It kills me to think about paying $50 for a dog brush (the furminator) no matter how much I love my dogs. Does anyone know of somewhere to purchase one that is not so expensive? I have only checked at the local pet store chains so far, but I may check online and see if I can find one less expensive. Any suggestions would be helpful.
I start with a flea comb, not to get out fleas but because they are so fine they get right to the undercoat and pull out the loose hair and dander. Then I use a bristle brush because they stimulate the natural oils. Then I finish with a hound glove that's like a chamois leather because it leaves a lustrous shine.
I groom them once a week. I find this is all that's reguired.
Beagletails, I googled it and found them in 29 dollars, but that still is kind of expensive for a dog brush.
Jennifer, I do the same thing that you do, and Chloe has a shorter coat than most beagles, but I still get the feeling that it's not enough..... :conf12:
I believe my daughter bought it for about $60 some dollars on line. Thanks for reminding me that I have it. I stored it up along with Marlin's belongings, used to be for his long fur.
I used it on Charlie, wow lots of hair came out onto the furminator. be careful not to hit them with it, pretty heavy and clumsy, kept hitting Charlie with the angles...ouch sorry.
Eleanor: A bit late on a reply and see that you already bought something but wanted to mention that I use a rubber curry brush on Mags. Bought it in a horse/riding supply store for about $5 twelve years ago. It looks brand new and still works like a charm. What's nice is that it has what seems like a handle so it stays on your hand quite easily as you brush. That is the only thing I have ever used on her -- she loves the feeling -- expect it is like a massage. Of course, the occasional liver treat (can you say "bribe") helps! I seem to recall that I saw one in a pet supply catalogue not too long ago.
Judy, I have that.... it's great, but I think it's partly a psychological issue with me. If I don't feel the brush gets to the skin, it's like it doesn't do the work! I do use the brushes gently of course.... /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif