Pet Schnauzer Maintenance Tips

How to Care for a Schnauzer

A pet Schnauzer is an intelligent, friendly breed of dog that is known for their distinctive eyebrows and beard. They were originally bred to hunt rodents roaming around German farms, however, now they make great companions. If you have a Schnauzer or are thinking of getting one as a pet, you will need to see to your dog’s nutritional needs, health, grooming needs, entertainment, and training.

Feed Your Schnauzer Twice a Day

Feeding your Schnauzer twice a day on a regular schedule will help to encourage good eating habits and, in some cases, also help with potty training.

Provide Plenty of Clean, Fresh Water

Your Schnauzer must always have plenty of clean, fresh water. Make sure you keep a bowl of water that is easy to reach. For example, place a water dish in the kitchen or a few feet away from the bed of your pet.

Steer Clear of Toxic Human Foods

Some foods can make your Schnauzer sick and, in some cases, even kill it if it eats them. These foods are:

  • Grapes and raisins

  • Walnuts, almonds, pecans, and macadamia nuts

  • Onions, garlic, and chives

  • Alcohol

  • Foods that contain caffeine and chocolate

  • Foods that contain yeast

  • Avocados

  • Foods that contain xylitol

Give Your Schnauzer Healthy Treats

Every dog is prone to obesity so it is important that you limit your Schnauzer’s treats. Instead of giving your pet scraps that might make them sick, offer a small portion of something healthy. A few good examples are:

  • Cooked green beans

  • Cooked sweet potato

  • Pigs ears
  • Cooked peas

  • Broccoli

  • Fresh blueberries

  • Baby carrots

  • Banana

  • Watermelon chunks

If you would like to make an appointment to discuss a pet Schnauzer, or would just like to ask us questions, please feel free to contact Smithland Schnauzers at (336) 570-2290 now if you live in the Raleigh, NC region.