The Furminator dog brush has brought thousands of positive reviews from many satisfied pet owners. As one of those pet owners, I can confidently join this group.

We have two dogs that shed like no tomorrow. If we aren’t proactive about their shedding(i.e. using our trusty Furminator brush) then we end up with dog hair in every corner of our house. It helps to keep their shedding levels down.

Dogs will continue to re-grow their hair. It’s only a matter of time before the shedding requires another brushing session. Later in this article, we cover brushing schedules and how to best use a Furminator brush!

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Before and After Using Furminator

Whether your dog’s hair is way out of control or you’re just using it as a touch-up tool, the Furminator brush will always give your dog a smoother, lighter coat. We have two very different coats that we’ve used it on. One was for a husky with seemingly unlimited hair to remove, and the other was a mutt that had only a little bit of hair.

With our husky, we were able to remove enough hair to fill a grocery bag and it still kept coming off. With our mutt, we were done after about five minutes of brushing. For both dogs, their coats felt much cleaner, lighter, and softer. We also found that they noticed it, too.

Using A Furminator Dog Brush

The brush we use is designed for small to medium-sized dogs. We have one large dog and one medium-sized dog. The brush has worked just fine for both of our dogs. In our scenario, one of our dogs actually ended up chewing off the handle of the brush. We fixed the handle(sort of) and it still works just fine. This brush was bought 4 years ago and we still use it to this day.

Furminator Dog Brush
  • Stainless steel deShedding edge reaches through topcoat to safely and easily remove loose hair and undercoat
  • FURejector button releases hair with ease
  • Ergonomic handle for comfort and easy use

When shopping for a furminator brush, you may find quite a few options out there. The most obvious differences are the lengths of the comb. When we bought our furminator, we bought the one that said it was for medium-large dogs even though we have a smaller dog as well.

We found the same brush worked perfectly fine for both dogs. Seeing the smaller-sized brushes actually looks like a nuisance considering how much hair this thing can actually remove. We’re happy to have a wider comb.

Keep reading and you will know exactly what to expect when using a Furminator dog brush.

Undercoat Deshedding Tool

Undercoat Deshedding Tool
  • Stainless steel deShedding edge reaches through topcoat to safely and easily remove loose undercoat hair without damaging topcoat
  • Skin Guard glides over skin, allowing even pressure to be applied
  • Curved Edge conforms to pet's natural build and shape for comfort

You may not realize it at first, but your dog has layers to his or her coat. The top coat is what you see and is usually the hair that is ready to fall off(aka shedding). The undercoat is the hair that is currently attached to the skin. The undercoat is the source of topcoat hair and it can be brushed just as well as the topcoat. Brushing and deshedding the undercoat is a good way to stay ahead of your dog’s overall shedding situation.

The reason to use a specialized de-shedding brush for a dog’s undercoat is mainly to protect their skin. Dogs can be tough, but you still need to be gentle with them. The undercoat de-shedding tool is designed with a skin guard that attempts to prevent you from nicking to scratching your dog’s skin while brushing.

For Dogs With Long Hair

Furminator Dog Brush For Long Hair
  • For Large dogs with long hair: designed especially for dogs that weigh more than 50 pounds.
  • Removes loose hair: reaches through the topcoat to remove loose undercoat hair without cutting skin or damaging the topcoat (when used as directed).
  • FURejector button: just push the button to release hair with ease.

Long hair dogs have their own special grooming routine. Be sure to pick the furminator that takes your dog’s long hair into account. The longer hair requires the bristles to be longer as well. Even if you end up getting a brush that isn’t designed for long-haired dogs, it won’t make the biggest difference. We’ve used the same brush on different kinds of dog hair and it worked just fine. It is worth noting though, that there is just a tiny bit of adjustment for how you brush each dog.

For Dogs With Short Hair

Furminator Dog Brush For Short Hair
  • For Medium dogs with short hair: designed especially for dogs that weigh 25 to 50 pounds.
  • Removes loose hair: reaches through the topcoat to remove loose undercoat hair without cutting skin or damaging the topcoat (when used as directed).
  • Furejector button: just push the button to release hair with ease.

