Finger Plucking the Coat

Finger plucking is useful for both stripped and clipped coats.  

Carding is done 1-4 times to remove dead undercoat.  

Finger plucking, done after carding,  is gripping a few hairs at a time and pulling with the grain to remove loose topcoat.  I test pluck every few days, if it comes out easily, it’s ready.  If not I wait a few more days.  Finger plucking should not hurt, a dog should be able to tolerate 15-30 minute sessions with no problem.

Always card or pluck before bathing.  Clean hair is slippery!  To get a better grip some people use grooming chalk and/or finger cots.


If you follow this schedule with a clipped coat the skin and hair will be healthier and they will have to be clipped less frequently. They will retain better color and will resemble a hand stripped look with less effort.