The Terrier Mix
The terrier mixes that often come into salons can offer groomers a great opportunity to develop their hand-stripping skills.
River is a typical cute terrier mix that could come through the door of any grooming shop. A dog like this could be clipped with either a snap-on comb or blade, but I decide to see if he is willing to tolerate being hand-stripped. I choose to hand-strip as much as I can to keep the texture and color of the coat intact. This is also a great dog for groomers who are interested in hand-stripping but may not have the confidence to take on a full breed hand strip just yet, as it will allow you to practice the skill. gb
Step 1: Bathe
Wash the dog in a texturizing shampoo.
Step 2: Force Dry
Use a high-velocity dryer to remove as much water from the coat as possible.
Step 3: Finish Drying
Finish drying the coat using a stand dryer and a slicker brush.
Step 4: Clip Pads
Using a #40 blade, clip the hair from between the pads of the feet.
Step 5: Sanitary Trim
Using a #10 blade, clip the sanitary areas.
Step 6: Clip Nails & Clean Ears
Clip the nails and swab the ears clean.
Step 7: Hand-Stripping
Hand-strip as much of the long hairs from the coat as the dog will tolerate.
Step 8: Carding
Using a carding tool, remove undercoat.
Step 9: Clean Up Long Hair
Use thinning shears to remove any long hair from the legs and belly that the dog would not tolerate being pulled.
Step 10: Trim Feet
Pick each foot up and trim around it. Place each foot back on the table and round.
Step 11: Trim Eye Corners
Using either a #10 blade or thinning shears, clip the inside corners of the eyes.
Step 12: Trim Ears
Using a #10 blade, clip the inside and outside of the ears. Keep the ear flat against your hand and mind the skin flap on the inner ear flat.
Step 13: Finish Ears
Edge the ears.
Step 14: Trim Face
Use a #4 snap-on comb against the grain to clean up the dog’s mohawk, brows and cheeks.
Step 15: Trim Top of Head
Comb everything on top of the head, including the mohawk, forward and trim so nothing will fall down into the eyes.
Step 16: Finish Top of Head
Comb the mohawk up and shape with thinning shears.
Step 17: Trim Beard
Use thinning shears to shape the beard and trim to the desired length.
Professional groomer Anne Francis is a grooming competitor and speaker. She works at The Village Groomer in Walpole, Mass.
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