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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-02-2010, 08:10 PM Thread Starter
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If I use the Furminator rake brush on my dog too often, will his coat get ruined, or anything else bad happen? Also, how often should I use a strong rake brush like this? Every day? Once or twice a week? Once a month?

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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-02-2010, 08:21 PM
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Re: Furminator Question

I dont think so........

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I only use my furminator after my dogs dry after a bath and maybe before a trial.

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Re: Furminator Question

You can strip too much hair if you brush too long in one session, but I have never had that happen (I'm usually tired of brushing after 10 minutes) As it removes the undercoat, I have never had a problem with any damage. The furminator doesn't work too well on my Long Hair GSD, but works very well on my regular coat and my huskies. If you use it regularly (3-5 times a week), it greatly decreases the shedding problems that can occur with German Shedders

And as stated previously: use on dry hair, not wet!

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I usually only brush Ruby for about 10-15 mins with hers. She gets squirrely and I know there is no real end to the fur I remember a groomer telling me to be careful when using it because if you go to long it will irritate thier skin- I would assume that's also related to how hard you press down.
I would say not too hard and a short session followed by a wide slicker brush will wrap up nicely. I always do it with DRY fur too.

Oh, and I never use it on her belly or down on her lower legs too sensitive.

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I really didn't like the Furminator. I used my undercoat rake with the double row and the other brush, not sure what it is called, it has a flat head and a lot of softer metal prongs spaced close. I find those two get out the most hair.

The Furminator was expensive, and didn't do well in a thick coat IMO.
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Spent $40 on a FURminator and it did "okay."
Spent $1 on an undercoat rake (overstock from a pet supply store,) and never looked back

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My daughter and I like saving the fur until we get a whole bunch in a shoe box...its nice and soft then we throw it out. Is there a market out there for GSD filled pillows? I could retire early if there were.

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I just ordered the large yellow one from E bay for $ 13.75 with shipping.
Still don't have it yet but cant wait to try it!

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I found them discounted also, but was curious what they did exactly... if it just pulled loose, or was a stripper that kinda cuts?

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