Keeping your Cavalier looking his best is not
difficult but proper grooming does require some diligence; there is no
substitute daily care. Many professional groomers do not groom Cavaliers
properly and your efforts will help your dog look his best.
Develop the habit of cleaning under your
Cavaliers eyes every day. This takes less than two minutes of your time
but will contribute greatly to your dogs appearance. Using a large
cotton ball wipe under each eye with Diamond Eye or a similar product.
Cavaliers have large eyes and a good portion of the eye is exposed to the
elements. Dirt collects in the corners of the eye and excess tears create stain
under the eyes. Cleaning and drying under the eyes daily will help prevent
unattractive tear stains and the bacteria which may accompany neglected eyes.
If your puppy is very young he or she may have
very little coat, but now is the time to accustom your Cavalier to being
brushed and combed. Using a very soft bristle brush go over your puppy every
day, preferably when hes tired. This few minutes a day of pleasant
brushing will teach the puppy to enjoy his grooming session. Once he is older
you will still use the soft brush on his top coat but will also need a pin
brush and a slicker brush for his ears and featherings.
The best brushes and combs are easily available
through catalogs; pet stores rarely carry high quality grooming tools. A
few well chosen brushes should last you for many years and are definitely worth
the initial investment.
This is also the time to play with the
puppys feet to help him become accustomed to the nail and foot trimming
process. Keep the hair on the bottom of your Cavaliers feet trimmed in
order to prevent him from slipping on slick floors. Purchase a small, sharp,
blunt nosed scissors for this process. Remove hair only from the underside of
the foot, as Cavaliers should appear to have fluffy slippers on
The same training principle applies to the
puppys teeth; when hes tired run your finger around his mouth as
though you were brushing them. He will soon realize that you are not hurting
him, making the future brushing process easier.
Please do not hesitate to call us regarding
any grooming questions.
Below is a short list of grooming materials you
can purchase from dog supply catalogs.
Chris Christianson oval pin brush with 27 mm
Mason Pearson boar bristle, PSI bristle brush
or Chris Christianson medium texture boar brush for finishing the top coat.
Mini Warner slicker or Mark
1 Chris Christianson slicker for hocks and ears.
Shampoo: use one of the many blue
whitening shampoos for feet, and choose your own favorite shampoo for the body.
Chris Christiansen, #1 All Systems, Mr. Christals & Bio-Groom are
among the lines of grooming products we prefer.
I use a tear-free shampoo for the top of the
head and ears on babies.
Simple, human-grade lubricating eye drops are
appreciated after a bath, especially on babies and sensitive adults.
Cream rinse Bio-Groom Silk is a good
product, but there are endless others.
Use a waterless shampoo for quick clean ups.
Kote-Glo, Self-Rinse by #1 All Systems, Quick Clean by Ring 5 work
nicely. Keep a spray bottle of waterless shampoo handy for instant
clean-ups, especially the feet.
Crown Royale Formula #2 Magic Touch spray will
help brushes glide through long ears. Use sparingly.
Toothbrush or textured finger cover and paste:
brush once a day if you can, at least twice a week as a habit. This ounce of
prevention will not only help save your dogs teeth but may also
contribute to better heart health over the life of the animal.
Nail clipper & Kwick-Stop styptic powder
for inadvertent close-shaves.
Trim nails once a week or bi-weekly at least.
Please do not forget to trim any remaining dew claws.
Grown dogs can benefit from wearing a snood
while they eat. This is simple cotton covering which prevents the ears from
becoming covered with food. These can be found at shows or in some catalogs.