How to trim & shape a schnauzer's face

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How to trim & shape a schnauzer's face
Well-groomed faces are happy faces. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Schnauzers look and feel best when they are groomed. Grooming the face of the dog is as important as the rest of the body and should be done every five to eight weeks. The shape of the face defines the schnauzer breed, and trimming the face to match the clipping pattern will give the best results for the pet.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • Clippers (No. 10 blade)
  • Brush
  • Comb
  • Shampoo
  • Towel
  • Wash cloth

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  1. 1

    Wash the schnauzer with a dog shampoo to clean out any dirt or oil from the dog's hair. The hair should be clean before grooming to keep the clippers from becoming dull. Use a small towel to wash the dog's face, keeping the soap of the eyes. Dry the schnauzer with a towel.

    How to trim & shape a schnauzer's face
    Washing the dog is a good start to grooming. (Al Barry/Valueline/Getty Images)
  2. 2

    Brush the schnauzer's head using a brush and comb. Brushing will get out any large tangles and the comb will get out smaller tangles. Brushing and combing will ensure that the schnauzer's cut will be more even. Do not forget the eyebrows and be gentle as this is a sensitive area for the dog.

    How to trim & shape a schnauzer's face
    Brush and comb to allow clippers to pass easily through the hair. (Al Barry/Valueline/Getty Images)
  3. 3

    Clip the schnauzer's head with the No.10 blade against the hair growth. Start at the base of the skull at the back of the head and move the clippers forward to the brow bone. Hold the ear back with your thumb and clip the hair between the eyebrow and the ear to the chin in a downward motion.

    How to trim & shape a schnauzer's face
    Be gentle with the dog during the grooming process. (Al Barry/Valueline/Getty Images)
  4. 4

    Hold the beard with the dog facing you and clip the hair from the beard hair line on each side to under the neck. Raise the head and clip underneath the beard line down to the throat.Trim the ears of the schnauzer by holding the ear firmly and gently moving the clippers with the grain of the hair. Be careful when clipping the edges of the ears, as clippers can nick the ears.

    How to trim & shape a schnauzer's face
    This beard is groomed nicely. (Koichi Kamoshida/Getty Images News/Getty Images)
  5. 5

    Shape the face by trimming the beard using a pair of grooming scissors. Trim the beard at a slant about an inch from the eye down. Cut any fly away hairs, keeping a downward triangular shape. Trim the eyebrows at a slant creating a triangle shape with the longest point being at the inner part of the eye. Trim away any hairs that may obstruct the dog's vision.

    How to trim & shape a schnauzer's face
    The shape of this face is ideal for most schnauzers. (Bruno Vincent/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

Tips and warnings

  • Always oil the blades as you groom.
  • Use dog treats to reward your dog during grooming.
  • Do not press down on the dog's skin while clipping.
  • Use a blade that is recommended to avoid razor burn.

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