Dog Grooming Basics: How to Groom a Cocker Spaniel
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.