I always say that with longhaired dogs, at least you can SEE the hair to pick out of your salad! But seriously, who likes all that fur flying around, when there is an easy way to keep it under control – just with regular grooming?
I recently tried the amazing new FURminator and although I have had a chance to try most of the FURminator products we carry, I REALLY love the features these new ones have AND the benefits my dog and I gain from using it.
Newfoundlands all have water-resistant double coats, but not all Newf coats are created equal. Some top coats are thick and stay-put, some (like my Newf, Rudder) have a finer top coat that snarls and tangles easily, especially behind the ears, under the front legs, and in the groin area. Keeping these areas tangle-free is essential for Rudder’s comfort. The skin is delicate in these places and matted hair pulls on this skin, can cause redness, and even sores if the mats are allowed to remain.
The new FURminator is keyed for an individual dog’s size and fur length – either short or long. The new Giant FURminator is actually a full inch larger than previous large FURminators and really allows me to get at more of Rudder’s coat at one time – that’s a HUGE time saver. I chose the one geared for longhaired dogs, and it can really get deep into the undercoat to remove dead (often smelly) fur.
I also like the one-handed cleaning feature, which the last FURminator also had – just press the button and the fur drops right out of the tool. I have to admit, at first I thought this might be a silly feature – what was the deal with pulling hair out of the tool with the other hand? Buttttttttttttt…. when I really got into a grooming session, and had to hold Rudder still with one hand, I realized what a boon this feature was.
Here is an actual photo of Rudder after a short FURminator session with all the hair it removed. Keep in mind that I actually just had him professionally groomed last week (a Christmas present for myself). This photo makes me happy because I realize how much less fur there will be in my vacuum bag or floating around ready to land in my soup!
Other Dog Grooming Posts:
- Dog Shedding – What’s Normal & Shed Control Tips.
- How to Trim Your Dog’s Nails – Learn when and how to trim your dog’s nails with step-by-step instructions.
- Nail Clipping Time! – Does your dog hide when you get the nail clipper out? Tips to get your dog to actually enjoy nail clipping time!
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