The best way to groom a border terrier is by plucking out any unruly hairs using your fingers or a stripping knife
Here I will try to explain how to strip the border terrier using the stripping knife. Hope you will find this information useful!
So, here we have a border terrier which needs stripping. We will need stripping knife, clippers with a blade 8 ½ and nail clippers. Make sure the dog was not bathed last few days as it will be hard to pluck the clean hair off as they will just slip out of your fingers, if dog is clean you can use a grooming powder, I usually use the normal baby powder if needed.
As he is a pet dog I normally use clippers for his groin area, it is quite sensitive to strip as you can imagine.
The stripping knife is a small comb with very shallow teeth. I use medium knife with fine teeth. Hold the comb in your dominant hand and collect up small amounts of hair with the comb and your thumb, and then pull out firmly in the direction of the growth. Do not twist or pull up, as this will break the hair off rather than pull it out. Pull it out straight from the root.
I start stripping his head. Start from the eyebrows, strip the ears and strip down to the neck. Remove all the hair as we dont need any forelock or eye brows. Then go down to the scull. We dont need to pluck the hair from under eyes, so imagine that you draw the line from the outside corner of the eye to the outside corner of the mouth, just like that and dont touch that area.
Once you reach the tail go back and start working on the side of the dog down to the chest. Be careful when plucking the hair from the bottom of the chest or under arms, it can be uncomfortable for dog as these areas are very sensitive. Pull only few hair at the time, dont take too much and work careful, watch your dog it will let you know if it's uncomfortable.
When the side is done go to the front and start working just under the chin at the level of the throat and work all the way down to the chest.
Then we are going to the front legs. They are also quite sensitive so please do not rush and take the time, pluck few hair at the time and work all the way down to the toes.
Now we are ready to start stripping the rear legs, using the same technique pluck the hair off the legs down to the toes.
The backside can be very sensitive, so if dog do not tolerate the stripping you can use the thinners, but my dog is as good as gold and I managed to strip everything off.
Then you only have tail to do. Dont strip all the hair off, the tail should be the same thickness over the entire length, so keep this in mind.
You can look on the beard now, remove all the long hair which stick out and just tidy it up. Now the half dog is done and we can see the difference.
It usually takes about 2 hours to strip whole dog, very important to use good quality equipment which do not break or cut the hair, so when you start - look at the hair you just plucked out and see if it's not cut in the middle.
So here is your dog after grooming))
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Aleksandra Bekker (Groom with Love) 2012