The wiry coated terriers will require periodic stripping or plucking, probably two or three times a year, to keep the coat free from tangles and hard in texture. Left untrimmed, the hair grows long and thick, making the dog quite uncom fortable. Also, he looks rather like a stray instead of a stylish, well tended pet.
With a stripping knife or dull penknife held between thumb and forefinger, you can pluck out loosening hairs as the terrier coat is cast. You might do better, however, to take a few lessons in the art or to let a professional pet groomer do the job. If you wish to take care of the coat yourself, you can purchase trimming guides and charts containing excellent di rections for each breed at your pet supply store. You can also buy the right tools to do the job properly.
Certain breedsPoodles, Cocker Spaniels, and Bichons Frises especiallyrequire clipping and scissoring expertise, and an amateur may have a difficult time making his dog look right. There are hundreds of hairdos for Poodlesthe English Saddle, the Continental, the Dutch, the Sweetheart, for exampleeach one finishing off the dog with a radically different outline. It is a big job, to be sure; the Poodle has a wealth of coat which must be taken off in some places, left on in others, and shaped according to the particular pattern pre ferred. Better have this done at the canine beauty shop, then later, perhaps, take a few lessons from a professional in the accepted manner of doing the work yourself.