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.