Handstripping is the process of removing soft undercoat from particular breeds by hand with the aid of a stripping knife and / or stone. This way of grooming preserves the correct coat type on those breeds with a coarser top coat. This process not only requires a great deal of skill and know-how, but is very time consuming which is why it has become less common in most grooming salons. However, this is a service that we provide at The Wag.
Breeds that can be stripped include terriers such as Westies, Scotties, Welsh Terriers, Lakelands, Schnauzers, Border Terriers, Cairn and Airedale terriers. Sporting breeds that can also be stripped include all Setters, Cocker Spaniels, Brittany Spaniels, Springer Spaniels, and Clumbers.
Note: in some cases, prior clipper grooming of your dog may have damaged the top coat. This damage can be irreversible, making it no longer possible for the coat to be hand-stripped.