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havery 01-05-2014 06:54 PM

Tips for a long coated shepherd?
I just adopted a 7 year old long coated black shepherd. What grooming equipment do I need? We've got a furminator and a pin comb already that I use on our normal coated shepherd. His previous owners didn't have the time for him (why they rehomed him), so he's got a little matting on his belly, how is the best way to go about getting through that?

Quinnsmom 01-05-2014 07:05 PM

An undercoat rake is helpful for getting out the loose fluffy fur as it is ready to shed. I go over my guy with the rake before using the pin brush and the slicker brush. I have never found much need for a furminator but not all coaties have the same type of fur. For the mats, I can sometimes work them out gently with the undercoat rake also. I have heard of using cornstarch on the mat to make it slippery and easier to work out but haven't tried that. Rather than pull and tug a lot on a delicate area, I'll trim mats out; believe me, it will be grown in again mighty quickly! If your new boy isn't used to much grooming go slowly with lots of rewards so it is a positive and comfortable experience for him. Thanks for giving him a loving home!

doggiedad 01-05-2014 07:07 PM

i wouldn't use a furminator on a coatie. get an undercoat
comb (a wide one). the pin brush is ok. let a groomer take
care of the matting. brush him often.

havery 01-05-2014 07:19 PM

Yeah, I was hesitant to use the furminator on him. OK, so an undercoat rake is on the shopping list, and I've been wanting to get a slicker brush for my girl for a while. He's very easy going and tolerant of grooming, I've been messing with his feet and rolling him on his side to test and he doesn't care one bit. We really don't have a good groomer around me, I don't know how Petsmart groomers are? Do those dematting tools work well?

Holmeshx2 01-05-2014 07:54 PM

Jinx's eat floofs mat like crazy and I use a regular brush to get them out as it works the best on mats for me. Plus it's the only thing that gets through those insanely thick dense quick to tangle butt fluffs she has then I go over her with an undercoat rake to get everything out. I hate the furminator with her because it tears up the guard hairs.

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Holmeshx2 01-05-2014 07:55 PM

Oh I've also used petsmart grooming with her and actually really like them. We have used them in a few different states and they always do a good job.

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havery 01-06-2014 10:38 AM

I think I'm just going to take him to Petsmart. He's got a vet appointment this afternoon and the nearest petsmart is about an hour away, but it might be worth it, especially since I've got a coupon. I started trying to get them out this morning and he's patient as can be but there are a ton of little pea sized matts on his belly and I know it's got to be uncomfortable.

Lilie 01-06-2014 10:44 AM

After grooming, I use Show Sheen on my coatie. That helps keeps matting down, but I still have to groom him often.

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