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Grooming

I like to start grooming our dogs young, with plenty of fuss so they feel it is a treat and not a chore. To be brutally honest I did not start young enough with Billy and although he is so safe to brush that I can let the kids give him a clean up, he is very shaky and rather scared by the whole procedure. My fault. Springer Spaniels love getting dirty and covered in briars. Briars are easily picked out by fingertips alone.

Ears

The most important preventative health care for Springer’s is their ears. The inside can get really blocked with gunk but weekly cleaning with a special brand of gentle ear cleanser will alleviate any problems. You can see demonstrations on Youtube but I would suggest you ask your vet to give you a lesson on how to do it properly. It is not something I can describe perfectly to you via this site.

Teeth

A dog like a human has two sets of teeth. The first set starts to arrive when a puppy is about three weeks of age and should have come through by the time he is either weeks old. However at about 3 months these baby teeth will start to loosen, and by the time a dog is about five months old, they will have been replaced by the adult teeth. Regular cleaning (which should be daily but to brutally honest not many people have the time to do this so lets say as often as you can muster), should ensure your dogs teeth stay healthy and free from tartar. You should buy a toothpaste specially formulated for dogs and either a finger style toothbrush or again one specially designed with dogs teeth in mind.

Grooming

Adult Springer’s have a very beautiful, long, well feathered ears and profuse silky hair on their chest, legs and under belly. All of this need to brushed and kept free from knots. You will need some basic grooming equipment such as a bristle brush, a pinheaded brush, a fine and wide tooth comb and some pointed end scissors (if you are going to trim claws). You can always take your dog to a specialised groomers but please make sure they are not going to run clippers all of over the whole coat, since this will defiantly ruin it and the silky hair will very likely grow back wavy and coarse. None of this takes a long time to do, and can be easily done so it can be seen as some ‘quality’ time with you pet.

We will give you a hands on demonstration on how we groom our dogs at home, and let you have a practice on one of our endlessly patient girls or boys.

Bathing

Puppies need to get used to being bathed at an early age. Some really enjoy it whilst others hate it at first. Start whilst your pup is still young, it is much easier to hold onto a struggling pup than a struggling adult. We bath our dogs in a full size bath, standing them on a bath mat so they don’t slip and using a shower hose to wash and rinse. Be prepared to get wet. Be prepared for the bathroom to get wet too.

Use a shampoo especially prepared for a dogs coat since human ones can cause skin irritations. The basic principles are common sense:

  • Don’t use very hot water
  • Avoid getting soap in the eyes or ears
  • Don’t let the dogs slip in the bath
  • Rinse the dog well so the water runs clear
  • Use lots of (old) towels to dry the dog.
  • And yes, they will want to shake as soon as they are out of the bath. There are no hard and fast rules as how often you should bathe them so just use your own judgement. Ours get bathed mainly when they have rolled in fox poo or have had a especially good time in our pond or stream.

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