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01-22-2014 09:55 PM
readaboutdogs I used one of the rakes Walmart has for 5 or 6 dollars, one of the metal grooming combs to gently work out a tangle ( start at the end of the hair like a child) and they liked me to use one of the human brushes with the bristles with the little knobs on it just cause it felt good! They loved getting brushed out, a good time to bond and give a good look over for ticks, bumps, etc! With the pittbull I just use one of those scrubby bath mitts, his hair is so short!
01-22-2014 09:46 PM
rjstrotz Most people have no clue how much GSDs shed. To look at them you would think they are LOW MAINTENANCE-- wrong assumption to make. We live in Southern California where it has been SUMMER LIKE (80s) this winter... so they shed more than usual.
We have never lived in snow, so I would imagine that GSDs would shed less back east (during cold winters like this one). Am I wrong?

Anyway, we find that regular BRUSH OUTS are a good way to maintain our BONDING with our dogs, plus we give them a relaxing massage (which helps us check for any lumps or anything new or unusual with their bodies).

We take them for grooming (flea bath, nail clipping, ear cleaning, teeth cleaning) every two months... they get the FURMINATOR treatment at the groomers. They always get compliments because they are so well behaved and many people ask us if they are SHOW DOGS (which they are not) because of their beautiful shiny and lustrous fur.

After they get back from the groomers, they prance around like movie stars.
01-22-2014 09:34 PM
RiverDan I groom Baron 5-6 times a week. Just using a pin brush, and a round tip comb. The rakes still worry me. So do the Furminators. I'd hate to hurt him with my own ignorance. He is still a puppy. (1 year old) We bought a Dyson last week. It's amazing.
Baron actually smells pleasant. Almost like an exotic coffee bean. (Hard to describe)
I don't mind grooming the dogs. My girlriend and I watch TV while I groom them. I find it relaxing. The dogs seem to enjoy it.
Our other dog is an Alaskan Malamute. She also sheds also.
01-22-2014 08:48 AM
blackshep I think it depends on your dog's coat. Mine has a very tight coat, so I use an undercoat rake and a slicker to pick up the loose hairs that the undercoat rake loosened.

I sometimes use Best Shot grooming spray, it helps with static and conditions the coat.

I don't like Furminators, they act like a blade and can damage the coat. They don't really get down to the undercoat, as the teeth are very shallow.
01-22-2014 02:55 AM
volcano This one works for me-
Amazon.com: Oster Professional Pet Grooming Undercoat Rake, 18 Teeth Wide, Coarse: Pet Supplies Amazon.com: Oster Professional Pet Grooming Undercoat Rake, 18 Teeth Wide, Coarse: Pet Supplies
That and a shedding blade. I have a pin type undercoat rake that does nothing.
01-22-2014 12:17 AM
artemisnhounds I have been using the I love pethead strawberry leave in conditioner and Crom smells delicious lol


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01-21-2014 11:14 PM
Bman0221 I try and brush a couple times a week and more if I can. I use the furminator and love it. As someone said though you need to remember it's not a brush, I run it over him using little pressure and it pulls all the loose hair out very well.

I also use a shop vac and just vacuum him as well and this works great if you can get your dog used to it.

I don't have much luck with the undercoat rake and it just seems to over stimulate my guy and makes him go nuts.
01-21-2014 10:12 PM
volcano I was gonna bring my girl for her first full groom this fall so they could get most of it all out. She never shed, it just stayed the same usual constant shed. When I brush her out I get mouse sized clumps, not dog sized, Its the raw diet...
01-21-2014 05:02 PM
Msmaria
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Originally Posted by misslesleedavis1 View Post
LOL omg, i vac twice a day also, ive blown every vac i ever bought, mine are in full shed right now because of the weather..im losing my mind, i just cant keep up with all this shed!

Now I know why they're so darn cute, most of us wouldnt keep them if they werent
01-21-2014 04:28 PM
misslesleedavis1
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Ugh, if theres one thing I could change about my dog its the shedding. vacuum every morning, when I get home from work and then sometimes before bed. We use the furminator also, i had to break down and buy one. They also sell the shampoo and conditioner and we use it once a month for his bath. Its helped SOME. He doesnt smell but we bathe him just because it cuts down on the amount of hair on the floor and in the car, on our clothes, on the sofa, on the patio I could go on and on.
LOL omg, i vac twice a day also, ive blown every vac i ever bought, mine are in full shed right now because of the weather..im losing my mind, i just cant keep up with all this shed!
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