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If you are brushing him just for bonding time, and a little "massage" then either sides of that brush are going to be just fine. If you are brushing him to remove the loose undercoat..then that brush is worthless. ;) A shedding blade, or furminator, or rubber curry are the best for help with shedding on labs.
 

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All are pretty much foolproof, with the exception of the Furminator. A shedding blade and rubber curry can be found in the horse section of your local tractor supply/horse store. The Furminator is a great tool, when used correctly. Problems arise when people use it like its the be all, end all of deshedding. It can cause skin irritation if used to firmly or over and over in the same spot, or used to often. Once a week (maybe twice weekly in heavy shedding times) is all that is necessary. It is basically a 40 blade without the cutter piece. It grabs the undercoat, while leaving the top coat mostly intact. Like stated above, are cheaper online if you want to purchase one. I recommend the medium sized one..the small one is too small, and the large one is too large to work best, since dogs bodies are curved, and the Furminator is flat..not worth the money. The medium sized one is a great size for most any dog.
 

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Well thanks for the advice. I bought a shedding blade. Seems to work OK, at least he likes it. Except when we use it there are all these clouds of his hair floating around and he keeps trying to catch them in his mouth which is sort of annoying. Also, if I keep brushing more hair just keeps coming, never seems to run out. How do you know when to stop? How long do you usually do it for?

Thanks in advance.

Welcome to the endless shedding of labs..LOL You can do it for about 15-20 minutes per day, until you get the shedding under control. You will know its under control when you do it for 15-20 minutes, and you see a very small amount of hair coming out towards the end of the session. If you do it longer, you can irritate the skin, and the dog. ;)
 
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