The Miniature Schnauzer has a soft undercoat and wiry topcoat. Using electric clippers to groom a Miniature Schnauzer is more effective than hand scissors; the clippers smooth the coat and result in a neater cut. Purchase basic grooming tools through a mail order catalogue specialising in dog grooming supplies or from your local pet supply store. Bathe the Schnauzer as often as possible. Leave the ear cleaning and gland expression to a trained grooming professional.
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The Greyhound comb is more commonly used because the finely spaced teeth allow the comb to reach the second coat.
Pin and Slicker Brushes
Pin brushes are effective for dogs with thin, wiry coats because the straight metal pins separate the fur. Slicker brushes also have metal pins that are shorter and bend at the ends. Slicker brushes produce a smoother coat for dogs with fuller furnishings.
The most popular styles of nail clippers for grooming Miniature Schnauzers are the guillotine and scissor nail trimmers.
Grooming scissors vary in price from £6-$100. The better the quality, the sharper the edge. When attempting to do a professional job, the sharper edge results in a cleaner cut. Dull-edged scissors just fold the hair and may not produce a clean cut.
Use thinning shears to blend the fur after using the clippers and scissors. The most common style is single bladed with 42 to 46 teeth.
Clippers with detachable blades work best. The size of the blade determines the closeness of the cut. Using clipper oil prevents the blade from getting too warm.
A grooming table is designed to keep the dog steady while grooming. Most tables have a collar-styled noose to hold the dog's head steady and secure.
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