Are you noticing more dog hair in your house than usual?
Tis the season for shedding. Practical tips on keeping the hair at bay.
Long hair or short hair, both are a problem if there is lots of it. Here is how I keep the hair at a minimum in my house:
Long haired dogs are brushed regularly. I make sure the knots are out by starting with a (a.) soft brush and scissors, if needed. Then I go for the (b.) rake brush to get down to the undercoat. My golden retriever’s hair comes out in SHEETS. I thought something was wrong with her this year because of all the hair that was coming out. She’s fine though…
2. After a good brushing, vacuum. Vacuuming your house and furniture will help keep the hair down. If you brush regularly you shouldn’t feel the need to vacuum every day, all day.
3. Shaving. Please resist the urge to shave your double coated dog. They have a double coat for a reason and if you eliminate it you could be causing harm to your dog. The double coat keeps them from getting sun burnt, keeps them cool in the summer and warm in the winter. It’s natural protection for them. If you shave a double coated dog, their hair may not grow back properly, leaving bald spots. I made the mistake of shaving my golden’s once. Never again!
Shaving long haired dogs like Cocker Spaniels is fine. Mine gets groomed, by a professional, every couple of months.
3. Short haired dogs. Yes, they shed. Yes the hair gets everywhere, stuck in the fibers of your furniture and clothing. Bathing helps remove loose hair. Bathing plus the use of the Zoom Groom from Kong is a great combination. I use the Zoom Groom while bathing and for dry brushing. It’s like a magnet for hair!