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Hand Stripping Video

Hand stripping - a lengthy and intricate method of removing dead guard hairs and undercoat hairs from a dog's coat. It requires use of a stripping knife or stone. Show dogs require this grooming method as it maintains the authentic appearance and texture of the dog's coat. Pet dogs benefit from this method if maintaining the authentic coat is desired by the owner. It can be used alone or in conjunction with another grooming method. Being a time-consuming service is why most salons don't offer it.

Breeds: Terriers, Affenpinschers, Wirehaired Dachshund, Schnauzers, Brussels Griffon to name a few.

Guard Hairs - outer layer of coarse hair.

Undercoat - the shorter fluffy coat under the guard hairs of some breeds. If not dealt with regularly, it contributes to the heavy shedding hair seen on clothing and furniture and contributes heavily to mat formation.

Blowing Coat - the natural heavy shedding of undercoat. This is a biological process occurring in some breeds of dogs that happens seasonally. It will be influenced by climate, type of dog, gender, whether the dog is still intact, and how much time the dog spends outside. Breeds seen seasonally blowing coat are: Chow Chow, Siberian Husky, Shiba Inu, Samoyed to name a few.

Carding - the process of removing undercoat to allow new healthy hair to grow in without becoming tangled or impacted.
Breeds: Afghan Hound, Lhasa Apso, Shih Tzu, Spaniels, Setters, Retrievers, Shepherds, Corgis, Siberian Husky to name a few.

Clipping - the process of cutting an animals coat, to shorten it or completely remove it, with the use of clippers and a blade or blade and guard comb attachment. Commonly referred to as "shaving", this method of grooming is not recommended for double-coated breeds such as the Shepherd, Husky, Collie, or Corgi, or for heavy-coated breeds such as the Pomeranian, Chow Chow, Great Pyrenees, or Pekingese if maintaining the authentic color and texture of a breed's coat is desired. 

Scissoring - utilizing various sizes and types of shears to "sculpt" the animals coat, to thin out particularly thick areas of the coat, and to trim up or detail small areas on the animals body.

Sculpting - giving the coat its characteristic shape for a given particular breed. Most familiar breed that uses this element of grooming is the Poodle though many other breeds utilize it to varying degrees.

Temporary Color - color that does not penetrate the shaft of the hair but just coats the surface of the hair. Lasts only a few days to a week.