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How to Reduce Dog Shedding: Tips and Tricks
For most dog parents, shedding is an unavoidable part of life. It can be a nuisance and make your house or car look like a fur-covered mess. But don't worry, there are ways to reduce the amount of fur your pup sheds.
In this blog post, we'll share some tips and tricks that may help to reduce dog shedding in your home. We'll cover topics like grooming, diet and nutrition, and more. By following these simple steps, you can reduce the amount of fur your bestie leaves behind.
Grooming: Brush Your Dog’s Hair Frequently
Brush your dog daily and use a vacuum cleaner specifically made to remove loose fur. If your dog has long hair, consider hiring a professional groomer to keep the length short. Well-groomed dogs still shed, but because they have less hair to begin with, it’s often considerably less noticeable in your home.
Warming Up to the Brush
Get your dog used to having his hair brushed by gently running your brush over his forehead, cheeks, under his tail, and around his neck. It's important that your dog learns that the brush is an enjoyable experience rather than something he should fear.
The Best Way to Brush
Start brushing in the direction of hair growth on your dog's back first. Then, slowly work your way toward where the coat starts growing on doggo’s face and head. Make sure to give each section of the coat a quick massage, as this will improve circulation and make the hair easier to remove.
Brush your dog with a firm but gentle motion in short strokes. Work in all directions from one section to the next. Brush down, back, and forth over each direction of growth: left, front, top, and bottom. Brushing side to side is too hard on your dog's skin.
The Best Type of Brush
The best dog brush is the one your pup will tolerate. Whether it's bristled, double-sided, or just something you found in your bathroom drawer, controlling shedding begins with building healthier grooming habits. So stick to whichever brush works best for you and your four-legged family! If you're not sure how the angle/direction works for you, take a small brush like a wide-tooth comb.
Consider De-shedding Tools
A de-shedding tool is a special brush that's designed to remove loose fur from your dog's undercoat. These tools are particularly useful for breeds with thick or double coats, such as German Shepherds, Huskies, and Golden Retrievers. De-shedding tools work by reaching deep into your dog's coat and removing loose fur from the undercoat without damaging the topcoat.
How to De-shed
To use a de-shedding tool, start by brushing your dog's coat with a regular brush to remove any tangles or mats. Then, use the de-shedding tool in short, gentle strokes, working in the direction of your dog's fur growth. Be careful not to apply too much pressure, as this can irritate your dog's skin.
Bathing Your Dog Regularly
Bathing your dog is another great way to reduce shedding. Regular baths help remove loose fur and dirt from your dog's coat, keeping it clean and healthy. Make sure to use a gentle dog shampoo and rinse your dog thoroughly to avoid any skin irritation.
However, be careful not to over-bathe your dog, as this can dry out their skin and cause more shedding. For most dogs, bathing once a month is sufficient. If your dog has a skin condition or gets especially dirty, you may need to bathe them more frequently.
Appointments: Take Your Dog To A Groomer
Dog grooming is important in keeping your pets healthy and looking their best. You can keep your dog's coat, nails, teeth, and skin in great condition with regular appointments. For small and large breed dogs, making sure they get the necessary grooming appointments is essential for their well-being.
At these appointments, the groomer typically will assess your dog's skin and coat heath in addition to providing necessary services such as trimming nails or cleaning ears. They also help maintain the length of your pet’s coat by brushing it out and styling it as needed. Over time, this will help reduce dog shedding.
With regular grooming sessions, you can ensure that your pet looks great while staying healthy, too!
Diet and Nutrition: Add More Vegetables to Your Dog's Daily Diet
A diet rich in vegetables tends to reduce the amount of fur your pup sheds. What’s more, a diet that contains a variety of fruits and whole grains can help reduce hair loss and shedding, too. But remember, always consult with your veterinarian before changing or supplementing your dog’s diet.
Hydration: Give Your Dog Plenty Of Fresh Water On A Daily Basis
Proper hydration is an important part of maintaining your dog’s overall health, and may also help to reduce shedding. Water keeps your dog's skin and coat looking great, aids in digestion, and helps to regulate body temperature. It's important to ensure that your dog has access to plenty of clean, fresh water at all times.
In conclusion, reducing dog shedding is possible with regular brushing, a healthy diet, and proper grooming. Additionally, using a de-shedding tool, and keeping your pups well hydrated, can help keep shedding to a minimum. With these tips, you can help keep your pet's shedding under control and keep your home fur-free – fur good!