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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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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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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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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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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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I use the furminator and vacuum every day. Google furminator and you will get all sorts of prices. I paid $28 for mine.
 

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ok I have the old style Furminator and we own a DYSON vacuum! invest in the DYSON for it's comes recomended for pet hair too. HEPA Filter and so on. Brush vac brush shoo dog outside vac ...never ending
 

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I find the mud/dirt/water much worse than the hair. I have central vac & it's a breeze, but my dark hardwood floor shows every drip mark that trails down the hallway after he drinks his water and every dirty or wet paw print. One day and it looks as if I haven't washed my floor in a year! And my living room throw rug, well let's just say we plan on buying a new inexpensive one once a year.
 

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I can testify as to the amount of hair that accumulates in a week. Last Tuesday I had shoulder surgery and today was the first day I was really up and about. Hubby did not vacuum as he didn't want to disturb me. There are hairballs everywhere, the edges of each wall, clumps under the furniture, mounds under the radiator, etc. I'm afraid to go upstairs. This is from two regularly groomed GSDs. The experiment ends tomorrow as I'm breaking out the shop vac. I knew that GSDs shed, but never this amount.

Furminator is a wonder brush. Just be prepared to be covered in hair as the loosened undercoat clings to everything.
 

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I have an attachment for my vacuum that brushes and sucks up the hair all at once. Took a few times to get them used to it but it works really well.

Of course I also furminate frequently and vacuum alot.

One way of dealing was getting rid of all the carpets and getting hardwood floors.

My advice is use all the products listed by everyone and then ignore the furbunnies that still exist in every home that houses a shedder. :)
 
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