At Barking Betty we specialise in hand-stripping or stripping, this is the process which is used on wire coats and some silky coats to maintain the correct colour and texture. The technique involves pulling away the dead hair out of the coat of a dog, either by using a stripping knife or the fingers. A hard, wiry coat has a cycle where it starts growing and then sheds as it reaches maximum length. Hand-stripping coordinates the shedding and makes room for a new coat to grow. When the top coat is removed a dense, deep colour, soft undercoat is revealed. Stripping is the proper grooming method for most terriers. If done correctly at the right time of the hair growth the procedure is painless. Many dogs are reported to enjoy having their hair stripped, especially when they are introduced to it as puppies.

If not hand-stripped from the first grooming session hard coated dogs will change their coat into a soft hair type and the colour will fade. The process can start at 6 or 8 months and than can be carried out every 4-6 months.

If you have a wire coat dog who has been incorrectly groomed i.e. clipped rather than hand stripped it may be possible to help the coat recover its hardness and colour by using a grooming process called ‘Carding’ which is the reverse to hand stripping, it removes the soft under-coat and promotes regrowth of the original one.

Prices start from £50 for hand stripping.

For dog stripping in Camberwell, Vauxhall, Battersea, Brixton and Stockwell call Barking Betty
on 07854118700
Barking Betty recently moved from our long established home in Battersea to provide dog grooming in Camberwell as well as dog walking, dog boarding and dog day care.

Camberwell in the South London borough of Southwark is a vibrant Victorian neighbourhood, home to the campus of the University of the Arts London, which is fitting with our pop-art themed website. As well an electric mix of food outlets and now being home to the famous Barking Betty) Camberwell has a fine selection of parks such as Riversdale Park, Willison Park and Cooper Reserve.

The higher ground was a strategic roman encampment. Camberwell is mentioned in the Domesday Book as being owned by Ham, half-brother to William the Conqueror. In addition to featuring a church, it was a farming village surrounded by woods and fields. At the time, though not renowned for having an excellent dog walking and dog grooming business it did boast land for ploughing and corn, 63 acres for cows, and woods that fed 60 pigs!


Do you wish you could groom your own dog like a professional?

Why not learn at Barking Betty. Contact us for more information.


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