Cocker Spaniel grooming isn't just about brushing and bathing your dog; it’s about much more than that. 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 to 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 be able to 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 so important, 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 too.
It helps us to relax and unwind and can also strengthen the bond between us and our pets.
It also (subconsciously) helps us to reinforce our position as the alpha male or female because dogs don't normally allow other members of the pack, lower in rank to them, to groom them.
Your Cocker's grooming session will be made up of many activities as you'll soon discover below.
You'll find lots of helpful valuable grooming tips below. Simply follow the links to the right of the relevant photos to find the page you're looking for. Once you've read the article, come back here and read the next one.
Cocker Spaniel grooming can be hard work and fairly 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
regularly if they're to stay 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 to keep his skin, nails, ears and eyes in excellent health too.
And as an added benefit, it helps to reinforce the bond with your Cocker! Now, 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 so 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 both 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.
If you don't catch them early and brush them out, they can soon develop into thick, stubborn mats.
The only way a mat can hurt your dog is 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 you can 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 would 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 there's no more fur being 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
That is exactly what I do 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 only just tolerates me brushing his paws, 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