I have some questions regarding tools to card out/strip out the fluffy undercoat on terriers specifically.
My hands/fingers can't take much plucking by hand, so I use coat kings, stripping knives and the lava rock stones. They seem to do a good job of getting out a lot of undercoat....I do four cairn terriers this way. They only come in every 3-4 months or so though. I am noticing that their coats are not growing in as harsh as I would like to see them...they are still rather soft and silky...with a rough coated patch across the topline.
Is it that the dogs are not being done enough...or am I not getting out the coat correctly? How can I tell?
Also wondering if the shampoo softens the coat. I bathe after I card the bulk out. The bath seems to get the rest of the loose coat.
Also, just in the past two days I have had two people call looking to have their terriers stripped/carded. One person wants to take up "hand plucking" at home but just wants me to get some bulk out through carding the dog for them. (schauzers...they had been getting clippered)
another person just left a message wanting her pet Norfolk stripped as her last groomer just quit. I would love the opportunity to work on these dogs....but my question is...can I achieve good results "carding" with CKs and stripping knives and lava stones? How often should the dogs been seen if they want that harsh coat? (keep in mind I CANNOT hand pluck)