“ Brand: Kong / Type Grooming Equipment „
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I am a huge fan of the Kong range of products, and as my dog Max moults a bit I though I would buy the Kong Zoom Groom and give it a go. Max is a medium sized terrier crossed and is short haired. He doesnt moult loads but we have laminate floors so notice it even with lots of sweeping/washing.
The Kong Zoom Groom is a rubber grooming and shampooing brush with soft rubber bristles which the excess hair sticks to. It comes in various colours including pink and blue. It is lightweight at around 115g and is very easy to grip and hold. It can be brought from Pet Shops, Vets and Amazon website and costs around £7.00.
Max enjoys being brushed with the Zoom Groom, it is great for removing loose hair, which sticks very well to the bristles so you dont end up with piles of hair all over the floor. Max finds it really relaxing too, and is constantly rolling over so his belly can be done. This is the only downside, he only thinks his belly needs brushing, but this is a Maxism and is by no means a reflection on the product.
It is very durable and long lasting we have had ours for well over a year and it still looks new. It is easy to clean and remove the hair collected.
I find it leaves his coat shiny and soft and looking very healthy, as he does not moult huge amounts he does not need to be brushed often but he really enjoys it and has been known to try and bring us his brush.
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As anyone with a short haired dog knows so well, they don't half shed! One of my pooches is a German Shorthaired Pointer so although she practically has no hair as it is that short, she manages to leave a little trail of hairs wherever she goes and as she pretty much has run of the house I often find dog hair in the most unlikely of places, whether it is in my shoes, in the bath or even on my pillow(!) Being so short haired does however have a teeny tiny advantage, she requires very little grooming as her coat is never going to be long enough to knot or tangle and if she gets muddy on a walk all she needs is a bit of a wipe over when she gets in; again that is a benefit for her as she detests baths in any shape or form (doesn't really like water at all to be honest and is the only dog I have ever known who can't actually swim, we know this after she decided to fall in to the canal and my dad had to quickly scoop her out!)
Despite having various brushes, combs and furminator devices for all of the other dogs' long coats I didn't actually have anything that would cater for my short haired shed-o-holic and so I set about finding something suitable that would help to get rid of any dead hair and hopefully reduce the amount of shedding. After reading great reviews on the old tinterweb I decided to purchase the Zoom Groom and was eager to see whether it lived up to my expectations.
The Zoom Groom is a rubber device that is of a rather cute design as it depicts a pooch and the product promises "It removes loose hair like a magnet, and it stimulates capillaries and natural oil product for healthy skin and a healthy coat." So, does the actual product live up to all the hype or is it a load of old tosh? Quite simply, the tool does triumph! I tried it on my girl and was quite surprised at literally the amount of hair that came off, there was certainly a quite decent pile of the stuff which really is quite amazing considering she seems to have so little hair in the first place. I gather it must be the rubber that draws all of the hair out from the base of the coat and I must say that Kong got it so right when they made the Zoom Groom as it actually does as promised!
A huge plus point of the Zoom Groom is the fact that as it is soft rubber it is gentle on even the most sensitive of dogs, fantastic if you have a delicate or nervous canine. The Zoom Groom can be used either wet or dry and if you choose to use it when bathing your dog it really helps to get the shampoo deep into the coat; I found that when I used it during a bath the whole process was much quicker and it took no time at all to lather my lass up until she was well and truly covered in suds, the difference was remarkable as not only did she shed even more hair she seemed so much cleaner afterwards; I really think the Zoom Groom helped to get the dirt that was engrained right in the coat and not just the grit on the surface. You'd be surprised actually at how much dirt can come off a dog that doesn't even look particularly dirty!
The Zoom Groom is not just for short haired dogs, oh no! This nifty device is suitable for all coat types and really is a very versatile piece of equipment; I have used it on my hairy beasts of spaniels and it helped bring out the dead hair in their coats too. One thing I have noticed is how much my hounds prefer to be groomed with this rather than my other combs and brushes, I think it actually massages when brushing and so by the end of a grooming session I have some very relaxed dogs who must have found the whole experience to be therapeutic to say the least. My pointer who would usually get bored and want to wander off if trying to groom her at all will happily stand there for an age whilst being brushed with this, I think that speaks for itself on how relaxing she finds it.
