Chester and Gretel shed a ridiculous amount. Considering their hair is about 1 hair thick in many places I am surprised that they are not bald.
I don’t like sweeping up a whole extra dog each time I clean so I have searched, in vain, for a good grooming solution to get rid of the hair.
At one point I had looked at the Furminator because I had heard good things about it but those sharp teeth scared me off. I have tried rubber, “curry” type brushes with no success. When I got an offer to try the ShedMonsterDe-Shedding Tool I jumped at the chance because it is supposed to work as well as the Furminator but be gentler on your dog’s skin. It claims to reduce shedding up to 90% so I hoped this would let me sweep my floor less.
I got both the long and short hair versions of the tool to try. Because of Chester’s thick scruff I didn’t know if I would need the one for long hair. I had high hopes for this brush as a solution to the doggy shedding issue.
As soon as I got them, I ripped them out of the package and gave them a try. I was sadly disappointed. The tool for the short hair might have pulled out two hairs after brushing Chester for a minute.
I thought maybe I was doing it wrong but a couple of quick views on YouTube and I was assured that I was doing it right. These people were pulling wads of hair off their dogs and it appeared that no video magic or trickery was being used.
The dogs with “short hair” in the videos appeared to have longer hair than Chester and Gretel. I began to suspect that the fact the tool didn’t work was more of a reflection of how thin and flat the hair is on my dogs rather than a failing in the tool itself.
This last week we were dog-sitting a long-haired Dachshund for some friends.
I decided to try the long hair ShedMonsterDe-Shedding Tool on her. It was immediately obvious that the brush was gripping her hair and after 5 or 10 brush strokes I had a small handful of hair.
Success! It worked. She also loved how the brush felt and laid down while I was brushing her with it.
I haven’t had a chance to try the “short hair” tool on another dog but assume, too, that it would work on a dog that had a little more hair than Chester and Gretel. In other words, if you have a short-haired dachshund this tool will likely not work for you. However, it worked just great for our friend Roxy the Traveling Dog but she is a little fluffier than my dogs.
So I would recommend the ShedMonsterDe-Shedding Tool to a friend if their dog had the right kind of hair (and I think at least 80% of the dogs out there do) but it didn’t help our shedding issue. You will find me sweeping up big piles of pet hair until we can find something that works for us.
- Teeth are rounded so they are less likely to scratch your dog’s skin
- Ergonomic, non-slip grip handle
- De-Sheds, De-Mats & De-Tangles
- Doesn’t work if your dog’s coat is thin and lies flat
- Can grab and pull your dog’s hair when you are brushing
- I would recommend the Shedmonster De-shedding Tool for most dogs, except those with short, slick coats.
The honest truth: ShedMonster did provide us with the tool to try and review. However, according to our review policy, a positive review was not guaranteed. I was not compensated for the actual review.