Insight by Lesley Roberts
A correct Jack Russell Terrier coat is hard, dense and lies close to the body, whether it’s rough, broken or smooth. In order to bring a terrier coat into good condition with the exception of the smooth, the coat should be plucked or stripped it will then take six to eight weeks to regrow. When grooming a pet dog this can be done 2 or 3 times a year when the coat is shedding the coat comes out very easily and quickly. Plucking involves using your fingers or a stripping knife, a course knife for the body, medium knife for the neck and shoulders, and a fine blade for head and ears. (Most pet supply shops carry stripping knives). If at all possible use your fingers as this does not cut the coat in any way, use a little chalk on your fingers or through the coat to get a better grip pulling a few hairs at a time. If using a knife for the stripping process, the knife is grasped in the hand, taking a few hairs between the thumb and knife blade, and giving a sharp pull. Dogs that have never been stripped before will take a little getting used to the process, so it’s best to do a little each day instead of covering the whole dog in a short time. The knife should be parallel to the dog’s body to avoid leaving chop marks in the coat.