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

By Jeana Abnet

Hairy Dog

How To Manage Dog Hair In The House

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. Choosing the best quality Dog Brush available is always a wise choice, since you and your pet will need to use this tool for years.

2. Purchase a Vacuum Specifically Designed For Dog Hair
Shop around for a vacuum that is specifically designed to handle dog hair. If you have lots of shedding, an average vacuum can get overworked and not get the job done.

At PupLife, we use Miele Vacuum products. They make a fantastic vacuum called the Blizzard CX1 Cat & Dog Bagless Vacuum, that is specifically constructed to battle cat and dog hair. While it is not the cheapest on the market, it is certainly one of the best, especially if you are serious about contolling dog hair in your house. If you are searching a more affordable (and portable) solution the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Lithium Ion Cordless Handheld is a great choice.

Miele C3 Vacuum For Dog & Cat Hair

Above: If you are seriously searching for the best vacuum for dog and cat hair, the Miele C3 Cat & Dog Hair Canister Vacuum is the ultimate choice.

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. Self cleaning brushes are easy to clean and are a great choice.

Self Cleaning Dog Brush
Above: A self cleaning dog brush, such as the Hertzko Self Cleaning Slicker Brush is a great way to manage dog hair, without all the mess.

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.

If you are interested in taking your dog grooming to the next level, here are some great Natural Dog Grooming Tips. Our Dog Health Basics For New Dog Owners are also a great next step for keeping your pet looking (and feeling) their best.