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02-27-2014 04:35 PM
onyxena Undercoat rake is all I ever use on my guys, and I have two plush/long coats and a stock coat.
02-26-2014 09:22 AM
Airman1stclass
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I use a double row undercoat rake, and a the slicker brush with a curved head. I like to use the blower before combing to loosen up the hair and dirt so that brushing is mainly for cleanup. I usually pull out the undercoat rake when he is blowing coat and the slicker the rest of the time. My favorite grooming tool is the Metro Air Force Commander Blower. ZOWIE before I got the blower I used the shedding blade. Not a real fan of the furminator.
I was told to never use a furminatur. You could easily leave a patch in yo ur dogs fur. Especially if you have never used it before. But when using the undercoat rake or any type of rake or comb, is it best to go against their fur instead of eith it?
02-26-2014 08:24 AM
jocoyn I use a double row undercoat rake, and a the slicker brush with a curved head. I like to use the blower before combing to loosen up the hair and dirt so that brushing is mainly for cleanup. I usually pull out the undercoat rake when he is blowing coat and the slicker the rest of the time. My favorite grooming tool is the Metro Air Force Commander Blower. ZOWIE before I got the blower I used the shedding blade. Not a real fan of the furminator.
02-26-2014 07:08 AM
Thesilentone Don't have a pin brush so I can't really comment on that but the only brushes I currently use on my GSD is a undercoat rake, shedding blade and slicker. I see no need for anything else to be honest. Whatever works for your dog and how long/short their coat is.
02-26-2014 07:01 AM
Wolfenstein I'm really surprised to see how many people use a plain pin brush, of all the double coated dogs I've ever groomed, I've never found it useful! If I were to break it down to just two things I use, I have a hard, curved slicker that's good at breaking up thicker parts, and a flea comb to tackle the shedding. However, like everyone said, it's really best to try all sorts of things and see what works, because even two dogs with seemingly similar coats will sometimes have completely different brushes/combs that are ideal for them. In particular, I think it's hardest to find the perfect rake, they all seem different for some reason. I think metal combs are really great, too, but mostly for longer coated dogs. I think they'll only get you so far on a shorter coat, and the flea comb is better in the long run (although, it's mainly useless on a longer coat). Just my 2 cents!
02-25-2014 12:42 AM
volcano That style undercoat rake works on my dog now during her coat blowing. It never worked until a couple weeks ago but now its coming out in clumps and it works. I have used the oster rake and that worked alot better for regular maintainance, it pulls out undercoat all year.
02-24-2014 10:57 PM
GrammaD I love the Evolution undercoat rake. Besides that I use a pin brush. I wouldn't bother with a combo brush and if you're going to get a slicker (and I do like them to finish the job) I'd suggest the Safari self cleaning version.

I don't use any sprays although I will sometimes use a mister bottle with distilled water in it if something in the coat needs a little assist to come out. I think GSD's are remarkably easy to keep tidy when they have a proper coat and Huxley only gets a bath if he's been in nasty water - aside from that he never has any off odor about him.
02-24-2014 09:52 PM
Chicagocanine I normally only used a slicker brush most of the time for my GSD. The undercoat rakes never worked for me for some reason. Sometimes I'd use a metal flea comb because the fine teeth worked really well for getting out loose undercoat.
02-24-2014 04:05 PM
Discoetheque I only have a metal comb (typically only use it on the fine-tooth side) and a slicker brush for my stock-coated girl.
02-24-2014 02:02 PM
Okin I am amazed how well a heavy metal comb can work. My previous dog shed like nothing I have ever seen before and I tried every kind of brush I could imagine. My vet suggested trying the metal comb and I am amazed how well they work.
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