We recommend trips to your groomer at a minimum of every month for trimming around the eyes, ears, paws, and privates. Your monthly trip to a groomer should also include a nail trim and ear care. Your groomer is then able to brush out your dog's coat to ensure there aren't any areas that you have missed in your regular at-home grooming to keep your dog matt free and comfortable. These monthly visits will allow you to maintain a gorgeous flowing coat.
Cobberdogs have a non-shedding coat that does require frequent brushing. We give our dogs a thorough brushing every couple of days, and more is always better. Once a week we also inspect nails for trimming. We check and clean ears once a week to prevent ear infections.
Puppies should have their first official groomer visit before the end of their critical socialization period. Practice handling your puppy's ears, legs, paws, and tail with a lot of praise and rewards before, during, and after handling so that they will be comfortable for a lifetime of grooming. At home grooming should happen a few times a week so that your puppy is used to being brushed, having their nails trimmed, teeth inspected and cleaned, and ears cared for. Take particular care of your dog's ears- Cobberdogs can have a susceptibility to ear infections if their ears don't receive proper care.
Shampoo: try to use a mild puppy shampoo for first year. I like to use conditioner by Mane N Tail (amzn.to/2ADKzZZ) after shampooing. Start your puppy off on the right paw by making bath time a regular and fun experience with lots of praise and high value rewards before, during, and after! We also like the Mane N Tail de-tangler (amzn.to/2LNfbgF)
Ear cleaner and wipes: remember to inspect and gently cleanse and dry ears weekly. Ensure that groomer trims or plucks ear hair with each visit. Cobberdogs may be prone to ear infections, so please be careful to do proper ear care (especially if allowing them to go swimming!) Having the inner ears trimmed or plucked helps to create airflow and minimize potential for ear infections. Ear powder can be used to dry the ear and to aid plucking. Ear infection symptoms include a strong unusual odour, increased dark wax production, and your dog may itch or shake its ears constantly.
Slicker brush: remember to brush behind ears and under legs to prevent matting. Remember to handle paws, tails and ears when grooming and cuddling to ensure that your pet tolerates this nicely for any visitor or groomer. Have fun with grooming and make it an enjoyable experience for your puppy! The right brush makes a big difference on ease of grooming and preventing damage to your dog's coat and skin. We like our Chris Christensen brushes (amzn.to/2LZTA3X). We start grooming by brushing out the coat in small section by section, and then go back over the coat with a comb to ensure that we haven't missed any tangles.
Nail trimmers or files: Cut your dogs nails or gently file nails in between trips to the groomer to protect your floors and furniture. Daily walks will also help naturally keep nails to a natural length. We check and trim nails every week
Tooth brush & tooth paste: regular brushing keeps away bad breath and ensures healthy teeth for years to come. Natural bones and antlers are great for reducing plaque and tartar.
Grooming Comb: we love our metal grooming comb by Andis (amzn.to/2LYyItL)! It is a great tool to keep your dog's coat soft and free of matting or tangles! We could not live without our combs!