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What to use for grooming?

I don't really mind all the fur that's all over the house right now, but I think Denali could look much better and shinier if I could just find something good to groom her with.
I have a rake now, but by itself, it doesn't do much. All the hair gets lose but doesn't get off her. My pin/bristle brush seems to be useless.
I know about the Furminator, but I've heard too many negative reviews on it for my comfort. Furminator isn't an option.

The following combs/brushes/rakes are the ones I would like opinions on.

Is one better than the other? What would you use combined with any other tool off the list?
If none of these are recommended please feel free to post any links of the rakes and combs that have worked best for your fur kid (that aren't Furminators).

Can't seem to figure out the poll tool sorry! LOL.

Bamboo Rake


Conair Slicker Brush


Conair Soft Slicker Brush


Evolution Rake


Greyhound Style Comb

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Re: What to use for grooming?

Here is the way I groom.. esp when Rayden is blowing coat..

shedding blade to loosen all the hair.

then a rake (make sure it has the rollers on the teeth!)

then a slicker brush. I have one with retractable teeth, much easier to clean out!

by themselves, none will get all of the hair. But all together, makes a very shiny dog!

added- get a shedding blade where the handle comes apart. I can't think of the right word at the moment. but you can either use it as a hoop or unhook the handle and it will flatten out to cover more area
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Re: What to use for grooming?

I am now using Isle of Dogs products... absolutely beautiful coats.

You need a powerful dog blow dryer to help dry and to blow out undercoat. I am using a double K right now but going to check out the Chris Christensen dryer this weekend. My friend says it is good, but she has a golden. It takes some good power for a GSD.

Furminator...didn't like it for Shepherds. I use it on son's Beagle.

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Re: What to use for grooming?

My rakes are actually a single row- I like it better than the one that is a double row.....

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Re: What to use for grooming?

Try the kong zoom groom. It's cheap and it works really great, just make sure to use it outside. I also use the furminator, but you said that's not an option, so I can't help you there.

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Re: What to use for grooming?

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Originally Posted By: DainerraHere is the way I groom.. esp when Rayden is blowing coat..

shedding blade to loosen all the hair.

then a rake (make sure it has the rollers on the teeth!)

then a slicker brush. I have one with retractable teeth, much easier to clean out!

by themselves, none will get all of the hair. But all together, makes a very shiny dog!

added- get a shedding blade where the handle comes apart. I can't think of the right word at the moment. but you can either use it as a hoop or unhook the handle and it will flatten out to cover more area
That was actually very helpful thanks! I think what I needed was a good way to groom her and not just a bunch of tools.
I went outside with what I had (A Bedhead undercoat rake, pin/bristle brush, brush with a movable base to clean the other brushes, and a flea comb) and it looked like a bunny spontaneously combusted in the front yard.
I'll probably replace the flea comb with a greyhound style comb.
She's looking much better now and everything put together worked wonders.

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Re: What to use for grooming?

I agree with Minnieski, Zoom Groom is the way to go! It pulls more hair than any brush I've used and it doesn't cut like the furminator. I got a Zoom Groom while on the road and I'll never use another tool. The bristles are rubber so the dog gets a massage while being brushed, mine loves it!

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Re: What to use for grooming?

I use the zoom groom when giving Jax a bath It is great for getting the hair out in the water instead of all over the floor later. Then I use that and the furminator while blow drying her.




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Re: What to use for grooming?

I have always used the furminator but tonight thought I would try the zoom groom after reading the above posts.

Can I just say this thing needs to come with a ...

Warning: Do NOT use indoors if you have not brushed your dog lately! It may cause excessive hair to come off your dog and float through the air!

It worked great!! And didn't pull her hair like the furminator does! She just needs to be done outside so the hair can just fly wherever it likes.




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