useful to you.

Don't be fooled be puppy dog eyes, Mini Schnauzers are very clever in getting what they want.

Try not to give in to sad eyes and give them something from your plate, you will start a habit of a lifetime from day one. (plus its no good for their diet or figure)

Try to walk your mini schnauzer at least 3 times a day, they are very energetic little things and are very playful.

Try to be consistent with them, no means no and should not mean yes next time. A lot like bringing the children up !!!

These tips you may think could apply to any breed of dog and you are right but from my experience of 4 years with two Mini Shnauzers these tips only seems to apply to my boys !!! :)

Get your Mini Schnauzer used to a lead almost immediately, you will be thankful you did in the long term. Walk around the house a few times will help him adjust to a collar and lead.


Take as much time as you can to Brush, Brush and Brush your mini schnauzer, and if you have any spare time on your hands then brush some more.Put them in the bath from a pup, and use a cool hairdryer to dry.If you must take your Mini Schnauzer to a dog grooming parlour, then do this almost instantly or as soon as you can.

A trip to the dog grooming parlour

If your mini schnauzer isn't used to being in a cage, then chances are they may get stressed at a parlour.

I had my boys groomed at home, but when I had to take them to a doggy palour it was very stressful. My boys wasn't used to being in cages waiting to be groomed, surrounded by other dogs probably wandering what is going on just as they must have been. This simple tip will lead to a stress free mini schnauzer and a happier you.

After enough visits to the dog grooming parlour to convince me that my boys were stressed with the big ordeal, I decided to train to become a dog groomer.This way my boys don't mind me grooming or trimming them because they know me, which means LESS STRESS!!! Which works perfectly for me.

Grooming Your Schnauzer at home

A little about my Grooming Guide

After enough visits to the dog grooming parlour to convince me that my boys were stressed with the big ordeal, I decided to train to become a dog groomer.This way my boys don't mind me grooming or trimming them because they know me, which means LESS STRESS!!! Which works perfectly for me.

I have been trimming my boys now for 2 years and they now love it. After learning how to trim and groom thm I set out to write this guide for anyone who wishes to groom there own Schnauzer at home.

10 Reasons why you should consider grooming your own Schnauzer with my guide

There are plenty more but here are my top 10

1. You will be instantly saving over £4000.00 on grooming bills in the life span of your schnauzer.

2. The guide is written by a devoted owner and groomer.

3. Its full of useful information that dog grooming parlours do not tell or advice.

4. Your Schnauzer will be more happy when they realise they don't have to go to a parlour. You wont have to ristrict him to a cage while he waits for the groomer.

5. The guide also includes FREE information on coat conditions and ear cleaning. This information alone will save you hundreds of pounds.

6. you will not find any other guide like this one, it is truly unique.

7. Less stress for your schnauzer which will mean less stress for you.

8. Less stress for you which will mean less stress for your schnuazer

9. The guide is written in easy to understand steps and more importantly it is jargon free.

10. The unique guide is amazing value, and costs less than £6.00 !!

Thats less than half a trip the the dog grooming parlour !!!!

Another TOP reason for buying the guide is for a limited time we are donating 50% of the price to the NPCC Full Stop Campaign, when purchasing the guide via the link below.


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      lenny2 4 years ago

      reading through some of these comments I strongly DISAGREE! Your dogs are beautiful and groomed well, as you said yourself they are not show dogs so they don't need to be like that!! I own a ms myself and found your tips helpful! ! I know everyone is entitled to there own opinion, but I have to say some of them comments were just rude!!! Why would you take your pet to parlour to try to get them used to it and put the dog through added stress when you could learn yourself. I know for sure my ms would prefer me to groom him! Then again I am good owner :) ... keep up ur good work and your client list speaks for itself :)

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      vane 4 years ago

      I have to disagree with some comments on here. Your dogs look GORGEOUS! I own two mini schnauzers as well and I think your tips are right on spot. They are soooo energetic and their sad eyes kill me, but I am very firm with them when I say no. Good job :)

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      Vicki 5 years ago

      The reason why I am considering grooming my own miniature schnauzer who is now five, is becauase every single time she comes back from the groomer no matter where, (I have used several different places due to the cleanliness of the places) she always comes back with some sort of rash. You all know how that goes with our dogs and their skin conditions. Once the rash starts it spreads and spreads . I have to then take her to the vet and get her on prednisone and antibiotics - I have found that using clippers causes this in my dog anyway. I just use grooming scissors and trim her very close. Does not look professional so to speak. But she is a cute as a button when I am done and less trips to the vet and less discomfort for my little girl.

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      Becky 5 years ago

      At what age do you groom them for the first time?

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      Ofelia 6 years ago

      I have a 8 pound toy snauzer. Her name is Zoey special one and only daughter that I could ever have. She had been to three different groomer place. Some does a good job some doesn't. All I can say its iindividual's choice what kind of hair style you want to have your dog's hair style. If you don't like the groomers ways of cutting them then you cut it yourself.

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      Maggie 6 years ago

      I think your dogs are adorable. I have a 4 year old min schnauzer with the cropped ears & tail. I love the natural ears and natural tail on your dogs. I didn't have a coice on mine.

