Post # 1
Hi bees! I just adoped a “cockapoo” from the Humane Society, and I’m wondering what to expect in terms of grooming. For starters, is it worth it to invest in electrical clippers for her hair? She’s quite curly, but her hair is very short now because she was groomed at the shelter. I guess I’m not sure what to expect for hair growth… Does it just keep growing unless trimmed, or does it stay a certain length when grown out? I know I can’t afford to pay for her to be professionally groomed every two weeks, so what’s the best way to keep her mouth and eyes free of overgrown hair?
I’ve also heard from some people that walks and playing outside are enough to keep the dog’s nails short, but others say I’ll have to trim twice a month. What should I expect?
Lastly, if anyone has any other helpful advice (besides the obvious rules of proper treatment of all dogs), I’d love to hear it! If anyone finds it relevant, she’s 16 lbs and 6 years old.
Post # 3
Aww! I love cockapoos! Their hair does keep growing unless its trimmed, but I wouldn’t say it needs to be trimmed every two weeks. I think my grandparents’ cockapoo goes every 6-ish weeks? You could definitely get clippers and figure out how to do it on your own via YouTube videos etc. My grandmother used to do their dog and still does the touch-ups around the eyes and face herself when its more convenient. I have two yorkies, and I clip them myself a lot of the time. Congrats! Rescue dogs are the best!!!
Post # 4
First, congratulations! I have two Vickers and grew up with a cockapoo. They are high maintenance in terms of grooming, I’m sorry to say. I take my two to the groomer every six weeks or so even in winter. Flippers would be a good investment if you’re comfortable and you can get your furbaby to hold still. I take them to the groomer simply because they get the full spa t treatment while they are there, meaning nails trimmed, anal glands cleaned, a bath, and a trim.
ETA: cockers, not Vickers! Damn tablet!!
Post # 5
@ellebeerob: Very helpful, thank you!! I’ll have to look up those videos, I didn’t even think of that.
@Mrs Canuck: That’s a good point, I should make sure to give her the full spa treatment every once in a while between home trimmings.
Post # 6
I’d definitely get her used to you trimming her nails. With lots of treats it’s not too hard usually. 🙂
Unless you run on concrete or tennis courts all the time, they will probably needed to be trimmed regularly.
Post # 7
So happy to see that you got a rescue pooch! They are the best! I have now my second cocker which was rescued out of the woods behind my house by me! She is completely blind and def and about 10 yrs. old, but she has been a wonderful addition! She gives me so much love!! My first had to be put down when he was 16, and I found my new one about 8 months later, I believe it was fate! But anyways from my experience they can be very high maintenance dogs! With my first he went to the groomer’s about once a month sometimes he could wait a little longer! My new cocker has only been groomed by me as she does not have a rabies shot yet and can’t go to a groomer without that. I think it would be a great idea to invest in some clippers if you feel you have the time and patience to do it, as it is quite the job, but very easy to do! If the cockapoo’s coat is anything like a full blooded cocker spaniel then it grows rather quickly and becomes extremely thick. If I let mine go a month it takes me like three hours to groom her, that is shaving her all the way down, and then its like a 45 min. job to do the bathing. Their hair is very waterproof and thick, therefore it takes time to even get the water all the way through, which is the reason I usually groom first and then bathe. If yours is only 16 lbs. this would probably be a much easier job than what I’m dealing with, mines about 40 lbs. For any facial hair in the way just do your best at trimming away with a good pair of scissors! I doesn’t really matter if you make a mistake as it will grow back! Clipping the nails is very easy, you just have to make sure you don’t cut past the pink part, the quick! If the nail is dark and you can’t see this just use your best judgement! If it bleeds just put a little flour on it until the bleeding stops! Also I don’t know if cockapoo’s are the same but cocker spaniels are prone to getting ear infections as they have hair that grows on the inside of ear as well. Keep an eye on this, as you can buy stuff from your local pet store to keep it under control. If you notice any butt scooting across carpet, the anal glands are probably full and unless you want to attempt this yourself a groomer would be in need to release them. So I would say if your doggie will let you, go for it! Hope this helps, sorry for all the extra stuff I added in I got carried away!!! Enjoy your new furbaby!!! 🙂
Post # 9
I have two cockapoos!! Getting them groomed every two weeks would be super unnecessary. We usually get them groomed with hair cuts every 3 months, but we give them baths at home in between. They have, like someone said above, very water resistant hair so it takes a while to get them all wet. Now, it will totally depend on your dog whether you can do it yourself or not. The physical act of moving the clippers over their body is not difficult, but the way they sit for you may be. I don’t have the patience to cut my dogs hair. We have a great pair of clippers and will do it if absolutely necesarry, but going to get them groomed every few months is worth the money to me. They don’t shed at all (huge plus), but tend to get matting around their ears with how much hair is there, so i’d just make sure you cut out any matting you see, and brush through/around their ears frequently. If you want to message me with any questions, i’d be happy to answer! My dogs are seriously my angels, best boys in the world. Very loving to everyone/every dog, smart, happy, playful, cuddly, etc. I’d die without them!
Post # 10
@blondiegirl: Wow thank you for all the great information!! It’s really nice to know all these little tips. And it sound like it was fate with your pooch! It seems so unlikely that things would have worked out that way by chance.
@Ohhavok: Also great to know, thank you! I think I will get some inexpensive clippers and see how she handles standing still for me. And I definitely noticed how tangly her ear hair is. I brushed it today and it was all snaggy, even though she was groomed just yesterday…
Post # 11
Congrats on your adoption! I groom my curly hair terrier myself and it saves a ton of money. It gets really easy with practice. It only takes me about an hour once a month (and that’s with hand scissoring too which is slower than the clippers). The nails will also need trimming. I know people who play fetch with their dog on the pavement to file them down but this is horrible for the pups pads. You can easily pay for a vet or groomer to just do nails for you. I believe even petsmart offers this service.
Have fun with your fur baby!
ETA- OH! And I learned how to groom my girl using youtube videos! You could check if there are any of cockapoos, it’s great to be able to actually see the grooming happening.
Post # 12
I have a 10 year old cockapoo who I started grooming myself because Darling Husband and I don’t have the same kind of budget we used to for a professional groomer. The cheap clippers suck. I’ve had several sets of them in the past, and they snag the hair a lot. I currently have a sort of “middle of the road” set that I spent around $75 on. They work better than the cheap ones, but Darling Husband and I are saving up to get a nice, professional set.
My cockapoo has wavy hair that will just keep on growing because he doesn’t shed. It also mats like crazy if I don’t keep it fairly short. You’ll want to keep the hair away from her eyes, between the toes, and in the “sanitary area”.
More than likely, your dog will need her toenails trimmed every couple of weeks. Also, because of the floppy ears, I have to put cotton balls in his ears to give him a bath. Whenever he gets water in there, his ears get infected.
Post # 13
@Taeyers: Your very welcome, glad I could help!!! Yeah, I definitely believe it was fate that we found eachother! She fillls me with so much joy, and I’m so glad to be the one that will let her live out her days happy, healthy, and safe! When you have a rescue furbaby like us, there is for sure a special connection! They know somehow that you saved them!