A Cocker that
is kept clean and groomed is a pleasure to be around and will be an
all-around healthier dog. (You'll also be amazed how proud a
newly groomed Cocker will be!) Regular grooming sessions will
help train your dog to be handled and can help you immediately spot
parasites, skin/coat problems or other health issues.
The following tips (along with proper exercise and diet) will
hopefully help you keep your Cocker in tip-top shape!
- Groom your
Cocker regularly. (This means a haircut). Every 2-4
weeks for puppies over 8 weeks of age and every 4-6 weeks for
sure the hair growing between the pads of the feet is
trimmed with the clippers during the dog's grooming.
This hair can get matted or might become entangled with
twigs, stick-tights or cockleburs. Any of the above
situations are painful for the dog and could lead to the dog
chewing or licking sores on its feet.
Keeping the coat trimmed shorter does not prevent shedding.
However, keeping the coat short does mean the volume of hair
shed is lessened since the hairs that are shed are shorter.
- Brush your
dog daily, weekly or as needed for his coat type and length.
Brushing stimulates hair growth, distributes natural oils
through the coat and helps keep the skin and coat healthy.
particular attention to the "armpits", between the rear legs
and the ear fringe.
gently but thoroughly between the toes to remove tangles.
Thorns, grass seeds and other yard trash often get tangled
in hair between the toes and these items can become imbedded
in the skin if left unattended.
Regular brushing will minimize shedding as dead hair will be
removed as you brush. This will minimize the amount of
hair that ends up on you, the floor and the furniture.
- Bathe your
dog weekly, bi/weekly or as necessary (based on his coat type,
weather and any health issues - skin problems, etc.)
quality shampoos and conditioners
harsh pesticides or other chemicals on the dog
- Dry your
Cocker's coat with a warm blow dryer after his bath or if he
gets wet outdoors.
sure that between the toes, deep in the armpits and the
undersides of the ears are completely dry. (These
areas are prone to hold moisture anyway and the excess
moisture from a bath can lead to skin problems.)
- A wet
or damp coat can lead to extra tangles and mats.
Prevent severe matting by drying the dog thoroughly.
- Trim the
dog's toenails before his bath.
- Invest in
all necessary grooming equipment (and the best quality possible)
so that grooming is easy and convenient. (Not something
you put off indefinitely because it's such a pain!)
grooming table is probably the one expense that most people
have a hard time convincing themselves is really needed, but
which can make grooming SOOO much easier! A table with
a grooming arm helps you control the dog, allows you to work
on the dog in any location that is convenient and allows you
to have a grooming surface that you don't have to worry
about the dog scratching, dog hair or water ruining and that
is convenient to use (not too high, too low, too slick, too
cluttered, etc., etc.)
- Clean your
Cocker's ears weekly with an appropriate cleaner/drying agent
and address any problems immediately.
- Keep your
dog on appropriate flea and tick preventatives to prevent
grooming/skin issues associated with parasite infestation.
- If your
Cocker has skin issues, address these problems immediately.
(if not most!) skin issues can be solved by feeding a
quality food, preventing parasites and keeping the dog clean
Incorporate regular dental hygiene into your dog's grooming
routine. (Use appropriate canine supplies.)
your dog's teeth 3-5 times a week.
Provide dental chew toys and/or appropriate bones.
dry dog food.
your dog's teeth cleaned by your veterinarian once a year or
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