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"Boston Terror" Chronicles: North vs. the FURminator

"Boston Terror" Chronicles: North vs. the FURminator

With such a tough-sounding product name, I'll admit I was expecting the FURminator to work wonders terminating North's pet-hair issue. One local pet store has an actual TV playing this video of a man testing the product out on a heavy-shedding breed, the Golden Retriever, and that stack of dog hair was quite shocking . . . and definitely piqued my interest. Since I've got a pooch who does get hair on my clothes and my furniture, I was willing to try out anything to help me limit the shed. On the right, you'll recognize my cutie patootie and, on the left, a fairly ordinary looking brush said to do extraordinary things. Will it work out? Check out some pics and my opinions when you

Gross! Although the FURminator says it gets the best results on a freshly washed dog, bathtime just wasn't part of North's evening agenda that night, so I tested it out anyway. I got that big mass of hair from just 15 minutes, about all he would sit still for. I'd recommend cooing and petting/scratching a dog with another hand to take his attention away from the brush and my pup seemed to prefer short and gentle over longer strokes. I started with him on my lap but he got squirmy (and I could tell hair was gonna end up all over), so I had him sit on the hardwood floor per the instructions to "position a dog or cat in an area that would be easy to sweep or vacuum."Or baggie. Ha. I'd definitely say this product is worth the money — I found a range of prices for the three sizes from $21 and up — and North didn't hate the FURminator any more than his normal brush and this gets at the undercoat and loose hair — hair I didn't even know was ready to shed. For those less-than-willing pups, there are also FURminator deShedding Dog Treats to lure him still and promote healthy skin and coat.

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jezabelly8 jezabelly8 8 years
I have been using the "FURminator" for almost 3 months now. My mom had heard about it and my Cavalier sheds quite a bit. While I think the brush does a great job getting the hair, I have noticed that Indy looks like he has split ends??? If that makes any sense. The ends of his hair are all split and it makes his beautiful red color dull quite a bit. Does anyone else with a longer haired dog have these issues?
witchbaby witchbaby 8 years
I think this is something to look into. My sheltie sheds like crazy! and this could help me getting my babies fur weaved into yarn!
cubadog cubadog 8 years
Thank god Jess Ness. Geez.
Home Home 8 years
Ozzie hates being brushed but using the furminator on her seems to make her go into a trance-like state (a good one). Using it on Oz (an Aussie shepherd mix) produced an insane amount of fur for the half hour we spent. I highly, highly recommend this product for long-haired pups. Plus, random friends asked if she'd recently been bathed because she was so soft. Nope--just the furminator. :)
Alisha_Stiletto Alisha_Stiletto 8 years
I just purchased the tiny Furminator for my 2lb girl (its the purple colored one - good for small dogs/cats) - and I used it once, and it worked way better than regular brushes. She's a rough coated Chihuahua (Thats when a long and short haired Chi are bred) - anyway, all went well until... She started shedding again the next day. Dammit. Im going to keep it up though, well worth it. She shed way less, I do admit.
marthalilian126 marthalilian126 8 years
I use the Furminator with my Maximus and it gets the same results. Unfortunately, by the next day he's back to shedding EVERYWHERE.
hazelprincesse hazelprincesse 8 years
This thing is awesome!!!! My family has a Golden Retriever puppy and two German Shepherd mutts that shed works wonders on them. Plus, they seem to really enjoy it even more than their normal brush!
jw2 jw2 8 years
I thought this product was very gimmicky and pretty expensive for a brush. However, we have a retriever/husky mix and she would shed like crazy! There would just be globs of white hair all over the house and furniture and us. My mom happened to pick up a FURminator and it has been SOOOOO worth the money. Our dog happens to LOVE being brushed and will sit for hours if you let her and we could make multiple dogs from the hair we have pulled out with the FURminator. Typically I don't subscribe to these gimmicky products, but this is one I would DEFINITELY recommend.
JessNess JessNess 8 years
Cuba- I think Im thinking the same thing you are :rotfl: I had to do a double take :rotfl:
Pets Pets 8 years
It totally helps strip the undercoat – so while North doesn't shed that much, it really did a great job at getting that loose hair that would eventually come off. I'm sure if I sat with the brush longer, I could have removed even more hair... truly an amazing product worth that extra cost.
Jessamae22 Jessamae22 8 years
this post's pictures cracked me up! I agree ALSW--I love the baggie pic :) :) I will have to look into using this for my Pom....she doesn't necessarily shed, but has TONS of fur that needs brushed out...
AKirstin AKirstin 8 years
Oh, sweet! Thanks for posting this, I have been considering this brush for a week or so now, but wasn't sure if it was worth that much money. I'm going to get one. :D
amers230 amers230 8 years
i have a lab mix that sheds horribly year round. the only thing we've found that even remotely worked was one of those shedding blades most people use for horses (they do make a doggie version lol.) they're under ten bucks and amazing. we just took her to get her nails trimmed and the groomer said for 45 bucks they could shave her and bathe her and stuff so i may cough up the money for that to see what happens. the furminator does look like it works, but i think i'll just stick with the cheapo shedding blade for now lol
cubadog cubadog 8 years
Am I the only one that doesn't think that looks like something else.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
I have the furminator and my little Boston Terrier doesn't mind it that much. He loves to be scratched on the back so he likes this. Plus, it seems to cut down on the shedding even though he doesn't shed that much. Does North really shed alot? Boston's are typically low shedding dogs.
wingedkiare wingedkiare 8 years
The furminator is great! My mom has it to use on our border collie mix and after awhile, you really do notice less of a shedding issue. It used to be that you'd pet his back and come up with fistfulls of fur, and now... not so much. So it definitely helps out.
saucytomato saucytomato 8 years
Try that with a German Shepherd! The fermination never ends in our house!!! We have to do it in the garage or else the entire house would be a furball.
mswindang mswindang 8 years
i love it when my fox terrier comes home form grooming. it really does lessen his shedding maybe because of whatever they use over there. i have a furminator but i seriously do not have the patience to do it to my dog..
acemonkey acemonkey 8 years
I may have to try this. My babies shed like crazy. I think this would help. Thanks for the post Petsugar!
ur_momm ur_momm 8 years
Hahah thats nuts!!! My boyfriend's mom was doggiesitting this week and she brought him to the groomers yesterday (gramma spoils him) and apparently they use this vaccuum thing to suck out all the hair. i have a half boxer/half lab and labs apparently shed like crazy... he is no exception... i was at the gym last week and dog hair was falling off my towel in the shower... so much that it FREAKED me out.
ALSW ALSW 8 years
Wow, look at all that hair! Ickity! But I love his expression in the baggie of fur pic!
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