Dealing With a Shedding Dog

by on 11/07/12 at 11:03 am

It’s inevitable if you have a dog in your home: you have to deal with shedding. Depending on the breed of dog and whether or not you keep him outside for lengthy periods of time, the volume and frequency of shedding will vary. Dogs tend to shed their fur in the spring as a means of lightening their fur for the weather. Dogs may also shed for other reasons, such as when they are nervous. Diet and grooming may also play a role in frequency – it’s a matter of observing your pet to determine what you can do to deal with unwanted hair around your home.

So you come home from work and find a myriad of canine threads covering your carpet, your sofa, and your hardwood floors. No need to cry, just take action. You will never be able to prevent your dog from shedding completely, but there are ways to clean up quickly and help contain the shedding so it doesn’t get out of hand.

1) First things first, do not panic and don’t take out your frustration on your dog. Your pet can’t help shedding its fur, so you will need to make some concessions that help him and keep your furniture clean as much as possible.

2) If your dog has a favorite spot on the floor or in a chair, place a blanket there and designate it as “his spot.” The blanket will help collect the hair.

3) Invest in a good lint brush or roller designed to easily pick up hair. Keep it close by in the living room or den, or wherever you’re most likely to see stray hairs. Be diligent about swiping fabric.

4) You may need to change air filters in your home more often if you have an indoor dog. Changing filters more frequently can help reduce the amount of dander in the air.

5) As you replace furniture, consider fabrics on which dog hair won’t stick. If you can’t afford leather, look into less expensive alternatives.

6) Arrange a veterinarian visit. If you find your dog sheds more than is expected, there may be diet or health issues involved that you can fix. While your pet will never stop shedding completely, perhaps a change in food, an additional supplement, or a new activity may help reduce how often hair falls away.

You love your dog, but not necessarily the hair that’s left behind. With patience and perseverance, you can overcome shedding problems.

Kathryn Lively is a freelance writer specializing in articles on pet supplies and dog supplies.

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  • Sometimes, you just have to remodel your home to meet your needs. Simple changes could meet your needs.

  • Dog Shedding is one of the biggest nuisances that I faced everyday in my life. I love my dog a lot but sometimes takes out too much frustration because of this. Thanks a lot for providing such tips, it will really going to help me a lot to reduce the amount of shedding effectively. 

  • Love my dog but it has been really hard with her shedding especially with the wood floors. Oh well! 

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