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    DB and I have a short-haired dog (picture a shrunken down blonde German shepherd mixed with god knows what). I hadn't brushed her in a while so decided to go to town on her on Sunday. I did a mix of a mitt brush and a stronger metal comb. I'm thinking I might have loosened up her under coat with the metal comb because ever since Sunday there is hair EVERYWHERE. She usually sheds a bit, but this is next level. How do I fix this? I've been brushing her every day with the softer mitt, and not the comb, but she is shedding like a mofo, I've never seen anything like this. What can I do? Do I just have to wait it out? The hair coming off is not her regular short "harder" hair but curlier fluffier hair, which makes me think it's her undercoat that I messed up. Is there anything I can do? We haven't changed anything else with her diet etc, so I really think it's my enthusiastic brushing. HELP.
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    Some dogs shed their undercoat a few times a year rather than a little all year. My mom's dogs need crazy grooming in the spring and fall at minimum, it just comes out in chunks. You probably need to keep getting her undercoat out so it doesn't start matting up. Watch videos of huskies getting "blow outs" to see what I mean about shedding chunks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rocket_lizz View Post
    Some dogs shed their undercoat a few times a year rather than a little all year. My mom's dogs need crazy grooming in the spring and fall at minimum, it just comes out in chunks. You probably need to keep getting her undercoat out so it doesn't start matting up. Watch videos of huskies getting "blow outs" to see what I mean about shedding chunks.
    My parents' German shepherd does this. He's a floof monster in spring and fall, especially with the undercoat. The farm collies (some mix of collie and Aussie shepherd) also have this problem. They're chunking out fur right now like mad. I keep finding dog-colored fluff balls all throughout the pastures & trails.
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    You could try having her groomed. After they bathe her they will blow dry her and that is what should get out most of the fur. But, if she is not finished blowing out her undercoat it will just continue until she is finished and has her winter coat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rocket_lizz View Post
    Some dogs shed their undercoat a few times a year rather than a little all year. My mom's dogs need crazy grooming in the spring and fall at minimum, it just comes out in chunks. You probably need to keep getting her undercoat out so it doesn't start matting up. Watch videos of huskies getting "blow outs" to see what I mean about shedding chunks.
    I had no idea! I was really worried I had done something, since it started happening after I brushed her like crazy.

    Quote Originally Posted by sassyspoonicus View Post
    My parents' German shepherd does this. He's a floof monster in spring and fall, especially with the undercoat. The farm collies (some mix of collie and Aussie shepherd) also have this problem. They're chunking out fur right now like mad. I keep finding dog-colored fluff balls all throughout the pastures & trails.
    Ok, phewww.

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