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Hand Stripping

Postby Amanda » Tue Mar 20, 2018 9:32 pm

I am actually really enjoying hand stripping. I was a little worried about the grooming of a Border Terrier, but I am finding the process pretty satisfying. It’s nice to know that my efforts will last for several months instead of needing to be redone tomorrow. This is our second round since we got her at the end of October. We did the top of her head and ears tonight. Another pro of this process is that while I would normally see something like this as all or nothing and get overwhelmed, it’s better to only do it in short spurts. So I get to do small amounts and it’s the “right” way to do it. :) I’ll post a full before and after when we are done. For now here’s her head so far!
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Re: Hand Stripping

Postby Amanda » Wed Mar 21, 2018 9:42 pm

More progress today...
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Re: Hand Stripping

Postby Sabine » Thu Mar 22, 2018 11:28 am

Great job! I love stripping as much as I love a nice wire coat. Dax grows hair like a yak, so I try very hard to work on him about 15 minutes once a week, every week.

Make some notes on where her hair grows faster, so you can work towards getting into a proper pattern. For Dax the problem area tends to be his neck, the hair on the back of it grows almost twice as quickly as most other areas and so he "loses" his neck.
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Re: Hand Stripping

Postby Amanda » Wed Mar 28, 2018 11:40 pm

Sabine, do you find Dax to be particularly sensitive anywhere? Jovie kind of freaks out when I try to strip her belly or back legs. I am taking it super slow, but she needs a bath so bad. And I need to finish stripping her, wait at least 3 days, and then bathe. So the longer it takes to strip, the longer we wait for bath time. Just wondering if you have any tips or tricks for those more tender spots.

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Re: Hand Stripping

Postby Sabine » Fri Mar 30, 2018 11:11 am

Yes, throat, belly, sanitary area (I only strip the butt), inside of back legs are all sensitive. I just take it slow and use a stone rather than a knife, or do it by hand only. As a puppy he freaked out a lot more, these days I can usually just lay him on his side and work on him that way.

FYI, I bathe right after stripping if I'm done and not pulling more the next day. And I typically bathe every 1-2 weeks, since we live in the city, walk miles every day, and Dax is so low to the ground. I routinely get compliments on his coat by conformation judges and breeders, so I'm not bothered when "old school" terrier folks tell me I shouldn't bathe him so much.
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Re: Hand Stripping

Postby Amanda » Fri Mar 30, 2018 10:41 pm

I have done this whole strip by hand this time. It went pretty fast except for the belly. I am going to try to finish her this weekend. The handstripping gurus of the internet say tonwait a minimum of 3 days. But maybe it’s not as big of a deal if it’s only the legs and belly that were recently stripped. Her breeder said not to bathe her too often because of the oils in her coat that she needs, but she stinks like a wet dog. And being that she is allowed on the couch and in our bedroom, she needs to not smell quite so strongly... I keep thinking we are approaching her first heat and that’s why she smells so much, but she hasn’t shown all the signs yet so we are still waiting. Borders are kind of known for smelling like British biscuits. 😂
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Re: Hand Stripping

Postby Sabine » Sun Apr 01, 2018 11:19 am

I was told the same thing about Dax in the beginning. He gets sweaty/smelly walking in the city and collects a lot of fine dust (abrasion from car tires etc.), which isn't healthy to have on his skin. But when I present him in conformation, nobody is ever the wiser that I bathe him as often as needed. If all those claims were true, someone would have noticed something by now and would have scolded me instead of commenting on how awesome his coat is. :p

If you have the right shampoo and conditioner, oils aren't stripped from the skin and it won't soften the coat. I like Chris Christensen Spectrum One and Vet's Best Hotspot Shampoo (it's gentle and contains tea tree oil).

She looks great btw!
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Re: Hand Stripping

Postby Aubergine » Tue Apr 10, 2018 2:08 pm

She looks so nice! My sister has a border terrier (sweet little dog) but they've let her go "au natural" and she looked like a toilet brush :lol:

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Re: Hand Stripping

Postby Calypso » Sat Apr 14, 2018 5:33 pm

Border terriers are so stinking cute! Can you wash her in a mix of warm water and baking soda, followed by an ACV rinse? I've done that with Havana when she was doing a lot of therapy visits.

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Re: Hand Stripping

Postby QBert » Sat Apr 21, 2018 3:27 pm

You're doing a great job!
The argument against bathing is that 1) It can soften the coat and 2) You risk introducing bacteria into those freshly plucked pores and giving infection a place to start. Good product choices help with 1. Spectrum is excellent. Isle Of Dogs does a wire-coat shampoo and Artero also. Plush Puppy has a very nice dry shampoo powder that you work into the coat and blow out. I know several people who rinse with a weak dilution of betadine to prevent bacteria growth.

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Re: Hand Stripping

Postby Jen » Sat Apr 28, 2018 10:45 am

She's so cute! And she looks great to non-expert me! :)

Terrier coats sound like a pain, so good for you and Sabine for taking that on! I think I will cross them off the list of potential small dogs! lol

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Re: Hand Stripping

Postby Sabine » Sat Apr 28, 2018 11:36 am

It's not that complicated, and for pet dogs you don't have to do it very often. The best part is, barely any shedding. :)
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