The Furminator – fact or fallacy?

You might have seen ads for the Furminator – the expensive de-shedding dog brush. I say ‘expensive’ because, well, it is. The large Furminator runs around $40-50 so, before you shell out that hard earned cash on yet another tool to control dog hair, you might be wondering if the Furminator actually works. Well, dear reader, come along and learn of my experience with the Furminator…and, if you’re not in a reading mood – it works!

I have more dog hair on my carpet twice a year than on the dog(s). I say ‘dogs’ as there’s six of the creatures inhabiting my house, and, quite sadly, my bed, my car – my entire world (and, this doesn’t even take into account the one confused cat running around too!). Since I have dogs in every shade of the rainbow (not really but they do range from blond all the way to red), it means that no outfit is safe from becoming a furry mess. But, then again, no outfit is complete without doghair…

Until…someone gave me a gift of a Furminator!

Yes, a shiny new yellow Furminator de-shedding tool was mine! Finally, a dog brush that truly lives up to the hype. The picture above is my 3-legged wonder dog, Hops, after a 5 minute session with the furminator. And, in case you’re wonderingl, the actual dog is on top of the chair and not on the deck….

The Furminator is a very sturdy dog brush which actually strips the coat with a razor. For this reason, using a Furminator should not be taken lightly. For example, do not take the brush to the dog after having, say, 4 glasses of wine (not that I know, mind you – just guessing)…

When brushing a dog with this tool, you can only go over the same spot 3 or 4 times before irritating the dog so beware – start off s-l-o-w.

The Furminator works very well for both long and short haired dogs but it really shines with dogs that have heavy undercoats such as Huskies or Australian Shepherds. But, even with my littlest 10 lb lap dog who is almost bald and has hair instead of fur, the Furminator gives Gizmo’s coat a nice glow as it removes the dead and dry hair.

The only time I’ve ever had a problem using the Furminator (and this was operator error) was when my little rescued Chihuahua/Papillion mix, Marguerita, was heavily matted after a hard rain. The Furminator is not meant to go through matts so a dog comb works much better. After ridding matts with a dog comb or even a scissors, a run over with the Furminator will leave your dog’s coat silky and shiny again.

So, if you’re as furry as your dogs during shedding season, go ahead and invest in a Furminator. You won’t be sorry. Oh, note too: if your cat is tolerant like mine is, the Furminator works wonders in ridding cat hair too – the actual cat is on the right!