The FURminator

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  1. irotas

    irotas Sucker for a droopy lab

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    There was a post a while back about excessive shedding by a lab. Someone suggested that FURminator is good for reducing shedding, but that they don't work that well on labs.

    We asked a guy at the pet store about the FURminator, and he said that there's a 999-day hassle-free return policy if we didn't like it. So, even though it's amazingly expensive, we bought it to give it a try.

    I have to admit, I was quite skeptical. I've read in several places that nothing really helps with shedding, so I was expecting to return it within a couple weeks.

    My wife and I have been AMAZED at how much the FURminator has reduces Manni's shedding. I'm not exactly sure what makes it so different from a standard shed blade, but it certainly works much better.

    Even better, Manni absolutely LOVES to be FURminated. When we're at the park, he'll sit there quietly and contently while I brush him, even if he sees a squirrel in the distance. It's very gentle, so he even likes to be brushed on his belly.

    So, if you've got a excessively-shedding dog, and if you can afford it, I'd suggest giving it a try. We won't be returning ours!

    P.S. No, I don't work for FURminator or any pet store. :)
     
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    Mine arrived day before yesterday and I am impressed !!! I've already have a grocery bag full !! Ollie loves it !! His tail and panties have always been a problem , so I'm going slowly there ! I'm on my way up to ElinHunters , and bringing it alone to try on her lab . Will let you know ! I got the 4" one and love the grip for my arthritic hands ! The pet store wanted about $50 , but I got it on line for $38. Expensive but worth it !!! It was Ollie's " 1st Found Day " present from me .
     
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    PWCorgi Priscilla Winifred Corgi

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    I would die without mine :D
     
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    simplymisty IL Dog Freak

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    Now I've heard that you can only go 4 times with that in the same spot or else you'll rip the dogs skin. I've also heard that it's painful for the dogs to use that.

    I have a GSD and Golden. I would use it only on my GSD since she's the only one who sheds. None of my dogs really care to be brushed but they'll sit there if I tell them to. I think my GSD is just sick of always being brushed since she's the one who sheds.

    Our petco grooming salon used to use it but now they're not even allowed to use a tool that they sell. I've heard rumors that it's because it left brush burns on several of the dogs.

    Let me know what you think, I'd love to get something to help with Shelby's hair.
     
  5. PWCorgi

    PWCorgi Priscilla Winifred Corgi

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    I've never heard that before, but I highly doubt it.

    Well then my dogs must love pain, lol, as soon as it comes out they're butts start wagging and they bolt for the grooming table! I imagine if you push down hard on it that it can do some damage, but you're not supposed to push down hard. Plus my guys have really thick coats, I'm not sure if that makes a difference or not?
     
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    SummerRiot Dog Show Addict

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    I used to be a groomer and that product is AWESOME for the short/heavy shedding coats!

    It drags out all of the loose undercoat with ease!

    Not sure who told you it wouldn't work that well??
     
  7. irotas

    irotas Sucker for a droopy lab

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    I don't see how you could damage a dog's skin unless you really pressed down hard. If you run your finger along the 'blade', it's really not sharp at all.

    Manni absolutely loves to be FURminated; he looks SO relaxed when we brush him with it. We also brushed a friend's husky-mix with it, and she loved it as well.

    I think what you heard is probably an urban legend. If you're really concerned about it, email FURminator and see what they say: info@FURminator.com

    However, I was looking through the FURminator FAQ and they had a lists of dog breeds that you should or shouldn't use the FURminator on.

    Here's the list of breeds recommended NOT to use the FURminator on:
    American Water Spaniel
    Bedlington Terrier
    Bichon Frise
    Chinese Crested
    Glen of Imaal Terrier
    Havanese
    Irish Water Spaniel
    Japanese Chin
    Komondor
    Lhasa Apso (depends on the coat texture)
    Lowchen
    Maltese
    Pekingese (depends on the coat texture)
    Poodle
    Portuguese Water Dog
    Puli
    Saluki
    Shih Tzu (depends on the coat texture)
    Silky Terrier
    Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
    Tibetan Spaniel (depends on the coat texture)
    Yorkshire Terrier (depends on the coat texture)
     
  8. irotas

    irotas Sucker for a droopy lab

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    Here's the link to the thread where I first read about the FURminator, and where I read that it wasn't good on labs:
    http://www.chazhound.com/forums/showthread.php?t=55912

     
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    So would it be good for a Great Pyrenees or not?
     
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    PWCorgi Priscilla Winifred Corgi

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    I'll let you know on Monday :D
    I'm taking mine to 4-H to try on a Great Pyr.
     
