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Yesterday 04:24 PM
DixieGSD I use a furminator on Dixie, only when she's blowing her coat tho. Than I use it everyday til she is not shedding so much. When she's not blowing her coat I use a regular brush to go over her coat every so often. I have never had a problem with the furminator.
Yesterday 04:15 PM
MimiG Furminator stripped Enzo entirely of his overcoat just leaving his undercoat exposed; he looked bald and naked until his overcoat grew back. It's very harsh for GSD coats, even if you use it gently with utmost care.
None of the GSD owners I know personally use furminators on their pets.
I no longer use them;I use a rake like comb instead and have obtained great results. But NO more furminators for me please !
Yesterday 04:08 PM
SusiQ I've had mine for about 5 years now, no problem with it, and use it mostly when they blow coat.
12-17-2014 05:28 PM
randi This is an absolute piece of crap. We paid $53, used it ten times, and it literally fell apart. We took it back to our vet, whose office was completely shocked that it fell apart after ten uses. Our vet's office contacted the manufacturer and they refused to replace it or issue a refund. They said after 30 days, it's our problem. That translates into we have created a piece of junk, charged you an arm and a leg for it, but we won't replace it if it breaks after you use it.
01-22-2014 11:58 PM
havery 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.

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01-22-2014 02:43 PM
OUbrat79 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
Freestep 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.
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