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Question Grooming advice needed from experienced GR owners

Hi Guys,

Skippy is 8.5 months old and blowing his coat for the first time, he's my first golden and I have some questions I was hoping someone could help me with.

We've been dealing with hot spots that are 10 days old and healing quite nicely. There is one area between his shoulders the vet did not shave. We washed the area with medicated shampoo a weeek ago and I brushed gently around it. It formed a scab that I left alone. He has another bath today with the medicated shampoo as per direction of my vet and the scab has broken up and not attached to the skin but stuck in the fur maybe a quarter inch above it- should I go ahead and gently comb the pieces out tto keep it clean or let it work its way out more and let it fall out via shakes and brushing?

I can't believe the amount of fur that's come out every where from even just lightly running my hand over his coat and of course brush and rake. I am concerned I am over grooming him. Is it okay to just brush and brush so the fur keeps coming out? Before he started blowing I would notice just a bit of undercoat in the brush but now its both.

How vigilant should I be about brushing this fur out particularly his "mane" in the front of his chest? Its SO unbelievably thick and if I really get in there with the rake I swear half of it would come off.

Are there any tools you could recommend? Is the furminator worth it or is brush/raking okay? What kind of shampoo and or conditioner do you like?

Should I really get in there and brush him out section by section to get the under coat or am I going to brush him totally bald?!

Thanks in advance all.
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Pretty typical blowing coat looks like they are losing all their fur, and when you brush you pull off enough to make a second dog.

I would say NO to the furminator, my experience with it, it cuts the top coat as well as pull out the undercoat. I use a simple one or two row pin undercoat rake when they start shedding badly. A short session every day should be sufficient and not remove too much at one time.

I think it would be ok to gently brush out the loose scabs from his shoulders, just because they look nasty and I would want them out, lol.

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Be careful about getting overly enthusiastic with the rake-it can scratch and break the skin if you are not careful, if it is the kind that is pointed on the ends.

I agree that I do not care for the furminator. A good pinbrush, a comb and a slicker are all I use.

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I'm not a fan of the furminator either. I use a rake several times a week on my girl. I brush my guys at least every other day.
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I give Riley a bath and blow out every 2 weeks. I find that really cuts down on the shedding and promotes coat growth. I use an undercoat rake, pin brush and slicker brush. I also have a detangling spray that I spray on before I brush him. They say you should never brush a dry coat as it causes breakage. If you don't have one already I would invest in a force dryer for dying it blows out all the loose coat.

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The furminator was the worst $25 I ever spent. It really damages their coat, and does it very quickly. Tahnee GR is right on target. Buy yourself a good quality medium coarse comb, a pin brush, and slicker, and you will have them forever. I personally like the Chris Christensen brushes, but they are very pricey. I have tried cheaper brushes in the past, but they never seem to last. But, they do make good items to put on a birthday or Christmas list!

With those three items, and a every couple of days combing and brushing, we keep Tucker mat free. We do take him to a groomer every 2 months, and she will use an undercoat rake to thin out his mane. But it only takes 3 or 4 passes thru it, and she is done.
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I've heard slickers can break the top coat? Is this true at all?

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Do you guys use conditioner on your dog when you bathe at home? I really need to invest in a blow dryer for him- is there a brand anyone can recommend?
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Do you guys use conditioner on your dog when you bathe at home? I really need to invest in a blow dryer for him- is there a brand anyone can recommend?
There are tons of brands out there. The most popular are the Metro brands. I just bought one of my own for almost $200 on Amazon. Shop around before you buy one. I like mine because it doesn't have just one or two settings, I can change the speed of the air with a dial. So if I'm doing the face, where I may not want as much pressure (my dog gets annoyed with it and makes it more frustrating when she is moving her face away), I can change the dial. There may be some reviews in the Product Reviews on the top bar in brown.

As far as the conditioner, I think it depends on what your dog will be doing. If you plan on doing shows with the dog, then yes. But if you just want a nice coat, every once in awhile will be OK.

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I have a 9mo old female puppy. She went to the groomers for the first time, last weekend. Otherwise I take her to a doggie wash we have in town that is attached to a car wash. I like it better than trying to bath her at home & I do use whatever conditioner they have in the machine & use the dryer on her. She likes to get down on her back at the dog park so if the park is very messy, the doggie wash is the next stop before home. I do have the furminator slicker brush purchased from the groomer. What are good brands for rakes or pin brushes if furminator rake is not a good idea? I desperately need something to keep the hair down. I recently received a shoulder injury while walking her so cleaning is an issue right now therefore the hair is everywhere. HELP. Much appreciated..
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