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Grooming Basics: All About Hand Stripping
Dog grooming refers to both the hygienic care and cleaning of a dog , as well as a process by which a dog's physical appearance is enhanced for showing or other types of competition. A dog groomer or simply "groomer" is a person who earns their living grooming dogs. Grooming is a vital part in the well-being and healthiness of a dog, which can improve its quality of life. How much grooming a dog needs depends on its breed, age, and health. Regular grooming helps to ensure the dog is healthy and comfortable. While many dogs shed , others such as the poodle , do not shed as profusely and require grooming every weeks.
Hand stripping is a grooming process that involves removing dead hairs from the coat by hand instead of clipping to keep the coat tidy and healthy. Completed twice a year in spring and autumn, it speeds up the natural process of growth and moulting. True hand stripping is precisely that — the groomer plucks the outer guard hairs from the coat entirely by hand when the coat is blown.
For some dogs, regular grooming means nothing more than brushing a few times a week. For other dogs, however, grooming is a little more complicated. Some dogs have a coat that requires a specific grooming method called hand stripping. But what is hand stripping?