Hand stripping advice for newbie

Grooming is an important part of looking after your Schnauzer. Regular grooming will help keep your Schnauzer healthy and comfortable and you will spot potential problems early. Whether you decide to clip or strip your Schnauzer, help is on hand. Schnauzers are generally a non-shedding breed and will require a fair amount of grooming to get rid of dead hair.
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Hand stripping advice for newbie

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I was hoping to get some advice about hand stripping my parents 7 year old miniature schnauzer. They took him to the groomer every 2-3 months but since moving house they no longer have contact. I've been interested in learning how to groom him for a while and began looking at some youtube videos on hand stripping. I'm using a hand stripping stone but noticed his skin starting to show through in patches around his neck/shoulder area (his hair was very thick around that area). The groomer always hand stripped him and he has a wiry texture, but I don't notice any soft fluffy undercoat on him, is that normal? I'm so confused about it all :((

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Re: Hand stripping advice for newbie

Post by Dawnspell »

Hi and Welcome
2 Ways to use the stone. Dragging it along in the direction of coat growth gets out loose hairs and undercoat out. Using it like you would a knife to grasp the hair between thumb and stone to pull out wire hair.
The thin patches is just you working too long on one area and removing too much hair. You do become more even in your pulling as you practice just try not to stay on one bit too long.
In my experience the undercoat is thickest from behind the ears to the shoulder blade, around the tail area and the body where it joins with the thigh if that makes sense. Jasper doesnt have a lot of undercoat I only really card (the name of process of removing undercoat) the areas I've mentioned and occasionally down his spine. His sides I dont touch at all.
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