How to Use The FURminator [Full Review]

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If there’s one thing that we get asked time and again when it comes to dog grooming, it’s how to use the FURminator.

This deshedding tool is an incredibly popular and effective way to minimize your dog’s shedding and stop them leaving hair all over your carpet and clothes.

We’ve got the scoop on everything you need to know about the Furminator — including a Furminator review — so you can decide if it’s a good purchase for you and your pup.

Let’s find out more…

What is the FURminator?


As you might be able to guess from it’s whacky name, the FURminator (available here) is a device that helps thin out your dog’s hair – effectively exterminating all of their dead hair.

It’s incredibly popular with owners of dogs with double coats who shed frequently throughout the year.

As well as Siberian huskies and mini huskies, labs, retrievers and a host of equally furry dog breeds get a lot of use out of the FURminator. These tools claim to reduce shedding by up to 90%!

While you can never stop your husky from shedding, you can easily remove the hairs from your dog’s undercoat that have already been shed from their skin. Sure, you could choose to comb it out, but nothing is as quick and effective at doing this as the FURminator.

It will also dramatically reduce the opportunity for painful mats and tangles to form under the topcoat.

How Does the FURminator work?

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The FURminator looks like any other dog hair brush with a fine tooth comb and an ergonomic handle — but it’s much more effective at penetrating deep into the recesses of your husky’s coat and loosening up big chunks of hair.

Some buyers are surprised that the FURminator isn’t motorized, but the concept is just that it’s an incredibly effective brush.

If you’ve seen any promotional material for the FURminator, you’ll likely have seen a big pile of hair next to a newly groomed dog – hair that would have been destined to shed all over your home otherwise!

Furminator review

Good grief… anybody for a Christmas sweater?

How To Use the FURminator

Now we know exactly what the FURminator is, let’s work out how to use it safely and effectively on your pup.

Firstly, you should decide on your FURminator schedule: ideally you should have no more than two sessions per week of between 10 and 20 minutes each. The time needed to thoroughly ‘FURminate’ your pup’s coat may increase during shedding seasons.

Grooming is probably not a time that your dog will naturally enjoy, so it’s up to you to make the experience as enjoyable as possible for them so they don’t shy away next time.

Come armed with some treats, praise and plenty of love!

  • Make sure that your husky’s coat is totally dry and that there’s no mats or tangles to contend with in their hair
  • Brush the same way as the growth of the hair, from head to tail, using long strokes
  • Don’t brush over any cuts your dog may have on his skin
  • Be gentle with your strokes and don’t put too much pressure on – the FURminator is penetrative enough as it is
  • You can use the FURminator on the ears and tail although proceed with caution as those areas are sensitive
  • The same goes for the tummy and legs

It’s likely that you’ll be able to withdraw a lot of hair from your dog so you’ll have to remove it from the brush as you go. Clean the FURminator with warm water and mild soap after use, before drying it and storing it encased in the protective edge cover.

Can The FURminator Damage Skin?

One of the common concerns we see is: “can the Furminator damage a dog’s coat?

The FURminator is a sharp tool and can cut the skin of your husky if you don’t use it carefully.

It can be abrasive against the skin so only use it a maximum of twice per week. As you brush, remember to stroke it up and away from the skin, and not drag it across the skin. Also, don’t repeatedly go over the same patch of skin and hair – just one brush stroke will be fine.

Some owners neglect to brush their dog once they start using the FURminator which is a mistake — brushing your dog a couple of times a week will stop them developing mats and tangles in their coat.

While the FURminator should eventually reduce the opportunity for these to form, only a normal brush will successfully be able to get these out.

Our FURminator Review

First off, let’s start by saying that we love the Furminator and use it religiously on our huskies.

It’s a real game changer if you’ve got one of the heaviest shedding dogs.

But that doesn’t mean that it’s a perfect product — we’ve rounded up everything that’s great and all that could be improved so you can make the best decision for your dog.

The Furminator for dogs that shed

The Positives

It Works

This is probably the most obvious benefit, but as so many products make false promises these days, it’s worth saying anyway: the Furminator brush really works.

It’s really quite incredible how much hair it can extract from your dog without leaving them looking like a bald eagle afterwards.

They claim to reduce shedding up to 90% on regularly groomed dogs. Now that’s a lot of hair not in your carpet!

It has made a huge difference to the amount of maintenance our huskies (and home!) require. We simply run the Furminator through them once per week and immediately notice how much less they shed during the week.

Before, we were vacuuming our house every other day to clean up all their shedded fur.

And the best thing is — it doesn’t make any difference to your dog’s looks, as it just removes the dead hair that is lying beneath the top coat — you know, the hair that gets embedded into all your clothes and carpets.

Training Opportunity

Having a regular grooming appointment with the Furminator has grown into a training opportunity with our huskies.

While at first they were fidgety and wary of the deshedding brush, with some gentle encouragement (not to mention a couple of tasty treats!) it morphed into a way to train them to be still.

Plus we’re convinced that they like the way it feels on their skin — and how light they feel once we’ve got rid of all that dead hair.

It’s Cheap

All of us dog owners know how expensive it can be sending your large dog for regular grooming sessions. It really adds up — and doesn’t even necessarily cut down the amount of shedding anyway.

But when you make the one-off payment to buy the Furminator brush, you’ve got it for life — and you’ll be able to use it in between grooming appointments to take care of the shedding. This is particularly helpful during shedding season.

The company recommend that you only use it a maximum of twice per week. We shudder to imagine the cost of sending our huskies to the groomers twice per week!

It’s Durable

But despite its eminently reasonable price, the Furminator brush is clearly a well made and durable product.

We’ve had ours for a number of years now and it’s showing no signs of letting up with age.

The blades will dull at some point, but we’ll be happy to replace the product when they do.

It’s Easy to Clean

You’d be forgiven for thinking that with the amount of hair it extracts, the furminator brush might be a pain to clean up afterwards.

Well thanks to the FURejector button, you can get rid of all the caught hair in one easy swoop straight into your trash can.

The Negatives

You Have to be Careful

One of the reasons why the Furminator is so effective at removing hair is that it’s equipped with sharp blades and a stainless steel edge — it’s not a soft brush that can be idly pulled through your dog’s hair without much thought.

Obviously the most important factor when it comes to grooming is your dog’s comfort and safety — so it’s imperative that you don’t hurt them with the sharp brush. It doesn’t dig into their skin at all, but it’s always best to keep a look out.

Be vigilant and careful as you brush, and don’t use the Furminator more than twice per week, as per their advice. Give their skin and hair time to heal!

FURejector Button Can be Hit and Miss

We’ve always found our furminator to be very easy to clean but some owners of dogs with particularly thick hair have noted that the hair can get stuck in the brush when you try to eject it.

In this case, you’ll have to pull it out manually yourself.

Does The FURminator Really Work?

All-in-all, we love the Furminator brush and would be lost without it.

Owners of huskies, labs, goldens and indeed any dogs with a double coat will likely find this deshedding brush to be a godsend. If you hate having to clean your house and clothes every day because of all the shedded dog hair, this tool will come in very handy!

Where Can I Buy the FURminator?

The Furminator brush is one of the most popular canine grooming tools ever in the USA and so can be found in a variety of stores both online and in person.

And, of course, it’s available on Amazon.

They also stock a variety of other FURminator products — including shampoos and rakes.

Have you used the Furminator yet?

2 thoughts on “How to Use The FURminator [Full Review]”

    • Hi Mhikl,

      You can’t sharpen the Furminator as far as we know — but it is very durable and should last a long time before you have to replace it.


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