There are a few things you should know about caring for your Giant Schnauzer. After all, knowledge is power and you will need all of that with this dog and then some!
The Giant Schnauzer has a wiry and stiff coat that produces very little shedding. He does not produce a doggie odor. However, he will need to be frequently groomed. This will help to keep his coat free of mats and tangles. You should use a wire brush that is short every week. He will need his whiskers to be cleaned after meals to ensure that the food debris are removed. The hair around his ears and eyes should be kept trimmed and short. He should be professionally trimmed all over at least four times per year. This will serve as a proactive measure to keep the mats down and tangles in check.
The Giant Schnauzer will need to be exercised frequently. This is more than just a short jaunt around the block one or two times a day. This is a highly energetic dog that will need to walk or run at least two miles per day. He will need lots of playtime in which he is free to run off of a leash. He will need constant interaction of a physical nature with you in order to be happy. Without proper stimulation, he will find it difficult to settle down at night and go to bed. He will instead seem to bounce off of the walls in order to exert his energy.
Your Giant Schnauzer will need to be fed a varied diet. This should consist of foods that have a meat source of beef that is combined with beet and uses kernels of corn and grains of wheat. You should try to avoid feeding a Giant Schnauzer any foods that contain poultry, white rice, or soy. If you are thinking of feeding your dog a natural diet, then you should use a mix of the type of grains used in the German breweries such as flax and hops. This should be mixed with ground vegetables such as cabbage and potato, sugar beet and wheat.
One of the most important ways that you can care for your Giant Schnauzer is to provide ample opportunities for socialization. This is perhaps more important for the Giant Schnauzer than any other breed of dog. He will need to learn how to interact with other people besides his family in order to not assume that all strangers are presenting a danger or a threat that needs to be taken care of. He is extremely protective of his family and needs to learn that not all strangers are dangerous. The Giant Schnauzer is naturally reserved and shy around those he does not know unless he feels that his family is being threatened. He will need ample opportunities to learn the difference between friend and foe.
With proper care of your Giant Schnauzer, you will ensure that he will be around for many years to come. You can help to cement the bond that you will share and help him to respect you as his owner.