The product is extremely easy to use and I find that the best way to use it is to brush in a circular motion over the entire coat, the tool is also available in a version for cats as well as dogs. I purchased my Zoom Groom from www.petplanet.co.uk for under £7.00 and boy was it money well spent! I now use the product on my pointer for a couple of minutes every day and not only does it reduce her shedding dramatically but it also leaves her with a lovely glossy coat. Overall I would say that this is an invaluable grooming tool that is multi-functional as not only does it remove dead hair but it also acts as a doggy massager and can be used either wet or dry. I have only owned mine for a few months but after reading other reviews on the internet, other people have used theirs daily for over 8 years before needing a replacement so on top of everything it is also a longlasting piece of kit. Another fab product from Kong that I would certainly recommend to all dog owners, 5 stars from me!
As anyone who has ever had a bouncy Labrador will tell you, sometimes you just can't stop them getting filthy! We have a very pale yellow boy, so pale he's practically white except his ears and a strip down the middle of his back, and the dirtier he gets on a free run, the happier and more hyper he is. It's a vicious cycle, every time I swear he's not getting to the woods again but hey ho. Since we puppy walk for Guide Dogs, we are given all the grooming accessories we will need and we just keep them as long as we keep puppy walking. One of these is the Kong Zoom Groom, and when I first saw it I burst out laughing, not sure how it was going to work!
The one we have is a pale blue colour, made entirely from strong but flexible rubber, with a dog face on the back and the "Zoom Groom" name. The 'business' side is covered in large blunt spikes. We were told you use it by rubbing it in, and combing it through, the fur to remove dried mud etc, as well as loose hairs. The outer edge has a sort of frilled appearance, making it really comfortable to hold; there are lots of little indentations for your fingertips to get a good grip. I think the rubbery material helps as well as it's flexible.
It's easy to clean, being rubber. You can just wash it with warm soapy water and let it dry. The upper side (with the dog face pattern) is a bit fiddly to clean tough, as there are a lot of deep cutouts as part of the design - dirt and dust can gather in these in the blink of an eye.
So, the first time we used it was on our first pup, a black girl. Since she was black though dirt was less visible so I just decided to give it a go as part of her weekly grooming routine. She loved it, and so did I! It really grabbed hair and there was dirt on the spikes when I had finished. This pleased me because I knew she not only looked clean, but actually was! It gets a lot more use on our current pale boy, as he looks dirty every time he's been off the lead. He likes it as well, but I have to pick my moments as it takes very little to set him off on a 'maddie', as I call them. He is also constantly shedding and is a lot hairier and fluffier so it is invaluable for helping to remove the loose hair and fluff before combing him.
Obviously I did not pay for this myself, but the prices I see online I think are very reasonable. Kong is quite a high end brand for pet toys/grooming items and you could expect something like this - an unusual and slightly gimmicky thing - to cost more. It is very robust, and unless your dog gets peace and quiet to really chew on it, it should last as long as you need it. We've had the same one since July 2009 and it still looks the same as when I took the packaging off. Of course our pups have managed to get hold of it a couple of times but it has been retrieved quickly! It is easy to use and makes short work of removing dried on dirt and mud too.
I would definitely recommend this funny looking thing, it really works in a different way to the usual combs and brushes and can have a place in any dog's grooming routine, even if you only use it to remove muck after a dirty free run. Shampoos shouldn't be used too often as it does affect their coats and the more you do it the more you need to. With something like this you can avoid unnecessary shampooing. We have never shampooed our dog in his 11 months, and we never shampooed our last one at all - they don't need it, both have beautiful, soft, clean and shiny fur always. Save the shampoo for when they are literally caked, get a Zoom Groom!