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Need shedding brush recommendation please

Loved the Furminator until I realized my pup's choppy hairstyle is because it seems to have cut the hair in odd ways.

What's a good brush to get rid of excess hair and control shedding - that doesn't cut their hair the way a furminator does?
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Need shedding brush recommendation please

I use a furminator and don't really have that problem....I use it maybe once a week. I have found that a good pin style brush works on Ellie's coat for daily brushing. She loves it!


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Need shedding brush recommendation please

My best tool to control shedding is a forced air dryer. It'll separate the loose hair away from the body without damaging the other hairs. I've heard of ppl on this forum who convert a shop vac into one.


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Brush their coats every day with a wire slicker brush, spritz with water and brush again to finish.

Your dog will still shed (all dogs shed regardless of what you do), but it's manageable.

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My favorite brush

is called a shedding blade. It's used on horses too. It has a serrated edge that reminds me of a steak knife. I use short, light strokes and it does a great job. My golden has a coat more like a field golden but my bridge golden had a thick coat and it worked great on him too.

I always finish with a soft plastic pin brush (I don't remember where I got it).

The furminator makes me nervous - I read too many things about it pulling the fur and irritating the skin if used too often or too long. I would be afraid of using it incorrectly.

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I don't like the way the Furminator breaks the top coat at all. I have an undercoat rake with two rows of pins and it does a great job of cleaning out the undercoat and doesn't damage the top coat.

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Yea, i dont trust the furminator and very few tools with a blade. My friends cat started losing alot of hair cause he was using it too often. I really like the JW gripsoft products, ive got the whole assortment, the soft slicker, regular slicker, shedding blade (only exeption), dematting rake, rubber brush, pin brush, andd undercoat rake, generally for your situation, a pin brush, and a slicker, soft slicker if you can, and an undercoat rake will be good, I highly recomend the JW products

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Brush their coats every day with a wire slicker brush, spritz with water and brush again to finish.

Your dog will still shed (all dogs shed regardless of what you do), but it's manageable.
That is what I use, although I am definitely guilty of not doing it everyday.
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Need shedding brush recommendation please

I use the furminator sparingly, like once a month. But I use the other furminator tools every time. The undercoat rake, dual brush, finishing comb and the curry comb. They are all great. I also use the curry comb in the bath because it is made of rubber.


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Furminators or shedding blades cut the top coat. I personnally don't like them at all as they can be very damaging. This doesn't do a lot for the undercoat that is the shedding issue. The best is as Brave said is a forced air dryer. Probably be one of the best tools you ever buy for your golden. Get them used to blowing them out with just a pin brush to remove all the loose hair. When it is a real heavy coat blowing season give them a warm bath first to open the pours before you blow them out. This gives you a head start on the heavy season. Overall if they don't need a bath I just brush them out dry with the forced air....very effective. For the undercoat use a rake by Oster. I included a picture. This will remove the undercoat without damaging the top coat. Then after you use the rake, blow them out with the pin brush. Then there is the fact that golden retrievers just shed. We can get ahead of it but we can not make it stop. You just have to love them for it.
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