Raw feeding- how to keep the beard clean!

BARF refers to Biologically Appropriate Raw food or Bones and Raw Food. It is where owners have decided to feed their Schnauzer a natural diet of raw meat, bones, and organs. If you are considering this for your Schnauzer, you will find lots of handy tips here.
Post Reply
Sandie1
Puppy
Posts: 23
Joined: 16 Sep 2021, 20:23
First Name: Rachel

Raw feeding- how to keep the beard clean!

Post by Sandie1 »

My fifteen week old pup is being fed three times daily on Nutriment, from a Licki-mat. Her beard is always full of bits of food afterwards. I use a wet-wipe but it doesn't seem to get the bits out. I've tried a wet cloth too, again not great success. Does anyone have any tips? Should I stop using the licki-mat? Has anyone found anything that helps with this? Would a different brand be better? I don't want to take her off the raw.

User avatar
Dinkum
Tech Team
Posts: 2559
Joined: 10 Jan 2011, 12:47
First Name: Dean
Dog #1: Rupert
is a: Black Mini Dog
Born: 24 Dec 2010
Dog #2: Watson
is a: Black Mini Dog
Born: 21 Feb 2012
Location: Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Re: Raw feeding- how to keep the beard clean!

Post by Dinkum »

We have one of each. Watson comes away with bits of carrot or other food stuck in his beard. Rupert, on the other hand, is a 'clean' eater and often has nothing in his beard. They are both on Nutriment and have been for 10 years. Watson also leaves a trail of water across the floor when leaving the water bowl. They just eat out of normal bowls, so I am not sure if the mat would make a difference. We've just accepted it as the way they eat differently.

We will use a baby wipe or a piece of paper towel to get the bits out. Paper towel works quite well. We also have a comb handy for brushing the beard after meals. That helps remove any food, but has the added bonus of removing any dead hair.

As the pup gets older, she may be less inclined to dive head first into the food and may eat 'slower', thus leaving less food in the beard. She may be 'smearing' it around more on the mat. Try without the mat and see if that makes a difference.
Dean & Jolyon
Rupert, black mini born 24/12/10
Watson, black mini born 21/02/12

I offer my advice freely, but I am not an expert, breeder, groomer or behaviourist. It is simply my experience of raising pups in a way that seems to make sense.

User avatar
Dawnspell
Moderator
Posts: 4497
Joined: 05 Mar 2013, 18:27
First Name: Alison
Dog #1: Barney RIP 8/3/19
is a: White Mini Dog
Born: 06 Feb 2013
Dog #2: Jasper
is a: White Mini Dog
Born: 25 Apr 2019
Location: Guernsey

Re: Raw feeding- how to keep the beard clean!

Post by Dawnspell »

Shes not learnt the beard wipe yet :D

If Jasper has had anything wet he then rolls around rubbing his beard on the carpet or his bed :)) Someone who used to be on the forum, her dogs were fed raw and they used to wipe their beards along the sofa so she used to put a towel on at feed time ready for them cleaning their beards =)) Not much help I know
Our first family dog
Barney - Pocketpark Biali Eyebright 6/2/13 - 8/3/19 Gone too soon
Motto for owners who groom their own Schnauzers -"Never mind it'll soon grow back"

Sandie1
Puppy
Posts: 23
Joined: 16 Sep 2021, 20:23
First Name: Rachel

Re: Raw feeding- how to keep the beard clean!

Post by Sandie1 »

Thank you both! I might try without the licki-mat, I just thought that would help slow her down at mealtimes.
If anyone has anything to add, please feel free!

User avatar
zeta1454
Moderator
Posts: 4810
Joined: 19 May 2011, 16:58
First Name: Leigh
Dog #1: Magic
is a: P/S Mini Bitch
Born: 20 Apr 2010
Dog #2: Trilby
is a: P/S Mini Bitch
Born: 15 Mar 2012
Dog #3: Pip
Born: 21 Feb 2014
is a: P/S Mini Bitch
Location: North Yorkshire
Contact:

Re: Raw feeding- how to keep the beard clean!

Post by zeta1454 »

We have so many dogs that they help each other out with any food on beards =))

You could try a more chunky or less ‘wet’ food as well as changing from the lickimat. We have used Wolf Tucker mince which is finely minced enough to suit our toy breed puppies so should be fine for a mini schnauzer and we have not had problems with food round their faces. The adult dogs are all on Nutriwolds now which is produced locally to us in Yorkshire. They offer a very fine mince which is just meat and their original range which (as with Nutriment) contains a broad range of ‘extra’ vegetables, herbs, oils etc. This range are offered in ‘fine’ or ‘chunky’ although the fine is certainly more chunky than Wolf Tucker and probably Nutriment. It does take a bit more chewing and may be less likely to get in the beard - we don’t really have any issues with that with our 3 adult mini schnauzers. Puppies are notorious for getting food all over them though so your pup may just grow out of this messy stage as she matures. The suggestions above for cleaning the beard are all good ones though.
Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole. ~Roger Caras

Magic - Silversocks Sharade at Darksprite
Trilby - Darksprite Rosa Bud


https://m.facebook.com/pages/category/C ... 916994967/

Sandie1
Puppy
Posts: 23
Joined: 16 Sep 2021, 20:23
First Name: Rachel

Re: Raw feeding- how to keep the beard clean!

Post by Sandie1 »

Some good options there Leigh, thank you, I will look into different "makes" too.

Post Reply