Dogs are man’s best friend so they need to be treated like them. It is only natural
that the owner always wants to give their dog the best of everything. But
sometimes, due to ill-knowledge or wrong ideas, we cannot provide the perfect
care for our dog. One example of such a situation is clipping and stripping.
Sometimes, dog owners get confused between these two tasks.
Clipping and stripping or hand stripping are two different tasks. Both of them are
techniques to maintain the dog’s well-being. They are commonly called grooming
methods. It is not that you need to do this every day with your dog. There are
certain times when you need to groom them.
What Is Hand Stripping A Dog’s Coat?
Clipping a dog’s coat is more like hair cutting of sorts and it is not feasible for the
dog or the owner. But briefly shown below is the process of stripping.
- Hand stripping is the grooming technique for a dog. But, this is only
required for the maintenance of a wirehaired coat. So, during this process,
the person who grooms the dog is called the groomer.
- This groomer is responsible for removing the dog’s dead hairs with the help
of his bare hands or a stripping knife. Then, after removing the dead hairs,
the room is left for the complete new hair growth. This helps the dog to
turn beautiful again.
- One thing about hand grooming is that it is painless for any dog and some
dogs even enjoy this process. But, dogs don’t trust anyone easily, so it is
necessary to make your dog visit the groomer daily. This will help them get
accustomed to grooming by that person. This will ease the dog’s guard so
that he can enjoy the process more.
- It should be noted that you cannot get any kind of groomer to strip a dog.
The process is complex and the people who do this are trained. Therefore,
it is notable that any groomer who is not trained should not be allowed to
strip a dog’s coat. The owner must check this.
When To Strip And When To Clip
It is not favorable to clip when you need stripping or strip when the dog should be
clipped. So, the owner should develop a clear understanding of the process. This
is, however, not easy to do. You need to get the facts straight and clear.
- Clipping a dog’s coat will not remove the dead hair from the roots. This
won’t allow the new roots to set in. As a result of this negligent practice, the
existing dead hair will remain which will then lose its texture and color.
Eventually, the coat becomes pale and the texture degrades in quality.
- When a groomer uses the hand stripping tactic, the dog’s coat takes at least
6 to 8 months to grow fully like before. But, this is not the case with
clipping process. If the groomer uses a clipping process, the dog’s coat will
grow in 6 to 8 weeks. This is not economically feasible for the owner to clip
the dog’s coat every 2 months.
- There is too much hassle in the clipping process for the owner. This is
because the clipping process requires some preparation before the groomer
begins. This includes giving the dog a proper bath and thereafter, drying
the coat. This is a lot of work. But for hand stripping, the coat’s condition
does not affect the process.
Many dog breeds can benefit from this tactic. Some of them include the
following: Wirehaired Pointing Griffons, Wirehaired Dachshunds, Jack Russell
Terriers, German Wirehaired Pointers, Fox Terriers, Airedale Terriers, etc.
It is also a notable fact that this process has no effect on the dog’s coat’s overall
health, although it is necessary if you want to maintain the wired coat. If you have
a wire-haired dog but don’t want the hand stripping grooming method, you can
easily get your dog’s hair trimmed or cut. But, it won’t have the benefit of
stripping in this case. This is because this process’s absence would mean the dog’s
coat won’t be fluffy with trimming or clipping.