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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 wasn't expecting anything to replace brushing, just hoping to find something to make it easier without flaring up allergies. Can you recommend a brushout spray that is free of perfume? I think the reason she puts it off is because it's so difficult. She says she's taking them in once every 3 months (which I think is too long especially since she's not maintaining them very well in between). This is one of those situations where my stepdad let his son pick the dogs and they are "his dogs" and Mom has to follow all the rules laid out by stepdad who knows nothing about dogs and all the care ends up falling to her from day one (but she's not allowed to make decisions about anything). I was just hoping to find ways to make it easier for her. To be perfectly honest, they look gross and I don't like touching them because the wiry fur combined with the tangles and stains in their fur gives me the heeby jeebies. If they were MY DOGS, I'd buy all the necessary tools and learn to groom them myself so I could keep them well-maintained all the time. I guess I'm looking for a solution somewhere in between for Mom.

I will suggest the short cut all over to her. It's not like they're show dogs or anything. They're pets and they'd probably get a lot more love if they weren't so gross all the time :p
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