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Lost Her Mind
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I just got a slicker brush today. After a couple of swipes down Mojo I knew I was in love.

Questions, though.

1. Does it hurt them at all? I ran the brush down my arm to see how much it hurt... and it HURT. If I just use normal brushing pressure would it not go through both coats? I don't want to scratch their skin. Mojo didn't seem to mind... in fact, he seemed to really like it.

2. Can you overuse it? I noticed it took a lot of fluffy fur out... I know the Furminator can be overused.

3. Does it damage the coat at all? After I finished brushing him he felt SO AMAZINGLY SOFT.

4. Should I use it before or after his normal pin brush? Does it matter?

5. Should I not use it when he's wet?

6. Are there any parts of him I SHOULDN'T use it on? Feathers or ears or something?

Sorry so many. :doh: Thanks in advance!!
 

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I really don't have a definitive answer for you, but I don't think you can over-use a slicker brush. I didn't think you could over-use the furminator either though. I'll be watching for other posts tho....
 

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Both of our dogs get brushed out every day with a slicker brush. I really don't think you can overuse it. It's good to get the dead, loose hair out. We use a rake during coat blowing season.
 

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I got an expensive one when I got Max - it was on a list of must haves if you have a golden. In the beginning Max feared it so we retired it for a while. Recently as he's actually getting hairier I brought it back out. He sees it and he lays down on his back and shows me his tummy with a big smile on his face. He does this for other reasons to, like if he's been naughty or if I tell him to go in his puppy room and he doesn't want to go - so for those things I'm thinking he's thinking look mom, aren't I cute? I'm cute mom so cute you can't stay mad can you mom? or can I stay out here with you mom?

It's good he doesn't fear it but it's kinda hard brushing his topside and his ear hairy hair. So...that's still a work in progress for us.

Your question about where not to use it... I have to use it near his netherregions to get his growing bum feathers the ones heading in that direction. I'm super careful but he is getting debris (not the stinky kind) stuck around there and has matts once in a while...so I'm interested to see what the general consensous is about that.
 

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I use the slicker on all the short hair...mostly on their feet.
A slicker can be painful if you use it with too much pressure...I dont find it gets enough hair off fast enough on the body...so I switch to a pin bush or comb..
I use a comb on the feathers...sometimes a pin brush....if Im in a hurry
I find Im using the comb more and more...I have to be more patient...but I can 'feel' if there is resistance from the undercoat...
The rake I use during heavy shedding...

Will be curious to know where the pros use what tool...
 

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Thanks everyone!! I LOOOOOVE the slicker brush. I think brushing Mojo releases endorphins or something because I get this very happy, calm and relaxing feeling when I do it. He absolutely loves it too. :D
 

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I find it can scratch the skin and cause irritation. I wouldn't use it except in the thickest parts of the coat!
 
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