The Handstripping Guidebook

The Handstripping Guidebook

A 70-page digital guidebook that walks you through the handstripping process.

Download to your phone, iPad, or laptop so you always have quick access.

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What's Inside

70 Pages Jam-Packed

Katlin breaks down the entire process of handstripping with picture guides and step-by-step instructions.

The Best Tools For The Job

Learn exactly what each handstripping tool is used for, and which ones you'll need to get the best results (without spending too much). I include a list of all my favorite tools.

A Perfect Reference Guide

Each page is filled with quick tips and guides to help you along with handstripping. Including visual guides for five common handstripped breeds.

Meet Your Instructor

Katlin is a certified master groomer through Pets Icon Grooming Academy and a certificated Veterinarian Technical assistant.

She has been grooming professionally since 2012, and has been competing in handstrip since 2017.

Most recently, Katlin was awarded #1st place in Mastergroom UK 2021 intermediate hand strip, And #3 in Mastergroom Canada 2019.

Katlin started her career in Vet Clinics as a certified Veterinarian Technical Assistant, working in emergency, exotics, and general practice for 8 years.

Combined, Katlin has 15 years of experience working with pets in care and grooming. 

Sneak Peek:

Each page and chapter has been carefully crafted to give you the most essential information needed. I’ll show you how I handstrip each dog that comes into my salon. 

Here’s what you can find inside:

Chapter 1: Handstripping 101

  • Terminology
  • What is Handstripping?
  • Nature Vs. Nurture
  • Hair Growth Stages
  • Wire Hair Anatomy
  • Which Dog Breeds Can Get Handstripped?
  • Can My Mixed Breed Get Handstripped?
  • Recovering Coat After Being Clipped

Chapter 2: Handstripping Tools

  • Tools List
  • Chalk and Powders
  • Carding Knives and Rakes
  • Combs, Palm Pads, Banded Combs
  • Brushes and Finger Cots
  • Stripping Knives
  • How to Dull Your Knives
  • Stripping Stones
  • Watching for Defective and Broken Tools

Chapter 3: Safety Checklist

  • Pre-groom Safety Checklist
    • Can this dog get handstripped?
    • Tool Inspection
    • What to watch for while stripping
    • When to stop
    • Bathing after a handstrip

Chapter 4: Technique

  • Carding and Undercoat
  • How to prevent cutting coat
  • Rolled Coat
  • Stone Technique
  • Knife Technique and Movements

Chapter 5: Removing Coat

  • Prep Work
  • Carding
  • Stripping the Jacket
  • Stripping the Legs
  • Stripping the Ears and Beards
  • The Face
  • Rolling the Coat
  • Flatwork
  • When / Where to clip

Chapter 6: Visual Reference Guide - Breed Standards

  • Wirehaired Dachshund
  • Border Terrier
  • Jack Russell Terrier
  • Schnauzer
  • Wirefox Terrier
  • Airdale Terrier
  • Welsh Terrier

Chapter 7: Wrap Up

  • After the Handstrip (and scheduling the next one)
  • How to Get Better and Faster
  • My Personal Tool List

How Much Does it Cost?

The Handstripping Guidebook

$ 34 USD
  • Instant Access to the 70-page PDF Guidebook
  • Lifetime Ownership - No download limits
  • Taught by Award-Winning and Certified Hand Stripping Groomer

How It Works

The Handstripping Guidebook is a digital eBook as a PDF file. You can download and access it any time from your web browser, phone, tablet, or laptop. Once downloaded the book is yours for life.

The information is organized carefully into modules so your learning is self-paced. Enjoy learning today, next week, or next year.

This guidebook features 60 pages of lessons broken up into 7 chapters, all packed with my years worth of career knowledge.

I explain the tools you’ll use, safety precautions, how to keep your dog comfortable, my favorite quick tips, and  visual guides


Most frequent questions and answers

This is a digital PDF file that you view from your phone, tablet, or computer.

This way you’ll get instant access and no shipping fees.

Printed copies may become available in the future.

After purchase we will send you instructions on how to download the file to your computer, phone, or iPad.

Once downloaded, you will need an app to view the file.

Most devices come with an app already prepared so you can view the book immediately. Click or tap on the file and it should open.

If you are having difficulty, please refer to the instructions for your device below:

iPad and iPhone instructions

Windows Instructions

Android Instructions


Most Terrier Breeds and Wirecoated breeds are required to be hand stripped. If you are unsure you can see the full list of breeds here, or join the handstrip facebook group and post a picture of your dog to receive grooming advice.

This book is an excellent reference guide, filled with all of my best tips and tricks.

While our guidebook covers all the basics – If you have never handstripped before then I recommend watching some videos or contacting a groomer for a few quick lessons on proper hand movements.

You may also want to check out our Handstripping Masterclass which is a 5-hour video lesson on handstripping.

To get started with handstripping you’ll need a few essential tools.

It’s possible to handstrip with just using your hands, but I highly recommend beginner and intermediate groomers make use of specific tools.

I recommend a set of stripping knives, carding knife, chalk, and a rake. We go over these in detail in the course.

Think of these as a valuable investment for saving time and providing the best possible results.

If you’re just grooming your pet at home you can handstrip on the couch, floor, bed, or wherever is comfortable. It will leave behind some hair so I recommend laying down a blanket or towel first. Or try hand stripping outdoors if it’s nice out.

If you’re unsatisfied please contact us within 30 days of purchase. We can help answer any questions or make improvements to the guidebook  – You can reach us at

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