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Jan   Rocky Mountain House, AB

4/25/2012 11:45:12 AM

we aquired brown/white/brown eyed austrian shepard. He appears overweight with an extremely overgrown coat. We can not wiggle our fingers to his skin! He looks more like a sheep than dog. When he defecates, it is runny & sticks to his coat. Please help! Do I bath him first, then start on his coat, or us the trimmers & take him down below growth & mats?

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Carole   San Francisco, CA

1/31/2012 1:59:28 PM

The instructions are very complex and it needs visual aid...diagrams of a terrior and tools that one may need.

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janet   bethlehem, PA

8/10/2011 5:50:21 AM

good article, thanks very much

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empress   MEADOWS OF DAN, VA

8/2/2011 12:44:28 PM

Sheila, is the pumice stone you use like we humans use to remove dry skin? How do you pumice a long-haired dog? just their belly area? can't imagine the technique. teach me please.

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EMPRESS   MEADOWS OF DAN, VA

8/2/2011 12:40:22 PM

I RECENTLY ADOPTED A GRAND NORFOLK TERRIER. BEFORE I GOT HER, SHE WAS TRIMMED BACK TO NEARLY NAKED FOR THE SUMMER. HER FUR IS SLOWLY RETURNING, BUT SHE APPARENTLY IS NOT ACCUSTOMED TO BEING BRUSHED. HOW BEST DO IT TREAT HER FUR AT THIS TIME? sTRIPPING SOUNDS BRUTAL. i WONDER IF SHE WILL EVER BE THE SAME AGAIN AFTER THE SHIRRING? ANY TIPS ON BEING A GOOD GROOMER OF MY NEW DAUGHTER?

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Sheila   Calgary, AB

7/21/2011 7:34:22 AM

Hand stripping is the best way to keep your Terriers skin and coat healthy. Many terriers after being clipped develop skin conditions. I use a pumise stone to go over my dogs coat at least once every two weeks and I am able to keep it is wonderful coat and it looks great. The only thing is if You purchase a cairn with a soft coat, which does happen occasionaly, then you must clip it as it has a different skin type and it would hurt it to be stripped. Keep the nails short and the ears tidy.

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Norma   North Versailles, PA

2/22/2011 11:24:36 AM

I would love to find a groomer who hand-strips. I have an Australian Terrier and can't find anyone who remotely knows how my dog should be groomed. The breeder sends me photos of my dog's littermates and they look incredible (the breeder does the grooming herself, but she lives in Missouri - I live near Pittsburgh, PA). I've tried hand-stripping his coat myself using the grooming guide provided by the Australian Terrier Club of America, and have all the proper tools, but I'm not a professional groomer. I could probably maintain his coat between professional grooming appts. with my limited skills, but to tackle his coat at this point is more than I can handle. Can I get a list of groomers within reasonable proximity to my home who have this skill?

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Peggy   Carmel, IN

12/4/2010 8:22:59 AM

Candy,
Did you ever find a groomer that Hand Strips? I have a client that has moved to central Ohio area and she is in need of one just like
you!
Please
advise,
Peggy

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Joyce   Rancho Mirage, CA

11/17/2010 10:37:46 AM

I am extremely interested in having my miniature schnauzer groomed by hand stripping method. How do I find someone in my area or how do I find someone to teach me? I am in Rancho Mirage, California.

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Jaden   Southern, AZ

8/10/2010 7:37:23 PM

Candy it sounds like you may have to do the stripping yourself. Get a bottle of ear powder and brush you Cairn out well. Then pluck little bits out at a time until you reveal the entire soft undercoat. You will get better with practice.

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Candy   Mansfield, OH

1/9/2010 9:16:37 AM

i have called groomers over a span of 5 days now to find a groomer who HAND STRIPS and no-one that i have talked to sounds remotely like they know what they are talking about let alone what they are doing......so is there a directory of groomers who do HAND STRIP? i am in ohio cetral ohio and i am willing to travel but not so far and not out of ohio. Thanx Candy

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Jess   NY, NY

11/15/2009 1:04:04 AM

My dog is currently losing her undercoat as we go into summer and handstripping is a fantastic way to get rid of lots of hair so she doesn't leave it all over the house. It gives her a nice massage too!

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Bonnie   Byram, MS

9/28/2009 7:31:48 PM

I'v been grooming for about ten years now, and i love to handstripp my terriers!It looks nicer, and it dosnt hurt the dog if done properly.Happy Grooming!!!

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