|Barked: Sun Aug 10, '08 5:58am PST |
|With Uschi we have decided not to clip her, instead we are going to strip as one might do with a show dog. Yes, supposedly the process is unnecessary for a dog that's nothing more than a pet, but with the amount of time she spends outside she needs her all of her fur intact and when winter comes we want her to be nice and warm.
So far we've stripped her once, in the Spring, and I was wondering if doing it just once a year would be acceptable.
Right now we're brushing her a little bit every other day or so because some of her fluffy fur seems to be coming out, in what I assume is a normal bit of shedding for the season. She doesn't have as much new fur coming in as she did in the Spring (in the Spring she also lost the last of her puppy fur, so that might explain why there was so much hair that had to go then).
Is it necessary to strip her twice a year, or is good grooming all year long and stripping once in the Spring enough? I don't want to leave her with short hair right before it's supposed to get cold.
Our goal is not to make her look perfect, as you can see in her profile picture, we just want to do what is most comfortable for her.
And hopefully stripping is the right term for what you do to Schnauzers, otherwise I'm looking like a total idiot here (I'm not though, I sort of know what I'm doing, it's just that I'm teaching myself to do it with on help from professionals).
Edited by author Sun Aug 10, '08 6:03am PST
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