I only use ours here when it's close to coat blowing time, or it seems like they are starting to shed more than usual. I just use the kong brush for normal brushing. I do think that overuse can damage the coat.Originally Posted By: Sima's DadThanks, everyone.
How often do you use it?
I went with a medium and it works great.So it would be medium or large long hair? I have 2 dogs between 50 and 80 lbs. One dutch shep smooth coatand one german shep stock coat
Great advice! It doesn't take any pressure, just gentle strokes.You can use whatever size you are most comfortable with.
My patented Furminator spiel (which should be a sticky):
The thing to remember with the Furminator is to use a light touch, like you are just petting the dog with it. You don't need to use a lot of pressure; keep your wrist relaxed and just let the tool do the work. Don't go over one spot for too long, and be extra careful over any bony areas. 5-10 minutes of Furminating once or twice a week is plenty. If you over-furminate, you may end up with bald spots or skin irritation. You definitely can remove more hair than you mean to if you aren't careful!
You will hear people say that the Furminator "ruins" the coat. This is not true if you use it properly. I'm a professional groomer, and I use the Furminator all the time with NO coat damage whatsoever. It is not designed to cut hair, only to grab the loose hairs while allowing the live hair to slide through undamaged.