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FURminator deShedding Supplies: Dogs Love Them

By Hank Will, Editor-in-Chief

Tags: pets, dogs, farms,

Hank Will and Mulefoot piglet.Some time ago, the good folks at FURminator Inc. sent me a little care package containing one of their deShedding Tools, a bottle of deShedding Shampoo and a package of deShedding Dog Treats. I was thrilled because we have six dogs at the farm and they are constantly in need of grooming. In fact, the need for routine grooming is so great that it sometimes just doesn’t happen … imagine a West Highland white terrier that is a greenish-brown that’s not just reminiscent of the color of a fresh steaming pile of ….

Anyway, we have put all three of the products through their paces this mud seasFURminator deShedding Toolon and all of us are pleased with the results. First of all, the deShedding Tool is one of the few combs or brushes that our canine crew universally tolerates. And while most of our dogs don’t tend to shed out in clumps, the deShedding Tool has definitely decreased the amount of dog hair flying around the house. I particularly like the deShedding Tool because I can use it to remove some of the caked-on mud and tangled debris with no protest from the dogs.

Of course, good farm dogs know how to devour treats of all kinds. All six of ours love the deShedding Dog Treats, although I can’t say for sure that there is any difference in their coats so far. I know that the anticipation of receiving a deShedding Dog Treat is motivation to jump in my lap for a good working over with the deShedding Tool. Even Gus, our super-sensitive, lean, 50-pound border collie tolerates the tool when a treat is involved … my lap doesn’t totally love that.

Iris, our youngest Westie has been rolling in cow pies so regularly the past couple of weeks that we know she really loves the deShedding Shampoo. We used the entire bottle on her … she was white again last night, but I know she is already green today.

FURminator deShedding Tool gives results.

If you struggle with indoor dogs and/or cats that shed, I can’t recommend the deShedding Tool from FURminator highly enough. If you have farm dogs and like to keep them looking somewhat civilized, the deShedding Tool makes grooming easy and a lot more fun.

Hank Will raises hair sheep, heritage cattle and many varieties of open-pollinated corn with his wife, Karen, on their rural Osage County, Kansas farm. His home life is a perfect complement to his professional life as editor in chief at GRIT and Capper's Farmer magazines. Connect with him on .

hank will_1
3/23/2009 10:28:11 AM

Sherry -- That makes my hands itch just thinking about it. Very cool on the mixing of dog hair with wool. Thanks for sharing that info.

sherry 'woodswoman'
3/21/2009 5:34:16 PM

Hank ~ Actually, it's almost easier to pull out the tufts by hand. Hand over hand! :) All our dogs blow their coats at different times, even sib groups. Some even blow a bit during the winter cusp months. We used to keep some of the hair, as it is gorgeous, but stopped after we had a surplus. And yes, you can use the canine undercoat hair ~ you mix it with wool and can make all types of clothing items with the combination. One of our good friends, Carrie Skinner, who drove the dog sled for Iditarod Veteran Jeff King during the start in Anchorage two weeks ago was wearing a hat made of dog hair and wool. ;) A lady from Alaska made it for the event. You'll have more opportunity to see our beautiful thick-coated dogs (and their hair) as our Blog moves along. Sherry

erin c. midtlyng
3/20/2009 9:07:13 AM

Very true Dad, Dexter doesn't even have enough to shed. We could probably knit him a sweater from what the furminator pulls off the cats though.

hank will_1
3/20/2009 7:22:47 AM

Cindy -- Go for it. The deShedding tool totally appeals to my tool acquisitive nature. Erin -- that sausage on legs of yours doesn't have sufficient hair to brush, much less shed ... am I right, daughter :)You could comb the fnuzz out of his mohair sweater with the tool though ..... Sherry -- I love the imagery. Do you do anything with all that fur? I have heard of people spinning with it.

sherry 'woodswoman'
3/19/2009 10:26:00 PM

A nifty little tool indeed. ;) With our 19 dogs, 17 of which are sled dogs, the season of "blowing coats" is upon us. Literally.

erin c. midtlyng
3/19/2009 10:00:08 AM

We're a fan of the furminator too, takes care of the kitties like none other. The dog? Not so much. ;-)

cindy murphy
3/19/2009 8:40:31 AM

OMG!!! I have to have one of those deShedding tools! (written as I try to blow errant dog hairs from my keyboard) Our lab sheds buckets, especially now since she's losing her winter coat. Little black hairs are everywhere!!! She's our first lab, and I didn't realize they shed so much. She loses more hair in a day than the two cats combined shed in a month! I checked out the link to FURminator, and was pleased to find in the 'retail dealer nearest you' section that they are sold at our vet's office. At just under $37 for a medium tool, they're pricey, (by my standards anyway), but after reading your glowing review, and hearing the vet tech rave about them, I think I'll be making a trip to pick one up today. (said as I pluck a stray lab hair from my mouth)