“ Brand: Kong / Animals Equipment Type: Dog Equipment „
Having had short haired dogs for years doesn't mean that they don't require grooming. Most people seem to think that only long haired dogs need a good brush and a groom. However, short haired dogs still need to be looked after and by giving their coat a quite groom enables the loose hairs to come out and of course this is the secret to your dog having a healthy coat as well as healthy skin.
For years I used my horse's brushes on their coats but thought they really should have their own especially as I like to give them a good brush when they have a bath. Whilst browsing in my local country store I noticed the varied selection of grooming brushes and being an owner of short haired dogs I was a bit confused as to what brush to select. After deliberation I opted for the Kong Unigroom.
The reason behind me choosing the Kong Unigroom was simply because it was by a brand that I know and trust. Kong is the brand behind a lot of the indestructible toys and I have bought their products for years. I had no idea that Kong had made a grooming tool as such and although I bought mine about two years ago I understand that Kong have actually discontinued it although some retailers still have limited stock.
What is it?
The Kong Unigroom is basically a grooming brush (of sorts) which has been specifically designed for dog grooming (although I have the exact same version for my horses!). It comes in three types:-
Pink (extra soft) - Ideal for short coats or sensitive skin
Purple (soft) - Ideal for day to day grooming
Blue (slightly firmer) - Ideal for those with long and thick coats
Regardless of which colour you opt for the design is exactly the same. It is basically a rubber brush which has a flat side which shows 'Unigroom' in letters and on the other side there are rubber spikes which will be either extra soft, soft or slightly firmer depending on which version you buy. The Unigroom is made of a very durable rubber which is incredibly soft and flexible. It has ridges on both sides which make it easy to hold.
I bought the purple version as I mainly use it on my Labrador who constantly sheds her coat throughout the year and although she has a short coat it is noticeably longer than say a pointer or Doberman, her coat is also a lot thicker so she needs something to really help rid her coat of the loose hairs and of course.
The Unigroom is easy to hold and easy to brush through my dog's coat making minimal effort and obviously making the groom task easy. Because of the rubber spikes they really do manage to get through her fur down to her skin and it gives a nice massaging effect and also gets any of those little tickly spots i.e. the one by the back leg which when you scratch the back legs go!
I have been using the Unigroom for a few months on her coat and it is nice to give her a good groom a few times a week and it has been noticeable as her coat looks incredibly healthy and has a slight shine to it. Obviously results may be different for long haired or wired haired dogs and more grooming will be required but for short haired dogs the Unigroom manages to get rid of the loose hairs on a more frequent basis.
The Unigroom has proved a popular product with me, I use one for my horses and I now use it on my dogs! It manages to keep their coats soft and shiny and reduces the amount of hair they shed as I groom more frequently. I am incredibly pleased with my purchase and think it is ideal for short haired dogs but I could envisage problems using it on a long haired dogs. But for me I award it 4 stars.
Price: From £4.95
Availability: Pet stores but is a discontinued item.
I bought this item as I used to use a similar item ot take the loose hair off my horse. Thinking this would do the same I bought this expecting excellent results.
Really had a thought a bout it I would have realised that a horse has very different hair to a dog. Apart from most dogs having double coats horses have a very short hair like coat.
As you can probably tell from the way this review is going, the Unigroom did not work for me. I suppose it may very well depend on what type of dog you have and what their coat is like.
I have a Rotti, Mali and Labrador. The Mali has a thick double coat ranging from wirey hair to longer hair on her back but still with the thick fuzzy undercoat. The Rotti has a very thick coat with a fuzzy undercoat, the labrador being the only one with a simple thinish coat.
Three large dogs with lots of hair, especially that annoying fluffy hair, needs a good brush to remove the loose hair before the dog decides to lose the hair in the lounge or shake the hair into the air only for it to go up my nose and tickle!
Unfortunately this item did not do the trick at all. I think the "bristle" were too big and too far spaced apart. Puting this against the brush I use now, A rake or a ferminator, they are so different. The rake has very thin bristles close together to be able to grab hold of the fuzzy hair and take it off the dog.
I found the only thing the Unigroom did was masage the dog. Not a bad thing the dogs will say but they still have most of the fuzzy hair as they had before the grooming session.
For this reason I would not rate this item for a grooming tool but for a massage tool for your dog this is good. And what better to give your best friend that a lovely massage, they give so much so give a little back! Although I find a massage with hands is better was you get a better conection with the dog so this item is not really required.
I picked this up for £4.99, pricey really as it has sat in the cupboard after one use of it!
It does fit in your hand nicely though and has little finger marks to grip it well.
This was a gift from my sister after we got our puppy. I have had many different dog brushes in the past as I also have a collie who sheds several times a year and needs to be groomed regularly. This looked like an unusual brush to me as I wasnt used to using a brush that didnt have a handle! However I was confident that it would work well because it is made by Kong who are excellent manufacturers of dog toys and other products.
We got ours in purple and looked perfectly girly for our new King Charles puppy. I have seen them for 8 euro online and they are quite expensive for a dog brush in my opinion. They are made of rubber just like other dog toys made by Kong. Its a very durable rubber and wouldnt be easy for your tog to chew through.
