I’m all about stopping the shedding madness.
A little known fact about me is I used to be a dog groomer. I HATED spring. Every owner who didn’t know how to handle pet hair brought their dogs to us and said “Fix it”. Well, we did.
This is what my husband looked like last night after a serious play session with our little dog, Pip. If you think that’s bad, you should see the back of my car right now. Our dogs LOVE going for rides in the car. Unfortunately, it leaves THAT mess of hair behind and doggie nose art on the windows.
Luckily, I still have the MOST AMAZING shed stopping tool in my grooming arsenal. It’s called a KONG Zoom Groom Dog Brush. I bought his beast of a tool when I had a Great Dane/Lab mix. I’m sure you can imagine what 120 lbs. of shedding dog looked like at the time. This brush left PILES of hair in the yard and kept me from having dog hair tumbleweeds blowing through the house.
This is my very dirty and well used KONG Zoom Groom Dog Brush. I paid about $8.00 for it 15 years ago. Yes, I said FIFTEEN years ago. It also might have been left on the back porch once when it rained and developed a bit of a mildew problem, so no, they don’t look all icky when they’re new.
This is the actual brush. You can buy them in a harder or softer material. I prefer the really stiff brushes because they get into the coat really well. However, if you have a smaller, less sturdy dog you might want the softer bristle brush. Also, DO NOT use the brush for dogs on a cat unless you rub VERY gently…or you might accidentally brush a bald spot on your cat that takes over a year to grow back. Not that I’ve ever done that. *cough* You can also try a KONG ZoomGroom Cat Brush made just for cats!
This brush really works on short-haired dogs without an undercoat such as Labs, Great Danes, Rat Terriers, Jack Russell Terriers etc.. If you have a Husky, Chow, Malamute etc. type breed or any breed with really thick hair you will need a Top Paw Dog Shedding Rake for their hair. Please be gentle with Undercoat Rakes as they are SHARP and you can cause an irritation on their skin if you’re too rough. I also prefer a Grreat Choice Soft Slicker Dog Brush for dogs with thick layers of hair, again be gentle on sensitive body parts.
The key to getting a Zoom Groom to work well is a vigorous brushing in the direction of the hair growth. Make sure you get under the collar area, the front of their necks and down the front of their chests. You will also pull a ton of hair from their thighs and don’t forget the tail! The AWESOME part about brushing them like this is THEY LOVE IT. It’s like getting a massage! The worst part is if the wind is blowing you’ll end up covered in hair. Do not do this inside. EVER. Trust me.
When the brush gets full simply flick your wrist and the hair falls right out. In about 5 minutes of solid brushing on Pip (23 lbs Rat Terrier mix) tonight we had about a softball sized amount of hair. We usually try to let it float off for birds and squirrels to use for nesting. In order to keep the shedding to a minimum you need to brush the dogs at least twice a week for 5-10 minutes. It’s an easy chore kids can do as well and keeps your house almost completely hair free!
I hope this helps and if you have any other grooming related questions, please feel free to ask!
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