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Need some pre-whelp grooming tips, please!

Breed is "showtype" cocker spaniel (english) and she's on her 6th week. What would be the more important areas to consider grooming pre-whelping?

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I'd give her a full groom now. I also clip round the teats and her lady bits as short as possible.

Same here, full groom clip around teats and lady bits.

OOH Cocker puppies! Mine is 8 months old now ,would be lovely to see photos when they are born! What colour are you expecting?

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OOH Cocker puppies! Mine is 8 months old now ,would be lovely to see photos when they are born! What colour are you expecting?
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Thank you..

(I'm sure I posted this in the Grooming section, not sure how it's turned into a blog! :O)

But yes ok, I thought it would be at least them areas
I have always groomed my dog myself so I thought I'd ask some tips here befor I start improvising

Would it be wise to cut ears short aswell, to avoid "mess"?
And around the teats, just cut a few bits here and there with scissors or shave off "a belt" along them?

I guess it's more of a personal preference how you do it but can't hurt to ask

You can shorten the ears if you like but a good dunk and quick wash and dry after the pups are born would solve any 'messy' problems (I have poodles and can't say ever had a problem with full ears getting messy!!) With regards to underneath I shave from her lady bits all the way up to the top two teats as short as possible. I find it stops the puppies sucking, and possibly ingesting, hair. Good Luck!!

Thanks for tips!
I've just done a 3-hour grooming session with her and result is good. She was abit confused when I flipped her over to shave her belly but she didnt seem to mind it at all.
Ended up throwing my grooming clothes away since the hairbits from shaving went everywhere :O I normally only use scissors.

Gave her a cool shower after which she really enjoyed too.

Good luck! I've got a 4 week old cocker litter at the moment (all spoken for) with mum I trimmed her skirts and feathering on her legs, shaved her belly and gave her ears a trim as they do get rather mucky!

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