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Old 05-23-2012, 06:02 AM
Status: "Adoption: The Loving Option" (set 6 days ago)
 
Location: Kansas
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Well, this is the first short-haired dog I have ever had in my life, our new yellow lab. All the tools I have are for a chowish coat. Our lab has a soft outer coat versus what I am told is the exception to the rule that they have a coarse outer coat. It is like silk! So, I looked at the store/online and I just don't know what brush and/or comb I should get for her so any advice would be appreciated.
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Old 05-23-2012, 11:26 AM
 
Location: North Western NJ
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i would invest in a good undercoat rake for shedding periods, otherwise id head to a feed store and pick up a rubber curry comb (from the horse section) and a nice chameois cloth from the walmart car area.
the curry comb will loosen and remove dirt and dead hair without and stimulate blood flow to the skin. follow p with a good whipe down tieh the chameois to remove excess oils without stripping the coat.

A simple regular comb is good to have on hand in case of tangles but most labs dont need to be combed on a regular basis...

I use a rubber curry comb on any short haired dog i groom (and use it on dozer) and the coat always looks lovely and shiney but not greasy afterwards
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Old 05-23-2012, 11:43 AM
 
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
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i second the curry comb suggestion.....

also, Kong makes a grooming tool called a zoom groom that works very well....

a bonus for both is they can be used on upholstery to loose those trapped hairs.....
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Old 05-23-2012, 12:58 PM
 
Location: Cedar Park/NW Austin
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I second the undercoat rake or something like a Furminator/Furbuster. For shedding season (hair tumbleweeds everywhere), I use a Furminator for my lab/rottie mix and a Furbuster for the cat. Both seem to work equally well on getting out the shed hairs and neither pet seems to mind them.
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Old 05-23-2012, 01:21 PM
Status: "Adoption: The Loving Option" (set 6 days ago)
 
Location: Kansas
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I have a couple of de-shedding tools (one has a battery and works great on the chowish one) but I think I missed her shedding season this year and not probably regretting that. I'll make a list and take it to the farm store since they have probably the best selection. Thank you all!
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