Dog Stripping

At Barking Betty we specialise in hand-stripping or stripping, this is the process which is used on wire coats and some silky coats to maintain the correct colour and texture. The technique involves pulling away the dead hair out of the coat of a dog, either by using a stripping knife or the fingers. A hard, wiry coat has a cycle where it starts growing and then sheds as it reaches maximum length. Hand-stripping coordinates the shedding and makes room for a new coat to grow. When the top coat is removed a dense, deep colour, soft undercoat is revealed. Stripping is the proper grooming method for most terriers. If done correctly at the right time of the hair growth the procedure is painless. Many dogs are reported to enjoy having their hair stripped, especially when they are introduced to it as puppies.

If not hand-stripped from the first grooming session hard coated dogs will change their coat into a soft hair type and the colour will fade. The process can start at 6 or 8 months and than can be carried out every 4-6 months.

If you have a wire coat dog who has been incorrectly groomed i.e. clipped rather than hand stripped it may be possible to help the coat recover its hardness and colour by using a grooming process called 'Carding' which is the reverse to hand stripping, it removes the soft under-coat and promotes regrowth of the original one.

Prices start from £50 for hand stripping.

For dog stripping in Clapham, Battersea and Wandsworth call Barking Betty
on 07854 118 700 or 020 8127 8635