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Offline Mike

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What is hand stripping?
« on: July 31, 2002, 03:51:06 PM »
I have only come across this term since visiting this forum, and I dont actually know what it is. Would anyone be so kind as to let me know?

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What is hand stripping?
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2002, 03:57:17 PM »
Handstripping is when dead/excess hair is removed by hand, using finger & thumb in a plucking motion or by using a special Spaniel comb (fine-toothed comb which also removes dead hair when pulled through the coat) Hand stripping leaves a natural finish to the coat & trims last much longer than if the coat has been cut with electric clippers/scissors. It takes a long time to do which is why many high street dog groomers won't do it & even try to tell clients that handstripping is cruel - it's not if done correctly & when the coat is "ready" for stripping (meaning the coat comes out fairly easily when plucked)

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What is hand stripping?
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2002, 04:11:22 PM »
thanks Jane

I currently use a two-sided brush, which has ordinary bristles one side and metal spikes the other, that I use to keep tangles at bay and just generally keep the pup tidy - 'hand stripping' seems to be the next step.

Have you any ideas where I might be able to get such a comb from? It sounds a specialist comb that my high street pet shop is unlikely to  stock.

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What is hand stripping?
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2002, 05:13:35 PM »
Hi Mike
The spaniel comb that Jane refers to is called a Spratts 76 and is available by mail order from Diamond Edge Ltd. It can be found if you click on this address http://www.diamondedgeltd.com/acatalog/Onl...e_Combs_26.html
Another good way of getting dead puppy coat out is to thread an elastic band through the teeth of a metal comb and this will also help 'pull' out any dead coat.
As Jane says hand stripping does give the most natural look and is favoured by those (or most!) who show their dogs. If you do give it a try be prepared to go through the pain barrier (you not the dog) as it does make your arm ache until your used to it!
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What is hand stripping?
« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2002, 08:38:51 PM »
I hand strip my two dogs. It is time consuming but worth it in the long run.  I tidy mine up every two weeks or so.   Another tool from Diamond Edge is the Coat King for the centre back.  The dogs love it - it is like being stroked and they want more and more....  Thankfully they love being groomed.  I hate  to see dogs clippered off.  One of mine was clippered by his previous owner and now his ears have gone all curly.                    

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What is hand stripping?
« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2002, 09:22:09 AM »
thanks guys for pointing me in the right direction.

I tried using my finger and thumb to pluck loose hair out.. but currently there doesnt seem to be any. Pup's only 5 months (and one week), so perhaps its a bit early. Wish I could do more, as she's finding it really difficult in this recent humidity.

By way, her ears are already curly...  ;D                    

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« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2002, 09:35:37 AM »
Yes 5 months is a bit early to start trying to handstrip - sometimes they are nearer 8 months before the coat comes out easily (or even later!) We have a 6 monther at the moment & her coat isn't ready for stripping yet - luckily she doesn't mind the heat & is bombing arould like mad, as normal :)

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« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2002, 04:36:30 PM »
And then there is Otis  8) he will be 6 months on the 8th Aug and his coat is still not giving an inch. He's black and has not stood still long enough to realise that the weather has been hot  :D                    

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« Reply #8 on: August 03, 2002, 08:31:02 AM »
I couldn't hand strip my black dog til he was 12 months - just to give you an idea that some dogs do take longer. When it was ready to come I had a huge job on my hands and we have never really gotten through the front legs so I have to use thinning scissors on them - not as neat a finish but it does the trick.                    

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« Reply #9 on: October 02, 2002, 10:13:57 AM »
My hand stripping comb arrived this morning, the one suggested from Diamond Edge in the thread above. Heard a thud in the hallway (the post), then Daisy brought it upstairs to me - she must have known  :D

Just waiting for the coat king to arrive now (next couple of days) so hopefully I can devote this weekend to pampering Daisy  8)                    

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« Reply #10 on: October 02, 2002, 04:45:46 PM »
???Thanks Mike for asking the question I wanted to!  I have also been on Diamond Edge thanks to Michele and Jude and ordered the Spratts 76 but which Coat King should I order?? There are soooo many ?                    

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« Reply #11 on: October 02, 2002, 04:55:33 PM »
Good question!  I rec'd the Spratts 76 yesterday morning and it's brilliant and Candy loves it too.  I didn't know which Coat king to get either.                    
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« Reply #12 on: October 02, 2002, 05:25:32 PM »
Hi All,
I would suggest the 26 blade one is best for a cocker :D                    

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« Reply #13 on: October 02, 2002, 05:35:41 PM »
;D Big Cheer to Michele for  great advise once again on the Coat King 26 Blade.

Thanks Michele !                    

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« Reply #14 on: October 02, 2002, 05:47:11 PM »
Ooooh you've made me blush  :-[
Any time you are more than welcome :D