“ Brand: Dyson / Type: Pet Brush „
Three words I find myself shouting more often these days is I HATE FUR! We have a 3 year old Alaskan Malamute and despite loving him to peices his fur is the bane of my life. It gets everywhere. It gets on furniture, visitors clothes, and even in places you don't think the dog has been!
We brush him often but the loose fur floats around during brushing and gets everywhere! We decided to buy this Dyson attachment to aid in the clearing of the fur during the process. WHAT A HELP!
It's simple to attach to your existing Dyson, just pop off the main tube and attach the dog brush to the part closest to the ribbed flexible tubing - this gives better control of the brush on the dog. Then all you have to do is press the brush's surface down (it almost squeezes itself smaller) to push out the metal bristles. Brush your dog with a couple of strokes, then release the grip on the surface panel to pop the bristles back inside and allow the vaccuum hole to suck up all the fur that was attached to them. Simple! In fact it's more difficult to describe it than it is to actually use it!
It only takes a couple of brush strokes on a long-haired dog before you have to suck up all the excess fur, so you end up getting a good rhythm going on squeezing and releasing.
Highly recommend to keep floating fur (when brushing) down to an absolute minimum.
Dog hair is the bane of my life. As a part time cleaner amidst three other part time jobs I have (thanks to the recession), I absolutely detest cleaning up after pet hair. One of the worst aspects isn't just getting it off the floor if you don't have a turbo brush or an upright vacuum cleaner; it gets on the sofa, inside the sofa parts where you'd think cushions could keep schtum about it! When I sampled the Dyson Pet Grooming tool at a shop recently I was a bit disappointed to find that it had been sold out and was therefore forced to buy online. The Dyson Pet Grooming Tool costs in the region of £40 and is available at Comet, Argos and Amazon amidst other sellers who are bringing other Dyson tools online. However the lack of availability back then didn't deter me.
What I like about the Dyson pet groomer tool is that it comes with a clip on applicator adaptor that you can use on ANY vacuum cleaner that has the small hose measurement of 3.2cm/32mm. This effectively means my HENRY vacuum can use this tool as well as any old Hoover vacuums, Electrolux vacuums, any other Numatic vacuum and the new Vax Mach Air series. For the moment, no other brand but Dyson have this tool on the market. Just measure the taper of the hose end you'd normally slide your suction tubes in and if it measures 32mm or 3.2cm this tool will fit, if you're not sure. My Miele cylinder vacuum cleaner has a wider measurement but, thanks to the Electrolux mini stair brush tool I bought ages ago, it comes with a 3.5mm to 3.2 adaptor that just slides into the Miele tube or handle and then onto the Dyson adaptor which locks onto the main part of the Pet Groomer. Effectively this turns the Miele into a Dyson pet groomer and the Miele is twice as quiet as the Dyson vacuums anyway. Hair just gets brushed up through the bristles, the suction channels are divided into two which keeps the hair on the bristles, doesn't cut the suction and when the button is released, the bristles automatically retract leaving a perforated smooth surface and the pet hair just gets sucked into the main channel and away it goes - what a wonderful invention!
In use however, the Dyson Pet Groom tool gets to the hair of the dog before it lands on the carpet. It has quite a few tough metal bristles that only retract once you release the button brace on top of the groom tool. Dyson say there are 364 metal prong bristles infact but I don't have time to count them when I'm continually having to brush up hair - there are quite a lot of the bristles which are equally divided and split the large perforated areas into two, with the dust suction channel positioned in the centre. Although the bristles feel hard on my hand, they don't stab me unlike other dog hair brushes I've used in the past. I do wish sometimes that the retraction method was put the other way around with the bristles pointing outwards permanently because the moment my finger slides off the rectangular brace button release, the bristles retract and the spring mechanism is light and easy although more adjustment could be added here to prevent the bristles from retracting early. The spring mechanism does allow you to adjust the length of the fixed bristles that come out, but it can be a bind if you try and brush short haired dogs when the button could be a bit more adjustable rather than a weak feeling spring behind it. Dyson claim that the brush also removes allergens and dead skin and to a point I'd say that this is probably true, but probably more difficult to admit I could see them on the collected hair. The fact that the suction still flows through the bristles before they are retracted means that effectively, everything that comes off with the hair is picked up and stays on the tool until the button retracts and the hair disappears.
I find it so much easier to groom dogs well before they have a chance to roll around on the carpet and watch the hairs fly up and down but another design point is the fact that the tool always points downwards with a 35° angle, so you're always removing hair in upward and downward motions but then forced to move your hand awkwardly if doing a dog's back. Another downside is that your dog MUST be the type of animal who loves to be brushed. Otherwise you'll find that like many dogs, the noise of the vacuum cleaner may make them run away, or in some cases the dog will play with the tool instead. This is where if you have a Miele vacuum cleaner, the noise level isn't as much and the noise doesn't interrupt dog brushing. The tool is however made of thick PVC plastic and seems to be robust enough to stand up to most fangs abuse!
There are a couple of other downsides. The tool isn't suitable for older Dyson models like the DC01, Motorhead models DC21, 22 and 23 and if you have a hand held Dyson, forget it - this attachment won't fit. The tool is also only suitable for medium to large dogs, adult dogs (clearly Dyson have tested it on puppies, but I fear the shorter, younger coats have fur that is still growing and would need to be retained rather than older, adult coats) and dogs with medium to long fur/coat hair. No mention of cats or any other animal, which is a pity. Despite what I've suggested by improving the design, once the bristles have retracted, at least the brush is safer to store without anything protruding after brushing has finished. What a pity given that it measures well over 20cm too, that it's not the kind of tool you'd be able to store onto a vacuum cleaner either.
This vacuum cleaner tool attachment is a must for dog owners who are fed up clearing up after long pet hair. Thanks to its plastic PVC construction, the tool itself is light and with the adaptor attached can easily be used on a patient dog. It does have a few downsides however but then it looks very space age cool in its dark grey plastic and is shiny and feels agile despite its size. Dyson after all makes it and the look alone suggests I wouldn't believe it was made by any other brand - no less! Thanks for reading! ©Nar2 2011
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