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Airman1stclass 01-18-2014 01:35 PM

Grooming is crazy!!! (MOVED to Basic Care from Gen Info)
Lol sorry about the title. But I know GSD shed a lot!!! But just how bad is it? Even if your groom your dog is it still just fur everywhere? What tools do you use, would anyone recommend the furminator? (How ever you spell it) And how many times a day you groom your dog?

misslesleedavis1 01-18-2014 01:37 PM

I use the furminator and have them professionally groomed when they start to really go.

Cassidy's Mom 01-18-2014 01:43 PM

Some people love the Furminator, but it didn't work at all for my coaties. I much prefer an undercoat rake. I brush mine every few weeks (more if they're blowing coat, less if they're not) and bathe them every few months. I've never been to a groomer.

Airman1stclass 01-18-2014 01:44 PM

Oh ok cool. Well I plan to groom him myself just to save money, I'm sure the grooming would just make our bond even stronger!! And any recommendations on puppy shampoo and puppy cologne? For whenever your pups start smelling a little too doggy you can just spray a little here and there and have him smelling like new again. Thanks for any feedback I get.

Cassidy's Mom 01-18-2014 01:46 PM

I like and use Earthbath products: Welcome :: earthbath® - totally natural pet care

Freestep 01-18-2014 03:04 PM

The thing to remember with the Furminator is to use a light touch, like you are just petting the dog with it. You don't need to use a lot of pressure; keep your wrist relaxed and just let the tool do the work. Don't go over one spot for too long, and be extra careful over any bony areas. 5-10 minutes of Furminating once or twice a week is plenty. If you over-furminate, you may end up with bald spots or skin irritation. You definitely can remove more hair than you mean to if you aren't careful!

You will hear people say that the Furminator "ruins" the coat. This is not true if you use it properly. I'm a professional groomer, and I use the Furminator all the time with NO coat damage whatsoever. It is not designed to cut hair, only to grab the loose hairs while allowing the live hair to slide through undamaged.

As for shampoo, Earthbath is a good choice. I can't really recommend a doggie cologne because I don't use it, I prefer to use a nice-smelling leave-in conditioner during the final brush-out.

Freestep 01-18-2014 03:06 PM

Here's a sticky with some good grooming tips.

volcano 01-18-2014 04:03 PM

I had been taking Apache tto a groomer for nails. Last night I did them myself and it went ok. This morning the clippers are half eaten:mad: I hope she chewed the pieces small enough before she swallowed them.

JakodaCD OA 01-18-2014 04:05 PM

When my shepherd decides to blow coat, I could honestly blow him out (I use a metro air force blower), for over an hour and STILL get hair off her.

I try to blow them out atleast once a week when the weather permits, but you will ALWAYS find hair floating around:) They shed more than my aussies who are quite hairy..

Liesje 01-18-2014 04:07 PM

IMO yes GSDs shed an insane amount, even ones that don't have really thick or plush coats. I have a baby puppy right now so I have a pet sitter come over while I'm at work to let him out. My adult GSD can be really pushy with people he doesn't know, so I've been crating him in the basement (normally he is free in the house). I said to my husband yesterday that I've gone from having to vacuum the main level of the house 1-2 times a DAY to just once a week because his hair is now mostly confined to the basement.

As for grooming, I use a cheap rake on my GSD and that's about it. If I'm actually grooming him for a show, I'll use a pin brush to fluff him. A slicker seems to just cause static and the rake is better for removing loose undercoat. Never used a Furminator; have seen two GSDs that got over-Furminated and their coats were damaged until it grew back in (prevented them from entering shows). I do have a small Metro dryer I own in a raffle and use this in the summer when my dogs are swimming. I've never taken a GSD to a groomer. I brush him when he needs it (certain times of year) or when prepping for shows and that's it. I trim nails about once a week. I do have tons of grooming tools that I use on my other dogs but not on the GSD.

I think if your dog is healthy and you are feeding a good food, this will cut down on grooming requirements. The coat will be shiny, health, and not smelly. Most people I know with pet GSDs never groom regularly and don't need to.

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