How to Minimize Dog Shedding

A while ago I blogged information from an interview with a top collie breeder from from the Collienet resource, she gave me lots of tips about the best Dog Shows to go to (an expert at this herself she should know!) – you can remind yourself what she said here. But I want to return to another subject she touched on which was caring for your dog,  and mainly suggestions for how to minimise dog shedding and the best methods to remove dog hair. Most dog or cat owners know that shedding can causes a lot of grief for the owner. It can become virtually impossible to keep up with the hair loss on carpets, furniture, clothing and more, so looking for ways to minimise is important!Pet Hair Remover Sticky Roller Brush

Some call it shedding, some call it moulting, but it’s all the same thing, and that’s when your dog loses their natural hair for a new coat to come through. Some dogs shed more than others – much more! But they all shed… any dog that has hairs is going to shed, so don’t be fooled into thinking you have a dog that won’t, it’s just some breeds are very light shedders. These breeds often need clipping because although they may not loose much hair, the slow growth means that it’s around for longer and therefore more prone to getting knotted – hence needing to be clipped. So there are disadvantages to having a breed such as this too!

The most common cause of dog hair loss is seasonal change so you may have a breed of dog that only sheds at certain times of the year, nevertheless you’ll still be suddenly faced with large amounts of hair loss – all over the house! You may be surprised to learn that your dog’s hair loss is also affected by their food – so if you change their food you may notice a change in their hair loss.

Some people believe that frequent bathing for your dog is a good idea, (not only to keep them smelling nice!) but also to prevent so much shedding. Beware though, if you follow the advice form the Collienet professional you will keep this to a minimum…. she’s not a great believer in bathing dogs too frequently because it makes their hair less water tight. When you do wash your dog try to let them dry naturally which is better because the heat from the hair dryer will make them loose more oils – in a similar way that it does for us of course! Naturally, the frequency a dog will need a wash will depend on the breed of dog (length of hair) and what they are doing in between washes! Indoor conditions, such as central heating, plays havoc with a dog’s natural shedding and often means your dog will shed continuously because how can their body register seasonal change sufficiently when living indoors?!

Whilst there’s no way around this, by far the best way to control shedding is to groom them frequently – we are talking every day here and for a minimum of 10 mins. Try making this less of a chore by brushing them when sitting watching telly at night… it makes you more likely to do it! (you could get rid of hairs from your sofa with a lint roller at the same time!) Whilst you may want the undercoat when you are showing dogs, the best way to remove it is to groom frequently… Margaret, the Collienet expert mentioned that on certain breeds the easiest removal is when you can see it lifting from the skin slightly because it comes away more easily then. It stands to reason that removing your dog’s hair before it has a chance to get onto your floor and all over your house is the best method to controlling it. This regular grooming will mean less unwanted hair all over your clothes, carpet and furniture, especially during shedding season.

Whatever you do though you’re going to see some hairs around your house and on your clothes… try to keep on top of it when it starts to appear – don’t leave it until you are next able to vacuum, instead use a Pet Hair Roller to clean up in between vacuuming (see my previous blog on the many uses of the Mighty Lint Remover).  You could also try getting a specialist vacuum cleaner best suited for pet owners to minimise the bulk of hair. Don’t be fooled into thinking that having a dog with short hairs means you won’t have to remove hairs in your home, short-haired dogs could create even more problems when removing hairs than long-haired dogs because short haired breeds have much coarser hair which sticks in fibres and makes it harder to remove… again the Sticky Roller comes to the rescue because it’s brilliant in this sort of situation, see the below review:

“Very good product. My dog is a Jack Russell, and has very fine hair that seems to get into the fibres of my polo shirts. The Pet Hair Remover Sticky Roller actually gets them all out without any problems”
Andre, 26th July 2011

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