Miniature schnauzers have long, coarse hair that quickly becomes matted without careful grooming. A variety of haircuts are available from professional groomers, so if you want a show-quality look or are uncomfortable grooming your own dog, consider consulting a groomer. Dogs are often frightened while being groomed, so talk sweetly to your dog and give her lots of treats to encourage her to develop positive associations with grooming.
Shampoo your schnauzer using a tear-free pet shampoo. Rinse with warm or tepid water and towel her dry.
Comb the dog's hair when it is 90 percent dry. If you discover any mats, use a mat comb to gently pull out the mats. If the fur is severely matted, you may need to shave your dog completely.
Comb the fur around your dog's face but do not attempt to trim it unless you are an experienced groomer. Schnauzers' eyebrows and facial hair have a characteristic cut that is best left to professional groomers.
Clip the fur around your dog's body to the desired length. Many owners opt to shave this hair during the summer months. You can use clippers for a close shave or trimming scissors for a slightly longer look.
Trim the fur around your dog's tail, a common location for matting. Make sure that the fur around your dog's rectum is short and clean, then use clippers or scissors to cut your dog's tail fur to the desired length.
Comb the hair around your dog's feet and trim it so that it does not cover the feet and is an even length.
Clean your dog's ears. Wipe off any excess wax or dirt using a damp, warm washcloth. Never insert cotton swabs into the ear canal. Put two drops of ear cleaner into each ear. Give your dog a treat while you do this, because most dogs hate having their ears cleaned.
Pluck the inner hairs from your dog's ears when needed. Miniature schnauzers tend to grow larger quantities of hair in their ears than other dogs, and excess hair must be removed to prevent matting and bacteria overgrowth. These hairs help wick away moisture and remove debris, however, so avoid excessive plucking. If you're not sure how much hair to remove, ask your veterinarian or groomer for help.
Ask your vet or groomer to trim your dog's nails. Trimming the nails too short can result in bleeding and pain, so it's best to let an expert do it. Allowing your dog to walk on gritty surfaces and taking her for frequent walks can help prevent her nails from growing too long.
Brush your schnauzer's teeth regularly with a toothbrush and toothpaste intended for dogs. Cleaning the teeth will promote dental health and keep bad breath at bay.