|01-22-2014 11:58 PM|
Is it necessary? No. I can get the same job done with a pin comb and a slicker brush. But after figuring it out, I LOVE to pull out the furminator when I notice my girl has a lot of loose hairs and get them all in one go. I haven't figured out how to get the same results on my coatie, but an undercoat rake does wonders on him. If I hadn't had the extra money I wouldn't have bought it, though. But since I got it I've noticed fewer tumbleweeds around my kitchen.
Sofie Rose born 08/2012
Yann von Erzengel born 02/2006
|01-22-2014 02:43 PM|
The comb I use does a wonderful job on the undercoat. I just need a brush to get the dead hair out of his topcoat. I really think a finer comb would work, I just haven't gotten one yet.
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|01-22-2014 01:57 PM|
|Blanketback||Mine was a gift, and once I learned to use it properly (lol, Freestep) I started to really like it. But I hardly ever use it - definitely not once a week, maybe once every 2 months? If that? It's great when he's blowing his coat but otherwise it just sits there.|
|01-22-2014 01:35 PM|
|Liesje||Works fine when used properly (I know two GSDs who were "over-Furminated" to the point that they had to be withdrawn from shows), but still IMO not worth the money. The only time I use mine is using a cat Furminator to gently de-mat tangles on my cat. I've never needed it as a regular brush. I show my GSDs and use a $7 undercoat rake for grooming, maybe a little fluffing with a pin brush because I already have one (wouldn't buy one if I lost it). IMO, for a pet GSD the RAKE is the necessity.|
|01-22-2014 01:34 PM|
|LaRen616||I got my Furminator for $12 off Ebay. I LOVE it.|
|01-22-2014 01:19 PM|
My patented Furminator spiel™:
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.
|01-22-2014 02:30 AM|
|llombardo||I use the furminator comb, the shampoo , the conditioner, the detangler stuff, and the vacuum attachment. 3 out of 5 of my dogs love to get vacuumed... The boys. They want in line for their turn. It works well for all of mine. One of the cats waits his turn to.|
|01-22-2014 01:21 AM|
|Gretchen||It works very well, especially for my long coated cats. you can shop online and get a much better price, I found a good deal at Drs Foster and Smith.|
|01-22-2014 12:55 AM|
|trcy||I have one, but rarely use it. I don't plan to use it on the GSD at all. I used it on my Shepherd poodle mixes and it takes so much fur off, but their fur is like cotton, it floats in the air and gets everywhere. I don't care for the mess. My MIL bought an attachment for it that goes on the vacuum. I have not used it yet. I really don't think the dogs would enjoy sitting next to the running vacuum while they are...vacuumed...lol|
|01-22-2014 12:55 AM|
In and of itself, the Furminator is a very nice piece of equipment. Sturdy and well pieced together. Bit overpriced. It gets amazing amounts of fur off a dog too, with some caveats.
Overused it can murder the guard hairs. It's a hybrid, a cutter and a rake at the same time. If you understand a GSDs fur "system" a Furminator an be a very helpful tool, use it wrong and you can wreck a good coat. It's also sort of dangerous in that it's rather sharp and the wee little teeth can slash open skin.
A good groomer can point you in the direction of two or three tools used in combination that will do the same work in a safer and cheaper manner.
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