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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 01-04-2012, 11:05 AM Thread Starter
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These German Shedders...

Well, I've had only one dog in my life and she loves me so much that provides me with so much furr! It's everywhere!!! I comb her about 3 to 4 times a week and it's still coming! I have a rake and a comb... I'm thinking about buying one of those expensive furminators. How do you deal with it?

I just want to not vacuum the house as an experiment and see how high it'll pile up in a months time. Maybe it'll be up to my ankles.
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post #2 of 38 (permalink) Old 01-04-2012, 11:25 AM
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How do I deal with it? Brush, vacuum, vacuum, brush, sweep, brush, vacuum. . . . and don't invite people over.


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I vacuum once a week, sometimes twice a week.

It's a chore, but one I do happily, because it's my honey bunny Joey doing the shedding.

Never thought we'd fall head over heels in love with a dog.
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post #4 of 38 (permalink) Old 01-04-2012, 12:06 PM
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Yes, they do shed which catches the general public off guard when you tell them that. We vac. several times a week and don't let Deuce on the bed anymore.
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So... I'm assuming there's no better way around this. Just acceptance? I've read up on how much GSD's shed but to actually experience it is definitely on a whole different level.

It just seems like, once I'm done with the combing session, I can still see more coming. It's just a never ending cycle. Unless, I'm doing it wrong? I use the rake first, then the comb to finish. I brush her afterwards and seems like there are still more. These sessions take up to 30 to an hour, depending on how much she's shedding.

Also, sometimes, I'll see lighter patches by her hips. I pull it and it's like a chunk of cotton. Is that what they refer to "Blowing the coat"?
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So... I'm assuming there's no better way around this. Just acceptance? I've read up on how much GSD's shed but to actually experience it is definitely on a whole different level.

It just seems like, once I'm done with the combing session, I can still see more coming. It's just a never ending cycle. Unless, I'm doing it wrong? I use the rake first, then the comb to finish. I brush her afterwards and seems like there are still more. These sessions take up to 30 to an hour, depending on how much she's shedding.

Also, sometimes, I'll see lighter patches by her hips. I pull it and it's like a chunk of cotton. Is that what they refer to "Blowing the coat"?
Yup, this is all normal. Try having two!


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What do you feed your dog? Sometimes diet has a lot to do with shedding, what supplements do you give her?

You can get the furminator from Ebay way cheaper than Petco. I got mine for less than 15 bucks I think.


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We just bought the furminator about a week ago. You would not believe the amount of hair that comes off Grizz with every stroke! So far I've noticed less hair on our floors, so I'm hoping that it's doing what it's advertised. It was expensive but I'll deal with it as long as it keeps working.
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I have two dogs. I deal with the shedding by 1) Giving them Omega 3 (has helped to reduce the shedding a bit) 2) Using the Furminator. 3) Vacuuming every day 4) Covering the couch in the spot my GSD sits on.

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Yup, this is all normal. Try having two!
lol. I WAS thinking about it... I guess there's just no way around it.

@Josie/Zues: No supplements atm. Just Nutro LB kibbles and Cans. She has a weak stomach so Nutro worked best for her after switching from 3 different brands. So... Does the furminator actually make a difference from your average rakes and combs?

@GSLova: I'll definitely have to stop by the store to get some Omega 3. Just googled the pro's and cons of it. Thanks for the recommendation.
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