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Old 08-26-2013, 08:19 PM
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Default Grooming supplies for a dog with actual fur?

Having only poodles has left me totally inept when it comes to actually dealing with...dog fur.

Suggestions for what I should have? What is this phenomena known as shedding? Puppy's parents are both medium-rough coated, so I'm going under that assumption.
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Old 08-26-2013, 08:34 PM
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haha welcome to the shedding world! The grooming bills are less but say hello to dog hair in your food!

Things I consider "must haves" grooming wise..

- The zoom groom (it's rubber, most dogs love it, it gets so much hair out when used either wet or dry, it's cheap and it's super handy!)
- Basic slicker brush (I really like the one that is self cleaning, you click the button and the blades retract so you can grab the hair, check amazon)
- Pin brush (great for just general brushing)
- Shedding blade (great for the spring/summer months when all that coat is coming off..)
- Basic comb. I hardly use this but handy when I need to comb out burs or other weird stuff.
- Shampoo.. I like earthbath
- Blowdryer (I like the metro airforce one..)

(I would also honestly try to find out of those self-grooming places. Worh their weight in gold and will save your bathroom)
PLUS I WORK AT ONE!!!

and cleaning wise
- Lint rollers (TINY ONES, BIG ONES, POCKET ONES, CAR ONES, HOME ONES) keep em everywhere.
- Vacuum (dyson makes a really fancy one if you are feeling splurgy, but I just have a basic one since I don't have carpet and one that comes with a tube thing for corners and other such tumbleweeds since long hair does that)
- Bisell pet hair eraser. It's like $30. WORTH IT. Gets hair off furniture and other such things.. thing has saved my life
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Old 08-26-2013, 09:11 PM
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Aside from a couple of new brushes and stuff I bought for show grooming, I don't really have much haha.

I use a metal combo comb on both of my hairy dogs and just a regular pin brush. I do have a Coat King as well that I use during heavy shedding times to pull out coat manually. Just have to be careful because it'll make the dog bald if you don't use it right. Other than that, I use a force dryer, and then just thinning shears and straight scissors (and a clipper, but it's not necessary) for paw and ear trimming. I own a shedding blade and a Zoom Groom, but neither has been used in forever. I hate slicker brushes and only use mine for show grooming to brush hair up on the feet and legs.

But yeah, my go to constantly used tools are just my comb and pin brush. And that's when I even brush my dogs lol. They get brushed, if they're lucky, like once every two weeks. They are bathed and put through a full groom monthly though. But they don't really need much brushing inbetween unless I want to spiff them up if we're going to a certain place or something.
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Old 08-26-2013, 09:26 PM
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With Happy I use a slicker brush and an undercoat rake. That's about all there is to our grooming routine.

I use a "shed release" shampoo on her (Mutt Nose Best U Hairy Dog), honestly don't have a clue if it actually does anything special lol. But it smells good. I bathe her probably once every couple weeks, and that's about as often as I brush her too. And when I brush her, it's brushbrushbrushbrushbrush until I'm just sick of brushing. There's never actually an end in sight.

She doesn't really shed. Juno is 100x worse in that department.
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Old 08-28-2013, 10:24 PM
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Thank you for all the lovely suggestions, greatly appreciated!
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Old 08-29-2013, 08:35 AM
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A good conditioner also goes a long way in removing dead undercoat as well IME. It allows the dead undercoat to slide out past the guard hairs. I like The Stuff, personally.

A forced air dryer will be your BFF if you have access to one!
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For Kas and Robin I have and regularly use an undercoat rake, a mat breaker, and Cowboy Magic.
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I mainly just use the undercoat rake on Hudson. I did pull out the cat's zoom groom after this thread and tried it on him. He seemed to like it, but it didn't remove as much hair as the undercoat rake does.
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Old 09-06-2013, 08:34 AM
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Okay, the Zoomgroom is the most amazing thing on the face of the planet. I used it on my bunnies, they're infamous for shedding like crazy but it being impossible to get the fur off them. This thing...omg, it was like magic. They're all so pretty now.

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Old 09-06-2013, 09:43 PM
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Do zoom grooms really work that well on longer coat types? I have a rubber curry brush for Juno and it's fantastic, but it is literally the only type of comb that does anything on her coat.... and for some reason I just have a hard time imagining it doing anything to dogs with more hair lol.

I suppose I could totally just take 5 minutes to try it hahaha it's just mind boggling to me.
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