Top 5 Strategies to Help Alleviate Your Dog’s Shedding
Ahh spring has arrived, and so have the little furry bunnies that scurry across my hard wood floors and augment in size as the minutes progress. I guess that is what I get for having 3 hairy dogs and one hairy cat in my house all of the time!
Spring and fall bring a kind of molting period for 2 of my dogs. They resemble wooly buffalos as their fur cascades slowly down their bodies. If I am quick I can grab a handful of fur as they fly past me galloping and playing with one another.
I hate to say I am a neat freak, because I don’t think anyone with multiple animals really can be, but I am as close as you can get for someone with a pack of pets. I hate fur in my eyes, up my nose and swirling about my floor. I do my best to vacuum daily to keep dirt and fur at bay, but during shedding season sometimes daily is not enough!
There are a few tricks of the trade to help keep the fur and dirt at bay, at least for a while!
What to Do?
- Quality dog food and good nutrition helps keep shedding at bay. Healthy coats shed less!
- Daily brushing and basic grooming can be crucial! If you are not brushing it out…it’s going to land on your floor!
- Bathing can dramatically reduce the amount of fur that ends up on your floor! Warm baths help loosen that voluminously loose fur!
- Blow drying can also help to free fur from your dog’s body.
- Some dogs will even allow their owners to vacuum their bodies to get fur out.
And My Bonus Favorite Tips!!!
Take your dog somewhere else for his bath and grooming! You don’t have to drop him off at the groomer if that makes you uncomfortable; there are plenty of Do It Yourself Dog Grooming Facilities where you are supplied with tub, water, shampoo, blow dryers, nail trimers, brushes and all your doggy grooming needs. And, the best part…you get to leave the fur and the mess SOMEWHERE ELSE!!! Clean up post bath is my most dreaded task!
In between baths when your dog has that “not so fresh” smell…I recommend wiping them down with a scented baby wipe which helps get the dirt out of their fur and also gives them a fresh scent! Use a brush immediately after their wipe down to add sparkle and shine!
I have been a professional dog trainer and pet sitter for over 20 years. I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, through the international Certification Counsel of Professional Dog Trainers. I have trained and worked with police, Schutzhund and personal protection dogs. I trained Assistance Dogs in a men’s prison and ran my own nonprofit organization to take adult dogs from shelters and to train them to assist children and adults with disabilities, at no charge to my clients. My nonprofit organization and I were nominated for several awards of merit and even made the front page of the Denver Post. I was a veterinary technician for many years, where I learned about all aspects of health and preventative medicine. I have trained and worked with exotic animals and cheetahs. I introduced a temperament testing program in my local shelter and sat on the board of directors. I volunteered with my dog “Mr. Snitch” and helped local children learn to read. I have attained obedience titles and several blue ribbons. I am constantly in search of ways to continue my education and excellence when it comes to animals, their behavior and their health.