Grooming a Cocker Spaniel
The Cocker Spaniel’s flowing and beautiful coat is part of what makes the breed such a popular pet among households. If your Cocker is your family pet and you have no intention of showing him, armed with a good selection of dog grooming tools and the determination to get it right, you should be able to keep him looking just as attractive as those in the show ring!
Grooming a Cocker Spaniel is a multi-step and extensive process. Owners ensure that their dogs become accustomed to being groomed on a table from a young age by making it a positive experience for their pet. Grooming your Spaniel will include regular brushing, bathing, and hair clipping.
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How To Keep A Cocker Spaniels Ears Clean
Regularly cleaning your Cocker Spaniel’s ears can help keep them free from infection and nasty smells. Due to the size of a Cocker Spaniels ears, infections and smells are very common in these neglected areas.
A clean Cocker ear will appear pink and fresh looking. Usually, there will be no wax although a little is perfectly fine. You shouldn’t really notice any odor other than your dog’s usual individual smell.
Top Tip: Clean your dog’s ears regularly. Check them once every week and even if they look perfectly clean, still give them the once over. This will greatly reduce the chances of any infection.
Trimming Your Cocker’s Ears
It is very IMPORTANT to keep the hair in and around the ear canal trimmed nice and short has a few benefits, most notably, it will keep them aired off better. The less hair and more airflow keep moisture out meaning less chance of infection
Using The Ear Cleaning Solution
You need to squeeze a few drops of the cleaning solution into your Cocker’s ear and gently rub / massage as close to the base of the dog’s ear as you can. This will help the solution soak into the ear easier.
Cleaning Inside And Around The Ear Canal
Take a small piece of cotton wool or a cotton ball and dip it into the solution. Be sure to squeeze out any excess solution before starting to clean your dog’s ear. By gently rubbing the inside of your dog’s ear with the cotton wool, it will remove any dirt, was and leftover solution from the first round of ear cleaning you just did.
Always start around the ear canal and work your way to the outer part of the ear. If you come across any stubborn dirt or as be sure to spend some extra time in that area. In theory, if you are regularly cleaning your Cockers ears there shouldn’t really be any serious build-ups of dirt or was unless there is some sort of infection.
How to Clean a Cocker’s Teeth: Tools and tips
Regular tooth brushing is the “gold standard” for at-home dental care for pets. However, you CANNOT use human dental products for your dog—these contain ingredients that are not pet-safe. To keep your dog’s mouth healthy and safe, use pet-approved products that don’t include any harmful ingredients.
Here’s what you’ll need to brush your pup’s teeth safely and effectively
Dog-specific toothbrushes come in many forms, from conventional-looking toothbrushes with extra-long handles and smaller bristle heads to dental ‘wipes’ and finger toothbrushes.
Your dog does not know how to “spit out” their toothpaste after brushing, so extra care and consideration needs to be given to doggy toothpaste ingredients. Ingredients contained in human toothpaste can be harmful and even toxic to your dog, like fluoride.
Dog-safe toothpaste also tends to come in chicken, beef or peanut butter flavours that are more appealing to a dog—but mint flavour is available as well.
Tooth brushing should be a positive experience for your dog. To help them feel comfortable with the process, you will need to desensitise them to lip/gum handling and the toothbrush and toothpaste.
Patience is essential when building trust with your pet for tooth brushing.
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Nails must be kept short for the feet to remain healthy. Long nails interfere with the dog’s gait, making walking awkward or painful. They can also break easily. This usually happens at the base of the nail, where blood vessels and nerves are located, and precipitates a trip to the veterinarian. If you can hear the nails clicking on the floor, they’re too long.
To trim your dog’s nails, use a specially designed clipper. Most have safety guards to prevent you from cutting the nails too short. You want to trim only the ends, before the “quick” which is a blood vessel inside the nail. (You can see where the quick ends on a white nail, but not on a dark nail.) Clip only the hook-like part of the nail that turns down.