: I just love showing off my Schnauzers, and I just love it when I'm walking through the park and I hear a kid tell their mom, "Look at the doggie with the beard!" And of course I consider it an invitation to say hello, and perform some tricks for them.Drinking Water
: I use a no-spill water bowl on the kitchen floor, and a water bottle in the pen where I leave them when I'm away. So they always have drinking water.
The no-spill bowl helps keep their beards out of the water. It also helps when I accidentally kick it and it would otherwise send water flying across the kitchen floor.
I keep a towel on the kitchen floor, and grab it with my foot and run it over any water I see that was dripped on the floor. And when I see them drink, I wipe their beards with the towel. I also keep a washcloth by my recliner for the same purpose, so that when they come prancing into the living room with beards dripping I can wipe them and dry them at least a little.
The bowl's available from PetSmart
, and the bottle's available from PetCo
: Even though I feed my Schnauzers dry kibble, after they would eat it from a bowl the bowl would be very wet with saliva. And with all the loose particles from the kibble, it makes a messy kind of gravy which ends up all over their beards.
My solution is to feed them their kibble on a white washcloth, white so I can tell when it's dirty. It keeps the saliva from forming this messy "gravy." It works great!Washing their Beards
: After breakfast every morning, after I brush their teeth, I wash their beards with a warm, wet washcloth then dry them with a towel. And they get a bath every week minimum, necessary because Muka's a therapy dog visiting hospitals.Brushing
: I brush my Schnauzers daily, and I believe that this does a lot to keep their beards clean, too. I use a slicker brush, but after doing their beard I run a comb through it. The comb makes it easier to part the beard above the nose, and if I've missed a tangle, it will find it!Sour Beard
: Have you ever had a sponge or dishcloth turn sour at the kitchen sink? No amount of soap and hot water will get the smell out. And after using it, you can't even get the smell off your hands with soap and water.
I discovered that this happens to Schnauzer beards, too, and I think it is often misdiagnosed as bad breath. Or just a dirty dog, and a bath doesn't get rid of it!
I asked my chemist friend about it, and he told me that baking soda would neutralize the smell. It's amazing!
I'm not sure there's a perfect formula, but I dissolve about half a teaspoon in a cup of warm water then lightly rinse out a washcloth in it and wipe the beard, generously wetting it.
I have been amazed that this problem but rarely comes up in this forum. Perhaps most people do just think it's bad breath or a dirty dog. I know that my vet was thrilled to hear of the simple solution.