How to care for an American Cocker Spaniel: expert advice
How to care for an American Cocker Spaniel, you ask? Oh, this is no easy task!
In the photo: American Cocker Spaniel
The American Cocker Spaniel needs careful grooming. It must be combed daily with a comb and a brush, and once every 10-14 days - bathe. Significantly facilitates grooming quality cosmetics created specifically for dogs.
When washing, the wool is washed twice, both times the shampoo is thoroughly washed off. Shampoo and conditioner are selected individually for each spaniel. After rinsing the shampoo, a conditioner conditioner is applied to the coat. Then the wool is gently wrung out, the dog is wiped with a towel and dried with a hairdryer. But pre-combed all the warlocks. After drying the dog, spray the coat with an antistatic agent.
Dry and dirty hair can not be combed. If such a need exists, use tools that facilitate combing.
Trimming is complicated, so it is better if it is done by an experienced craftsman: the hair on the head and face should be trimmed with an electric machine, on the neck and shoulders - carefully trimmed to a strictly defined length, and left on the legs, ears and stomach. The lower part of the paws is also trimmed. Of course, if you want to deal with all this yourself, you must first take a few lessons from a specialist.It is advisable to have a haircut at least 1 time in 2 to 3 months.
You can cut the hair of the inner surface of the paws yourself. Then it will get dirty and stall less, the risk of a fungal disease will decrease.
No matter how well you take care of the dog, mats will appear from time to time in its coat. Especially often they form in the groin, under the armpits and in the area of the hock. If you immediately treat these areas with cosmetic oil immediately after bathing, the hair will become more elastic, the skin will become softer, and the frequency of occurrence of tangles will significantly decrease.
The American Cocker Spaniel needs careful ear care. The main problem of many long-haired dogs, especially in the warm season, is ear mites. That is why you need to regularly carefully examine the ears of the pet. The main signs of tick infection are restless behavior and constant scratching of the ears.
In addition, dirt and earwax constantly accumulate in the ears of the American Cocker Spaniel, so they need to be cleaned regularly.
If dark discharge with an unpleasant odor appears in the dog’s ears, the animal often shakes its head and rubs its ears with paws, you should contact your veterinarian as soon as possible, as this may be a sign of a disease.
Sulfur plugs and the lack of proper ear care can cause all sorts of diseases. Inflammation of the auricle can lead to complete deafness.
It should be remembered that the cocker spaniel is bred for hunting, and although he is quite pleased with the role of a pet, he will be best off in those families that provide at least two big walks a day and a kindergarten where you can frolic.
During walks, you need to observe exactly where your pet runs, since its hair is able to collect all the burdock in the area. And subsequent extraction of thorns, believe me, will not be your favorite pastime.