Tip: Using the stripping knife
Do not bath your dog prior to stripping as you will not be able to get a good grip on the hair. Use white block grooming chalk on the area you will be pulling for a better grip.
Grasp the hair between your thumb and the knife. Hold the knife perpendicular to the dog (note illustration) and grasp the hair as close to the roots as possible, trapping the hair between the stripping knife teeth and your thumb and pull in the direction of the lay of the coat. Use an arm and shoulder pulling movement, not a wrist action. If you flex your wrist, you will cut rather than pull the hairs with the knife. Compare the hairs being removed from the finger stripping and knife stripping. If you are plucking, the hair is of uneven length. If you are cutting, the hair will be even in length. Remember to work a small area at a time until the entire outer coat has been removed.
Written and Illustrated by Arden Ross
|These grooming articles originally appeared in Terrier Type Magazine. We have included three of those articles, but they cover the most important aspects. Although these were written for the Wire Fox Terrier, the same basic techniques will apply to most long legged terriers (Airedale, Welsh, Lakeland, etc.) with some minor differences. I hope everyone will find these instructions useful.
Written by Dan Kiedrowski
This grooming article is the copyright of Dan Kiedrowski; publisher of Terrier Type, and Schnauzer Shorts magazines. It is reprinted here with his permission. The article is from the booklet "The New You and Your Schnauzer". Illustrations are by Denis Shaw.
This is an excellent article on grooming Schnauzers. For those who are new to stripping, this series of articles offer useful information about stripping techniques, regardless of breed.
Basic Grooming Equipment
items are our suggested basic grooming equipment and supplies. They
can be purchased from pet supply stores. Check our Links
page for some Pet supply stores.
||Grooming Table and Arm.
||Stripping knives. (see recommendations)
||Palm pad brush.
||Kwik-Stop (stops bleeding on toenails).
||White block grooming chalk.
||Hound glove (single or double-sided).
||Boric Powder. (for irritated skin).