Essential Dog Grooming Tips

Dog grooming isn't just about brushing and bathing your Cocker; 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 Spaniel Grooming And Health

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!

Two beautifully groomed dogs - cocker spaniel grooming at its best!Copyright: Lilun at Dreamstime

If you groom your Cocker Spaniel often it will help to keep his coat clean, shining and manageable.

Cocker Spaniels are known as moderate shedders, but in reality, some shed more than others and some don't shed at all! You can read more about Cocker Spaniel shedding and what our visitors have to say, here.

But dog 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.

It's also a great opportunity to examine those beautifully pendulous ears for signs of excess bacteria or infection, and to check his eyes for early signs of problems.

Groom Your Puppy Early!

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 dog 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, 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.

Essential Dog Grooming Tips

You'll find lots of helpful dog 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.

Basic dog grooming tools if you're on a budget.Basic Grooming Tools

You'll need the essential dog grooming tools to help you get the job done quickly and professionally. You don't need a lot; you can get away with only the basics if you're on a budget!

Brushing a Cocker spaniel regularly produces a beautiful coat!Just Groomed!

There's nothing more beautiful than a freshly brushed Cocker Spaniel.

Learn about brushing your dog and the best way to remove tats, tangles, and matting from your Cocker's coat.

Golden cocker spaniel in basin outdoors being bathed with sponge and soapy waterYippee - Bath Time!

Bath-time can be and should be fun.

Learn how bathing your Cocker Spaniel  doesn't have to lead to tears or tantrums (either from you or your pet!)

Golden cocker spaniel puppy being bathed in aluminium pailBathing Your Puppy!

Don't traumatise your puppy by putting him straight into the bath, you may scare him and put him off bath-time for life.

Here's a  step-by-step guide to bathing your Cocker puppy for the very first time - take it slowly and gently!

A pair of dog nail clippers with red handlesNail Clippers

Learn How To Clip Your Pet's Nails

Get this wrong and he'll never let you near his paws again - get it right however and it will be a snip!

Beautiful brown and light tan colored cocker spaniel puppy lying down, white backgroundDew Claw? What's that?

Most breeders have their puppies dew claws removed when their puppies are very young and so you may not even realize that your pet had an extra claw.

Learn more about dew claws here.

Golden cocker spaniel with ears pulled out to the side, tongue outLook, Clean Ears!

How To Clean Your Dog's Ears

This step-by-step guide to cleaning your Cocker Spaniel's ears is a must and can save you money by keeping him away from the vets.

Healthy looking golden cocker spaniel, mouth open, tongue out, sparkling eyesLook - Clean Teeth!

Dental hygiene is an essential part of your Cocker's grooming routine; not only will it keep his breath sweet, it can help keep  him healthy too.

Learn why brushing your dog's teeth Is important.

Cocker spaniel puppy eating a sweet off the pavementOops! I Ate A Sweetie!

As new puppy owners we should get into the habit of cleaning our puppy's teeth. Understand why it's important and the best way to brush puppy teeth.

Dog yawning showing tongue and teethDoggie Bad Breath

If your dog's bad breath isn't caused by poor dental hygiene, it may be a symptom of an underlying health problem.  Learn more about doggie bad breath and how to cure it.

Golden cocker spaniel sniffing in the gardenMy Glands Are Fine!

Learn about your dog's anal sacs; what they are, what can go wrong with them and how to spot the signs when these anal sacs/glands become infected.

Buff cocker spaniel lying on wooden floorMy Glands Are Blocked!

How To Clear Your Spaniel's Anal Glands:

If your dog's anal glands are impacted, you can easily learn how to express them yourself or you could ask your groomer to do it for you. 

Please Choose A Good Groomer

How To Choose A Dog Groomer 

You wouldn't trust your Cocker Spaniel with any old groomer would you?

Know what to look for and which questions to ask.

Dog Grooming: Summary

Grooming Cocker Spaniels can be hard work and fairly time-consuming, especially if your dog enjoys a daily romp around the fields.

Grooming cocker spaniels regularly will help keep burs and tats out of his coatCopyright: Tony Lanciabeta

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?

Great Video of a Cocker Being Groomed

Why not take a look at this 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.

Photo Credits: Dog Grooming
1. Liliya Kulianionak at,-image23622081
2. Tony Lanciabeta at