As Spring approaches, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about getting your best furry friend ready for the warmer months ahead. We spoke to Cockapoo Owner’s club member and breed expert Neal as he tells us how he prepares his beloved Cockapoo Max for the Springtime.
Because of their thick fur, Cockapoos need regular grooming. I have Max clipped every 3 months because even in winter with shorter hair, he’s like a little furnace – toasty warm!
It’s particularly important to give him a trim in the Spring/summer months to keep him cool and comfortable. I usually groom Max’s coat every week, which is sufficient to keep it in tip-top condition.
For Cockapoos, it’s advised that you trim their nails every 2-3 months, so I usually tend to give Max a nail clip at the start of Spring, and then again at the start of Summer.
After I cut his nails (usually about 2-4mm off) I use a file to smooth them out. Cockapoo nails can be quite rough and sharp after they’re cut, so I’d recommend giving them a quick file over to grind the tip of each nail down – but try to be careful, your doggy might not like it if you use too much pressure!
The only drawback with the Cockapoo breed is oral health – it’s not the best! For me, even the expensive oral dog food does nothing to maintain clean healthy teeth (at least not in Max’s case), and even tooth brushing can only remove so much.
If you’re in the same boat as me, and you too struggle to get your pup’s teeth clean, you might have to take a trip to the vet for a scale and polish (under anesthetic), but this should really be a last resort.
As part of my Spring cleaning routine, I make sure I wash my dog’s bedding, mats, and anything he tends to sit on – including floors and carpets. This of course helps to remove any bacteria, parasites, or fleas lurking around the house.
As a general rule, I tend to wash Max’s bedding every couple of months or so just to keep it fresh and clean. Cockapoos don’t tend to moult as much as other dogs, so you don’t usually have to worry about a build-up of hair everywhere – if anything the hair tends to get trapped in their coats, so it’s always a good idea to give your pooch a nice brush from time to time!
I’m sure we’ll all be thinking about getting out in our gardens/outside space as soon as the warmer weather arrives, but before you do, it’s worth making sure it’s as safe as can be for your pooch.
I tend to do a quick walk around and make sure there are no Cockapoo sized gaps in fences or anything sharp or potentially harmful lying around. I also pour away any stagnant water that may have accumulated in watering cans, flower pots etc – if your dog drinks this it could be really bad for them.
Like most dogs, Cockapoos tend to enjoy sitting in the shade on super hot days, so if possible, allow for a designated shady patch in your garden where your dog can sit. Of course, it’s always a good idea to place a bowl of fresh water outside for them, too.
Check out our list of Springtime hazards for dogs to make sure you’re extra prepared when it comes to keeping your best furry friend safe in the warmer months ahead.
Book a dog-friendly holiday!
As we begin to get back to some kind of normality in the spring months ahead, you and your four-legged friend can hopefully enjoy some more quality time together; and what better way to do that than a dog-friendly getaway?
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