Grooming a mini schnauzer includes brushing his coat a few times a week, coat trimming at least every five weeks, daily eye and teeth cleaning, clipping the nails once a week and bathing every few weeks. You need slicker and bristle brushes, liquid detangler, a washcloth, toothpaste, nail clippers and shampoo. If you plan on clipping your dog's hair, you also need hair clippers.
- Brush and trim his coat
Go over your dog's entire coat with a slicker brush, which removes any tangles and mats in the fur. Use liquid detangler if necessary to help loosen difficult tangles. Use a bristle brush next to remove dead hair from his coat, including his tail, legs and head. You can use electric clippers or scissors to trim your dog's coat. Consider taking your mini schnauzer to a professional groomer for coat trimming.
- Wipe the eyes and the ears
Wipe the area around the eyes with a warm washcloth every morning and evening to keep the area dry and clean, avoiding tear stains. You may want to use a trimmer to trim excess hair around the eyes, which also helps keep tear stains at bay. Wipe the exposed part of ears with a cotton ball dipped in olive oil or witch hazel, but avoid the ear canal.
- Brush his teeth
Brush your dog's teeth on a daily basis to prevent plaque and tartar build-up. Hold your dog in a comfortable position while you pull back his mouth, one side at a time, for easy access to his teeth. Use a dog toothbrush and toothpaste. Apply light pressure to keep gums from bleeding.
- Clip your dog's nails
Hold your dog's paw in one hand, and use the other hand to clip each nail. Be careful not to cut into the nail quick, which has sensitive blood vessels. Use veterinarian-approved nail clippers.
- Bathe your dog
Place your dog in a large basin to wash him. Use a nonskid mat on the bottom to keep him from slipping. Rinse the dog thoroughly with lukewarm water, and then use dog shampoo on his entire coat, washing the head last. Rinse him off, and towel dry completely.