Fudge here is a lovely little Jack Russell Border Terrier cross who came to us this week in need of a tidy up. This was her first time with a groomer and she was surprisingly well behaved. Even though this was her first time, her coat was in very good condition, largely due to the care and attention of her owners who clearly spend a lot of time making sure she’s comfortable.
Because of her short hair type, Fudge’s owner asked for her to be hand stripped. This is a process whereby dead hair is carefully removed before it gets a chance to fall out naturally all over the owner’s carpet. It also encourages a new wiry coat to grow through. It’s different to a normal furminate, which just removes loose hair, in that it also means removing dead rooted hair. It may sound painful and damaging but it really isn’t. Dog hair doesn’t grow like ours so removing it at this stage isn’t at all painful. Fudge seemed to enjoy the attention and even lay down for most of it.
A good treatment frequency for a dog with Fudge’s coat type is around every 8 weeks but for one that’s as well maintained between grooms as she is this, could easily be extended to 12 or longer. Hopefully we’ll see little Fudge again in a few months’ time. She’s always welcome!