|08-30-2013 01:21 AM|
That "bird's nest" is called a mat. You can sometimes tease it apart with a metal comb or dematting tool, but if it's very close to the skin and/or large, you may need to have a professional groomer clip it out. DO NOT attempt to cut it out with scissors, I've seen people give their pet stitches trying to do this.
The tools every GSD owner should have are a soft slicker brush, a Furminator/shedding blade/other carding tool, and a rubber "zoomgroom" or curry comb to use during the bath. For longcoats, you'll also need a firm slicker, an undercoat rake, a metal comb, and a mat splitter or other dematting tool. With longcoats, you need to get ALL the way down to the skin when you brush. Don't just brush the top of the hair, get down to the roots by line-brushing. To linebrush, pet your dog backward and hold the hair up. Take your slicker and pull down the hair you're holding. Keep doing this over every inch of the dog until you can easily run a fine-toothed comb through the entire coat.
I strongly recommend investing in a Metro dryer or other high velocity (HV) dryer. It is very powerful dryer that shoots air out at a high velocity. Use it to dry your dog after a bath and watch the dead undercoat fly out! It's especially important for longcoats so that you can get the hair dry from the root to the tip. This blasts out dead undercoat and will prevent (and sometimes even remove) tangles and mats. You can even run the HV dryer over a dry dog to blast out dirt, dust, hair and debris. Please wear a mask if you do this.
The cheapest metro dryers start out about $90, but if you get the most powerful one you can afford, you'll never regret it. The K9 III is the most powerful dryer available to the public, in fact many professional groomers use it. That one costs about $390, but it's worth every penny. Power is especially important with heavy coats.
Grooming a GSD is a lot of work and it's very messy. If you go to a professional groomer, they do all the work, all the cleanup, and bring your dog back to you looking like a million bucks and feeling ten pounds lighter after all that dead, shedding hair is blown out. I charge $50 for short coated GSDs and longcoats start at $55. When I didn't have a grooming salon for about a year, I absolutely took my GSD to a groomer when she needed a bath. No way would I ever do it outside with the hose, or inside my own bathtub. No way. Too much hair, too much dirt, too much cleanup.
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|08-30-2013 01:01 AM|
I've had three long haired GSDs over the years and I used an undercoat rake and various kinds of pin brushes and slickers on them (I tried several brands/styles/etc).
FWIW ... I recently bought a JW Pet Company GripSoft Double Row Undercoat Rake and I just love, it's the best one I've ever used, wish I'd had one with the long hair guys.
|08-29-2013 11:20 PM|
1>>>>> i use an undercoat comb and a pin brush.
2>>>>> brush, comb more often. check your dog often and don't let the hair tangle.
3>>>>> i brush, comb 3 to 4 times a week (stock coat or coatie).
4>>>>> never used a professional groomer with this dog. it's not
that i wouldn't use a professional i haven't had a need for one.
|08-29-2013 11:10 PM|
|AugustGSD||I use the Furminator brush for large dogs and its works well, gets the undercoat and top coat! I try to brush 2-3 times a week when he is really shedding, but at least once a week when not.|
|08-29-2013 08:28 PM|
|FG167||I use an undercoat rake, a mat breaker, and a Cowboy Magic (detangler). I am hoping to get a forced air dryer next year. I detest the furminator on his coat, it breaks the top coat.|
|08-29-2013 07:41 PM|
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|08-22-2013 10:14 PM|
|Nigel||A local groomer showed us how to use a comb backwards and it works great. Maybe Freestep will see this thread, she is a groomer and lots of knowledge.|
|08-22-2013 09:50 PM|
|ksotto333||I use a rake, it takes off amazing amounts of hair(if only we could sell it). We take her to a groomer twice a year. Once before the holidays, and then again in late May. They just clean everything up, she looks great. It's usually 35.00 each time for bathing, nails and a good brushout.|
|08-22-2013 09:47 PM|
I've never heard of a metro force air blower. Makes sense! It would help with the worry of hot spots to some degree as well.
|08-22-2013 09:31 PM|
I use a metro air force blower, and I'll say it again, I can't live without it ! Mine is probably 14+ years old and still going strong.
For detangling, you can find detangler just about anywhere..unless they are so bad you have to comb them really gently or cut them out
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