Hairy Situation? 4 Tips To Control Excess Dog Hair & Shedding In The Home

By Jeana Abnet

Most people believe that dogs shed the most in the spring when they are getting rid of their thick winter coat, however in the fall this cycle is reversed and the shedding is just as extreme. In the autumn months dogs are shedding their summer coats in order to prepare for the heavy protective winter fur. The amount of shedding varies from breed to breed and some dogs shed more than others.

Here are four steps to tame the shedding and stop the fur from getting everywhere.

1. Regular and Frequent Schedule of Combing and Brushing
It is good to create a brushing schedule for your dog, try to brush them outside so the tiny pieces of fur that you do not catch are not getting all over your home. 

2. Purchase a Vacuum Specifically Designed For Dog Hair
The best dog vacuums that I have found are the Miele cat & dog vacuums. They are like magic the way they pick up dog hair, they are extremely powerful and have multiple functions that really get rid of all the nitty gritty dog hair. For homes with hardwood floors, I recommend the Miele S8380 Cat & Dog Canister Vacuum. If you have a house with a variety of floors, or just prefer an upright, opt for the Miele S7260 Cat & Dog Upright Vacuum Cleaner.

3. Seek Out Breed Specific Advice Regarding Shedding
Different breeds have different skin and fur, make sure your brush and other grooming equipment is meant for your breed. For example, poodles and golden retrievers have very different fur types and a brush that works for the tight curls of a poodle will not be beneficial to the thick hair of a golden. 

4. Learn Your Pet's Shedding Pattern
Look for signs of shedding, such as hair on the floor when your dog gets up or hair trails. If the shedding becomes excessive you should contact your veterinarian with questions. 

By researching your pet's particular needs and patterns, you can best assess how to handle your dog's shedding. Keeping the right schedule of maintenance and grooming will help as well, and of course, having the best clean up tools handy is always advised. With the right knowledge and tools, you can keep your dog's shedding from becoming a truly hairy situation.