Save up to £5 on Grooming when booked with another service
Wash, Dry & Full Groom from £25 per dog
This includes ears, claws & Anal glands
Full Clipping / Dematting from £15
Ears, Face, Sanitary & Paw Trim from £15
Clip Claws £10
Anal Glands Expression £10
FURminator & Deshedding from £10 per dog
All other breeds
Coat Stripping (by blade) from £15 per dog
Spaniels, Setters and simular coated breeds
Ear Plucking £8
Ear Cleaning £5
Hand Stripping £15 per 30 minutes
At The Pet Nurse we do offer Hand Stripping as a service. If you own a wire (or broken) coated gun dog, terrier or hound your breeder may have told you that your dog's coat will need hand stripping. There are several factors to take into account if you are considering getting your dog hand stripped as opposed to clipped or scissored. It is recommended that you read this information to gain a better understanding of what hand stripping involves and to help you decide if it is suitable for your dog. If you decide you would like to have your dog stripped then you will need to make an appointment for a consultation so we can assess your dog's coat prior to your grooming appointment.
What is Hand stripping? Wire coated breeds should have double coats consisting of coarse wiry top coat (the guard coat) and a soft undercoat. The hand stripping process involves plucking out the coarse guard coat by hand using a stripping knife or fingers. The removal of this top coat allows the new growth to come through keeping the correct colour and texture of the coat. If the coat is clipped or scissored as opposed to being hand stripped then the deep colours of the coat may become pale and the texture will soften.
Can all harsh coated breeds be hand stripped? No. There are several reasons why it may not be possible to hand strip your dog. If your dog is neutered, has been previously clipped, has a skin complaint or just does not have the correct coat type then hand stripping probably will not be possible.
How often will it need doing? To keep a hand stripped coat correctly is an ongoing and time consuming job. Ideally the coat would need some stripping on a weekly basis. This is the only way to ensure the coat has the correct coarse texture at all times. This is a process is called 'rolling' the coat where only part of the coat is removed each session allowing the coat to grow in layers keeping the texture at all times. An alternative method is to strip the whole guard coat in one go, leaving nothing but soft undercoat. This is known as taking the coat 'down to the underwear'. It doesn't give the desired result as the coat should have a harsh protective layer at all times, but as it would only need doing 3 or 4 times a year is much more practical for most owners.
We frequently get asked the questions "Whats a teddy cut? Whats a traditional cut? and What would best suit my dog" so this section is dedicated to answering those questions!
The Teddy Cut
The teddy cut is often used on Westies, Shih Tzu's, Lhasas, Yorkies and Cocker Spaniels and basically means that all the fur is cut to the same shortish length with the head being hand styled. The teddy cut is also used on Poodles and Bichons whose owners do not want them looking too fluffy or "poodley"
The Traditional Cut
The traditional cut is when the dog is trimmed to look like its breed standard (although usually more of a pet version) so for dogs such as Westies, Cocker's and Yorkies the back is clipped and the back legs, front feathers, skirts, chest and bum fluff is all scissored into style, again the head is hand styled.
As all dogs and all owners are different there are many variations of each cut. Many owners like a complete teddy where all the face and often the tail fur is clipped to the same length of the body, we do a few traditional cuts where the skirt is removed or the bum fluff taken very short. Cavaliers have many different styles ranging from just a bath and feet trim to full teddy with everything in between.
Which Style for My Dog?
Before we can decide what style will best suit your dog you need to ask yourself some questions.
How much time a day can you dedicate to grooming your dog? If you can spare up to an hour a day then any style will be OK but if you cannot groom your dog in between his visits to us then he may be better with the teddy style.
Whats your dogs lifestyle? If you have a dog that likes nothing better than rolling in fox poo or walking for miles in mud and rain than a traditional style might not be the best choice.
What is your dogs fur like? Like humans all dogs have different types of hair, even two dogs from the same breed can have completely different fur. If your dog has very thick fur a teddy cut will probably be best as it is easier to manage and less likely to matt, if your dog has very thin fur a teddy is not usually a good idea as even with the longest blade the dog can sometimes end up looking like a pink pig!
If you are unsure what style would best suit your dog we are more that happy to discuss the options at the beginning of your appointment.