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What is the best brush for a GSD?

I have tried a couple different types of brushes but I am not happy with any of them.

Any ideas? I'm tired of all this brushing and not seeing any results.

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Re: What is the best brush for a GSD?

I like an undercoat rake, that is what I use mostly. For the tender areas a bristle brush works well.
I don't feel that a furminator is necessary, though others love it. To remove so much of the fur that is there for a reason, to me seems unhealthy. When they are blowing coat, though is another story.
My dogs do not really shed as I see many other GSD's doing, if I run my hand down their back, I never come up w/ a handful of loose fur. I think it is the RAW diet, eggs and oil supplements that helps w/ such a healthy coat.
BTW, I don't bathe them often either, that can add to the unnatural shedding.

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Re: What is the best brush for a GSD?

Great question!! Im going to try a soft bristle brush sometime this week.I tried some other kinds and my GSD acts like im brushing him with rusty razors,lol he whines and bites it and carries on.And I dont even press down,but I figured a soft bristle brush would gently brush off the fur and be soft enough to feel good.I will let you know how it goes...wish me luck!! lol

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Re: What is the best brush for a GSD?

What have you tried? lol Not being short, just don't want to recommend something and you have already tried it. I would say the furminator... but I know some people are not fans.

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Re: What is the best brush for a GSD?

I use a rake to remove undercoat. After the coat is kinda brushed through, I use a metal comb to really get it groomed. When blow drying, I use a pin brush for fluffing.

I don't use the fuminator. Hated what it did to the hair. If you do want to really get at the shedding, I use a Mars Coat King with 10 blades. It is really nice, but you can end up with a bald dog if you do it too much.

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Re: What is the best brush for a GSD?

I don't know what they are called... One is a regular brush with polymer looking bristles.... 1000's of them. One is a short skinny steel brush with a couple hundred of them I would guess. They are short (1/2 inch) and about the size of angle hair spaghetti. (Yes I am hungry) The last is one of the undercoat brushes... Or that's what I was told when I was buying it. They are pretty long... maybe a 1/2 inch and they come to a point at the bottom.

I have seen one that is 2 rows of bristles like the undercoat brush... I have also seen one with 1 row that spins when you pull it through the coat.

The furminator is like $50 here. Didn't want to spend that kind of money for something I don't know works.

Trauma is shedding like mad. He should be hairless by now. We usually brush him a couple of times a week. We have to vacuum a several times a week and could do it every day.

He didn't shed much at all until he was about 8 months old. Now it's a never ending shed. I have never seen nothing like it in my life.

Is there any tricks to this thing? I feel like hooking him up to the vacuum cleaner and letting him wear it on his back. His hair is every where. I keep a blanket on the back seats in my truck and if I roll all 4 windows down while riding you are blinded by the amount of hair flying around.

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Re: What is the best brush for a GSD?

Feed a good food, groom a lot, I use doggie blow dryer outside when I can. But, still, mine remain decidedly German Shedders.

If I am getting a big undercoat blow, I do get as much undercoat with brush as possible, then bath. During the bath I use a conditioner as this will really help loosen undercoat. Then the blow dry, and a hurricane of hair. Often this loosens more so a second round is sometimes needed to really finish within a couple weeks. This lasts quite awhile with mine but if I fall down on regular brush and comb, we need it sooner.

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You mean Ol' Roy is not a good food? The guy at Walmart said it was the bomb!

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Re: What is the best brush for a GSD?

Trauma may be losing that puppy undercoat, I know Karlo had a bit of an undercoat shed at 8 mos, I think he was also getting in the winter undercoat(which is denser) as well.
Seasonal temp change, location, humidity or lack of, may be the reason, or a change in diet.
If Trauma continues to shed unnaturally, I would get a vet check(thyroid) to be sure it isn't medical.

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Re: What is the best brush for a GSD?

My pup is 8 months and doesn't have much to shed. He hasn't put in any appreciable undercoat yet. I did work hard to get his puppy coat out though. Maybe it is the loss of the puppy fuzz you are experiencing? I did grooming and baths and with the conditioner a lot of loose puppy fuzz when down the drain over the months.

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