Hand Stripping

Hand stripping is a grooming process that involves removing dead hairs from the coat by hand instead of clipping.

This not only keeps the coat tidy and healthy but your dog will retain its glorious colour.  The process is precisely that..... we pluck the outer guard hairs from the coat entirely by hand and this takes time.  Your hand stripping appointment will be a total of 3 hours of grooming with a few small water and wee breaks.  It includes nails, hygiene, pads, bath and a final tidy up. 

Hand Stripping is priced per hour.  Small (up to 10kg) $60 per hour  Med  (11-20kg) $70 per hour

As we only strip pets and not show dogs there may be areas that are very sensitive.  Normally around their bums and bits, sometimes faces too.  We will scissor only when we have to and discuss it with you.

What is hand stripping?

Hand stripping targets the older hairs.  As the hair ages the roots become weaker and weaker and these older dull hairs are easy to pull out.  By doing so it leaves room for new stronger hairs to grow through.  Its not like plucking your eyebrows!  This ensures that the coat will have a fuller, shinier texture and a more vibrant colour.

It’s recommended for wire coated dogs instead of clipping or scissor cutting because rather than removing old hairs these methods simply cut the old dull hairs meaning new hairs don’t have the room to grow through.

When should I get my puppy stripped?

The earlier you get your puppy used to grooming the better.  We suggest booking a Wash & Tidy grooming service say at about 4 or 5 months.  Book a Wash & Tidy here.   We will get them used to being handled and use a de shedding rake and carding knife.  This is a great start to not only get them used to being groomed but help promote more layers.