Grooming 101: Shedding
This is an addition to our Grooming 101 series, after being able to use a Furminator deShedding brush with the [oh so amazing] vacuum attachment.
Shedding is every pet parents nightmare. From hair all over the house, the car and your clothes.. it’s enough to make you want to pull your own hair out sometimes. However, with the proper diet and regular grooming [both at home and with a professional] shedding can become manageable.
The best use of the Furminator brush requires a two step process: Pre bath and post bath.
- Brush your dog to ensure they are free of tangles. Any tangles or mats that are left in your dogs coat before you brush them with the Furminator brush will make brushing difficult and possibly painful for your dog. While brushing your dog if you come across any matting or tangles you can’t get out with brushing or combing, call your groomer. Most groomers will offer mat removal or brushing services for a very small fee.
- Brush them with the Furminator brush after you are sure your dog is free of tangles for 5-10 minutes with a light pressure. Please note: hard pressure can cause skin irritation and possible injury. If your dog starts showing signs of discomfort- give them a break.
After you are done brushing, you will have something like this:
After brushing, it’s time for the bath!
For best results use the Furminator deShedding shampoo and conditioner because it:
- Promotes healthy skin and coat to reduce shedding
- Helps reduce excessive shedding by releasing the undercoat during the bath
- Enriched with Omega 3 & 6 Fatty Acids, Calendula Extract and Papaya Leaf Extract
- This blend of natural ingredients helps protect against excessive shedding leaving a healthy and shiny coat
- This unique blend of natural ingredients conditions the coat and releases the undercoat during the bath to help protect against excessive shedding
- Contains no parabens, artificial colors or chemical dyes
- Your dog will more than likely not want to be in the tub. If you have a larger dog, you will probably need a second set of hands to help you get the dog in the tub and to keep them there. It’s highly recommended this bathing process be done either at home with a force dryer or at a self service dog wash that can provide you with one.
- Be sure your water is lukewarm, not too hot or too cold: dog skin is different from ours and hot water can burn dogs more easily and dogs don’t enjoy being cold as much as we do, avoid using cold water or outdoor hose water.
- Be gentle around the face and any sensitive areas and remember if you do get any soap or debris in the eyes to use your eye wash.
- Using the deShedding conditioner will help loosen the shedding hair. After application, leave the conditioner sit for approximately 2-5 minutes.
- Using a force dryer on a low setting, start to ‘dry’ your dog to help blow out the loose hair.
- After the blow out, rinse your dog of all the conditioner and dry with a towel; completely dry your dog with the force dryer.
- Brush your dog with the Furminator brush again for anywhere from 10-15 minutes or until the undercoat stops coming out.
- After the brushing and drying you should notice quite a difference in your dog’s coat: from less bulky to much shinier.
Photo timeline of Padfoot’s Furminator transformation:
With regular use of the Furminator brush at home as well as regular baths, you will notice a major change in your dog’s shedding. The Furminator brush reduces shedding up to 90%, and as a professional groomer I have offered the service outlined above to pet parents as an alternative to shaving their dog and almost every person has been completely satisfied with the results.
The vacuum attachment makes brushing clean up a breeze! The attachment allows the loose hair to be sucked up straight into a vacuum, so there is very little clean up.
Proper use is the key to success with the Furminator products and the company’s website has a wonderful guidelines and FAQ’s to help pet parents get the most out of their products.