Using a stripping knife

Probably the easiest way to strip a dog's coat — that yields pretty good results — is stripping it with a stripping knife. Stripping knives are not truly knives and should never be sharp enough to cut or otherwise injure the person using it. Instead a stripping knife looks something like a putty knife that a plumber might use, except it has short teeth on one side.

Using a stripping knife is pretty simple. Run the knife through a bit of your dog's hair by grasping some of the hair between your thumb (the one on the hand in which you're holding the knife) and the knife blade (see Figure 12-3) and then pulling the knife away from your dog's body and in the direction of the hair growth. Don't hold the hair too firmly, or you end up yanking out too much good hair. Just pull out the loose hairs. Repeat this step throughout your dog's coat.

Stripping Knife

■xjABEfl The stripping knife doesn't work as well as hand stripping, but if you're short vf on time or have a big dog, it does a pretty good job. Remember, time is rela-

( ilCi ) tive here. Stripping with a stripping knife still takes a lot of time, but because it takes more hair out than hand stripping, it's faster.

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