|Barked: Fri Mar 15, '13 12:08am PST |
|I am no pro but I stripped Raymond, an extra large JRT. I strip Maxwell, a 13 year old spaniel mix, well really card because I am mostly removing undercoat but the undercoat is on top which is ugly and needs to be gone. Carding is removing undercoat, stripping is removing the hard top coat.
The reason your breeder told you to wait is only old hair is pulled out. It really doesn't hurt if done when the hair is ready to go. You are simply taking it out before it falls out on its own.
Since I don't have experience with a wire coated pup I cannot be sure but just keep your pup brushed out often in preparation for whatever finishing touches you decide to do and when you are seeing a lot of long hairs coming out it may be time to start working on the coat.
It will cost a lot of money to have your pup done properly as it is time consuming and not many groomers are willing to tire their hands to do this. It may not need to be done as often as clipping a poodle though.
JRT don't have much of a pattern to set so wouldn't be hard to do. I know there is a particular order and timing for stripping for showing a dog but for a pet dog mostly you pull out the long hairs weekly and the dog stays neat and looks like a terrier.
Raymond came to me with a huge mane and puff of a tail as a young adult dog and all that was gone in a short session before I knew anything about stripping. He was quite intolerant of handling and I was able to do this the first week he was here [cookies, lots of cookies]. That old fur was so ready to come out! The only area he didn't care to have hair pulled on was his undercarriage but lucky for me there was little fur there any way so I used scissors to neaten him up.
My tools are a Mars Coat King which pulls undercoat on Max beautifully and the Furminator which does the same on a short haired dog. Both will cut the hair rather than pull it if you don't watch out. They are expensive and probably not needed. Then I use a cheap $5 stripper to help grab hair to actually strip, a grooming stone to pull out the really dead stuff, a short blunt tipped stripper for close in work on legs and unfortunately my fingers. They get so tired! The stone is particularly useful as it doesn't hurt the dog and they aren't worried about its use. I did once rub Max's bony ankle to the skin though! The stone is a coarse and soft pumice that wears away in time, I am on maybe my 3-4 stone in 14 years of grooming my dogs.
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