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Tips On Grooming Dog Breeds With A Long Coat
The coat of the English Cocker Spaniel does take care. The coat consists of long guard hairs on the top and a soft undercoat. Grooming styles depend greatly on the purpose, coat texture and colour of the dog. For showing purposes most coats are stripped by hand. Regular grooming is essential and you should get your puppy used to this from an early age. Grooming should be carried out by a professional groomer, your breeder should be able to recommend someone for you but many English Cocker owners learn to groom their own own dogs and find great rewards in doing so.In addition to the coat, the nails should be trimmed and teeth brushed with a dog toothpaste. The ears require special care.
Grooming your long coat dog is different from grooming a short or medium coat dog. It is important that you know how to properly groom your dog so that you enhance his natural look. There are a few things you need to keep in mind while grooming your dog.
If you are not comfortable grooming your dog at home, there is always the option of taking him to a professional. You may even want to go with to the grooming session to watch and see how they do it. After watching, you may feel confident enough to try it yourself next time. Another good idea is to get a picture of a professionally groomed dog to use as a reference. You can look at the picture while grooming your own dog, so that you have an idea of what look you are going for.
Bathing your dog is the first thing that needs to be done. Working with a clean dog is very beneficial. After the dog is bathed, he needs to be completely dry before attempting to cut or trim the hair. To dry the hair, use the pin brush and a blow dryer. Make sure the blow dryer has a low heat setting. A setting that is too hot will burn the dogs skin.
When drying the hair, start at the bottom and back of the dog and work upward and forward. Holding the hair outward from the body in addition to moving upward and forward when drying the dog will fluff the hair instead of making it lay flat. Remember to dry small sections at a time and keep the blow drying moving, so that it does not get too hot for the dog. Make sure that one section of hair is completely dry before moving onto the next section.
Preventing tangles is also important. Make sure you are combing the hair as you dry to keep the hair fluffy, full, and free of tangles. When the drying is finished, run the brush through the hair one last time to insure there are no tangles.
The feet are another important area that needs some attention. The hair between the pads of the paw need to be trimmed to prevent matting.
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This free pet grooming video, provides you with instructions and tips on how to use long-haired dog grooming tools and equipment. Grooming dogs with long hair is extremely difficult because these dogs are prone to matting and tangling. Using specially purposed grooming tools will allow pet owners to meet the needs of their specific dog breed. Learn about various combs, brushes, rakes and de-matting tools, as well as blow dryers and conditioners you can use to groom your long-haired dog. In this free pet grooming video, you will get instructions and tips on how to use long-haired dog grooming tools and equipment. Grooming dogs with long hair is extremely difficult because these dogs are prone to matting and tangling. Using specially purposed grooming tools will allow pet owners to meet the needs of their specific dog breed. Learn about various combs, brushes, rakes and de-matting tools, as well as blow dryers and conditioners you can use to groom your long-haired dog.