Your dog can be a wonderful joy to have in your life and in your home, and he can provide you with unqualified love and companionship. The fact that your dog relies upon you for all their care can actually be quite satisfying on the one hand, but it does also mean that it is a big commitment and a lot of work to take care of a dog and everything that comes with it.
There are quite a few dog breeds that are promoted as “shedless” but the fact is that nearly every single dog, no matter their breed or age, normally sheds in greater or lesser degree. Obviously dogs that have longer and thicker coats will shed more than dogs with shorter and thinner coats, but there really is no escaping shedding. However, there are ways that one can help reduce or eliminate excessive shedding, and help keep shedding from becoming a big nuisance in the home.
Tips To Help With Shedding:
- Brush your dog regularly. Dogs will shed in order to get rid of old, damaged or extra hair. This means that they will shed during the spring and summer, and they will shed when they have irritated skin that damages their hair. By brushing your dog regularly, even daily if possible, you can help remove this old, damaged or extra hair so that it doesn’t fall out around your home. Brushing your dog’s coat can also help keep it softer and cleaner.
- Ensure your dog is on a proper diet. Sometimes the food your dog eats can cause them to shed excessively. High quality foods with good protein sources can help ensure that your dog’s coat is healthier, and therefore less likely to shed.
- Give your dog a fatty acid supplement. In addition to healthy, high quality foods, your dog will benefit from a fatty acid supplement that can keep their coat healthy.
- Cover your furniture and car seats. The plain fact is that upholstery attracts dog hair like bees to honey, and removing dog hair from upholstery can be a frustrating and tedious process. Many individuals simply handle this problem by prohibiting their dog from sitting on their furniture or bed, but investing in nice upholstery covers for your furniture and car seats can further ensure that shedded dog hair does not become an annoying and frustrating problem.
- Control your dog’s allergies and fleas. Scratching due to fleas and allergies can cause your dog to shed more. If you suspect your dog may be suffering from fleas or allergies that are causing excessive scratching, check with your veterinarian for workable solutions.
- Vacuum often. Vacuuming frequently can help prevent a build-up of dog hair in your home.
- Bathe your dog once a week during the summer. Obviously, keeping your dog’s coat clean will help to keep it healthier. Using a gentle oatmeal shampoo about once a week can effectively clean your dog’s coat without drying out their skin.
- Take your dog to the vet for regular check-ups. There are a variety of health conditions that can affect your dog’s skin and coat, and regular veterinary visits can help detect these problems early.
- Use the right brush. It may not work to effectively remove all of your dog’s loose hair if you are using the wrong brush. Slicker brushes, shedding blades, matbreakers and love gloves are all designed to handle different types of coats, and it may be that your dog needs more than one type of brush to effectively remove all their loose and dead hair, so take the time to select the right brush for your dog.
- Remove hair from upholstery as rapidly as possible. Newly shed hair has not yet imbedded itself into the upholstery fabric and is therefore much easier to remove. Most pet stores sell special pet hair pick-up devices at a reasonable cost.
There are no guarantees that you will be able to eliminate all of your dog’s shedding no matter how hard you work at it, but by following the above-mentioned tips you may find that your dog’s shedding is greatly reduced and therefore not such a problem in the home.