Brushing your dog can be a very restful and calming experience for both you and your Cocker, especially after an energetic ramble in the countryside. Aside from keeping his coat clean, shining and mat free, it can also help to strengthen the loving bond between you!
Cockers have medium to long, fine, silky hairs on the top of the body and a short downy coat underneath.
It's essential to keep the fine top coat well-brushed, but it's also important to remove any dead and loose hair from the undercoat to help prevent mats and tats forming.
There are many benefits to brushing his coat and keeping your Cocker Spaniel well-groomed. We're going to take a look at some of them here.
Brushing your dog may sometimes seem hard work, but the results are certainly worth the effort, just look at this freshly groomed Cocker, isn't she beautiful?
Regular brushing helps to strengthen the bond between you and your Cocker Spaniel and it's a relaxing way to spend quality time with your dog!
Frequent brushing also helps to spread natural oils evenly throughout your Cocker's coat, helping to keep it soft and shining.
These natural oils help to keep his skin looking healthy too. Just make sure you don't bath him too often otherwise you may strip the oils from his coat.
Brushing your Cocker Spaniel regularly will help to keep tangles and mats to a bare minimum. It will also help to remove dirt and any vegetation that may have been picked up during his walk, such as grass seeds, burrs, leaves, twigs, etc.
If your Cocker Spaniel is anything like mine, after his walk he'll often look like he's been dragged through a hedge backwards!
Seeds or other plant debris are a particular nuisance because if they're left in your dog's coat they will almost certainly cause matting, which is why it's a good idea to check his coat straight after his walk and remove what you can there and then.
Seeds or plant spines trapped inside the matting can easily work their way into your dog's skin, (especially under the 'armpits') which can lead to inflammation and infection and is likely to result in another (costly) trip to the vet's surgery!
I've had a couple of close calls where I'd missed the seed (2 cm long!) and it had pierced Max's skin (under his pits).
I carefully cut out the mat and there it was, half in and half out of his skin. I gently pulled it out, but unfortunately inflammation and a little infection had already taken hold.
I cleaned it up and applied an antiseptic cream , (re-applying it twice a day and keeping a watchful eye on it) and it cleared up all on its own, in no time at all!
That's what I call a lucky escape!
Brushing your dog's coat helps to remove dead and loosened hair, which can help to keep shedding to an absolute minimum.
Good news for your clothes, carpets and furnishings!
Generally, it's best to brush your Cocker Spaniel at least every couple of days to keep him looking good, although if you walk him in fields you'll probably need to brush him more often.
Brushing your pet is essential not only to his appearance, but to his health too. (Who'd have thought it?)
For example, matting can cause many skin problems leading to inflammation, rashes, sores etc. If skin problems are not spotted in good time, it can also lead to serious infection and serious vet bills!
I know grooming your dog can be hard work, but the benefits far outweigh the effort, don't you think?
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