Springer Spaniel Grooming
Springer Spaniel Grooming
Springer Spaniel can be your best buddy if you take care of him the way he deserves. Regular grooming is an important aspect of Springer Spaniel because of his double coat. If your Springer Spaniel likes to play outside, his straight and curly coat must need grooming sessions.
The grooming of Springer Spaniel began when he was a puppy at around 8 weeks of age. Exposing a young Springer Spaniel to grooming habits will make him accustomed to it. Here is how you can take care of your Springer Spaniel coat and body through effective grooming.
Necessary Grooming Supplies
- Slicker & Medium Bristle Brush
- Dog Bathtub & Canine Specific Shampoo
- Handheld Shower at Medium Speed
- Pet Specific Blow Dryer & Towel
- Grooming Nail Clippers
- Dog-Specific Toothbrush & Toothpaste
- Straight & Thinning Shears
- Blunt Straight & Curved Scissors
- Ear & Eye Cleaning Solution
- Cleansing Pads & Cotton Balls
Brushing & Dead Coat Removal
Springer Spaniels are known for their double coat with different textures. The inner coat is soft and dense whereas the outer coat is coarse and waterproof. If a Springer Spaniel doesn’t undergo a grooming session for a long time, the dead hair is stuck in the inner coat and forms mats.
For grooming Springer Spaniel, the first step is to brush the coat thoroughly to get rid of dead hair. A slicker brush is a perfect tool to remove the excessive tangles and mats from the inner coat in Springer Spaniel.
Go for a full body brush including the legs with a slicker brush and then shift to a bristle brush. Make sure to remove all the tangles by running your fingers in the coat during the brushing. You can use a medium bristle brush to brush the coat from base to tip and make the hair straight.
Take Care of the Teeth & Oral Cavity
Carefully open the mouth of the Springer Spaniel or lift its lips to check for plaque deposition on the teeth. Use a canine-specific toothbrush and brush the teeth gently with a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Gently rinse the oral cavity and now your Springer Spaniel is ready for a bath.
Bathing & Drying Springer Spaniel
It is important to protect the Springer Spaniel’s ears from water going inside. Use appropriately sized cotton balls and stuff them in the ears. Gently place the dog in a bathtub and wet the coat thoroughly from roots to tips.
A handheld shower at medium speed can make the bath easier as the pressure can penetrate the thick coat. Rub the coat with your hands at the same time to dampen the inner coat of Springer Spaniel. It is recommended to use a small amount of shampoo to help the rinsing easier.
Rub the dog shampoo and work through the whole coat. You can use a rubber grooming glove or a brush to spread the shampoo evenly throughout the coat of Springer Spaniel. Take care not to use a shampoo that has irritants and causes allergy to the sensitive skin of Springer Spaniel.
Rinse & remove the shampoo completely from the coat using ample lukewarm water. It is mandatory to get rid of the shampoo to make the drying easier. You can use a large high-quality towel or a hair dryer at low to medium settings to dry the coat by continuous brushing at the same time.
Coat Clipping & Nail Trimming
The Springer Spaniel’s coat has a high growth and makes his body out of proportion. You can use shearing scissors or a hair clipper to even out the hair length. Use shearing & thinning scissors to work on the ears and legs and trim according to the length you want.
Similarly, use an ideal-sized nail clipper and cut the nails of a Springer Spaniel. Make sure to cut the nails at a safe distance from the nail quickly. You can use a nail filer or a dog nail grinder to even out the sharpened nail edges after trimming.
Ear and eye Cleaning of Springer Spaniel
The long ears of Springer Spaniels entirely cover the ear canal and may trap moisture inside. The moisture is a good medium for bacterial and fungal growth. Inspect the ears thoroughly for abnormal signs and use a dog ear cleaner to gently clean the debris and wax from the externally visible ear portion.
There are many commercial dogs eye-cleaning cleaners and pads available nowadays. Use a veterinarian-recommended eye cleaner by adding a few drops on the eyes and wiping out the hardened discharges. An eye cleaning pad can do it easily as you only need to wipe the outer eye surface.
If your Springer Spaniel is a good contestant in a dog show, it is compulsory to do a grooming session every 1 to 2 weeks. On the other hand, an outdoor companion Springer Spaniel needs baths & grooming every couple of months.