GROOMING TIPS FOR COCKAPOO’S curly/teddy bear coat
Cockapoo a relatively new and already much loved pet with a variety of coats, great looks, with wonderful temperaments and personalities.
There is no one simple solution to washing and Grooming these dogs as they have three different fur types:-
Straight, Wavy Ringlet, and Teddy Bear/Curly
These tips are aimed at The Teddy Bear and Curly Coat which is basically a coat which is trimmed to a short length every 3-4 months normally this trimming is done by your groomer and we would always recommend that you chat with your groomer for tips of bathing and drying your dog and also maintenance of their ears where they are prone to ear infections and also if fur allowed to grow they can quickly build up wax deposits in the ear.
We have a number of customers who are successfully grooming their Cockapoos with our products so we know you will be able to get great results using some or all of our products and we welcome feedback from you all on how you achieve your best finishes using Roses products on your Cockapoo.
Visit our website www.rosestopdog.com or our Facebook page reviews and read review of Vicki Kelly a Cockapoo owner.
Generally they require a good brush every other day or following a muddy walk or when covered in Burrs etc. They do not moult but will shed their coat after 8 months of age when they are shedding their puppy coat and then twice a year normally in Spring and Autumn but these times can vary. It is essential that during these times you brush on a daily basis this will avoid/minimise knots tangles and matting of the coat. These knots etc are caused when the shed hair stays in the coat and if not brushed out it will encourage knots etc. If knots mats or tangles develop, wet the fur with water or a detangler spray and tease out with a comb but if you cannot tease out the knot then as a last resort cut it out.
There are many web sites offering advice on Bathing and Grooming some of which is contradictory so we will keep our recommendations simple. Frequency of Bathing monthly or more often if your dog loves the smelly stuff.
What you will need
A Dog Shampoo (do not use Human Shampoo as they have different formula’s which generally are too harsh for dogs)
A Dog Conditioner (optional)
1 x Roses Grooming and Drying Brush
1 x Roses Mega Absorbent PVA Towel
1 x Roses Large Super Absorbent Microfibre Towel
1 x Pin Head Brush and 1 x Bristle Brush plus a good quality Steel Comb
A good supply of treats.
We would recommend using the shower with a non slip mat but if this not viable use your bath and ensure a non slip mat or old towel for your dog to stand on, which will avoid your dog slipping. Ensure the water is a comfortable temperature not too hot or too cold and then thoroughly wet you dog. Then apply shampoo and here we recommend that you knead the shampoo into the fur not vigorously rub it in as this can cause tangles etc. When completely shampooed then thoroughly wash out all shampoo and do ensure you remove all shampoo as if left in it can cause itchiness. Special note here do avoid water and shampoo getting in your dogs ears and eyes and the best tip we can give here is to wash from the head down the body this minimises the chances of water getting eyes and ears. If using a conditioner repeat this process.
Once bathing of dog is completed use the Mega Absorbent PVA Towel to dab all excess water from the coat, squeezing the towel out often for maximum absorbency, do not rigorously rub the coat as this can cause knotting etc. When the excess water is removed wrap your Cockapoo in the Large Super Absorbent Towel and scrunch the coat through the towel until the coat is just moist, again avoid vigorous rubbing.
Now you can leave the dog to ‘air dry’ or as our customers prefer dry your Cockapoo using the Roses Grooming and Drying Brush. We would recommend that you use the Oval Pin Head brush and set the unit on Low Heat and Low Power until your Cockapoo is acclimatised to the tool.
Once acclimatised you can use full power and full heat this also activates the light enabling you to inspect the dogs skin for amy problems and of course help you to spot any uninvited guest’s in their coat. Ensure you thoroughly dry the coat and if you want the coat to remain curly scrunch the fur in your hands after each pass with the brush head if however you prefer a straighter coat do not scrunch. The brush is supplied with two other brush heads and as you become more familiar and confident with the tool you may find that you prefer these and get better results.
If during any of the bathing process your dog becomes stressed or dis-comforted then strategic use of the treats will help and soon your dog will look forward to these grooming sessions and actually regard them as pampering sessions. Grooming is a great way of strengthening the bond between your dog you.
We look forward to hearing your experiences and of course receiving pictures of your Cockapoo’s after your Grooming and Pampering Sessions.
THE ROSES TEAM
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