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When it comes to hand stripping, it is more about the type of coat than the breed of dog. Of course, certain dog breeds have certain types of coats, so you can identify some breeds that require hand stripping based on this fact alone. The type of coat that requires hand stripping produces two types of hair – the undercoat is soft and dense while the top coat is

longer and wiry in texture. The process of hand-stripping

involves removing the dead hairs from the top coat by pulling

them out from the roots rather than simply trimming them

down. By removing the hairs entirely you will be creating room

for the new coat to grow in. Dogs with wiry coats go through a

specific growing cycle in which the hair becomes thicker and

darker as it grows – if you do not remove the dead hair

from the top coat it will have a negative impact on the

overall appearance of the coat. In order for the hand strip to be

effective, the coat must have fully blown. We do not bathe the

dog following a hand strip as this can lead to a condition known as Post-grooming Furunculosis, but will arrange for a bath free of charge around 2 weeks later,




When a dog's coat is clipped it is basically shaved using a

powerful clipper.  Blades vary to accommodate the length of

hair required or for a more natural look, we use comb

attachments.  It is generally the owner's preference to the

length of the coat that guides us, which is why we like to

discuss your requirements prior to us grooming your dog.

There are some dogs that should never be clipped such as

Huskies, German Shepherds, Retrievers etc.  We do however offer a good stripping service for these coats.




Using a variety of tools and methods the loose hair is removed.

This is a painless procedure but a very messy one!  We have been

known to wear bee keeper hats when performing a strip out!

Once the main stripping has been done, your dog is bathed, the

coat blasted with a powerful drier which will continue to remove 

any remaining loose hair.  The feet, legs, ears and tail are then

tidied using a scissors.





Some dogs just don't like to be bathed or dried, for whatever

reason they can become aggressive or panic. For these

situations we offer a dry shampoo groom, this is particularly

useful with older dogs too that may need to be stripped out

but could not tolerate a bath and be standing too long. The

coat of your dog will be brushed through thoroughly, the

shampoo applied and then brushed out after the required time.











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