Cocker Spaniel Grooming

Step by Step Instructions on How to Groom a Cocker Spaniel

Before and After…

Before…

After!

Not sure how to groom a Cocker Spaniel? Scared to try it on your own? You’re not alone – a lot of us just take our pups to the groomers. There’s nothing wrong with that, but some of us can’t afford to take our Cockers to the groomer, and so we try to groom them ourselves and often fail – sometimes miserably.

If you want to save money and learn how to groom your Cocker Spaniel yourself, I’ve prepared this step-by-step tutorial on how to groom your Cocker Spaniel, at home, with results that look like you went to the groomer.

I’ve also provided links to a really helpful video series I found on YouTube. I don’t know the woman who made these videos, but her tips are super helpful, and I hope she never takes these videos down!

Best Cocker Spaniel Grooming Tools

Before you try to groom your own dog, you need to invest in the right grooming tools. Cocker Spaniels are tough to groom (and they really need proper grooming or they get ear infections and end up looking pretty ratty, which is so sad since they can look so beautiful.)

Just ask any Cocker Spaniel groomer or owner who grooms their own dog and they’ll tell you the Andis Clippers are the very best for the job.

You’ll also need bathing products. I like to use all natural products, so I buy mine from Only Natural Pet Store. I’ve provided a coupon and link to their site here:
10% Off your first order at Only Natural Pet Store exclusively from Ebates with Coupon Code!

You will want to invest in a good pair of scissors and a high quality pair of thinning shears as well.

For in between grooming sessions, you’ll want to use grooming mitts or a good sturdy dog brush to keep your Cocker Spaniel’s coat in top notch condition.

Also, if you’re having problems with skin irritations (bumps, dandruff, irritation) or coat health, you will want to check out the Petalive products for natural solutions. Petalive has an excellent reputation for solving these problems quickly and naturally.

Click here to learn more about PetAlive Skin and Coat Tonic


PetAlive Allergy Itch Ease

PetAlive Allergy Itch Ease

PetAlive Allergy Itch Ease

“Natural homeopathic remedy relieves skin allergies and irritations, plus soothes itchy skin on cats and dogs”







How to Groom A Cocker Spaniel, Starting with the  Face, Head, Neck and Ear

(Click here to see a video of this.)

Using your 10 of 15 blade, start with the eyes and work your way forward, shaving against the hair, holding the skin taut so you won’t nick your sweet pup’s skin at all.

Lift up the ear and shave working your way forward, always going against the hair, all the way down to nose and lips.

You want to get all the hair shaved very short under the ears so as to prevent ear infections.

Next, shave the neck down to the breast bone (make a V) shorter than the rest. Be careful on the neck, working around the neck folds, pulling each fold taut when you shave that part so you don’t nick your sweetie.

As you shave, check your clippers often to make sure the blade is still cool to the touch. Switch blades or pause whenever the blade gets hot.

When shaving the face and neck, gently hold your dog by the muzzle and move him around so you can get to the skin and work around any folds.

Ears
Only shave the top portion of the ears, and shave it short, this time going in the same direction as the hair grows.

Look for the little flap of skin at the front of the ear and be sure to stop shaving at that point so you don’t expose the flap since it will look funny if you do.

Bend the ear with your finger underneath the ear and then go up against the grain to shave closer.

Eyes
Shave around the eyes (shaving against the hair) to expose their eyebrows, being careful to left the longer hair up off the eyebrow area so you get a clean edge.

Crown
(Click here to see a video of this.)
Shave around the crown, going against the hair. After you’ve shaved around the crown, Change out your blade to a 3 and 3 quarters blade and cut off any extra length.

Then switch to scissors and thinning shears. Comb the hair forward, trim the hair so you can see his eyes and eyebrows, and then trim the hair. Then use a pair of thinning shears to make the edges look less severe.

Body
(Click here to see a video of this.)
Set your blade to a seven blade.

Start at the back of the head and shave all the way down from the back of his head down his back to the base of his back, going the same direction as the hair naturally goes. Follow the natural wave and curve of your dog.

Don’t go down too far – be sure to leave a generous skirt. Shave the tail with the same blade (seven) as the back. Blend the shaved area with the longer fur of the skirt. Comb it out afterwards to see if any areas need to be trimmed. You can use your thinning shears to blend these two areas.

Front of Body
Using seven blade, lift ear and shave under ear and then blend into the long-haired chest, which you want to leave long.

Feet
(Click here to see a video of this.)
Hold the paw in your hand, and then comb all hair down, and then using scissors, clip whatever is extra around paw without exposing toenails.

Then place the dog’s paw back on the ground, comb the hair out again, and then trim so the fur is angled back underneath the bevel of the fur.

Helping Your Cocker Spaniel Get Comfortable With the Clippers

If your Cocker Spaniel is not comfortable with clippers yet, you will want to start out by just running the clippers in the same room as your dog. Once your dog gets used to the noise of the clippers, try using them near him, turning off the clippers as soon as he gets agitated. Eventually your dog will realize the clippers will not harm him.

Review of Best Cocker Spaniel Grooming Tools

Just ask any Cocker Spaniel groomer or owner who grooms their own dog and they’ll tell you the Andis Clippers are the very best for the job.

You’ll also need bathing products.

You will want to invest in a good pair of scissors and a high quality pair of thinning shears as well.

For in between grooming sessions, you’ll want to use grooming mitts or a good sturdy dog brush to keep your Cocker Spaniel’s coat in top notch condition.

Note to Reader:

If you find this website useful, please consider helping us cover some of the costs of keeping it running.

If you click on one of the ads from our affiliated merchants, and then make any purchase from them, they will send a commission our way. We pay our web server costs from these commissions.

Our affiliated merchants:







Hope This Helped!
Hopefully you now feel empowered to trying grooming your Cocker Spaniel yourself! For more suggestions, post questions on the forum asking for advice on how to groom a Cocker Spaniel and the folks on the forum will help you out!