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04-17-2014 03:42 PM
Freestep Being a professional groomer, my own dog hardly ever gets brushed.

Every 6-8 weeks or when I can't stand it anymore, I give a bath and blow-out with the HV dryer. Very little brushing is needed after that.

Even though I don't follow my own advice, I tell folks to brush their GSDs every day. If I didn't have access to professional grooming equipment, I probably would brush more.
04-17-2014 03:28 PM
Pax8
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I'd like to purchase of Ebay, does anyone know a seller who sells the real Furminator other than the fake ones please post a link if so
It'll probably be pretty hard to find one online because the counterfeits are so widespread. Unless you buy from furminator's actual site. It may be more expensive to buy from their original site or a Petsmart, but it would definitely be worth the money to avoid the problems of the fakes - weak construction, too sharp grooming blade, blades that test positive for heavy metals like lead and cadmium.

I have been told that the company has started putting a light blue FURminator seal on all their packages to help differentiate between real and fake products. Though I don't know how difficult this is for fakers to copy.
04-17-2014 12:20 PM
N Smith I bathe my big dogs regularly 4x a year and blow out their undercoat with the force dryer. They get bathed more during the summer, since I can use the lake LOL! Or when we are getting ready for a show.

I do nails bi-weekly - only brush when I do a full groom.

My dogs are raw/kibble fed, and neither sheds very much. Coconut Oil is added to their diets as well.
04-17-2014 12:14 PM
Mrs.P
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I think Mikko, Mrs P and Hans are in Florida and that's why you don't have to brush as much - amauro is obviously a compulsive person (in a good way - sonicare!) but the rest of us are dealing with big winter coats. It's also surprising to see what comes out - I think the more we brush, the more we need to brush.

I use to live in Washington state same deal -very little brushing needed
04-17-2014 08:25 AM
Hunter4628
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Originally Posted by K9POPPY View Post
Pax8 is correct, purchase only the namebrand furminant or, the knockoffs will indeed cut the coat, especially if used incorrectly-
I'd like to purchase of Ebay, does anyone know a seller who sells the real Furminator other than the fake ones please post a link if so
04-17-2014 08:08 AM
Harry and Lola about once or twice a week
04-17-2014 07:59 AM
JeanKBBMMMAAN I think Mikko, Mrs P and Hans are in Florida and that's why you don't have to brush as much - amauro is obviously a compulsive person (in a good way - sonicare!) but the rest of us are dealing with big winter coats. It's also surprising to see what comes out - I think the more we brush, the more we need to brush.
04-16-2014 08:10 PM
K9POPPY Pax8 is correct, purchase only the namebrand furminant or, the knockoffs will indeed cut the coat, especially if used incorrectly-
04-16-2014 06:28 PM
Yeney Does anyone have the furminator vacuum attachment? If so, how effective is it?
04-16-2014 05:39 PM
Hunter4628
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You want to pay attention to what exactly you have. There are a lot of off brand brushes like the Shedmonster and such that are very different from the Furminator. The actual Furminator is much more effective.

I am also wary of where I buy the Furminator brush from. The company has a fairly exclusive contract with Petsmart and a couple other stores. I ordered one off Amazon and found out after it was shipped to me that it was some sort of look-alike knock off with a worryingly sharp blade. I actually accidentally drew blood when I was brushing him because the blade was MUCH sharper than the actual Furminator that I was used to. Some people who have ordered it have had good experiences, but there is definitely a chance of having an experience like mine.

Besides that, as other posters have said fish or coconut oil are very helpful for the coat. Food plays a huge part. BB isn't necessarily a bad food, but it's probably not doing any favors in my opinion. I brush weekly with the Furminator along with oil supplements. When I get a chance to pick it up, I'd like to try Furminator's vacuum attachment.
Thank you for the advice. I'll be looking in my local petsmart soon
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