Month: April 2020

According to the American Kennel Club (also known as the AKC,) the Cocker Spaniel has been a popular American favorite since the late 1800s. With the dog’s luxurious coat and overall good temperament, it’s easy to see why. Dog grooming can be a challenge but with the right tools and grooming techniques, you can learn how to groom a Cocker Spaniel and save hundreds by grooming at home.

How to Groom a Cocker Spaniel

If you’ve never groomed at home, you’ll need to purchase a few tools. Ideally, you’ll need a pin brush, dematting tool, slicker brush, comb, electric clippers, thinning shears and straight grooming shears.

A full grooming session should be performed every six to eight weeks. This should be done in combination with weekly or bi-weekly brushing sessions to remove loose hair, mats and tangles that are forming.

First, do a thorough brush through of your dog’s coat using the pin brush, the slicker brush and the dematting tool and comb for any hard-to-remove tangles.

Next, hold the ear down flat in the palm of your hand. Using your electric clipper, begin to trim down the ear following a ‘V’ shape. Clipper lines should start at the dog’s eye level and extend down past the eyes. The ends of the ears should be trimmed to a slightly rounded shape. Using the thinning shears and straight grooming shears, trim the crown of the dog’s head. Avoid going too flat, too long or too puffy.

The same general ‘V’ shape should be used in the neck and shoulder area. Trimming downward starting at the neck, above the shoulders and blend outward as you go down. This gives the dog the skirt appearance, and it is easier said than done. If you are not trimming for a show cut, you can also use a sport trim. The sport trim removes the fur skirt of the Cocker Spaniel for a more manageable style.

Using the electric clipper, trim down any fur that may occur between the pads on the underside of the feet. Only clip the fir so it is even with the pads, do not dig between the toes. Also, do not use the clipper to trim the tops of the feet unless you are doing a sport cut. Now is also a great time to trim down your dog’s nails and be sure to use the nail file to remove any sharp edges.

The feet are the most difficult to groom. Show cuts involve a bell shape. I recommend consulting a groomer for the initial cut and then maintaining the cut at home. Your groomer can give you a how-to on the bell cut for your dog’s specific leg and foot shape. However, you can attempt to do it by eye and trim the ends of the fur along the skirt and around the feet.

Lastly, brush through your dog to check for any tangles that may have occurred during the grooming session. Grooming a Cocker Spaniel takes a great deal of patience and practice. Do not be discouraged if your dog haircut is not perfect the first try, practice makes perfect! See, its very easy and doable just like colmars beard dragon terrarium training.

How to begin watercolor paint is probably the most intimidating part of this beautiful art medium. Learning to paint with watercolor paint can be a long path, but getting started is very simple and affordable. And you also need really good watercolors that you can use in order to learn the art of water coloring. For that, you can check our paintingkits.net that has some of the supplies when it comes to painting. 

To get started painting with watercolors you should invest in a student grade set of watercolor paints. You can get a set of watercolor paints for about $10 or less at your local arts and crafts store that will get you started. As you progress and get better at how to paint with watercolor paints, you can invest in more professional tools.

You will also need affordable student grade paintbrushes. To find watercolor paint brushes read the designs at your craft store or art store. They will be labeled with signs on the aisle. Invest in a set.

Watercolor paper comes in many varieties and brands. Strathmore is a great brand of watercolor paint for students, beginners, and even professionals. The store brands at Dick Blick and Pearl Paint are also great watercolor paper for beginners and students.

When learning about watercolor paper there are a couple of steps you can take to educate yourself. Read the label on the paper. Now, open the pad of watercolor paper and feel it.

You will see there is hot and cold press watercolor paper. You will find rough and smooth textures. You will also find lightweight, heavyweight, and midweight watercolor paper.

Finally, you will need some masking tape. Use the masking tape to tape down all four sides of the watercolor paper to an artboard or work surface.

Watercolor begins with washes. Thin your watercolor paints out with a little bit of water and start to brush it on the paper. You start general with little details on the first layer of paint.

Let it dry, then add more color and detail. Many artists will paint on the shadows first, let them dry, and then add the details in another layer.

Let each layer of paint dry when you are learning how to paint with watercolors. You want to let each layer dry for a number of reasons.

First, if you keep your watercolor paper wet too long and keep trying to work on it you can tear or rough up the surface. Work in light layers of color that are allowed to dry completely.

Learning how to paint with watercolor paint is very different from other types of paint, like acrylic paint and oil paint. You want to keep a wet edge while you are painting.

Finally, after your watercolor paint has dried you can remove the tape and frame your artwork. You are finished!