Both of my dogs are shedding like crazy right now. Living in a smaller space, we notice their hair a lot more. It gets everywhere. We let our dogs on the couch and the bed, so wherever we are THE HAIR IS THERE TOO. And it’s not just small amounts of hair…I’m talking about MOUNDS. I could sweep and vacuum every day and it would still be all over the place. When I vacuum, it looks like I’ve trapped a small animal inside the container. Tiny bunnies hide behind chairs and under cabinets. We’re fed up.
Well, desperate times call for desperate measures. I never thought I would spend $50 on a de-shedding device that is basically a fancy dog brush, but after reading the great reviews on Amazon (4.5 stars out of 5 with over 3,000 reviews is pretty darn good), I shelled out the cash for a medium-sized deLuxe FURminator from PetSmart. I figured I could use this size for both of my dogs. Lulu is 70lbs and Beans is 21lbs, so it’s not often that we find a one-size-fits-all product.
As soon as the product arrived, we took them outside and “FURminated” them, which was very easy — it is just like brushing or combing your dog except that you go over the same area numerous times to be sure all loose hair is removed. I really enjoyed the hair-ejecting functionality (the “FURejector”). When we previously used any kind of brushing or combing device, it was always a task to remove the hair from the bristles. The FURminator made it very easy. The handle was comfortable to grip and the bristles did not pull the hair so much as gently remove it. The protective plastic cover that clips onto the bristles is also a nice add-on.
Neither of my dogs enjoys getting brushed, but they seemed to be OK with the FURminator. There was no wriggling or pulling away. We gave them lots of praise and treats for being so well-behaved!
We were impressed with how much loose hair the FURminator removed.
Don’t forget the hard-to-reach areas!
Once the FURmination was complete, we performed a serious top-to-bottom clean of our entire apartment to rid it of any remaining hair. We washed sheets, towels, pillowcases, vacuumed under beds and behind doors until we caught every last hair we could possibly find. Then, the test began.
Over the next week, I took note of how much hair I found on the duvet and in the nooks and crannies where it seemed to accumulate before. I did find that there was significantly less hair. So, I decided to continue to keep tabs on it and see how long it would take for the hair to come back and collect again. It took about three weeks for the hair to get to a point where we needed to run the vacuum cleaner again, but it still wasn’t as bad as it was before. I also noticed that when Lulu would rub up against my leg, there was way less hair that came off onto my pants.
We just used the FURminator again this past week after bathing our very dirty dogs (we don’t often bathe them). We plan on using the tool about every two weeks with a ritual of vacuuming and cleaning of places where the dogs spend the most time (duvet, dog bed, rugs, etc). This is the routine that works for us in our small space. I have to admit that the FURminator lives up to the reviews I read online and all the hype! In my personal experience, it is a great de-shedding tool and is worth the price.
Do you have a FURminator? If so, how often do you use it? What was your dog’s shedding like before you got the tool?