Cocker Spaniel grooming isn't just about brushing and bathing your dog; it's about much more. Grooming your dog also involves checking his ears, eyes, claws and teeth and is essential for your Spaniel's health. Read on for the best grooming tips for Cocker Spaniels.
Cocker Spaniels are made for grooming, don't you think?
It's probably those tantalisingly long ears; you just can't help but want to stroke and brush them because they're so soft and silky!
If you groom your Cocker Spaniel often, it will help keep his coat clean, shining and manageable.
But Cocker Spaniel grooming isn't just about keeping your pet looking good. It's also essential for your Spaniel's health because it gives you the ideal opportunity to look for fleas and ticks, grazes, sores, grass seeds, matting, cuts, lumps and skin problems and deal with them before they turn nasty.
Unfortunately, not all dogs enjoy being groomed, so it will be far easier if you begin grooming your Spaniel when he's a puppy to help him get used to it.
Grooming puppies early is essential, so begin now if you haven't already.
Get him used to each grooming activity before he gets any older, and it will make it much easier for you both later; it will be a walk in the park, with no surprises!
Apart from health and the obvious visual benefits to your dog, Cocker Spaniel grooming has a few additional benefits for owners.
It helps us relax and unwind and can also strengthen the bond between us and our pets.
It also (subconsciously) helps us reinforce our position as the alpha male or female because dogs don't usually allow other members of the pack, lower in rank, to groom them.
Your Cocker's grooming session will consist of many activities, as you'll soon discover below.
You'll find lots of helpful valuable grooming tips below.
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Cocker Spaniel grooming can be challenging and reasonably time-consuming, especially if your dog enjoys a daily romp around the fields.
Cocker coats seem to be a magnet for burrs, seeds, bits of twig (in fact, anything that's not attached!), so their coats need to be brushed often to keep them looking beautiful.
Okay, so it might be a little time-consuming, but apart from making your Cocker Spaniel look great, regular grooming will also help keep his skin, nails, ears, and eyes in excellent health.
And as an added benefit, it helps reinforce the bond with your Cocker! I think that's definitely well worth the effort involved - don't you?
Watch this lovely, well-behaved Cocker Spaniel being groomed.
It will give you a flavour of what you're in for. Unfortunately, not all Cockers are as patient as Arrow, and the groomer makes it look easy!
I hope you enjoy it...and don't forget to leave feedback below and let us know what you think about this page.
Hi! My dog has a mass of hair behind his ears, which I can't seem to get to. Is this common, will it harm him, and how can I get rid of them?
Cocker Spaniels often develop tats in the feathers on their ears, particularly behind and underneath the ear.
They can soon develop into thick, stubborn mats if you don't catch them early and brush them out.
A mat can only hurt your dog if it's ignored and not removed.
Mats can trap all sorts of vegetation (twigs, seeds, etc.), which can cause skin irritation and/or scratch the skin and break the skin. Once your dog's skin has been broken, an infection can set in.
If your Cocker Spaniel gets a mat in his coat, you will have a couple of options. You can cut it out or cut into it (in thin strips) and then try to brush each strip out gently with a slicker brush.
It's unlikely that you'll be able to brush or comb out a solid mat in its entirety.
If you're really struggling, you might want to take your Cocker Spaniel to a professional dog groomer or to your vet and ask them to remove the mats for you.
Make sure you choose a groomer who has plenty of experience with Cockers - learn how to choose a dog groomer here.
Ongoing, I recommend you brush your Cocker's ears every other day, or at least twice each week.
Use a slicker brush first, brush both sides of his ears, and don't forget to brush under the base of his ear and around the ear opening. When no more fur is left behind in the brush, use a comb.
Cocker Spaniel ears can be sensitive. I'm sure I don't need to advise you to take great care and be very gentle!
I hope this advice helps - good luck!
My Cocker Spaniel's Ears
I do that for my dog, but I brush his ears every day simply because we both enjoy it. I love to sit with my dog and groom him, and he just revels in the closeness.
The underside of his ears are always the worst, and if I left them, he would definitely get mats - that's why I brush them every day.
Other places where my dog's fur seems to get matted is his butt and in between his toes. That's why I brush these areas more often.
Unfortunately, he doesn't really like his butt brushed (well, who does?), and he tolerates me brushing his paws; he doesn't like it, but he lets me do it anyway.
I just love my cocker spaniel to bits!
Yea - it really is good advice to keep it short.
Photo Credits: Cocker Spaniel Grooming
1. Liliya Kulianionak at https://www.dreamstime.com/stock-image-couple-english-cocker-spaniel-image23622081
2. Tony Lanciabeta at Flickr.com