Stripping vs Clipping

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Stripping vs Clipping

Post by Dawnflight1984 » Sat Sep 15, 2012 3:13 am

Recently I read that stripping my schnauzer will help with her coat and skin - allowing her skin to breathe, prevent rash and bumps as a result and lead to a generally easier to clean dog because her coat will be more wiry and mat less easily.

My schnauzer has always been clipped since she came home with me at 8 weeks old. She is now 13 months old. The groomer I frequent tells me that stripping is no longer an option because she was not stripped since a young age. Doing so now will hurt her as a result. So I called the groomer my vet recommended. She said that while stripping will be more uncomfortable for my dog the first few times since she's never had it done before, it can be done.

Does anyone strip their double coated dogs? What is your opinion? How often do dogs have to be stripped? Will I have the option to return to clipping if I decide to strip her once or twice to see if it improves her skin issues and all?

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Re: Stripping vs Clipping

Post by Cassidyyorkie » Fri Sep 21, 2012 12:30 pm

I agree with the 2nd groomer. If you are willing to keep up with the stripping, over the long run, it will be much better for your dog. Since she is still a pup, her coat may still be changing anyway.

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Re: Stripping vs Clipping

Post by gwd » Sun Sep 23, 2012 11:54 pm

stripping is always an option. clipping cuts the coat but does nothing to remove the undercoat. which makes the overall ratio of guard hair and undercoat 'off' this is why you've got a softer feel. because the coat is soft it mats more easily and doesn't repel dirt and water the way a correct terrier coat should. it also makes the dog appear lighter in color.

i know terrier folks that use the mars coat king to keep a rolled coat.......it's easy to use and doesn't require the expertise that the traditional stripping knives require.
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Re: Stripping vs Clipping

Post by Dawnflight1984 » Mon Sep 24, 2012 10:27 am

gwd wrote:i know terrier folks that use the mars coat king to keep a rolled coat.......it's easy to use and doesn't require the expertise that the traditional stripping knives require.
How do I use the mars coat king?

Also, today, when I had the chance to speak with my vet, she mentioned that she's not for my dog being stripped for the moment because her immune system is weak. With our superbly hot and humid weather these few months, her weak immune system and bad allergies, it's not too good an idea to strip now because stripping may irritate her skin and cause a flareup. Is there any basis in it or just personal opinion?

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Re: Stripping vs Clipping

Post by gwd » Mon Sep 24, 2012 1:50 pm

Dawnflight1984 wrote:
gwd wrote:i know terrier folks that use the mars coat king to keep a rolled coat.......it's easy to use and doesn't require the expertise that the traditional stripping knives require.
How do I use the mars coat king?

Also, today, when I had the chance to speak with my vet, she mentioned that she's not for my dog being stripped for the moment because her immune system is weak. With our superbly hot and humid weather these few months, her weak immune system and bad allergies, it's not too good an idea to strip now because stripping may irritate her skin and cause a flareup. Is there any basis in it or just personal opinion?
hand plucking might irratate her skin but the coat king shouldn't bother her........

demo on how to use: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rX3ri4gc21E

examples of different breeds results: http://www.groomersmall.com/ck_results.htm
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Re: Stripping vs Clipping

Post by Dawnflight1984 » Mon Sep 24, 2012 5:38 pm

gwd wrote:hand plucking might irratate her skin but the coat king shouldn't bother her........

demo on how to use: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rX3ri4gc21E

examples of different breeds results: http://www.groomersmall.com/ck_results.htm
Thanks! It looks amazing. Oreo's coat is now merely the soft, fluffy and thin undercoat. Will the coat king work still?

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Re: Stripping vs Clipping

Post by gwd » Mon Sep 24, 2012 7:51 pm

Dawnflight1984 wrote:
gwd wrote:hand plucking might irratate her skin but the coat king shouldn't bother her........

demo on how to use: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rX3ri4gc21E

examples of different breeds results: http://www.groomersmall.com/ck_results.htm
Thanks! It looks amazing. Oreo's coat is now merely the soft, fluffy and thin undercoat. Will the coat king work still?
it should. there are other mars stripping (actually it's carding) combs that also are good for the fluffy undercoat.

the mars 99M330 is what i use on my springers for getting rid of the fluffy undercoat

http://marsgroomingproducts.com.au/mars ... age-2.html

with both products, you hold the skin a bit with one hand so that the skin doesn't move with the comb, and of course you'll want to kinda be extra cautious over boney areas like shoulder and hip areas.....just as you would with a regular comb.
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Re: Stripping vs Clipping

Post by Dawnflight1984 » Sat Sep 29, 2012 9:29 pm

Thank you!

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Re: Stripping vs Clipping

Post by ClareMarsh » Sun Sep 30, 2012 8:53 am

I don't know anything about dogs that need stripping but I can tell you that the only time Ted has had very slightly flaky skin was when he shed his winter coat last year. Once I started grooming him every day with a hamster rubber curry comb (I kid you not :lol: ) which pulled out all the soft undercoat that was ready for shedding the dry skin disappeared, it was almost as if his skin wasn't breathing like it needed to. So I would say if you can remove undercoat in a safe way it may help :D
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