Pet grooming

Tried Dyson’s new pet grooming tool and almost forgot it was shedding season

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If you have a dog, you already know that owning a pet isn’t just about cuddles and long walks in the park. It’s nasty messes in the middle of the night, unexpected vet bills as high as your rent, and perhaps worst of all, the endless shedding cycle. That said, I wouldn’t trade my Aussie cattle dog mix, Banksy, for anything. However, I would do a lot of dodgy things to get rid of the fur that covers just about everything in my apartment. I’m sure I’m not the only one cleaning loose hair and thinking: Would it be that bad if I just vacuumed the dog while I’m at it? It appears that, Dyson beat me with his recent pet grooming kit“I tried, and believe it or not, Banksy didn’t hate it.

The $69 package came with a 3-foot stretch hose and an attachment that basically looks like a slicker brush with a hole in the middle. (If your pup isn’t a fan of a slicker, according to Dyson’s website, this might not be the best option for them.) I clicked the pieces together and then straight onto the tray. empty. The tool works on Dyson cordless models and I was using the V15 detection. When the brush is not in use, the metal bristles are hidden under a curved plate, but pressing down on the handle exposes them to allow simultaneous brushing and vacuuming. The easy part was done; now I had to take Banksy on board.

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Surprisingly, it didn’t take long. I started with a small area on her back and it looked like she thought she was having a day at the spa. Pressing down on the handle made the spiky ends stick out and I was able to give it a good back scratch while I worked on that section. After every couple of strokes, I released the handle, retracted the bristles, and the vacuum did the rest. Although she enjoyed her “massage”, she was easily bored and squirmy, but I was able to follow her enough to get the job done.

The tricky part: it takes two hands to operate, one to hold the power button continuously and one to do the stroking. It would have been easier with an extra set of hands to help maneuver my pup while I did the work. To be fair, the brand discloses it on the product landing page, but I live alone, so that’s what it is. It also took a bit of getting used to finding the right push-stroke-release combo, and depending on how many loose hairs I caught, I needed a few more release strokes to get it all sucked in. Once I got it down, watching the fur fly through the vortex was oddly satisfying.

Even more amazing? Don’t have to sweep the floors or sweep the furniture every day. Plus, paired with the powerful V15 Detect, pet dander and other microscopic allergens were also gobbled up, so this shedding season makes me sneeze a lot less. Even though the process isn’t always the easiest, much like being a pet parent, it’s definitely worth the effort.