Jul 3, 2007, 1:21 AM
Post #265 of 277
It's ok to bathe her. But since the puppy's still a bit young and fragile, make sure you dry her up immediately and use warmish water - their bodies are still small and are not able to cope so well with sudden changes in temperature.
Re: [babymiki] Grooming of M Schnauzer
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I think once a week is excessive. I bathe my schnauzer once a month, once every six weeks, sometimes once every two months. Miniature schnauzers don't generally have a strong doggie smell and really if you comb and brush her regularly, all you'll need to do is to wipe her down now and then with a damp towel, and clean her paws after you come back from a walk, and her muzzle after a meal of black pepper steak. Excessive use of shampoo can deplete the natural oils on the skin and fur and lead to problems.
Miniature schnauzers can be prone to skin problems, so if your schnauzer has a problem and you find a product that helps, I'd use it, but I wouldn't go over the top. A lot of the time, the skin problems come from an inappropriate diet or aggravating factors around the house such as floor cleaners, shampoos (see above) and the like and I would deal with those first rather than slap some chemicals on the dog. I don't use anything on my own schnauzer.
Furnishing refers to all the frilly, fluffy bits on the legs and flanks of a properly groomed schnauzer.
Just to add to what I've written in a previous post - you also want to trim the fur between the paw pads of your schnauzer. This tends to grow very quickly and if you don't trim it off, your dog might start sliding around esp on a polished marble floor say. Use the ball-tipped scissors for this purpose. You should not leave it up to the professional groomer to do this unless you visit her once a month.
(This post was edited by PangurBan on Jul 3, 2007, 1:24 AM)