We all love our dogs but when it comes to their hair being all over the floor, furniture and our clothing we can sometimes become annoyed with them.
Unfortunately, there is nothing that you can do to stop your dog from shedding; but, there are ways that you can control it as it is a natural part of being a dog.
Why Do Dogs Shed?
Shedding is a natural way for dogs to get rid of their old dead hair to get a new coat; this is similar to why human’s hair falls out. Therefore, there is no such thing as a dog that does not shed; however, the amount a dog sheds really depends on the type of breed.
For example, a shepherd dog will shed a lot compared to a Maltese terrier. However, if your dog is shedding more than normal it is important to go visit the veterinarian for a check-up.
This is because it may be related to sunburns, irritating substances, fleas, lice, mites, allergies, pregnancy and even because of some medications.
Ways to Control Shedding in Your Dog
1. Brush Your Dog Frequently
Grooming your dog daily is a great habit that you want to make sure is a part of your daily routine. It will make sure that there is less of your dog’s hair around the house. This means that you will spend less time cleaning and more time to spend with your furry loved one.
In addition, it will help make sure that your dog’s coat is cleaner and softer. When it comes to choosing the best brush for your dog, it really depends on the breed. Therefore, it is a good idea to talk to your groomer to see which one they prefer for you to use on your dog.
2. Feed Your Dog Quality Food
When choosing the brand of food to feed your dog it is important to make sure that food is high quality and is ideally organic. This will make sure that the coat is healthy which will discourage excessive shedding taking place in your home.
The one thing you want to make sure that the food that you are feeding your dog is that it has a good source of digestible protein. One of the main reasons why some dogs shed more than others is because they are allergic to the food; therefore it is always safe to feed them hypoallergenic dog food.
3. Make Bath Time A Regular Occurrence
It is important to make sure you make time to bathe your dog regularly. This is because if your dog has a clean coat it will reduce the amount that they shed. It is recommended to use a gentle oatmeal shampoo that is meant for dogs, which is great as it does not dry their skin.
Also, it is important to avoid using heat to dry your pets fur, as this can increase the amount your dogs sheds. In addition, you do not want to bathe your dog daily as this will also increase shedding; it is recommended to bathe your dog every 2 to 3 weeks.
How to Minimize Shedding Around Your Home
1. Put Your Clothes Away
Your clothes, unfortunately, attract your dog’s hair and/or fur; this is why it is important to hang up your clean clothes before your pet gets their paws on them.
However, it is sometimes impossible to have your clothes free of your dog’s hair or fur. This is when having a lint roller comes in good use, as it picks up any unwanted dog hair or fur that you do not want.
2. Use a Damp Rubber Glove
Damp rubber gloves are great as it helps gather unwanted dog hair or fur from the carpet, floors, and sofas. This will make it easier for you to gather up all the hair which will make it faster to pick it all up and toss it away.
3. Vacuum Carpets Using Baking Soda
Vacuuming is a great way to collect all unwanted fur and/or hair that your four-legged friend leaves around.
However, by sprinkling baking soda all over your carpet makes this technique even more powerful with regards to minimizing shedding around your house.
This is because it loosens the hair in the carpet so you are able to pick up more and it also deodorizes the carpet all at the same time.
4. Dry Rubber Squeegee
When it comes to your carpet there are always stubborn hairs or fur from your pet that are impossible to get rid of.
However, by using a dry rubber squeegee and using short strokes it can help gather those hairs that seem that you can never get rid of.
5. Electrostatic Dust Mop
If you have hardwood floors or tiles an electrostatic dust mop is a great way to pick up and attract hair that you did not get from sweeping up with a broom.