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      alysse gursky 6 years ago

      my shnuzr is 3 years old snd she costed 300.0000 dollars her name is lolah haven gursky she is ik our wathc

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      oerijfg 6 years ago

      this didn't help

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      Sharon 7 years ago

      Our Min Schnauzer is four years old, we love her very much. Our problem is when I groomer he I have to muzzle her, she will bite me, she is terrable to groom or have her nails cut. I'm so stressed out when I;m done, I juat don't know what to do. Can you offer any suggestion, boy I sure would appreciate it. It takes my husband to hold her, plus a muzzle.

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      Stephen Keys 7 years ago

      hi all, i have just purchased my first MS and am so excited. But I know a dog is a big commitment so any hints or tips you guys have that would be great.



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      Lapple351 7 years ago

      Wow i get my Miniature Schnauzer groomed at a dog groomer these tips are great.

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      rexchexmama 7 years ago

      Hi just wanted to say if you aren't showing your dogs grooming style is optional. The Schnauzer cut is cute and distinctive but, can be expensive. Her 'boys' look fine for family pets. I groom my fellas as well and it's MUCH less stressful on ALL of us! The dogs should be groomed according to lifestyle and ease of care. I keep the basic schnauzer shape but a little shorter. My dogs are constantly rolling, playing, romping with my kids outside. If they had longer cuts, they'd be a matted mess. With a shorter cut, brushing and grooming is much more comfortable for them.

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      Colin 7 years ago

      Their "tails are so long" because she lives in the UK. Unlike the US, the UK has banned tail docking and ear cropping except under special circumstances. Time for the US to follow suit.

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      Marie 8 years ago


      Your boys are beautiful and thank you for allowing questions.

      Our MS is 6 years old, he was abused and we took him in about 8 weeks ago, from a family who have a toddler and expecting another baby, and they leave him alone all day. It was either that or they were going to have him put down, because of his fear aggression. They had him for almost 3 years and before that he was abused with brooms/flyswatters/canes etc and was never socialized or allowed out.

      He's very dear to me already, but he bites men and barks at anything that moves. He was well trained by BarkBusters to sit, dance, stay etc., it is the barking and biting that is so well ingrained in him. I take him to a 5 acre park each and every day, but he does not socialize. He is always leashed and I will buy a good muzzle so he can meet people and other dogs. We are a fixed income older couple and cannot afford the transfer fee and continued training. Any advise you can offer would be very much appreciated.

      Thank you.

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      mystery 8 years ago

      very good tips

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      Helenuk 8 years ago

      Hi Cici

      Thanks for your query,

      Its sound like Beau either gets distressed with her collar or she is excited to go out lol.Either way I can understand your frustration.

      I do have some easy to follow steps that could help you.

      Please email me and I will be happy to assist.

      Thanks again

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      Helenuk 8 years ago

      Thanks for your comments :)

      Can I just say that when I bought my beautiful boys Bernies tail was not cropped by the breeder and he was to old to have it removed.

      As for my boys coats,they are family pets and not show dogs, I am happy with the way they look :)and so is my 200 or so guide customers.

      Thanks again for your comments :)

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      natasha 8 years ago

      I think that she did a fine job of grooming her dogs. Besides having short or long tails is optional and it is up to the taste of the owner. It has nothing to do with wether she is a good groomer or not. No one should judge her.

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      cici 8 years ago

      my mini schnauzer's name is beau. he is a good dog after a walk . every time we try to put his collar and leash on he does a roll a turn all over the place its annoying. i understand he is 5 months old but it seems forever we had him. i cant get rid of him or my daughter would cry her eyes out every day.what should i do ?

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      anabanana 8 years ago

      i don't think any of you can possibly judge this ladies schnauzers from 2 photos plus i think she has done it fine, besides why would you pay that much money when u can do it yourself?!?!?

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      minschnauzfan 9 years ago

      grooming parlors are a waste of time and money,if i want my mini schnnauzer groomed i can do an as good as job myself.

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      charlie mcerlaine [ms] 9 years ago

      im wanting to gey my first ever MS i was wondering if it best to get one bit older as i work fuultime but will manage in couple time day. im a very big pet lover but don't want my lovely brnad new flat and possessions all chewed up i also went fro alsations all my life but now im on my own id love wee MS thankyou whays your advice please ?? charlie [ms]

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      jade 9 years ago

      I think you should pay a trip to the groomers, looking at your dogs they do need a good professional groom, they still look cute, but could do with a good cut.


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      gill 9 years ago

      thanks for the information on schnauzers, i have a wonderfull dog who loves to be groomed at the groomers or home he just loves to be fussed and is a well behaved dog, all dogs should go to groomers and be taught to mix with other dogs from an early age.

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      MnM 9 years ago

      hello again just wondering if you are groomer why are your schnauzers not groomed properly and why are they tails so long? i had started with 1 min. schnauzer then 2 then a litter of 5 pups then litter of 3 and now we have one dog left. i loved all of my schnauzer and all loved the groomers, by at least the second grooming. thanks again

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      MnM 9 years ago


      just wanted to say, it is good for you to take your dog to the groomers i have had miniature schnauzers for awhile and it is better to take them to a groomer, they will get use to the kennel and get socialized with new people also. of course doing ti your self saves money but take your dog to the groomer eventually they will get used to it and will handle it no problem, my miniature schnauzer was never groomed or anything till 7 or 8 months and she was never brushes so as soon as i got her we took her to the groomers there was a lot of other dogs and she was all excited and nervous and was afriad of the groomer a little bit and the razor and well just about everything. the next time we brought her in she was fin stood there to get groomed was great, as long as you don't teach them that they should be afraid the will get the hang of it. thanks


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