The Cockapoo is a very cute breed of dog having lovely, soft wavy hair all over. This is a truly lovable breed and one that requires delicate handling and grooming, perhaps more so than other dogs. Grooming them is more of a fun-filled experience than an arduous task. Given the costs of frequently visiting a professional groomer, mastering the art of Cockapoo grooming is definitely a worthwhile pursuit particularly given that there are a number of different Cockapoo grooming styles that you might like to try.
Dog Grooming Tools for The Cockapoo
Grooming means an overall regime of taking care of the pet’s coat (trimming and brushing), brushing of teeth, cleaning of ears and cutting of nails. There are a few tools in particular that one must have on hand before undertaking Cockapoo grooming.
The essential grooming tools include:
- Two cotton balls
- Dog nail trimmer
- A nail file
- Hair Brush
- Tooth Brush
- Dog Shampoo (preferably herbal one)
- Cotton swabs
- Hair dryer (optional)
How to Groom a Cockapoo
It’s a good idea to look at some of the different Cockapoo haircuts to see which you prefer. In the video to the right, you can watch how the grooming is done by a Certified Pet Stylist. The stylist provides a lot of grooming-related Cockapoo information such as how to use grooming equipment from clippers through to shears and how to keep your pet calm during the process. And of course you can see Cockapoo haircut styles.
First and foremost the pet should be made to stand comfortably on the ground or on a waist high table for easy reach (for those who have a tendency to get backaches or those who can’t kneel on the ground comfortably).
Cockapoos frequently suffer from dental health problems as they grow older. As part of their grooming routine, their teeth should be brushed with a special dog toothpaste once a day to avoid serious complications in future.
De-matting the Cockapoo’s Coat
Start checking the pet’s coat for tangled or matted hair. This is a common problem with Cockapoos because of their long coat. Lightly comb and try to brush out the matted tufts without pulling the hair and skin of the dog. If the tangled hair has become too knotted, you will have to cut the knots out with the help of scissors. Take utmost care while doing so in order to avoid getting too close to the skin.
Once you have taken care of all the matted bits you can gently brush the coat (do this on a regular basis once a week to avoid further matting). Now you can trim the Cockapoo’s hair to the desired length. Be certain to trim near the eyes but do retain the moustache and goatee of the Cockapoo as it lends the perfect grace and charm befitting this wonderful breed.
How to Give a Cockapoo a Bath
Use two cotton balls to fit lightly into the ears so that water and soap may not get in, as Cockapoos are very sensitive to ear infections.
Make the Cockapoo stand in the bath tub and wet him with lukewarm water. Use the dog shampoo and thoroughly lather him up. If it is the herbal kind, let it be on for a few minutes before washing it off. Be especially careful that the soap does not enter the pet’s eyes. After his bath is complete, run him down with a towel. You can follow up with a hair dryer as well if you like to thoroughly dry him off.
How to Clean the Ears of a Cockapoo
Extract the cotton balls from his ears and wipe the ears out with the cotton swab for any ear wax deposits. Do not be over zealous in going too deep into the dog’s ears. Cleaning as far as you can see is good enough. Cut off any hair growing inside the ear as a little care goes a long way.
How to Trim a Cockapoo’s Nails
Last of all you can attend to trimming the dog’s nails with the dog nail trimmer. It is normally available at the local pet store. A sound piece of advice for a first timer is that you should try to distinguish between the nail and the pink layer of skin always before initiating cutting of the nail. If you are uncertain, then cut a little nail and file the remainder of the nail to the required length. This helps in averting any incision or cut in the dog’s paw.
Cockapoo Grooming Styles
It’s hard to beat watching a groomer at work on a video to start to master breed-specific grooming styles. Here is a very comprehensive DVD package that allows you to select 3 DVDs, each featuring a different breed. And, yes, one of them shows how to groom a Cockapoo.
You can read a detailed review of this DVD collection here: What customers think about the Dog Grooming DVD Collection.
Advantages of Learning Cockapoo Grooming
As you can see, grooming a Cockapoo is much easier if you follow a technique and of course have the right grooming tools.
A healthy and well groomed Cockapoo is a joy to behold. Grooming a Cockapoo yourself provides a great deal of satisfaction not to mention quality bonding time with your pet and of course the cost savings that come from not having to go to a professional groomer can be considerable. It is very satisfying to stand back and look at the Cockapoo haircut that you have just given your very own pooch. With this skill up your sleeve, grooming simply becomes part and parcel of your overall Cockapoo care routine.
If you have more than 1 breed of dog at home you can find some handy tips in the category on Breed Dog Grooming.
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