A Furminator brush is a comb-like grooming tool that removes excess fur and reduces shedding. It has stainless steel teeth that are curved inwards, allowing them to penetrate deeply into your pet’s undercoat while being gentle on the skin and coat.
The Furminator also helps to reduce matting and tangles and eliminate dirt from your pet’s fur. In addition, because it is specifically designed to reach down deep into the fur, it can help keep your pet’s coat looking healthy and shiny without damaging the topcoat.
The Furminator brush does not cut hair.
How to Use the Furminator Brush
If you’re on a time crunch, do steps one and two. If you want to remove almost all the dead hair growth, follow all the steps outlined below.
1. Clear Any Hair That’s Matted
Remove any knots from your dog’s fur before using the Furminator brush. If you don’t, it can cause discomfort to your pup.
If the knots are too tight and you cannot gently brush them out using a wide-toothed comb, make an appointment with your veterinarian or groomer. They’ll be able to safely remove the knot without causing pain or distress for your pup.
2. Brush Your Dog With the Furminator Gently
Start by brushing toward the fur growth, using long, gentle strokes. Let the Furminator work. You should not be pulling hard.
Pay special attention to areas that may become matted or tangled easily, like behind the ears or around the legs. Concentrate on areas where dirt accumulates as well, as this can cause discomfort for your dog.
Be careful around sensitive areas.
3. Continue to Brush Until You’ve Worked Out the Dead Undercoat
Don’t pull too hard. While the Furminator may not cut hair, it will pull loose hair out and pull the hair right out of your dog’s skin if it gets hung up on a knot.
If you haven’t used a Furminator Brush in a while, prepare to spend a considerable amount of time brushing with a Furminator.
I have a Lab, and the rule of thumb is to brush them until your arm feels like it will fall off, then switch arms and keep going.
4. Use a Soft Brush
Once you’ve finished brushing with the Furminator, you can use a soft bristle brush to finish the job. This will help to give your pup’s coat a smooth, shiny finish and make it more manageable.
Regular brushing of your dog’s coat is important not only for grooming purposes but also to build trust between you and your pet so they feel comfortable being groomed.
5. Give Them a Bath
After brushing your dog’s fur, it’s time to bathe them. Make sure you use the correct shampoo for your dog’s specific coat type and skin condition.
Give your dog a good scrubbing, then rinse them off with lukewarm water. After their bath, dry them thoroughly with a soft towel to avoid further skin irritation.
6. Blow Them Out
After bathing your dog, you can blow them out to remove the remaining loose hairs. Use a blow dryer set on the lowest heat setting to avoid burning their skin.
Make sure you keep the blow dryer moving so as not to stay in one spot for too long and risk overheating your pup’s fur.
What Type of Dog is the Furminator Deshedding Tool For?
Don’t use the Furminator on any breed of dog that doesn’t shed or has sensitive skin.
The Furminator Brush is designed for dogs that shed. Avoid using it more than once a week, as its powerful bristles can cause skin irritation and hair loss.
If your dog’s coat is particularly thick or matted, you may need to use it more frequently but with caution.
When brushing, always be gentle and take your time so your pup remains calm and relaxed. You should also check the brush for any clumps of fur or fleas.
Does the Furminator Brush Use Razor Blades?
The Furminator does not use razor blades and will not cut you when handling it. Still, it can be uncomfortable for the dog in the following scenarios:
- You pull the Furminator through tangled or matted hair.
- You brush one spot too long.
- Brushing sensitive areas of the dog.
Does The Furminator Work on All Dogs?
No, the Furminator brush does not work on all breeds of dogs.
This brush works best on long haired, double-coated breeds such as German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers and Labradors. Short-haired breeds with single coats, like Bulldogs or Pugs, may not need this type of brush at all.