Destination, Furmination!Posted: July 13, 2011
I couldn’t think of a better title lol.
About a month ago, my friend was telling me about a tool called a Furminator for helping to groom a dog. It sounded interesting, but was rather expensive.
I bit the bullet and decided to buy one. (They are from £11 I think on
But something like £50 if I baught it directly from the Furminator company, whic is a bit expensive
I heard from some guide dog owners that some dogs didn’t like the Furminator, but thought i’d try it out anyway. I wasn’t sure whether to get the medium or large, but went for the
Furminator Dog De Shedding Tool Medium
When it came, i wasn’t sure what to think. It basically is a bit bigger and wider than a razor you would use for shaving. It has a rubber handle, and a guard on the comb part. The comb part is basically like a blade. I don’t think it is though, as it feels like a comb with the teeth really really small and close together. It also comes with instructions.
Before using it, I let Ushi sniff it with the guard on. This was because i wanted to make it as positive as possible for her, and since it was a new tool I wanted her to know what it was before using it. I then practiced how to hold it and used it on her back still with the guard on. The last thing I wanted to do was to hurt her.
I went through our normal grooming routine at first, which is to check her over physically to make sure there are no abnormal smells or anything. I then used the
Which is shaped kind of like a fish and has little rubber spikes (they don’t hurt the dog as they are rubber). This gives the dog kind of like a massage while removing the dead hair.
I then used the Furminator. I started at Ushi’s head, and did a long gentle stroke down her back a couple of times. I did her sides too but didn’t spend as much time on them. (She saw a fly unfortunately when I was using it, so got a wee bit panty but let me use it on her. I tried it again on Saturday night, and she didn’t mind it at all.).
After using the Furminator, I used a comb, a dandy brush, and finally polished her coat off with a wet Shammy.
I didn’t think much came off the Furminator at first, but then again, I thought about my comb too. I think there is quite alot that does come off though as when I wasn’t using it there were big clumps coming out. (Ushi is a short haired dog anyway).
I wouldn’t use the Furminator more than once or twice a month I’d say using it more than that could probably not be good for the coat. At the start, I was very hesitant to use it, but now I just use it like i’d use my comb. You use it like you would use a safety razor for shaving, only in long strokes down the body going the way the hair grows. I wouldn’t use it on the tale area though or the legs.
The Furminator is very easy to clean-just run it under the tap when washing your other grooming tools. (I use a bowl of water with baby shampoo in it to wash my brushes).
I am so glad I decided to get one. They seem so useful, and seem to make the coat more softer than usual! I continue to groom throughout the month with my regular tools though.
I didn’t mean for this to sound like a review lol, but i suppose that’s what it is.
I hope you have enjoyed it!