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    irotas Sucker for a droopy lab

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    Here's the list of breeds recommended for the FURminator:

    Affenpinscher
    Afghan Hound
    Airedale Terrier
    Akita
    Alaskan Klee Kai
    Alaskan Malamute
    American Bulldog
    American Eskimo Dog
    American Pit Bull Terrier
    American Staffordshire Terrier
    Anatolian Shepherd
    Australian Cattle Dog
    Australian Kelpie
    Australian Shepherd Dog
    Australian Terrier
    Balkan Hound
    Basenji
    Basset Hound
    Beagle
    Bearded Collie
    Belgian Griffon
    Belgian Malinois
    Belgian Shepherd
    Belgian Tervueren
    Bernese Mountain Dog
    Black and Tan Coonhound
    Black Russian Terrier
    Bloodhound
    Blue Heeler
    Border Collie
    Border Terrier
    Borzoi
    Boston Terrier
    Bouvier des Flandres
    Boxer
    Briard
    Brittany
    Brussels Griffon
    Bull Terrier
    Bullmastiff
    Cairn Terrier
    Canaan Dog
    Cane Corso
    Cardigan Welsh Corgi
    Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
    Chesapeake Bay Retriever
    Chihuahua
    Chinook
    Chow Chow
    Clumber Spaniel
    Collie
    Dachshund
    Dalmatian
    Deerhound
    Doberman Pinscher
    Elkhound
    English Bulldog
    English Foxhound
    English Mastiff
    English Setter
    English Springer Spaniel
    English Toy Spaniel
    Eskimo Dog
    Field Spaniel
    Finnish Spitz
    Flat Coated Retriever
    Fox Terrier
    French Bulldog
    French Mastiff
    German Pointer
    German Shepherd Dog
    German Shorthaired Pointer
    German Wirehaired Pointer
    Giant Schnauzer
    Golden Retriever
    Gordon Setter
    Great Dane
    Great Pyrenees
    Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
    Greyhound
    Harrier Beagle
    Ibizan Hound
    Irish Setter
    Irish Terrier
    Irish Wolfhound
    Jack Russell Terrier
    Kai Dog
    Keeshond
    Kelpi
    Kuvasz
    Labrador Retriever
    Lakeland Terrier
    Leonberger
    Lhasa Apso (depends on the coat texture)
    Manchester Terrier
    Miniature Bull Terrier
    Miniature Pinscher
    Miniature Schnauzer
    Neapolitan Mastiff
    Newfoundland
    Norfolk Terrier
    Norwegian Elkhound
    Norwich Terrier
    Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever
    Otterhound
    Papillion
    Parson Jack Russell Terrier
    Pekingese (depends on the coat texture)
    Pembroke Welsh Corgi
    Pharaoh Hound
    Pinscher
    Pit Bull Terrier
    Pointer
    Pomeranian
    Pug
    Rat Terrier
    Rhodesian Ridgeback
    Rottweiler
    Rough Collie
    Saint Bernard
    Samoyed
    Schipperke
    Schnauzer
    Scottish Deerhound
    Scottish Terrier
    Sealyham Terrier
    Shar-Pei
    Shetland Sheepdog
    Shiba Inu
    Shih Tzu (depends on the coat texture)
    Siberian Husky
    Smooth Collie
    Staffordshire Bull Terrier
    Standard Schnauzer
    Tibetan Mastiff
    Tibetan Spaniel (depends on the coat texture)
    Toy Fox Terrier
    Tibetan Terrier
    Vizsla
    Weimaraner
    Welsh Springer Spaniel
    Welsh Terrier
    West Highland White Terrier
    Whippet
    Wire Fox Terrier
    Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
    Yorkshire Terrier (depends on the coat texture)
     
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    thanks irotas.
     
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    omg i've been eyeing it for a while. but wasn't sure if it worked as well as they said it did. i am def going to have to look into it now
     
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    It's an amazing tool. I think I have the only Aussie in town with a sleek coat. Still longish, but it lays flat to her skin and her waves bounce when she walks. Looks really cool in the sunlight.

    It's even better on our cat (siamese mix). His coat has always shed little itty bitty skinny hairs that actually float around the house. The furminator collected enough to build another cat.

    I've seen absolutely no effect on either animals outer coat or skin.
     
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    Forgot about that, I use it on Inky too and it has done wonders for him too! No more clouds of black hair floating around or all over the clothes!!
     
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    I have one and use it on Chloe. It works really good, but she doesn't like it that well. It's almost like it pulls her hair.
     
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    I've used it on Sawyer with limited success. He likes the 10-bladed Oster undercoat rakes better and they work just as well. Better, since he's not squirming around so much.

    But I'm glad that Manni and you love it; that's all that matters. :)
     
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    It was actually a group of groomers that told me about only being able to go in the same spot 4 times, etc. Maybe they use more pressure?

    There was some shedding thing, "seen on tv" type thing that I was given for Christmas and it pulled out the dogs hair. Both of my dog breeds are listed under the approved dog list.

    Where did you find it on sale? If I can get one cheaper I'd like to. My GSD sheds like crazy and nothing has helped, even shaved her once (plus her hair kind of grew in funny on her back legs so I was hoping that would help it grow back right) but shaving her didn't help with anything, not the shedding (just smaller hairs all over) or the hair growing back right.
     
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    Back from EliN's .... she tried it on Hunter ( Lab ) and couldn't believe it ! Then NashNSeger came over and Jan tried it on Seger ( Golden ).... She had just brushed him , but boy did the undercoat fly !!! Both girls are ordering tonight ! I found mine on Amazon .... I could have gotten it used for $3. less ( $35. ) but decided to go new . So .. Lab coat , Golden coat and a very curly Golden/??? mix , I highly recommend it . Agree though ...it doesn't need much pressure .
     
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    TheWholePack 6 dogs and me in the pack

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    To tell you the truth I was impressed by what I've seen here about this grooming tool. I'm going to find one and give it a try on my long haired dogs.

    Has anyone used this on a short hair breed? I have an Italian Greyhound and I saw that greyhounds are on the recommended list of breeds. Does anyone have experience using this on short hair breeds?
     

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