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Best Tool for Removing Undercoat

Many dog breeds, particularly those that were born to be retrievers or as working dogs, have a thick undercoat. That's great when they're outdoors, in the cold, but it's not so great when it's all over your couch. Breeds like Labradors and similar have LOTS of this undercoat, and it can build up over time.

When your dog's undercoat builds up, it can also make them itchy and uncomfortable. But fortunately, there are some ways to control it.

The Low Tech, Simple Solution

There are all kinds of expensive tools and gizmos out there for dog grooming, but I've actually worked in grooming parlours, and got hands on experience with this stuff, and when you're dealing with a dog that has so much undercoat you could pretty much make another dog out of it, a low tech, simple, tough and easy to use solution is the best one.

What you need is an undercoat rake or deshedderIt doesn't have to be an expensive one, and it doesn't have to be fancy. Just look for one that's made out of sturdy materials like the one we found on Amazon for about twenty bucks, because pulling it through that thick coat is tougher than you think. 

How to Use an Undercoat Rake

An undercoat rakes works a lot like any other brush you might use on your dog, but because of the design of the teeth, it passes over the thick, stiff guard hairs that make up the outer coat, and gets right down to the soft, downy undercoat that's designed to keep your dog warm when they're out and about.

You will need to use a fair amount of pressure. Not enough to hurt your dog, but the dragging action against their hair will pull the undercoat up and out.

I've even used two of these little beauties, with the dog standing between my knees, head facing away from me and combing towards myself, with the growth of the hair.

If you do this right, your dog will love it. In fact, many of them will have that involuntary leg scratching motion they have when you give them a scratch in juuust the right spot!

Rake through the coat until you have removed or loosened most of the old undercoat that they typically shed all over the house, and then follow up with a bath and condition. You won't remove all their undercoat, so don't worry about that, but you will take out any loose hair that is irritating them, and decorating your home!

While we chose this undercoat rake on Amazon, there are several others. We don't think that brand matters too much, as long as it's a fairly tough piece of equipment, preferably with a comfortable handle.

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