QOTW - Brushing/Combing your dog

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QOTW - Brushing/Combing your dog
Wed, 07-17-2013 - 10:08am

How often do you brush or comb your dogs? Do they shed a lot? Also, do you use the furminator?

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Registered: 11-21-2001
Wed, 07-17-2013 - 12:59pm

We don't brush Cleo as often as we should; I usually mention to DH that he should brush her when I begin to see her looking a little "ragged".  Than, of course, after a bath, too.

She doesn't shed too badly...the worst is usually right after we start up the heat in the Fall.

I've never used a furminator; I think one of the Dog Park people brought one to the Park and used it on her....and other dogs.  I use one of those "blades" that are used to comb horses.  I like it better than the pin brushes.

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Wed, 07-17-2013 - 1:36pm

Jack and Taz shed a lot, depending on the season. Right now their coats are perfect. But, in between seasons Oh Lordy - it's like Taz is shedding cotton balls LOL! 

I do use the furminator (for smaller dogs) and it's great! I also use what I call "the rake" - not sure what it's really called. ;-)

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Registered: 11-19-2001
Thu, 07-18-2013 - 7:22am
I rarely brush Dante or any of my Greyhounds, they just don't need it. But when it's shedding season, I do use the Furminator on Dante to try and get rid of some of the loose hair.
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Thu, 07-18-2013 - 9:22am

I use a ZoomGroom on short haired dogs, both the cone and rubber bristle type.  Then I give them a good rubdown with a damp chamois.  All the loose hair is gone and they feel very special.  

I'm about to order a furminator for the cat though.  He had apparently been shaved before I got him, so I didn't know how long Himalayan fur can get!  He looks gigantic, but he's actually a rather slender 11 pounds under all that fuzz.  I start to sweat just looking at him, but he doesn't seem uncomfortable, even in this heat.  He is prone to hairballs though, as you might guess, so I'll try the furminator.


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Registered: 11-01-1999
Thu, 07-18-2013 - 5:42pm

I'm a bad furmommy!  I rarely brush any of my animals. 

It was spa day here today, and all the pugs got baths.  Roo Ben is the biggest at 28+ pounds, but he shed 1/3 the hair Jabaar did and 1/2 the hair Anya did.  Jabaar is 22 pounds and Anya is 19 pounds.  Gobs and gobs of dog hair in the drain.  You could build a puppy with it all.

My Siamese cat went through a hairball season this Spring.  He is strictly indoor, so I don't know how the seasons should affect his coat, but I guess they do.  He doesn't really shed very much most of the time.

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Registered: 03-20-2001
Fri, 07-19-2013 - 4:56am

Well we are supposed to be brushing Coffee's long hair everyday. but i don't as she just won't let me.  She'll let me brush her neck and her back along the spine  and head and that's it. Of course those are not the sections that get "ratty".    We now keep her fur trimmed short .  Her groomer has no problem cutting her fur or bushing it (or for that matter brushing her teeth , another thing she will not let us do).  She goes every 6 weeks for bath, cut , nails, teeth etc.

You all know who the boss in this family is.


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Registered: 11-01-1999
Fri, 07-19-2013 - 8:39pm

OK.  So after the pugs were bathed yesterday, there was hair everywhere.  I've Swiffered three times, and I still have tumbleweeds.  So I took them outside and brushed them.  More and more hair.