How to Groom an Airedale

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Using Airedales as examples, this DVD shows marvellous close-up hands-on footage of grooming breeds trimmed to a Terrier outline. It has been praised by some of the world's most respected terrier experts.


How to Groom an Airedale demonstrates step by step the techniques of hand stripping, clipping, trimming and shaping a broken coated Terrier.

In particular, this DVD illustrates the Airedale's coat being groomed by hand stripping, a technique which uses a small serrated edged knife to pull out loose hair.

Although the Airedale has been used as a model, the grooming techniques demonstrated can be successfully applied to other trimmed terrier breeds as well as those trimmed to a terrier outline. This video is invaluable to all groomers, from pet owners to professionals and fastidious show dog owners.

All pictures on this page appear in the actual footage of 'How to Groom an Airedale'.

Running time: 2 hours 44 minutes


The DVD is divided into four main parts.


  • Tools


  • Black stage - 1
  • Black stage - 2
  • Tan stage - 1
  • Tan stage - 2

Fine Grooming

  • Feet
  • Hindquarters
  • Underline
  • Front
  • Head

Coat Maintenance

See also for more information on Terrier Grooming and Hand Stripping your Terrier.

Applicable Breeds

The grooming techniques demonstrated can be successfully applied to other trimmed terrier breeds such as those listed below.

  • Airedale Terrier
  • Border Terrier
  • Wire Fox Terrier
  • Irish Terrier
  • Lakeland Terrier
  • Norfolk Terrier
  • Welsh Terrier
  • Griffon Bruxellois
  • Jack Russell Terrier
  • Parson Russell Terrier
  • Scottish Terrier
  • Sealyham Terrier
  • Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
  • Kerry Blue Terrier
  • West Highland White Terrier

Customer Comments

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Having been through the painful process of learning to groom an Airedale with a book in one hand and a knife in the other, I can recommend this tape wholeheartedly.

Elizabeth Ivory, former President New Zealand Airedale Club, Auckland New Zealand

Absolutely Brilliant..!!! Everything. What I like most is the concept of real time. The closest thing to a real 8 week seminar. The DVD, being there for you is one thing, The real time, concept is another. And finally we have something that is the closest it. Thank-you, so much.

Suzanne Snyder, Auburn, Georgia, USA

With painstaking effort she gives precise detail, and this method could be exercised with several of the double coated dogs in the Terrier group - an excellent tape.

Cam E Milward, All-breeds Judge and Fox Terrier breeder, Pakenham, Vic Australia

Thank you very much for making this wonderful instruction tool.

Wendy Rodriguez, TLC Grooming and Supply, Watsonville, CA, USA

I absolutely admire the work you put into this. It's wonderful! Very detailed, good explanations, clear images and sound, well paced, and off course beautiful dogs.

Meeuwes Mollinger, Stadskanaal, The Netherlands

I think it is the very best instructions you can ever have.

Ulla Larsson Sodra Standby, Sweden

It is very clear, precise and thorough in the presentation, very suitable for beginners like me. I am totally new to hand stripping and seeing the DVD gives me very good instruction on how to begin.

Sheila Tay, Issaquah, WA, USA

Great tool to assist with strip grooming!

Alexis Davidson, Langley BC, Canada

There is sure a wealth of information in it for most double coated terrier enthusiasts.

Jill MacDonald, Judge and Scottish Terrier breeder, Ballarat Vic Australia

WOW, if anyone doesn't know how to groom an Airedale after watching it (this DVD) they must have a cat.

Mary Livingstone, Woodstock MD, USA

This (video) will be of great assistance to all those aspiring to present their Airedale in the correct manner.

Martin Kealy, Secretary Airedale Terrier Club of Ireland, Dublin Ireland

You really have done a wonderful, detailed job with this film. Such a trove of information and demonstration. I am not surprised that it is so popular.

Rebecca Johnson, Charlottesville, Virginia USA

Mrs Harvey has done a superb job and I recommend the video warmly to everybody concerned with trimming of Terriers.

Susanna Soderholm, Germany

Your video was excellent and I feel many people in England could benefit by it.

Judy Averis, Judge and breeder of 'Saredon' Terriers, UK

I have been involved with Airedales for about 11 years and have both stripped and clipped them. How I wish I had had your tape 10 years ago!

Ethel Finlay, Baulkham Hills, NSW Australia

I cannot tell you how much I enjoy this video on Airedale Grooming. I purchased the VCR version about 7 years ago (and still have it) when I acquired my Airedale. I highly recommend it to every Airedale owner I encounter who wants to learn to strip. You've done a great service to the Airedale by creating this video!

Nancy Flowers, Baltimore, MD USA

... amazing, clear, useful. I'll watch it again and then start grooming following your technique.

Anna Giovannani, Carpi (Modena) Italy

I knew how to groom a Lakeland, but it is still different to groom a Airedale. But now I know how to groom the Airedale also.

Henna Kiukkonen, Helsinki Finland

Wonderful and detailed video on grooming, the best I have seen.

Ivan Delgado (MD), Atlantic, Iowa, USA

I will thank you, in my mind, every time I take the stripping knife in my hand.

Iuliana Voroneau, Bucharest, Romania

We have found the format (DVD) and content excellent. It will be hard to go wrong, especially when you provide such careful detail in those areas where mistakes by the novice (and I suppose some professional groomers as well) are likely.

Judith Cole, Toronto, Canada

It's really essential for any newcomer attempting this complex, delicate undertaking.

Nadia Margolis Leverett, Massachusetts, USA

Thanks so much for taking the time to help people to learn, you are one in a million.

Greta Willenberg, Moe, Victoria

This video would be a life-saver to the isolated would-be groomer and of considerable use and interest to others.

Lou Endean, President Airedale Social Club of Queensland, Australia

We are very grateful for the fantastic videotape.

Wilma Zonnenburg, Velp Netherlands

Thanks again for sharing your skills to every Airedale lovers. My dale, Eddie said thank you also. We like your simple and basic tool selection too!

Junko Fujiwara Sacramento, California USA

You truly are a master and your ability to come straight to the point with clear instructions is a gift not many people have. I thank you for making it available to us all.

Michael & Rhonda Soeder, Lakeland, Florida USA

I have already learned so much and really appreciate having this tutorial.  I can clearly see what I have been doing correctly or not but the organization, rational and outcome for the stages over 7 weeks is priceless.

Tom Oliver, Ripon, California USA

'I watched the first three parts and I love how you explain in minute detail and very thoroughly the entire process'.

Sandra Kay Doiron, Stuart, Florida USA

... it is the best demonstration of the stripping and staging process I have seen.  I am so new to stripping a Dale that I just didn't know where to begin and with which tools. This video is so very helpful.  You get great close camera shots that show the hair, the knife and the positioning of the hand.

Mary Wood, Pinehurst, NC USA