Dog grooming

Grooming training with Mirjam van Oord – Hand Stripping

Just like every profession, additional learning and training is a must to enhance one’s skills. Professional groomers like me has unique skill sets to make your pets not only to look good, smell good but also to make grooming an enjoyable experience. I will discuss about this new grooming technique that I learned from Mirjam which is called Hand Stripping.

What is Hand Stripping?

Some dogs can’t be groomed with a shave or a trim. Instead, their coat needs hand stripping. Hand stripping is a method of removing excess hair, and unwanted undercoats of a dog. Unlike grooming with clippers, hand stripping removes not only the top layer of your dog’s coat but also the roots, allowing for a new coat to grow. The entire process is done by hand and with the help of some hand stripping tools, thus it requires time and may vary depending on which size and breed your dog is.


Which Breeds Require Hand Stripping?

It is more about the type of coat than the breed of dog, when it comes to hand stripping. Of course certain dog breeds have certain type of coats, so you can identify some breeds that require hand stripping on this fact alone.


Some Breeds That Have a Coat Suitable:

• Cairn terrier
• Border terrier
• Wire Fox terrier
• Wire haired Dachshund
• Schnauzer
• Wire haired Jack Russel
When To Bring Your Dog For Hand Stripping?
Dog owners alone can check if their pet’s coat is ready for hand stripping. Using your thumb and forefinger, grasp a few strands and pull gently to remove. If it’s ready to be stripped, the hair will come out easily and won’t cause your dog any pain.

Written by Donnie Pagsanjan, Professional Pet Groomer at ABVC

*Mirjam Van Oord has 20 years of experience in pet grooming and currently working at Sensei System Shears
Middleburg, Netherlands.