Hand Stripping


Hand stripping a coat, in dog terms, is to pluck (or strip) dead hairs from the skin. If you don’t hand strip the coat it simply grows long and eventually falls out. Hand stripping the hairs speeds up an otherwise natural process. Done correctly, it is painless. The key is to only pluck a few hairs at a time. Pet owners find that doing this once in the spring and again in the fall keeps their Norwich looking clean and tidy. A show dog needs significantly more frequent “shaping”.

What needs to stripped? Of course, what needs to be stripped are the longer dead hairs. You can identify them by their length, usually in excess of an inch (2.5 cm). On red dogs they are often a lighter colour, especially on the face. Still not sure? If you have a latex glove put that on and run it down the back of your dog. The hairs that raise up from the static are the hairs that need to be stripped. This short clip shows the finger stripping method without any assistance of tools.

Beginners also comment that they can not seem to get a hold of the hair or that the hair slips out of their grasp. First, the hair does need to be long enough and ready to be plucked. A latex glove or a rubber finger thimble (finger clots) may be a useful aid to grab the hair.

The key to painless stripping

  • Always pull in the direction that the hair grows.
  • You must support the skin above where you are stripping. I can not stress this enough.
  • Pull only few hairs at a time. Then comb and look again to see how much more needs to come out.
  • Pull only few hairs at a time. Then comb and look again to see how much more needs to come out.

 

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Updated 08/16/15

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