Stripping knife for coat management, designed to remove the upper coat hairs smoothly and with as little discomfort as possible. Ensure you are using the implement correctly for best results and to en ... Read more
Stripping knife for coat management, designed to remove the upper coat hairs smoothly and with as little discomfort as possible. Ensure you are using the implement correctly for best results and to ensure your pet's comfort:
Before using a stripping knife, ensure your pet is comfortable and used to being groomed. Remove any knots or matts by grooming through the coat first.
Begin by holding the stripping knife with the smooth side of the blade facing you.
Place your hand on the dog, close to the area you are going to strip and hold the skin taut whilst you are stripping this will make the procedure more comfortable for your dog.
Following the grain of the dogs coat, use a combing action to trap the hair between the serrated teeth. Hold the hair in place with your thumb and gently pull in the direction of the lay of the coat to remove the hair. Use an arm and shoulder pulling movement, not a wrist action.
If you flex your wrist, you will cut rather than pull the hairs with the knife. Compare the hairs being removed from the finger stripping and knife stripping. If you are plucking, the hair is of uneven length. If you are cutting, the hair will be even in length and this is undesirable as it can damage your dogs coat.
Remember to work a small area at a time until the entire outer coat has been removed and a rolled coat has been achieved. Note hand stripping your dog on a regular basis (every 4-6 weeks depending on breed) will achieve whats known as a rolled coat where the hairs fit neatly into each other and the coat becomes flatter and coarser. Irregular stripping (say once every 6 months) will cause the coat to blow, making it longer and open (irregular looking) stripping a blown coat can cause bald patches as the coat will try to regenerate itself. If you have any doubts about the procedure seek advice/help from a qualified dog groomer or show breeder.