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.
DRY SHAMPOO FOR NERVOUS DOGS
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.