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I confess to using my hairdryer on the dogs. It is noisy, but has varible speeds and temps. It must not be too bad as they run into the bathroom when they hear it.
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I just placed my order for a Kool Dry dog dryer, thanks for all your guy's help!
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Be very careful with the furminator. When I was grooming, we had to watch the skin like a hawk. The furminator tends to irritate the skin.

I would second the forced air dryer. We'd get huskies in and blow their coat prior to bathing and again after bathing and it worked much faster and more efficiently then the furminator.

When you use the forced air dryer, keep the nozzle about 18-24 in away from the dog. The closer you get, the faster you'll get tangles with long hair.


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Brave, how does a forced air blower work? Does it suck the hair in or blow it out, what is the process of the machine trying to understand how they work.
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Brave, how does a forced air blower work? Does it suck the hair in or blow it out, what is the process of the machine trying to understand how they work.
It blows cool air at a high velocity. Much higher velocity than your average hair dryer. It should come with a dial to adjust speed and its normally much quieter than a hair dryer. The idea behind it, is that you use the fast air to comb through the fur and detached any loose fur. It won't pull the fur and cause pain, it's just helping release the already loose hair. I always use it in an easy to clean area because hair will fly!!!! So it's normally in the bathroom where I can hose down the walls and just pick the clump of hair off the drain trap. When you first start, put it on a low setting so the dog can get use to it. And make sure it has nice ventilation and to keep the in-take filter clean.


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The Kool Dry is a good choice. It has a variable speed, vent covers (make sure to clean them out periodically) and isn't too loud. Start your dog on a low setting to get him used to it. After awhile they actually like it. Smooch tries to jump on the grooming table when she sees the dryer come out and Jack runs to the table and jumps up onto it after his bath because he likes it so much. I definitely recommend doing it outside if you can or in the garage if it's too cold where you live to dry him outside. There will be a serious dog hair situation around you after you're done, and you don't want that in your living room!

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I would take back the furminator and invest in a good vacuum. I brush Lucy every day and still have fur balls around my house. Its just part of having a golden. We got a Miele canister vac for Christmas and it does wonders.


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I like the Horse Rake and the dogs seem to too. I am a big fan of the Blow-Back as my groomer calls it. You should see the hair fly and it is left so silky vs. frizzy. An increase in the diet of Omega 6 - linoleic acid and Omega 3's like fish oils or flax seed oils. Nutro is the only pet food that guarantee's the health of the skin and coat and skin and fur and it is due to up to 4 times the linoleic acid of other foods. I live in the High Plains and we are having a drought (again) but even the Poodle, who does not shed, has great skin.

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I second everything goldenjackpuppy said. One of the things I like about the Kool Dry is it is really quiet. That might not be important to you, but it seems to help with the dogs, and if you're ever grooming your dog around a bunch of other people it's the least inconsiderate dryer out there.

I used the Furminator on my Golden, and it did indeed remove guard hairs and the dog still had a huge shedding problem.

The very best answer to shedding, in my experience -- other than "don't get a Golden" -- is bathe the dog every week with a good non-drying shampoo, dry with a forced air dryer (cool air, not hot, and blow "against the grain"), and feed fish oil, linoleic oil, or flaxseed oil every day.
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How is dog of isle products? I just ordered some today and it came in


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I like using this while bathing dogs, it helps get out some of that extra fur KONG Zoom Groom Brush at PETCO

I work at a vet and we also bathe dogs, it works great to help the shampoo get down to their skin, you can use it when they're wet or dry. Like others have said, we also use one of those blowers and my favorite brush to use is the rake afterwards!
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