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Question Furminator???

HI!! This is my first post, I dont have a gr but am planning to and as you can see I kinda have decided on the name Dakota. I am looking at supplies I will need and for brushes I will be getting a slicker brush and a comb but really want to reduce shedding, but does the furminator really work and is it ok to use. Im really clueless but have been researching dogs for years I really want my first dog to have a great life and I want to do everything correctly (most thing at least) If anyone has owned a furminator can you tell me your experiences and if it is worth the money. And if it isn't a good brush can tell me some other good brushes and if there are tips you could give me on things that would help with shedding. And sorry if this is getting long but any good breeders you would recommend in BC or Alberta?

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Please take my advice with a grain of salt because I am NOT not not not the grooming expert.
Boomer and Gladys hated the Furminator. I donated it to the animal shelter.
I think it pulls their fur. I don't have enough words to describe how much they hated it. It did get off a lot of "dead" fur though.

I ordered a Mars Coat King stripper to strip out some of the dead undercoat and neither of them seems to mind it. Not sure if using a stripper has any long term effects on their coat, like if you want to have a show career.


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I watched videos on the furminator and the amount of hair it was pulling out was scaring me so I wanted some feedback on it. Im not looking for a show puppy but still dont want to damage a goldens beautiful coat
If anyone else has any thought to add please tell me.

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Just another viewpoint. My Howie loved getting furminated! There was no pulling, in fact there was hardly any resistance. And the sheer amount of hair that it took off was amazing! I also furminate my neighbors cat when he comes over and he loves it.


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Also thanks for your input!
I will do some more research and hopefully get some more replies here and make up my mind. It is quite an expensive product. And I'm really money conscious but want the best for my future pup. Thanks again

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I use the Furminator on Ky and past GR's, I love it and so do they. It works great for the undercoat. However, it is VERY sharp so you must use caution so you don't scrape their skin or a shoulder ect. My DH loves to brush our dogs but he only uses the other brushes, I really don't trust him to use this as he's usually too busy playing/talking to the dog to pay enough attention to the Furminator. Ky blows her coat twice a year and this is a great tool for her. Good luck!..and congrats
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Thanks to everyone thats replied!
Im very bored tonight and I'm just sitting here making posts and thinking about dogs I'm thinking of getting one after reading your replies but still open to more feedback. If I do end up getting one would the right size be a large? The yellow one I believe. I hope that the shedding will be controllable because my dad cant stand the hair I don't mind it but if we do settle on a gr I think I will be the one vacuming I really can't wait to look at litters but currently we can't have a dog because we are overseas and live in an apartment, I really don't have much time during the day.

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My experience with the furminator, it cuts the top coat as well as pulling out undercoat and leaves it in bad condition. Also, you have to be very careful and not use it on the same place more than once, my cat had bald spot after two swipes in one location.

I use a simple undercoat rake and it pulls as much undercoat without damaging the top coat.

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thanks for posting this! i was actually going to start a post asking about the furminator. Like you I've heard mixed opinions on it and im glad you posted this so i can get a clearer understanding as well.
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The Furminator is a grooming tool, not a everyday brush. I only use it when Hank is shedding out his undercoat and with a light hand. I wouldn't use it on a puppy coat.

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