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Friday, May 13, 2011

FURminator Takes Shedding Seriously: Review and Giveaway

by Carrie Boyko, CEB
© Carrie Boyko
Oliver Relaxes
 Into a Good Brushing
Who remembers the first FURminators? I'm not sure when this amazing tool was first introduced, but I certainly recall my first experience. I was handed the tool to try while visiting a small pet supply shop. At that time, there was just one size, one type, one color--just one FURminator. 

Much to my amazement I was able to pull massive amounts of fur from Xena's coat with a light brushing. The clerk beamed. Obviously I bought it, and still have it to this day. When we returned home I followed the clerk's instructions to give Xena a deeper brushing. Honestly, I thought I would be wasting my time after all the fur that I left behind at the store. 

Big surprise--another bagful and I could have kept going. Wow, was I feeling like a bad dog mom. Sure, I had been regularly brushing Xena, and yes, I got a good amount of fur out of her coat when brushing. But never in my wildest dreams had I expected this result. 

Now, FURminator has continued to improve their products, creating versions of their fur removal tool for different types and sizes of dogs. You can use their helpful Tool Selector to figure out which one you need for your pet. They were kind enough to send me a small one to test on Oliver. I was surprised to find that he looked at it oddly as if to say, "That's not Xena's brush; I want Xena's brush!" 

I asked a groomer to look at his coat and got a thumbs up, so I've decided to share the FURminator love. I'll give this free sample to one of you. It's a Small Dog Version for Long-haired dogs, so I suggest you only enter this drawing if you have a dog up to 20 lbs. with long fur (2 inches or longer). Entry guidelines are at the bottom of the post. Good luck! Here's a photo of the prize © courtesy of FURminator:
The new tool has a fur ejecting button--a pretty slick idea--to remove the fur as you go without using your other hand to pull it from the brush. This makes the going easier and faster. I like to use my other hand to soothingly stroke while gently holding Oliver on my lap, as I work through his coat. It's a two-handed job, so the ejector button is a great improvement.

Visiting the FURminator site is quite a scientific adventure. I found a page of information entitled The Science of Fur. This was no short report, but a full education that will answer all your questions about your pet's coat. It's a great resource, as are the grooming tips that they offer.

If you choose to purchase a FURminator online, you can order from their website or through Amazon, as well as many other online retailers. This is one very popular product for an obvious reason; it is notorious for helping to reduce shedding.

Tanner and Oliver can vouch for the comfort of this tool as a brush, however I do recommend that you heed their grooming advice carefully. If your dog has mats or long, thick fur, give him a good brushing with a regular brush FIRST. Use soothing music like Through a Dog's Ear to calm your dog while he is groomed, and offer praise and treats to help associate the activity with pleasure. Soon you'll find you have less fur on your furniture, floors and clothing, and that will make it all worth the effort. Happy tails!

How to Enter the Giveaway:
  • This giveaway is for small, long-haired dogs only. Enter IF you have such a dog to use this tool on, or plan to offer it as a gift to someone who does.
  • Tell us your furry monster story in a comment here on the blog, or at our Facebook site.
  • Send me an @Tweet; no more Twitter permalinks, please. I've found I have to look these up separately, whereas the @Tweets are all brought up with one click to check.
  • For two entries, send a picture of your pet being brushed with a FURminator.
  • "Like" All Things Dog Blog and Furminator's Facebook pages, and let us know you did this.
  • Follow All Things Dog Blog and FURminator on Twitter, and let us know you're following.
  • Follow us through Google Friend Connect, near the bottom of our sidebar, or through Networked Blogs, near the top of the sidebar.
  • Void where prohibited; offer good only to North American addresses, age 18+.
Entries will close Thursday, May 19 at 5 PM. Winners will be announced on the blog Friday, May 20. Best of luck to all you furry monsters!

Full Disclosure:  The FURminator being given away in this review was provided compliments of FURminator. I do not accept compensation for product reviews, and the opinion I have given is my own.


Cat and DOG Chat With Caren said...

darn...I guess a Sheltie isn't considered to be a "small" dog? Not sure that the criteria is for that. He is 25 lbs and if you know Shelties....he is a TOP CANDIDATE for this!

Carrie, with Tanner and Oliver said...

Hello Caren: I believe they make a larger FURminator for a Sheltie-sized dog. This little bittie brush would take you all day to do a sheltie with! Best wishes and thanks for stopping in.

cstironkat said...

I'm not entering because I have two of these one for each Alaskan Malamute. I love this product.

Carrie, with Tanner and Oliver said...

Wow....I'm shocked cstironkat! Not! I can't imagine having a Mal without a FURminator! Happy hairballs.

Michelle Spayde said...

Furry Monster RIGHT HERE!!!! When I adopted my Pomeranian Sarah last year just after her rescue, she did not have this massive coat. Now if I don't get her groomed every 6-8 weeks she ends up looking like Cousin IT from "The Adams Family". I have lots of grooming tools; too many really, but nothing seems to do the job. To make my life more miserable, they tack on an additional $15 to her groom bill for the FURminator treatment bringing her total up to $68 PLUS Tip. We NEED to "FURminate" at home!!

Michelle Spayde said...

Like" All Things Dog Blog and Furminator's Facebook pages, and let us know you did this.

I'm letting you know!!!

Michelle Spayde said...

Follow All Things Dog Blog and FURminator on Twitter,

I had to send a request to FURminator TWITTER IS UNDER ARNIEBELLE

Michelle Spayde said...

Follow us through Google Friend Connect,

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