Star Barks we specialise in Hand Stripping. We own and groom
the Italian Spinone for show and understand the more complex
methods involved in achieving the correct coat presentation.
This method of grooming is carried out less and less in pet
grooming salons as a result of time restrictions or a lack
of good training.
I would always suggest you question your groomer as I've previously
worked with groomers who have used tools such as de-shedders,
Coat Kings etc, this is NOT hand stripping and will ruin the
texture of the coat.
coats are hand stripped for three reasons; to maintain the
harsh correct texture, to keep a rich colour and to maintain
the dogs skin. Before you consider hand stripping you need
to consider the factors below.
Is the dog neutered?
a dog will change its hormones and therefore over time it
may affect the coat. Although this is not always the case,
their coats may eventually become softer and harder to strip
out once they have been neutered.
old is the dog? - As dogs age, their hormones will
change and again this can affect the texture of the coat meaning
it may become softer and harder to strip.
the dog been clipped in the past? - If your dog has
been clipped in the past then it is likely that the coat texture
has already changed and has become softer. It is sometime
possible, with a lot of work, to bring these coats back to
a hand strip coat but it will take a lot of time, effort and
expense. Having said that, I have found a lot of my clients
keep their harsh coat texture even after being clipped and
I have still been able to strip them successfully, it all
depends on the individuals coat.
technique for hand stripping involves pulling out the dead
top coat using finger and thumb only to leave a more natural
look than clipping. We do NOT cheat by using Coat Kings or
Furminators here. .It should be carried out on breeds with
wire coats to maintain the correct coat texture and colour.
Dogs should be stripped every 6-16 weeks, depending on their
To note: If we are hand stripping your
dog we will not be bathing him/her. This is because of the
risk of causing post-grooming furunculosis as stripping will
open the pores. The dogs wellbeing is our main priority here
so there will be no exceptions.
free to speak to us about your dogs individual needs and what
would suit your and your dogs lifestyle.
Please click the link below to download our T&C's
These must be read & understood and all bookings are subject
are accepted by Cash Only
or by bank transfer at least 24 hours in advance (non-refundable)
BY BOOKING AN APPOINTMENT YOU AGREE
TO THESE CHARGES
Fleas and Ticks
If your dog is found to have either fleas or ticks during
the grooming session you will be charged an additional £10
to cover the cost of treating the premises, the equipment
& the expensive of cancelling & re-arranging the rest
of the days clients.
If your dog is matted in any area of the coat, you will be
charged an extra £10. However, we will only allow a
maximum of 30 minutes de-matting time before we feel that
it becomes unnecessarily cruel to continue and then we either
clip the matts off or you have the option to continue the
de-matting at home.
If you are unable to keep your appointment it is the owners
responsibility to let us know as soon as possible. If you
give less than 48 hours notice a cancellation fee of 50% of
the full groom cost will be payable. If you “no show”
then the full amount of the groom will be payable.
Please ensure you collect your pet at the arranged time, please
call immediately if you are running late. Whilst I do allow
reasonable leeway, a late sitting fee of £5 per 15 minutes
will be added to the cost of the groom.
How often should I get my dog groomed?
A: I am frequently asked this question and generally I would
recommend every 6-10 weeks. If hand stripping, keeping on
top of it on a regular basis makes it much easier on both
the dog and me! It also depends on how you want your dog to
look - if you like them shorter then bring them more often,
if you prefer the shaggy look then you can leave it longer,
however, please don't forget to comb them thoroughly at least
twice a week to prevent any matting between appointments.
At what age can I bring my puppy to you?
A: As long as they've had their vaccinations and are able
to go out for walks we can accept them for grooming, this
is usually from 12 weeks of age. The sooner you can bring
your puppy the better.
How long will it take to groom my dog?
A: This will depend on your dogs breed, size, temperament
and condition of the coat. On average it takes around 2 hours.
Q: My dog is in season/ just been neutered/pregnant, can they
still be groomed?
A: Bitches in season can still be groomed as long as they
feel comfortable and you have informed me prior to arriving.
Neutered dogs/spayed bitches must wait at least 2 weeks post-op
to allow the wound to close and tenderness to reduce. I will
not groom any pregnant bitches as there can be a substantial
risk to the unborn puppies. I will happily groom your bitch
once the puppies have been weaned.
Q: Can I stay with my dog at the parlour?
A: No sorry. Dogs tend to settle a lot easier when their owners
have left. When you leave the dog with us we will take a contact
number and call you when your dog is ready for collection.
I'm travelling a considerable distance, what can I do whilst
A: I am lucky enough to have customers from all over the country,
from Yorkshire to Hampshire & everywhere in between. Most
of my customers tend to visit one of the places listed below.
- Shopping village/restaurants/cinema - 4 miles away.
- Farm Shop/restaurant/gifts - 5 miles away.
THE BELL PUB
- Village Gastro Pub - 0.3 miles away.
& COUNTRY PARK
- 100 acres of open space - 5 miles away.
if you just fancy a walk with your other dog/s while you wait
then our village is awash with public footpaths, fields etc,
you can walk for miles in all directions. Just
Q: How much will it cost?
A: Prices are dependant on breed, size & the condition
of your dogs coat.
Please contact me for a quote using the details on the contact
page of this website.
I have been quoted cheaper elsewhere, will you match their
A: No, sorry. I am City & Guilds qualified which many
cheaper groomers are not. I am also a hand stripping specialist,
many other groomers say they will hand strip but they cut
corners using tools, ruining the coat and this then allows
them to charge cheaper prices as it takes much less time.
My prices reflect the quality and pride I take in my work.
They also allow me to use the best quality equipment and products.
As the saying goes "You get what you pay for".
Do I need to make an appointment?
A: Yes, appointments are required as all dogs get one to one
Do you do anal glands/dentals/ear plucking?
A: Sorry, no. The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons has
now deemed all these as veterinary procedures and therefore
under the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 we, as groomers are
no longer recommended to do so.
Do you clip nails?
A: Yes, nail clipping, if needed is always included with a
full groom. However, you can book at any time to have this
done while you wait at a cost of £7 (please contact
us for an appointment).
Is there parking at the address?
A: Yes. There is plenty of street parking immediately outside
or feel free to pull onto the drive to drop your dog off.
Can I book my next appointment in advance?
A: Yes, by doing this we can guarantee a day and time to suit