It claims to massage your dog while leaving their coat free of loose hair and my collie does enjoy being brushed but I dont think this massaged him more than any brush I have used on him. The brush could be a bit awkward to hold at times because I suffer from mild athritis and my hands tend to seize up if they are clasped onto something for a long period and I couldnt use this brush for more than half an hour at a time because of this.
I have had handle brushes in the past and found them easier because I can turn my hand into different positions to ease my athritis. This just isnt possible with the hand brush which was a let down.
This is a nice looking dog brush but I dont think it is anything different and I believe that there are much cheaper dog brushes out there. Also if you have problems with your joints this wont be any good for you and it is hard to old for long periods.
As many of you may know I have two Old English sheep dogs that are very high maintenance when it comes to looking after their coats. I personally take pride in their appearance so I am always on the look out for new brushes and combs to help with the grooming.
To wash, blowdry and groom each dog so they are knot free can take up to four hours for each dog, but I have found regular grooming has lessoned this time frame making it a lot easier for me to handle.
After reading a recent review on this Kong Unigroom brush I was a little hesitant at paying out for something that would not work, but as I had a spare bit of money on my Amazon vouchers that were due to expire I bit the bullet and bought one anyway.
I have to say I feel that this was a sound investment and really works well for both myself and the dogs.
This unique Kong Unigroom is a rubber brush that is designed to remove any shedding hair and pick up any little bits that my accumulate in the dogs coat, Any loose hair sticks to the rubber points on the brush like a magnet, this makes grooming a lot easier as the hair does not need to be pulled from the coat and you do not have a lot of cleaning to do after the grooming process.
As the hair sticks to the brush you just need to pick it from the spikes and pop it in to the bin, this in its self has saved me time as I don't need to crawl around of the floor picking up clumps of hair before hovering up and trust me this is a real time saver as the loose hair would usually float around and end up in every little place possible.
So as far as the shedding hair removal this certainly gets my vote, but apart from conditioning and removing the excess hair this also massages the dog's skin which then stimulates the dog's circulation and therefore produces natural oils to keep their coats healthy, just use the brush in a circular motion to give the best massage and you dog will love you for it.
This brush is made up of a flexible rubber and twenty seven little rubber spikes in which picks up the shedding hair, the brush sits in the palm of your hand very comfortably but if you have very big hands this may take you a while to master the art of holding it.
As this is rubber based cleaning it after a good grooming session is very easy, I just pop it into a sink with hot water a fairy liquid and within a few seconds it is as good as new.
I purchased this from www.amazon.co.uk of the bargain price of 4.99 and this was with free postage so I feel that I have had a great deal.
These come in three different styles so you can find one to best suit you and your dogs needs, I bought a blue one as it is the firm one which is designed for long thick coats but you can also purchase two other types.
A dark purple brush is available for everyday use and is made up of a softer rubber, this will be suited to smaller dogs with shorter coats, I think this will work well on cats too.
Lastly they do a pink brush that is classed as extra soft and is designed for dogs with very sensitive skin and short coats, this is be best suited to puppies.
Overall I am very impressed with my new grooming tool and the dogs love it to, but I am sure they would prefer me to spend the four hours massaging them instead of brushing them.
I feel that this would be no good to remove knots of matt from a dogs coat, is it to soft and would not even penetrate at a knot. So I feel this I better to finish the grooming process, make sure all of the knots are removed before hand this way this can remove excess hair and finish the long winded grooming session with a nice massage for the dog.
This is a grooming tool that is designed for the dog's pleasure but at least you get a nice healthy coat that looks amazingly shiny once you have finished.
I would defiantly recommend this to any dog owner as they really love it and lets be honest, It would not kill us to spend a few minutes everyday giving them a whip over with this, trust me you will notice a difference in their coats within a week although at first you don't see a difference but you will instantly notice the dog loves it as they lay there with all fours in the air waiting for the legendary belly massage.
So go one treat your dog for this 4.99 bargain and a few minutes a day and they will become putty in your hands.
I brought one of these from coles for my rotty, i payed £5 for it and to be honest wish i hadnt bothered.
This brush is designed to remove loose hair at the same time as massaging his skin, the rubber material it is made out of is designed so that the hair and dandruf are supposed to stick to it.
They come in pink which is for short coats and sensitive skin, purple for every day use and blue for long or thick coats.
i opted for the blue as my dogs coat is thick and very corse/wirey.
The first thing i found i didnt like about this brush is that it is awkward to hold, there are cut outs on the edges for your fingers to grip in but it just feels akward.
One of the main reasons i brought this is because i brought a black rubber brush similar to this from wilkos a few months ago for £1.29, my dog loved it but as the hairs were supposed to stick to this kong brush and the dandruf aswell i thought this sounded better but i was wrong, some of the hair stuck to the rubber but no more so than with the wilkos brush and i didnt notice any difference in the dandruff either.
The one i got from wilkos in my opinion is not only cheaper but better, it does exactly the same job and has a strap on the back to put your hand through making it more comfortable to use.
Grooming tools that remove pet's loose hair while massaging them