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Clipping, Scissoring And Handstripping

Clipping:

 
The most common request in the Grooming parlour is to have your dog clipped, especially for the summer time. (just around the corner, woo hoo!) This is done by using a motorised clipper with metal cutting blades. There are many different types of blades that range from 3 3/4", for longer trims to 1.2mm fro sensitive feet, pads and faces.
There are also plastic clipper attatchments that can be added to a short blade to give a much longer clip on the body, these are more effective on thinner coats as the prongs have to be threaded into the coat.
The clippers are taken across the body following the lay of the coat, this is so that we get the correct length and smooth finish we are aiming for. If this direction is not kept to then 'Tram Lines' will appear and are very hard to blend out of the coat, this can also happen if the finishing blades are not sharp enough or are dirty.
 
Your dog will be clipped before bathing so the shampoo can get to the undercoat and then again after being dried with a finishing blade to get a smooth, even finish.
 

Scissoring:

 
 

Hand Stripping:

 
Dogs that have a wire top coat have this removed by a method commonly known as Hand Stripping, the wire coat is in one layer and pulling it leaves them in their "underwear" until a new coat wire comes through. The undercoat is soft and supposed to be.
Stripping maintains a proper wire coat, each individual wire hair has a hard wire point, then is semi hollow down to about the undercoat level. It is very soft at the base and is only lightly anchored in the follicle which is why they pull out easily.
 
Cutting/clipping the hair takes away the structure of that hair. Particularly when cut below the undercoat level, but even just cutting off the tip breaks the structure.. If clipped it grows thicker and the soft base stays in the follicle so a new wire tipped hair does not grow and often the color will change.
 
There are two methods that can be used to strip a coat:
 
  • Stripping knives, are flat handled implements with a metal end consisting of teeth. Holding the stripping knife with the smooth side of the blade facing us, we follow the grain of the dog's coat using a combing action, gathering hair between the serrated teeth. Holding the hair in place with our thumb, gently pulling the blade towards us ensuring to keep the wrist straight, otherwise it will perform a cutting action. Take only small amounts at a time and use minimal force.
 
  • Finger stripping, is when we use our fore finger and thumb to grip the hair and pluck the wire hair from the coat. The benefit to using this method is that it is virtually impossible to CUT the coat but the down side to it is that you do not get as even a finish as stripping with a knife.  
 
With both of these methods wearing rubber finger cots are adviseable to help grip the hair.
 
It may take 8 to 10 weeks before the new wire coat comes in and is long enough to cover the undercoat.
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Laura Cashmore
Grooming Marvellous
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Marshalls pet store
24 Station Road
Ashley cross
Poole
Dorset
BH14 8UB

Tel: +44 (0) 7814 104453
Email: lauracashmore12@yahoo.co.uk