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Old 07-21-2007, 02:47 PM
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Talking The FURminator

There was a post a while back about excessive shedding by a lab. Someone suggested that FURminator is good for reducing shedding, but that they don't work that well on labs.

We asked a guy at the pet store about the FURminator, and he said that there's a 999-day hassle-free return policy if we didn't like it. So, even though it's amazingly expensive, we bought it to give it a try.

I have to admit, I was quite skeptical. I've read in several places that nothing really helps with shedding, so I was expecting to return it within a couple weeks.

My wife and I have been AMAZED at how much the FURminator has reduces Manni's shedding. I'm not exactly sure what makes it so different from a standard shed blade, but it certainly works much better.

Even better, Manni absolutely LOVES to be FURminated. When we're at the park, he'll sit there quietly and contently while I brush him, even if he sees a squirrel in the distance. It's very gentle, so he even likes to be brushed on his belly.

So, if you've got a excessively-shedding dog, and if you can afford it, I'd suggest giving it a try. We won't be returning ours!

P.S. No, I don't work for FURminator or any pet store.
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Old 07-21-2007, 03:34 PM
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Mine arrived day before yesterday and I am impressed !!! I've already have a grocery bag full !! Ollie loves it !! His tail and panties have always been a problem , so I'm going slowly there ! I'm on my way up to ElinHunters , and bringing it alone to try on her lab . Will let you know ! I got the 4" one and love the grip for my arthritic hands ! The pet store wanted about $50 , but I got it on line for $38. Expensive but worth it !!! It was Ollie's " 1st Found Day " present from me .
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Old 07-21-2007, 03:36 PM
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Old 07-21-2007, 04:50 PM
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Now I've heard that you can only go 4 times with that in the same spot or else you'll rip the dogs skin. I've also heard that it's painful for the dogs to use that.

I have a GSD and Golden. I would use it only on my GSD since she's the only one who sheds. None of my dogs really care to be brushed but they'll sit there if I tell them to. I think my GSD is just sick of always being brushed since she's the one who sheds.

Our petco grooming salon used to use it but now they're not even allowed to use a tool that they sell. I've heard rumors that it's because it left brush burns on several of the dogs.

Let me know what you think, I'd love to get something to help with Shelby's hair.
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Old 07-21-2007, 05:38 PM
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Now I've heard that you can only go 4 times with that in the same spot or else you'll rip the dogs skin.
I've never heard that before, but I highly doubt it.

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I've also heard that it's painful for the dogs to use that.
Well then my dogs must love pain, lol, as soon as it comes out they're butts start wagging and they bolt for the grooming table! I imagine if you push down hard on it that it can do some damage, but you're not supposed to push down hard. Plus my guys have really thick coats, I'm not sure if that makes a difference or not?
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I used to be a groomer and that product is AWESOME for the short/heavy shedding coats!

It drags out all of the loose undercoat with ease!

Not sure who told you it wouldn't work that well??
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Old 07-21-2007, 05:56 PM
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I don't see how you could damage a dog's skin unless you really pressed down hard. If you run your finger along the 'blade', it's really not sharp at all.

Manni absolutely loves to be FURminated; he looks SO relaxed when we brush him with it. We also brushed a friend's husky-mix with it, and she loved it as well.

I think what you heard is probably an urban legend. If you're really concerned about it, email FURminator and see what they say: [email protected]

However, I was looking through the FURminator FAQ and they had a lists of dog breeds that you should or shouldn't use the FURminator on.

Here's the list of breeds recommended NOT to use the FURminator on:
American Water Spaniel
Bedlington Terrier
Bichon Frise
Chinese Crested
Glen of Imaal Terrier
Havanese
Irish Water Spaniel
Japanese Chin
Komondor
Lhasa Apso (depends on the coat texture)
Lowchen
Maltese
Pekingese (depends on the coat texture)
Poodle
Portuguese Water Dog
Puli
Saluki
Shih Tzu (depends on the coat texture)
Silky Terrier
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
Tibetan Spaniel (depends on the coat texture)
Yorkshire Terrier (depends on the coat texture)
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Not sure who told you it wouldn't work that well??
Here's the link to the thread where I first read about the FURminator, and where I read that it wasn't good on labs:
http://www.chazhound.com/forums/showthread.php?t=55912

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Our Doberman and our Rottweiler shed quite a bit also. I use a curry comb on both of them, and also use a regular metal comb on Morgan (the Rottie). Both get tons of hair out, but they still shed a lot. Furminators are alright, but they don't seem to work overly well for dogs with Lab-like coats.

Diet definitely plays a role as well, as others have said.
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So would it be good for a Great Pyrenees or not?
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So would it be good for a Great Pyrenees or not?
I'll let you know on Monday
I'm taking mine to 4-H to try on a Great Pyr.
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