Tips for Shedding Dog Breeds

Shedding. It's a part of the dog's life and ours when we bring a canine companion into our home. Dogs tend to shed more when the seasons change from cold to hot and back again (spring and autumn). Certain breeds like those that belong to the Herding and Working groups or those that were "built" to live outdoors will also be mega-shedders.

 

But don't despair. In this post, we will cover some easy tips for shedding dog breeds.

 

Tip # 1 - Find a Good Quality Kibble

Dog foods that are manufactured with fillers such as meat by-products, corn, wheat, and soy will diminish the quality of your dog's coat. These ingredients serve to only "bulk" up the kibble, making it less expensive to produce. However, the result will be a dry, brittle and lackluster coat that also tends to create more shedding. Find a good quality kibble to help aid your dog's fur from the inside out.

 

Tip # 2 - Regular Grooming

It only makes sense to groom your dog on a regular basis. Finding theproper tools like combs, brushes, or clippers to help aid you in this task is your first step. This decision will be based on the type of coat your dog has like wiry, thick, silky, long, etc.

Most dog breeds should be groomed once-a-week, more so if you have a heavy-shedder like a Golden Retriever or Pug. Grabbing up all that loose hair before it finds your sofa or carpet is half the battle. 

Along with regular brushing to help prevent shedding is also bathing your pooch. Experts recommended once or twice a month with a doggy shampoo (human shampoo is too harsh). Bathing allows all that loose hair to fall out in the tub, rather than on your furniture. 

 

Extra Tip: If you are going to bathe your dog at home, be sure to use a filter drain. These inexpensive and removable "strainers" will keep your dog's hair contained, rather than have it all go down the drain, which could cause a clog later on.

 

Tip # 3 - Omega-3 Supplements

These good fatty acids can be found in fish oils or a supplement form and are super for your dog's coat. They can not only reduce some of the sheddings, but they also improve your pup's dry, flaky skin (dandruff) and, as a bonus, they can help curb any stiffness and joint pain your aging canine may be experiencing. 

 

Tip # 4 - Plenty of Fresh Clean Water

Just like we need fresh clean water to replenish our bodies, so do our fur babies. Even the mildest of dehydration can cause the skin to dry out and your pup's fur to fall out. Always have water available for your dog, whether he be inside or outside. 

If your dog is not a "big drinker" try a pet water fountain that circulates the h2o. Sometimes animals have a difficult time with standing water so getting it moving is often all it takes to encourage more drinking.

You can also add some wet food to your dog's diet and some soft treats. Human foods like cucumber, cantaloupe, apples, watermelon and even mangoes are also a "juicy" way to add even more moisture to your dog's diet. 

 

Tip # 5 - Home Shedding Management

Our last tip isn't for your dog, but for your home. Keeping dog hair at bay in our living spaces can be an ongoing battle. The first thing in your home shedding management kit should be a vacuum cleaner designed specifically for pet hair. These tend to have a more powerful suction, HEPA filters and special tools to get into tight corners.

If you can, remove the wall-to-wall carpeting and replace it with hardwood. This type of flooring is much easier to keep clean. Along with this line of thinking for shedding is furniture that pet fur doesn't tend to cling to, like leather. You will probably also want to invest in a pet fur roller for quick spot cleans and for your clothing.

 

Minimize Shedding

Although you most likely will never completely eradicate shedding, you can help minimize it. Find a good quality kibble, do regular grooming, add in some Omega-3's, and moisture to your dog's diet and make your home more pet-hair "friendly." These will all help keep those hair "tumbleweeds" from rolling through your life. 

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