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Old 02-21-2010, 07:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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what is the best brush or brushes to use on boxers? are those high dollar furminators worth the money?

also, in my boxer books im reading they say not to bathe your puppy for the first year. is that true? then it says to only bathe after that only when you absolutely can not stand the smell of your dog any longer. are boxers skin that sensitive? what are the best shampoos/ cleaners etc.?
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what is the best brush or brushes to use on boxers? are those high dollar furminators worth the money?

also, in my boxer books im reading they say not to bathe your puppy for the first year. is that true? then it says to only bathe after that only when you absolutely can not stand the smell of your dog any longer. are boxers skin that sensitive? what are the best shampoos/ cleaners etc.?
Although I do not have one I have heard different things about the furminator. Wait for someone else to post their experience.

As to bathing I fully agree. We just about never bath our boxer; the dog itself does not smell. It may get into a situation, playing in fields or whatever and may roll in something that stinks. We my then have to bath it. I find that some go overboard on bathing their boxer just to have it smelling nice.
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Try the Zoom Groom...

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You can get this at Petsmart for under $10. Works really well, and Laila loves being brushed with this.

As for baths, Laila is 2, and has had only 2 baths. She doesn't smell at all to me. Aside from cleaning dirty paws, frequent bathing, IMO, is unneccessary.
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Zoom Groom!! It's cheap and I'm still amazed at how well it works! It is also very gentle and feels like a massage.
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Old 02-21-2010, 12:13 PM   #5 (permalink)
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i use a soft bristle brush.... nothing special. jack and Lola get a bath about once a week. BUT i use a shampoo that isnt actually a shampoo. i live in the south and the heat and humidity and large amounts of mud and frequent runs through the pond mean that my babies HAVE to have a bath.... they stink.
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i've used the furminator wen we had a lab. the furminator would NOT be a good brush for a boxer. they have sharp-ish pointy teeth on them that work to strip coats. boxers arent a very "sheddy" dog, and with their "tight" coat, i believe it would hurt them more than anything. if you have a dog that sheds alot and has a coarser coat, the furminator is THE brush to get. when we brushed our lab with it, we would laugh because by the time we were doen, we had 2 of him sitting on the floor.
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Zoom Groom is great. Works really well on short hair.
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zoom groom it is then. thanks. i will have to use restraint because i never let my yorkie go more than two weeks without a bath. usually every week for sure. but i know the shorter coat needs less maintenance which will be nice.

as far as nails, do most of you just file them down a bit with a dremel? from most of the pics i have seen, the boxers nails just look like little nubs. do you ever really have to trim with clippers? thats the worst feeling ever, cutting a dogs nail too short.
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as far as nails, do most of you just file them down a bit with a dremel? from most of the pics i have seen, the boxers nails just look like little nubs. do you ever really have to trim with clippers? thats the worst feeling ever, cutting a dogs nail too short.
Ty usually wears his nails down on his own from running so much but he loves it when I use the dremel on him. It's a great tool to really shape the nail so they stay nice and smooth.
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I do not use a groomer, so no help there. Angel is 17 months old and I have only given her 2 baths since owning her. I have had to wash feet off, and sometimes clean her face other than that she is a pretty clean dog. She has no odor and her coat is very shiney.
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