Dog shedding is part of dog ownership. While you can't
exactly cure dog shedding, there are some steps you can take to minimize
excessive dog shedding.
How to Control Shedding
Grooming is the key to controlling dog hair shedding.
You know the hair is going to fall out. It is better to brush your dog's
coat daily and remove the hair yourself than to have dog hair all over
the floor, furniture and your clothes.
Some dogs shed seasonally, such as in the spring when
they are shedding their winter coats, and may require twice daily brushings
during those periods.
Recommendations for brushing
frequency outside of peak shedding times:
Dogs with Smooth Coats - 1-2 times per week
Dogs with Silky Coats like Terriers - 3-4 times
Long Coats - daily brushing
Also, feed your dog a high quality food with Omega
3 fatty acids. This will help keep him healthy and keep his coat
healthy. Vacuum frequently to keep your house dog hair free.
Some dogs don't mind being vaccumed themselves!
If you allow your dog on the furniture, designate one
chair or area he is allowed and put a furniture cover on it. Then
you can simply toss the cover it in the washer rather than having to clean
dog hair off all your furniture. Same for the car. Dog hair is extremely
hard to get out of car upholstery and carpet. It just seems to stick.
Car seat covers help a lot, and you can use a mat on top of the
regular car mat to keep dog hair off the car floor.
Helpful Tools and Products to Control Shedding
Our favorite products to help control shedding
FURminator DeShedding Tool,
which is a special anti-shedding grooming device that dramatically reduces
the amount of pet hair shedding. The FURminator treatment is a patent-pending
tool designed to stop the shedding in the undercoat of your dog. It
utilizes a unique blade that removes loose hair while leaving your dog
with a healthy coat. It is proven to decrease shedding by 60-80% and
reduce shedding for about four to six weeks.
Vitamin- and fatty acid-rich supplements such
as Linatone and Lipaderm help reduce shedding, dull coat, and scratchy,
Brushes - you may need more than one kind. Options
include mat breakers, shedding blades and slicker brushes.
Grooming gloves can help you remove hair as you pet