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Old 01-06-2013, 08:55 PM
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How often should I brush Van Gogh? I just recently picked this up;

FURminator deShedding Tool for Large Dogs - FURminator Deshedding Tool and Large FURminator from petco.com

I'm trying to see if brushing him with this every day will harm his skin / coat?

What else should I use, and he doesnt have any tangles, and or knots - let me know the correct way to groom him.

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I think the most important thing to remember about the Furminator is...it's not a brush for everyday use, it's a grooming tool. I only use a Furminator when Hank is actively shedding out his winter coat and only on the areas where he's shedding, usually on his rump and upper back legs. Never along his back, feathers or chest.
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Yes, but if I were to only buy 1 coat king it would be the DW Medium 22-Blade. Actually, I'm not sure if it's a 22 blade or a 23 blade. I bought mine from groomersmall and it is called 23-blade on their website. It's the spacing between the blades that is the important thing. The coarse has 3mm space between blades, medium 2mm, fine 1mm. Groomersmall is a little cheaper ($40.75 for the medium). I bought the "3-pack" which includes coarse, medium, fine for $107. Groomersmall also sells replacement blades: The Groomer's Mall - Mars Coat-Kings Just FYI, I love petedge, but I've found some great prices on grooming products from groomersmall. I just find it a bit difficult to navigate my way around on their website.
A little late to the party, but I have a question. I am looking at getting a coat king. I noticed that most people have been using the DW Coarse 18-blade. But I see here that you recommend the 23 if getting just one. I also notice you use all 3 of the DW coat kings. I would think that the smaller ones would be too aggressive. I was leaning towards the 18 until I read your post. Now I am confused what to do.
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A little late to the party, but I have a question. I am looking at getting a coat king. I noticed that most people have been using the DW Coarse 18-blade. But I see here that you recommend the 23 if getting just one. I also notice you use all 3 of the DW coat kings. I would think that the smaller ones would be too aggressive. I was leaning towards the 18 until I read your post. Now I am confused what to do.
The "recommendation" I was talking about it what I read on pet edge here:
http://www.petedge.com/assets/produc...g/ZC515SIZ.pdf

It seems the recommendation is a little different from one website to the next. What works best is going to very from one golden to the next since they don't all have the EXACT same coat; just similar. It will also depend how neglected the coat is. If the coat king is only used once every several months the coarse blade will work best. If you use it monthly then the medium mght work best. Personally, I like to use the coarse first then I go over again with the medium. That's what works well for MY golden. I haven't used the fine much yet. I just have t given it much of a chance. I need to go over my dog again. I'll try to report back my thoughts on the fine blade. I just thought groomers mall had a good deal on the 3-pack so I went for it.
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I should also mention, the 12-blade recommended in the link I posted above translates to the same thing as a double wide 23-blade. They are both 2 mm spacing.
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The "recommendation" I was talking about it what I read on pet edge here:
http://www.petedge.com/assets/produc...g/ZC515SIZ.pdf

It seems the recommendation is a little different from one website to the next. What works best is going to very from one golden to the next since they don't all have the EXACT same coat; just similar. It will also depend how neglected the coat is. If the coat king is only used once every several months the coarse blade will work best. If you use it monthly then the medium mght work best. Personally, I like to use the coarse first then I go over again with the medium. That's what works well for MY golden. I haven't used the fine much yet. I just have t given it much of a chance. I need to go over my dog again. I'll try to report back my thoughts on the fine blade. I just thought groomers mall had a good deal on the 3-pack so I went for it.
Thank you for the input. I think Mars says that they recommend the coarse for Goldens, but the medium for their necks (or something like that). Like you, I am considering the deal of getting the 3-pack, but might just start with the coarse. Would love to see some before and after pictures if you have them.
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Here is the Mars site:
Breed Usage - Mars Grooming Products

It says
GOLDEN RETRIEVER
20 neck for showdogs, 18 double for body

Of course, like you said, it will depend on the coat. I would be interested to hear how the fine works out for you. I wonder if that would be a good tool for the ears.

Edit: I just re-read what Mars said, and it is the fine that they recommend for the "neck for showdogs" hmmmm... wonder why the "showdog" part
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Everyone has given you great suggestions, so far!

I think that I will chip in and say that buying my $200 dryer was the BEST investment I have ever made!! Weekly baths are better than a bath every month. Sometimes your dog may not feel dirty, but they really are! The dryer cuts the time in nearly have the time and gets rid of the hair that you say clinging to your carpets
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I've gone ahead bought my dryer, I give Van Gogh 1000 mg of fish oil, 1000 mg of flax seed oil & I've invested in better treats for him to eat that are both good for his joints, and good for his skin & fur.

I'm going to buy the tools that you suggested, i believe the 18 medium is what ill buy.

I have gotten dog by isle products so this weekend ill give him a bath and try to maintain it weekly or twice a month.

Ill give my feed back shortly in regards to my dryer, and products.



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I know I couldn't believe the difference a good dryer makes. I love my Kool Dry (actually lost my original and ended up buying a Raptor).
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