Hi Everyone, So, I have a 5 month old Alaskan Malamute named Loki and am in search of some insight. When I first knew I was going to get Loki I made a trip to my local pet store to prepare for my new family member's arrival. On one blog post I saw someone mention that a shedding blade was optional, but very helpful, so I picked one up. I have used it probably a total of 6 or 7 times on my pup and am now concerned. Earlier today I was searching around to see exactly why furminators are bad for malamutes and it seemed that not JUST the furminators are bad for malamutes, but shedding blades as well. Here is my question: could I have possibly done any permanent damage to Loki's coat? Also, is it normal for the fur on his head to be softer than the fur on his back? This may sound silly to some of you, but ever since I read about shedding blades earlier today I have been very concerned. For those of you who want to see what brush I am referring to here is a link to my exact brush: http://www.petsmart.com/dog/groomin...shedding-rake-and-blade-dog-tool-5232326.html Thank you ahead of time for any and all replies. I hope that you can put my mind at ease!