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Grooming Miniature Schnauzers

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My Mom has a pair of mini-schnauzers. They've been groomed almost exclusively by a professional for their whole lives. However, because it costs so much each time they go in, they aren't being groomed often and Mom's having a difficult time maintaining them in between. I've been trying to help her figure out ways to keep them groomed between groomings, but I've never had such a high maintenance dog myself, so my experience is pretty limited.

Does anyone here have experience with grooming this breed or other really wiry tangly dogs? They don't get brushed nearly enough, partly because their fur is just so difficult to get a brush through. She had tried using a leave-in detangling solution with them, but found that what she thought was a good-quality, natural product was causing her allergy problems (everyone in our family is chemical-sensitive and highly allergic to perfumes). I'm hoping to find a product that's unscented and has only simple, fairly natural ingredients. Anything that's "natural" with essential oils tends to cause problems too.

I'd also appreciate tips on the best tools to use for their coat-type and any other suggestions.
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I'm with graco, if she doesn't want to brush a few times a week, short is best. And if she's having trouble getting a brush through them, I'd be willing to bet they are already too matted to be saved. However, I've found that Ice on Ice by Chris Christensen is awesome stuff for a detangling/moisturizing spray; it's unscented, really helps with tangles, cuts brushing time, AND it has sunscreen in it, which is important for my black mini poodle. Even my moms scent sensitive Lhasa can handle it, (anything spray on that has a scent turns him into a scratching maniac!) as well as my mom, who is as sensitive as her dog, lol! It's pricey, but worth it. And the spray nozzle on it distributes a very fine mist, so you only use a little at a time, which helps.
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