English Cocker Spaniel The English Cocker does require a little
attention to her appearance every day. Grooming a English Cocker Spaniel can be divided
into two categories: Show grooming and pet grooming. Of course, grooming
for show is extensive and takes a considerable amount of practice.
If you plan to show your dog you will need help from the breeder or
someone well versed in the show trimming of an English Cocker Spaniels. Pet grooming can
be learned, but most owners prefer to use the services of a professional
groomer. You can keep your English Cocker Spaniel looking great between groomings with
a few minutes of daily care.
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grooming: We recommend that you have your dog groomed on a regular
basis, usually every 6 weeks to keep your English Cocker Spaniel looking its best.
Many of our pet owners learn to do some of the basics so they do
not have to see the groomer quite so often.
that the English Cocker requires a different cut than the American Cocker,
though most groomers will attempt to cut your English Cocker Spaniel in this manner.
Consult Sharon's English Cocker Spaniels reading
recommendations page for books with specific instructions
for properly grooming your English Cocker Spaniel.
at home is easy and it will keep your English Cocker looking terrific in
between visits to the professional groomer. Regular grooming is
also an important element in keeping your English Cocker Spaniel healthy and presents
a great chance for you to bond with your new puppy.
few grooming basics:
out your English Cocker Spaniel daily
her nails weekly
Bathe your English Cocker Spaniels biweekly or whenever needed. Use a good conditioning
shampoo if you bathe more often than once a week.
Ask your veterinarian how to care for your English Cocker Spaniel's eyes and ears
has put together the items you'll need to groom your English Cocker at home
on her Puppy Kit page.
These items should assist you in obtaining the right tool for the
Brushing your English Cocker Spaniel daily will make grooming a snap and only takes
a few minutes. By brushing your puppy lightly in the beginning,
you can prepare her for more extensive grooming in the
months to come. Start by letting your puppy smell the brush. Then
slowly brush your puppy, always in the direction of her hair growth.
Don't try to brush her entire coat the first time. Brush a little
more each day until your puppy remains relaxed for you.
your puppy's nails:
Many pet owners resist clipping their puppy's nails. This is understandable,
as puppies generally wiggle uncontrollably at first. We recommend
that you introduce your puppy to a nail clipper by desensitizing
your puppy's paws. This can be done by gently handling their pads
and nails with your fingers. After a few sessions, allow your puppy
to smell the nail clipper. The next step is to lightly stroke her
paws with the clipper, finally allowing the clipper to touch her
slowly introducing your puppy to the nail clipper, it's time to
clip 1/8th of an inch off of each nail. This doesn't seem like much,
but this can maintain your puppy's nails at a healthy length if
you clip them each week. In the beginning, you might consider clipping
one nail every several hours, until your puppy stops resisting.
If your puppy doesn't resist, you might want to clip the nails on
one paw every several hours. Eventually, you'll be able to clip
all four paws in a couple of minutes.
Many professional groomers stand behind the dog and bring each paw
up-and-back, in the direction the leg bends naturally at the knee
and ankle. Hold the entire paw in one hand and the nail clipper
in the other. Single out one nail at a time and clip 1/8th of an
inch off the end of the nail. Avoid clipping off too much nail,
you could cut into the quick and this can be extremely painful for
your puppy. For more on nail clipping, consider buying a book recommended
time can be fun for everyone if you follow a few simple guidelines:
a quart-sized container with lukewarm water and shampoo
very careful not to get shampoo into your puppies eyes or down
by bathing your puppy in an empty sink. Placing the puppy in
a sink full of water may startle your puppy and make him try to
jump out. The enclosed area will help keep your puppy in one spot
and the spray hose will come in handy. With your container of warm
water and shampoo work your way around the puppy. First dip each
ear into the shampoo and gently work it in. Then dip each leg doing
the same. Finally, pour the remaining shampoo over the top of your
puppy's back and along his neck and chest and underbelly. By using
this technique, you will put shampoo right where it's needed with
minimal fumbling. Of course, you'll move to the tub as your puppy
grows out of the sink.
After you've worked the shampoo gently into the puppy's coat,
it's time to rinse. With lukewarm water, rinse out all of the shampoo.
Avoid getting shampoo in the eyes or ears. Rinse thoroughly, as
leaving shampoo in the coat will actually attract dirt and debris.
Have a few towels ready for quick drying. If you're working in a
cold room, try putting your towels in the dryer for a few minutes
to warm the towels. Puppies get a chill much more readily than an
adult dog, so make sure you dry her completely.
a blow dryer on the lowest setting is acceptable: but you must take
time to introduce your puppy to the dryer. This might mean that
you won't actually use the dryer the first few times you bathe your
puppy. Rather, you should introduce your puppy to the dryer in the
same manner she was introduced to her brush and nail clipper: gradually.
Try using a brush speeds up the drying time. Always introduce
your puppy to new grooming tools gradually. Start by letting her
sniff the grooming tool.
and ears: Spindrift ECS strongly recommends speaking to your
veterinarian about keeping your English Cocker Spaniel's eyes and
ears clean and free of debris. Because of your English Cocker's long ears,
paying particular attention to this sensitive area during regular
grooming is well advised.
word or encouragement. Grooming your English Cocker Spaniel might sound like a
real chore, but once your English Cocker grows comfortable with grooming activities,
daily grooming will only take a few minutes. Understanding that
grooming is key to raising a healthy English Cocker Spaniel should be all it takes
to make the decision to incorporate these activities in your daily
Internet resources on grooming, visit our Internet
English Cocker Spaniel Resources page.
books containing grooming information, view our
English Cocker Spaniel reading recommendations.