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Old 03-07-2010, 03:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So i had a chow chow before and i thought this gsd/husky couldnt be much worse...



OMG was i wrong, weve got a special undercoat brish, its kinda small looks like a barbers shaving thing for your neck.. well its NON STOP white hairs coming out... I always want to just take this dog to the Oreck shop and turn on all the vaccums..

this could be the wrong forum to post since it might be a husky coat thing but im sure GSD's have some sort of undercoat too since they are in the snow as well.
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Old 03-07-2010, 03:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Kong makes a curry comb, kind of like a horse curry comb ... They work great. That and taking them to those do-it-yourself groom salons and using the curry comb with a professional blower to blow dry him backwards

that is my experience
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Old 03-16-2010, 01:50 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The furminator is worth every penny, and is one of the best grooming tools out there for double coated shedding dogs IMHO.

Huskies are one of the WORST shedders in my experience, and combined with Shepherds (often referred to as "German Shedders" for good reason), I can imagine you have fur tumble weeds blowing around your house. Invest in a furminator, you won't regret it.

Regular VERY scrubby baths are excellent to, because it helps loosen up all the undercoat and brush out better once it's dry. As mentioned above, if you can find a do it yourself wash place with a force dryer, the force dryer does wonders blowing out excess loose undercoat. The thing that I've found is many don't have the extra narrow nozzle on the end so it just blows air and doesn't really blow out undercoat; as well as many people dry them till they are tired of drying, and the dog is really only damp dry. To get the full effect from a force dryer, you need to dry until that dog is DRY to blow out all the loose coat. But man is it worth it to not have much shedding for the next couple months.

Look at this picture: http://www.cyclegadgets.com/Images/MV-B3CD.jpg Notice the last 4 - 6 inches of it is a hard rubber nozzle that gets narrow towards the end. If that nozzle isn't on the dryer, it does NOT work very well. The only place around here that has the nozzle is petco and I just found a specks pet supply store that has it. Pet supplies plus and all the places specifically for do it yourself dog washes don't have that nozzle.

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Old 03-16-2010, 02:11 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I used my Furmimator a couple times and then threw it out. It breaks the hairs and damages the coat (IMO).

For Mauser (long cost with undercoat) I start with a pin brush:



That loosens the dead undercoat. Then I switch to a slicker brush:


That removes all the dead hair without damaging the coat.

Then I use the dog dryer on him to blow off any dead hair and loosen more undercoat (also blows out all the dirt and dust):




Then I start over again with the pin and slicker and continue until there's little hair coming off him.

Right now he's starting to blow coat so I'm doing this once or twice a week. Usually I do it once or twice a month.
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I don't think I could live without the professional blow dryer. And the undercoat rake, the pin brush, the slicker brush and finally finishing with the metal comb.

A good conditioner after shampoo helps to loosen undercoat also.

I blow dry after the brush and comb out to get hair loose and open. Then shampoo and condition. Blow dry again after that.

I tossed my furminator to my brother's pug as I couldn't take the coat breakage on the GSDs.
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I scrub with a soft bristle horse brush when I'm bathing. He loves it, and it helps remove the loose hair.
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I use an undercoat rake (the one I found at Walmart works the best so far for $5.95), followed by a soft horse curry, which when used in several different directions (not just nose to tail) gets a lot of the white hairs that the rake misses, followed by the slicker. I rarely bathe as it can dry their skin, and they always smell neutral if I do this routine 3x per week.
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You have to use really good shampoo and conditioner. Our show dogs are bathed once a week approaching show season. It doesn't dry coat or skin but leaves them in luxurious show condition.
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My service dog gets bathed about once a week with shampoo and conditioner and her skin is fine. I was concerned that this especially through the winter was going to dry her skin out but others on the board eased my fears and I haven't had any problems.
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Bathing isnt a problem if you are using a high quality shampoo and conditioner ... like samba and the other said. And I agree, the furminater may get rid of hair, but the dog does not look its best at all, as it breaks the hairs and makes the coat look dull and dead
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