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Ear Cleaning

Ear cleaning is more than likely going to be required with a Clumber, here is a veterinary orientated training video, however, …

DON’T place your towels, cotton swabs or q-tips on the floor … who knows what bugs these will pick up off such a surface and you could transfer to your dog’s ear.

The video shows two people doing the job, you can adapt, I particularly like the demonstration of how to best ‘open’ the whole canal for best cleaning.


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Dog Shampoos


Dog shampoos: … there are SO many to choose from; interesting article, I would add that I will not use a shampoo on my Clumbers that contains tea-tree oil (it is recorded as causing health issues in this breed) nor any containing ingredients known to be harmful to dogs such as macadamia or caffeine they may be present in tiny amounts but as there is a risk of licking during shampooing the face or other parts with shampoo on then I consider the risk warrants me not using these products. (photo is of GrCh Erinveine Judge at 7 years 7 months)

20 Ingredients You Don’t Want In Your Dog’s Shampoo

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Another cautionary tale about what we allow our dogs to eat

Diet and treats are a perpetual discussion point for dog owners, well should be.

Don’t just assume because it has worked in the past

  • that the ingredients haven’t changed
  • the ingredients are as pure as they used to be
  • that as it is manufactured that the manufacturers have it right
  • that their suppliers have supplied the right material or at the right purity and not been contaminated
  • that the product has been correctly stored and so maintained its integrity
  • that the manufacturer is overly concerned with anything other than making a good profit, and the individuality of your dog really concerns them

No product is PERFECT for all dogs (no dogs are perfect either), manufacturers must find a ‘best fit’ for the vast majority to stay i business (and there are a LOT of dog food manufacturers!). Products are often billed with ‘new and improved’ formulas, why, because they need improving or ingredient sources or supplies alter.

If your dog is ‘off’, or worse, really assess the diet (what you feed AND what your dog self feeds on), try a change of diet, and if in any doubt seek veterinary attention for the symptoms that are concerning you.

Linda Case’s new post is a particularly interesting read:

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Books – rearranged, slightly

I have got a long way into the training book, and had a big think on the format of the type book; so here are the reviewed title plans.

  1. TYPE: This is the title I got a little hung up on in 2014, I found I was putting too much into it, so now I hope I have edited that out, and designed a format that will work; I think it will be the title to be released after the training one, but the showing book (which I think will be easier) may beat it to the printers.
  2. TRAINING: not a how to but thoughts and reflections on reading and my own experiences, this will be a referred to title for the showing book
  3. SHOWING: will cover more specialist show training, show ring presentation, grooming, colours to wear, how to get that sizzle in your dog in the minutes that matter, ‘nerve’ control, travelling with your dog, spotting issues and thinking about quick fixes and longterm overhaul
  4. FAULTS: a review book of common conformational faults in dogs, which you will be able to cross reference with The FIVE Cs and the Type book, and the showing and breeding books for that matter
  5. BREEDING: will discuss very briefly the process of breeding (because I have some photos I want to share), the choice of dogs to mate, how to choose these dogs, a breeder’s responsibility to their lines and to the breed, raising the pup to best advantage, choosing an appropriate buyer … well no, but some tips for detecting people who may not be ready to undertake Clumber ownership, the consequences of breeding but the necessity to breed, why we may need to respect other’s right to breed dogs that we may not (genetic diversity), things like COI and how and why we need to take this on board, how to detect bad (BAD) hips with no score, bad eyes without a vet cert. There is a whole forest of topics for this book, so it will be a long time coming!
  6. Maybe a smallish one on GROOMING, but grooming in the meantime can be read about in the Showing book
  7. ART: hmmmm, let’s see, but I would still like to put together something to show you how to create your own art and craft of the Clumber, and celebrate some of the breed’s most dedicated artists and outstanding pieces of recent times

see the first story on these titles


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Chapter Eleven Grooming and Health

this is from CLUMBER SPANIELS by Jan E Irving 1998, published by Hoflin, USA
full copyright is retained on this chapter – it may not be reproduced or distributed without the author’s authority
the actual book contains a series of illustrations to complement the text

Clumber Spaniels by Jan Irving (published by Hoflin)

Clumber Spaniels by Jan Irving (published by Hoflin)

While cleanilness, grooming, etc will keep in good condition the hair of a sound dog happily situated, except in the presence of good general health the hair can never be at its best, no matter how cleverly and faithfully treated. Ashmont KENNEL SECRETS 1893

Ideally you should groom your dog each day. If this is done, the routine will involve a quick brush to remove loose hair and free the feathering. Even running your hands through and over the coat each day will often prove adequate as the fine loose dirt will cling to your skin, and the coat is laid straight after a slight airing. If you are unable to maintain the daily level of grooming then the task of regular grooming can be reduced by carefully trimming and perhaps even stripping certain areas of coat. Even for showing there is some trimming or slight stripping required. If this approach is done with thought and consideration it helps to reduce the amount of time you need to spend grooming your dog from day to day. Dogs not being exhibited or actually working in the field are best trimmed out more thoroughly. Read the rest of this entry »

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