Short hair dogs have a surprising amount of fur to shed. It honestly depends on the season. Your dog will typically have a few major shedding times throughout the year. It might be getting colder or warmer and they need to change the thickness of their coat. A brush for short hair dogs will mean the bristles are shorter, too. If you’re using a long-haired brush on a short-haired dog, just be sure to be extra gentle because the bristles can dig deeper than intended and can scratch your dog’s skin. That won’t make for a fun scratchy time anymore.

Vacuum Accessory/Attachment

The vacuum attachment that’s been developed for the furminator dog brush is pretty handy. It is designed to fit most vacuums and even comes with an adapter to fix even more vacuums. This attachment is made to work together with the “furejector” function of the furminator brush.

Furminator Vacuum Attachment
  • COMPATIBLE VACUUM CLEANER HOSE SIZES: Attachment fits vacuum cleaner hoses with INTERNAL diameters of 1-3/8" to 1-7/16" and NOT COMPATIBLE WITH CERTAIN OUTDOOR VACUUM BRANDS
  • INCLUDES TWO ATTACHMENTS: Use with your vacuum – fits most vacuum brands. Assembly of the tool to the vacuum tool nest is very tight and a perfect fit to the correct brush handle.

What To Do With All The Dog Hair

Once you start using a Furminator dog brush, you will start to see just how much hair it can remove. This will give you a whole new problem altogether. What do you do with all this excess hair that you just removed?! We’ve been using old grocery bags to toss the extra hair into.

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Once you’re done, just throw it out. We’ve also tried to keep the Furminator our travel pack for when we go hiking. Take those short breaks to pet and scratch your doggo, and while you’re at it, grab some of their shedding hair. If you’re in the middle of a random hiking trail, you can leave the hair outside. We’ve even seen people doing this in public parks.

Sometimes it looks like a big mess was left behind. After a short time, the wind will take most of it away. If any rain falls, it will soak into the soil.

Results From Using Furminator

It’s not a coincidence that thousands of people recommend the furminator brush. The results you get from using it are far better than any other brush we’ve used. After a single brushing session, we don’t find as much dog hair collecting in our hall and under our couch.

Our dogs are happy too because they get a nice long scratch with lots of love and attention, too! One thing we didn’t expect from using the brush is how smooth and clean their coat felt just from removing all the old excess hair. It’s like taking an entire layer off of your dog. We usually get inspired by this feeling and give them a bath right after just to drive that clean feeling home.

Keep a Schedule

We found the best results when using a Furminator brush is to stick to a schedule. It doesn’t have to be every day or even every week. Obviously, the best results will come from sticking to your schedule. This will vary depending on your dog. Here is our recommended schedule based on our two dogs.

Daily (Not Recommended)

This brush can actually work too well in some cases. When we brushed our dogs too often, we started to get yelps and screams from them. We didn’t know it at first, but we were actually scratching their skin! We had taken so much hair off that it was becoming too much for them. Once we dialed it back a bit, they were happy once more.

Weekly (Best)

This gives your dogs some time to re-grow their hair. When you brush them with your Furminator every week, it keeps the shedding at a perfect level. When we used the brush every week, the amount of vacuuming we had to do went from daily to once every 7-10 days.


Let’s face it. It’s hard to make time for everything. Brushing is one of those things that will eventually start slipping through the cracks. You will need to balance your priorities. What would you prefer to do? Dog grooming or vacuuming dog hair around the house? Vacuuming may not be an issue for you if you’ve got a good enough vacuum that can handle pet hair. For everyone else, it’s about staying proactive.

Combine Efforts With Another Brush

We’ve taken to using another style of dog brush to finish the job. The Furminator does a great job of removing existing hair. Using another brush can help to smoothen the feel of the remaining hair on your dog’s coat. It isn’t always necessary, but we feel like it’s a nice touch for finishing off a de-shedding session. Also, our dogs seem to love the extra attention. To be honest, we probably add this step because we always follow up on our de-shedding sessions with bath time.

Follow-Up With Bath Time

If you’re taking the time to groom your dog, you can go for some extra credits. We always follow up to use this time to soak our dogs with water in the backyard. Once they’re nice and wet, we slather them with some dog-safe shampoo. At the time of reading, you’re probably thinking this is overkill. Trust us when we say that this extra step actually helps with your dog’s shedding. Our dogs aren’t always happy to do bath time, but once they’re clean and dry, they feel brand new. Don’t forget to give your dog lots of treats!

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