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Hi,

So for the last couple of months I have been using a soft brush on my puppy who is now 4.5 months old. He seems to have lost his really light puppy coat and is now sporting his big boy coat (see pics).

I've done some research on this forum for grooming tools and will be making purchases in the next couple of days. So far here is what I have:

Undercoat rake: https://www.amazon.co.uk/PAW-Brothers-Magic-Spring-Undercoat/dp/B014PFSUVQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1539809472&sr=8-1&keywords=paw+brothers+spring+undercoat+rake

Slicker brush: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cleaning-Grooming-Removes-Undercoat-Suitable/dp/B01KMB5XPS/ref=sr_1_2_sspa?keywords=dog+slicker+brushes&qid=1561292088&s=gateway&sr=8-2-spons&psc=1

I would love a recommendation for a comb that I can use on the backs of his hind legs. I've also seen something called Zoom Groom (a Kong product), but I'm not sure if it's any good. I'd really prefer not to use a furminator or similar product as I've heard it strips the fur.

Besides the undercoat rake, the slicker brush, and a comb, what else should I have in my grooming toolkit?
 

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With a pup, I'd go with what you have & a standard bristle brush. You likely will not be using the undercoat rake until shedding season. Then you will probably start using it and not quit...



Later, I'd add a furminator. I'd heard those "it strips the fur" stories before I got mine. It pulls out loose under coat which is desirable. I wouldn't use it on a puppy. I'd also add a metal "flea" type comb if you are anywhere with cheat grass or fox tail. I use this on the back of the hocks seasonally.



If you don't have corn starch in your kitchen, I'd get a box. That stuff works to loosen the undercoat so it brushes out pretty easily rather than clinging together.
 

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Do you mean stick with the soft brush and get a standard bristle brush? He's already showing little tufts of his undercoat sticking out and falling all over the place. I figured maybe he needed a rake, but I'm obviously wrong. At approximately what age do most people start using an undercoat rake?
 

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A forced air blower like a metro commander and a dremel for the nails


If I could only have 3 items, it would be a forced air dryer, a dremel and a greyhound comb. It’s all I ever use on my dogs.
 

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i second the single track undercoat rake mentioned above. if he’s already blowing (not extremely usual st this age), then i’d start using it.

i like slicker brushes to smooth the coat and collect the stray hairs after raking. i only use a comb to clean out the slicker brush or work on a mat (on my long coat).

i use the rake seasonally and the slicker routinely.

i love zoom grooms although i only use my during bathing. both to distribute the soap better and also to work out all the excess hair since you can brush with and against grain as well as circular.

forced air dryers are lovely, but not practical for me. i occasionally use them at the self wash dog stations.
 
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