We can't tell you everything,
but we do have some tips we can offer from some of the people on ShowCockers.
If you have any tips or tricks,
PLEASE send them in and we'll put them up here.
Becki Buss, Dazlin Cockers:
On a Parti Coat:
Don't over-do it with
the shampoos & conditioners.If you have:
Now blowing & brushing: RULE #1 .... NEVER brush a dirty coat
(meaning pee-area, muddy feet, ears, etc.)
BEFORE bath, run a PIN BRUSH through the front & side coat. You aren't trying to have all tangles, etc., out - the goal is to find any mats & work them loose before the bath. Don't even bother with the pee-areas before bathing.
DURING bath, if there's heavily matted areas (like under armpits, underneath the belly, inside back legs, etc.) - while "soaking" the dog in the shampoo, take advantage of the slippery lather to loosen these areas up. (For right-handed people) Holding the mat in your left hand, use a "gentle" slicker (like the Warner's) to "spread" the mat apart, working from the outside in (again, just loosening it up is the goal).
AFTER bath, towel dry thoroughly then use the pin brush to brush through the coat (use slicker down back and topknot).
DRYing coat, again work top down, get one area completely done (like one
leg) before moving to the next. Do not dry from underneath up.
I bathe the dogs in show coat an average of once a week (the pigs get it
more frequently - the really clean ones slightly less). Each dog
is different .... if his coat starts to look "flat", feels oily or limp,
smells, or otherwise dirty, then it's time for a bath.
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