Seven Secrets to Help Control Dog Shedding

Does your dog shed excessively? Here are seven tips to help you control dog shedding problems.

Is your vacuum cleaner working overtime to control your dog’s shedding? Most dogs will shed to some degree and this can be a source of significant frustration if you’re compulsive about maintaining a clean house. Fortunately, there are a variety of steps you can take to control your dog’s shedding. Here are a few simple ways to control shedding:

Protect your furniture.

If you have a dog breed that happens to shed a great deal, you can reduce your work load by keeping your furniture covered with furniture throws. These are special furniture coverings that “grab” onto pet hair and prevent it from falling onto your other furniture or onto the floor. You can find sources for these by doing a Google search.

Choose the appropriate color for your upholstery.

If you have a dark haired dog, opt for upholstery in a dark shade. This will help to disguise the dog hair so you won’t have to vacuum quite so often.

Brush your dog daily.

This is probably the most important way to control your dog’s shedding. Not only does brushing remove excess hair, it also conditions your dog’s coat so he’s less likely to shed.

Keep several lint brushes throughout your house.

If your dog sheds on your furniture, he’s also going to shed on your clothing. Keep a lint brush within easy reach in your home so you can be presentable before you go out.

Give your dog frequent baths.

Bathing your dog frequently followed by a thorough brushing can work wonders towards controlling dog shedding. Be sure to use a mild shampoo if you plan on giving your dog frequent baths to avoid drying out his skin.

Feed your dog a food fortified with omega 3 fatty acids.

Omega 3 fatty acids can help keep your dog’s skin and coat healthy which can reduce the amount of shedding you’ll experience on your floors and furniture. If you can’t find a high quality dog food that has added omega 3 fatty acids, consider buying an omega 3 fatty acid supplement to give your dog daily.

Give your dog a designated chair.

Instead of allowing your dog free access to the furniture, give him his own special chair that’s protected by a furniture throw. Better to have to vacuum a single chair frequently than the entire room.

If your dog has a shedding problem that fails to respond to diligent grooming and fatty acid supplementation, you should consider having your dog evaluated by your veterinarian to make sure he’s not suffering from a skin condition which may promote excessive loss of hair.

By learning to control dog shedding, you’ll reduce your household workload and make life much more peaceful for you and your dog.

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  1. nonstop shedding

    On February 24, 2009 at 9:16 am

    All these tips are common sense!!! Why would you waste your time to even type em??

  2. jim rose

    On February 27, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    Dont bath your dog too much… it will lose the natural oils in its skin moron

  3. lab lover

    On March 23, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    bathing your dog too much can produce more shedding and create dandrift, most breeds should not be bathed more than twice a year. when brushing use a comb type brush that will get the under coat and that will also reduce shedding. Rather than bathing just get them wet, dont use soap or shampoo. And follow threw with a long brushing.

  4. dan man

    On May 13, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    ive been feeding my dog boiled sweet potatoes and its helps alot

  5. gene

    On January 22, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    Ok here goes I have never did this before but would like some earnest help please. I am a Siberian husky owner and the only problem we have with the breed is they continuously shed. As a fellow told me they do not shed they blow twist a year. I was told a couple days ago to use a oil on their food to help controlling the shed but he never said anything about what brand does anyone out there have any ideas it is supposed to be a cooking oil if you have aNY IDEAS PLEASE REPLY

  6. Rugbymama

    On February 7, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    I have a Dorgi (Dachshund/Pembroke Welsh Corgi) and he sheds constantly!! I have brushed him over and over but there is no end to it…..I need some help badly please

  7. sarah

    On February 17, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    I also have a siberian who sheds, i was told to change her food to a food that has a first ingredient of meat instead of a grain or corn meal. Also, I have been told about the oil thing recently, I was told by by vet to use vegetable oil 1-3 tbsp depending on the size of the dog. The vet said that the oil should be used in place of a more expensive shedding vitamin if you want to save money. SHe said not to use the vitamin and the oil, just one or the other. I just started this, so I am not sure yet if it is working, I was just told by my vet a few days ago. Hope this helps some.

  8. demetrice

    On April 6, 2011 at 2:18 am

    vet told me corn oil

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