How to groom dog with wiry hair – wire haired dog grooming demonstration


This is Lucy, a two year old West Highland
White Terrier – a typical example of a wire coated breed . She;s about to have a grooming
makeover in the hands of a real expert. Jitka Krizova is one of Europe’s top dog groomers. Sasha is enjoying herself. Originally from Slovakia, she now lives and
works in Britain. She’s been showing and grooming dogs for 20 years and has won an impressive
array of awards. British Groomer of the Year Award 2006, Eurogroom winner three times in
a row and in 2011 she clipped and snipped her way to the World Championships as a member
of Groom Team England. Jitka’s sharing her champion tips and techniques to help you keep
your dog in pristine condition. Lucy just had a bath in special whitening
shampoo, and you can see her coat is nice and shiny and pearly white. Now she’s ready
for brush and dry. Other breeds with coats like Lucy’s include
Airedale Terriers, Cairn Terriers, Welsh Terriers, Border Terriers and Schnauzers. So the grooming
techniques are similar. Wire coats aren’t supposed to be soft and
silky they’re more rough and bristly. These breeds are a great choice if you’re house
proud or an allergy sufferer because their coats don’t shed. You don’t need to use a professional dryer
– any hairdryer will do. But make sure the temperature is on a low heat and always brush
in the direction of your dog’s coat. Jitka is using a soft slicker brush that will
grab the soft downy undercoat. Slicker brushes are simple to use but require a gentle hand. After drying I’m going to hand strip Lucy’s
coat. Hand stripping keeps coat harsh and in good colour. Hand stripping as the name suggests involves
plucking by hand. This will stimulate your dog’s skin allowing healthy new hair to grow
in. The other option is to have your dog clipped
but that’s not always the best solution as it will leave the coat soft and curly. Hand stripping looks very easy, but it’s quite
tricky to do. Also hand stripping is very time consuming. Basic hand strip can be done
at home, but to achieve correct shape and coat it’s better to visit a professional dog
groomer. Wire haired breeds like Lucy should be hand
stripped every six to twelve weeks. Just as we feel better after a good haircut dogs enjoy
the feeling of being clean and tidy. If you want to keep your Westie in full coat
like Lucy’s here, you have to remember to put a lot of effort into its grooming. But
as you can see, it’s worth it. In between grooming sessions it’s important
to wash and brush your dog regularly, trim her nails every four to six weeks and check
her ears are healthy weekly. All that coupled with a good diet and plenty of exercise should
give you a happy and healthy dog.

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4 Responses

  1. Debbie W. says:

    She may be the worlds best groomer, but is freaking oblivious to the hair that makes it difficult for this poor little dog. How would she like it if she hair all up and around her eyes, and took away her ability to brush away the hair. Dogs aren't able to get the hair away from their faces. I thought for sure the after pic would show how she groomed his face. Nothing short of cruel.

  2. Dottie says:

    She showed but she didn't teach.  i'm not a fan.

  3. Jacky Waldon says:

    Now I see why that you're grooming is impeccable.

  4. Michelle Mika says:

    What kind of comb is that to hand strip?

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