Cockapoos make adorable family pets, but their coats do require regular grooming to keep them healthy and looking good. Here are some top tips on how to care for your cockapoo’s coat.
Before you can groom your pet, you’ll need to take a trip to a good pet supplies store and invest in the right kit. A perfect starter kit should include:
- a slicker brush
- a wide-toothed comb
- de-tangling spray
- round-ended scissors
- cotton wool balls
Grooming your cockapoo
Most cockapoos have curly coats and some can grow quite long. If your pet’s coat falls into this category, it may be a good idea to ask your local dog grooming salon to trim it periodically to help prevent matting and tangling.
- Start with short sessions until your cockapoo gets used to the sensation of being groomed. It’s also a good idea to have some treats on hand so that you can reward him for sitting still.
- One disadvantage of long, curly coats is that the hair around your dog’s bottom will require trimming to prevent poo from sticking to the fur. To do this, use a small pair of round-ended scissors, plenty of patience and rewards!
- Cockapoos have thick coats, and it is important that you groom the whole depth of coat, not just the top. Use a slicker brush to start with and give the whole coat a thorough brush. Start with the dog’s head and work your way along his body, following the lay of the coat. Never brush your dog’s fur against the direction of growth, as this can be very unpleasant and distressing for him.
- Now take your wide-toothed comb and go over the dog’s coat again. The purpose of this exercise is to remove any knots or tangles that were not picked up by the brush. You may need to use your fingers to gently tease out any particularly stubborn mats. Areas that are especially prone to knotting include the collar, ears, armpits and legs. You can help to prevent mats from forming around the neck by using a rolled leather collar, rather than a flat, synthetic one.
- The long hair around your cockapoo’s eyes may become dirty and sticky. Use a cotton wool ball dipped in clean, warm water to wipe away any sleep and clean the fur. Always use a fresh cotton wool ball for each eye and wipe away from the eye towards the dog’s nose.
- Finish off the job by applying a light spritz of detangling spray and combing it through your dog’s coat.
You can keep your cockapoo’s coat looking fabulous by grooming him regularly, using the above guidelines. For further advice about coat care, have a chat with a dog groomer in your area.