How to Brush a Dog With FURminator

20 - 60 Minutes
2 Weeks


The FURminator is a brush tool made of plastic and metal made to pull loose fur out of your dog’s coat. FURminators come in various sizes for different sized dogs as well as different fur types. The tines of the FURminator are like those of a short comb or brush, but the interior tines have sharp edges to pull out the unwanted excess fur. The FURminator is a perfect tool for year-round use, but especially for the times of year your dog sheds the most. In between the seasonal changes where your dog may be blowing his coat, the FURminator will likely get more fur loose and off of your dog before he drops it all over your house.

Dog's Perspective

If your dog loves to be brushed, he will love this tool just as much as any other tool, if not more. If he's apprehensive about being brushed with the FURminator, give him some treats and some extra love while you groom him. He will get used to it.

Caution & Considerations

  • A FURminator works best with long strokes.
  • Be cautious of bony areas such as the dog’s spine and hips.
  • Be gentle with soft strokes.
  • Go over the same area several times as the FURminator will pull some fur out at first, and each pass will pull out more fur.
  • FURminator comes in various sizes, so be sure to get the right tool for your dog
  • Regular grooming with the FURminator will help prevent shedding because it pulls out fur other brushes do not.
  • Be prepared, especially the first few times you use the FURminator, for piles of fur. The next few times you use this tool, you may notice less fur coming out. This is normal if this is a new tool for your dog’s coat.
  • Be careful when pulling knots and tangles so you do not bend any of the tines of the FURminator.
  • Always brush in the direction the fur grows from head to tail.
  • This tool is great for a dog who is blowing coat in the spring and fall.
  • Be sure to clean out the FURminator as your groom to avoid clogging the tool.


The Furminator is a great tool to help with shedding dogs. Be sure you get the right size and style for your dog's type and size. Terminate shedding issues by brushing your dog with a fabulous FURminator.

Success Stories and Grooming Questions

Grooming Questions & Answers

10 Years
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10 Years

I’ve been using furminator about the last week and my dog is itching now. Could it be like razor burn from furminator and be itching her?

Darlene Stott
Darlene Stott
Dog Trainer and Groomer
0 Dog owners recommended

Thank you for the question. Starr is a real beauty! I have not used the FURminator before but I agree with you that it is irritating Starr's skin. I would discontinue using it. After she heals, you could try it again (I would give it several weeks) and if she starts itching again, then you will know that it is the FURminator. If you stop using it now and she is still itchy after a few days, consult the vet in case there is something else going on. Good luck!

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Grooming Success Stories

German Shepherd
4 Years

I suffer from mild asthma and could not give up my love for dogs, horses, cats. Now I just have dogs, 1 GS and 1 Labrador. At first I looked at the price and said no no. So I discussed with my partner and went we purchaced it. The GS as you know constantly sheds and the office and home was thick with GS hair and now it has reduced by 75% because I use the Furminator. I love it and now both my dogs love it. At first it was what the heck and not happy. I started then to be gentle and now months later the dogs can't wait to be brushed.

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