Dog shedding is a totally natural process and something that you can't stop or 'cure'.
Unless you own a hairless breed, dog hair on your floors, clothing and furniture is pretty much just a fact of life.
Your dog's hair is continually growing and then falling out (much the same way as ours does), and this 3-part cycle can last anywhere from a month to a year depending on the breed and coat type.
There are also certain times of the year, or certain situations, where your dog is going to shed more than normal.
It usually happens twice a year during the major change of seasons (from cold to hot and back again) and is called 'blowing coat'... also often happens in a female dog after she's had a litter.
There are many different types of dogs, there are many different types of coats and some will shed more than others, or shed more noticeably than others.
Breeds that were originally created to live/work outdoors (especially in cold climates), such as German Shepherds, Newfoundlands, Alaskan Malamutes, Pomeranians and so on have tons of hair - both the longer 'outer-coat' hairs and the softer, denser 'under-coat'.
This means that they tend to lose a lot of hair and dog shedding is definitely going to be part of life for their owners.
However, it's not only these longer-coated breeds that are prone
to heavy-duty dog shedding! I own Rottweilers, whose coats are much
smoother and shorter than the breeds I just mentioned. Sadly, this
doesn't seem to reduce their ability to shed, and this seems to apply to
Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers and other similar breeds too.
Dog breeds who have long, silky outer-coats and little, or no, undercoat (such as Yorkies, Lhasa Apsos and Afghan Hounds for example) tend to shed less than many other breeds, so do dog breeds with curly coats such as Poodles or Bichon Frise. These could be considered to be low shedding dog breeds.
Wire-haired dogs such as many of the terrier breeds need not only at-home grooming sessions, but regular clipping or stripping to keep their coat mat-free and 'in order'. The up-side of this is that a regularly clipped/stripped coat will shed less too.
So, to sum it up... pretty much all dogs shed (except hairless ones) but that's not any real consolation for dog owners who spend what seems like half their waking hours removing dog hair from their clothes, furniture, carpets... even coffee cups - and I'm one of them!
Although there's no 'magic bullet' that will stop your dog from blowing coat, or gradually depositing his hair all over the furniture, there are a few things that you can do to reduce the amount of loose hair he has to share.
Removing it from his coat manually, before it floats off by itself, can really help.....
When it comes to controlling or reducing the amount of hair your pet is losing, regular and proper grooming is the key.
If you don't brush/comb your dog regularly, that hair is
going to fall (or fly!) off your dog and land all over the place.....
all the time.
BUT if you groom your dog regularly then YOU will be in control of that hair loss, and you can remove an amazing amount of hair in a fairly short time with the right dog grooming tools/equipment.
In addition to brushing/combing your dog, a bath now and then helps to remove loose hair and dander.
Bathing once or twice a month should be enough, although if you or someone else in your family has an allergy to dog hair, bathing weekly may be better as long as it doesn't irritate the dogs' skin.
Always remember to use a very mild shampoo such as a puppy formula, Oatmeal Shampoo or hypoallergenic formula (no medicated or highly-scented ones please!).
There are even a whole range of special dog shedding shampoos such as FURminator deShedding Shampoo.
If you or someone in your family has allergies, this Anti-allergen Pet Shampoo can really help reduce the dog dander that's the number one trigger for sneezing, itching and other common dog allergy symptoms.
Here's a quick look at the best tools to use when you're trying to keep dog shedding to a minimum in different breeds:
There are a few other things you can do to reduce the amount of hair your dog loses.
Diet can play a role in hair loss and of course it's the foundation for good health, so feeding a premium dog food that has all the nutrients your pet needs is very important.
There are also 'anti-shedding' supplements and natural products that may help. Generally they contain different oils which are known to improve the condition of a dogs' coat and skin.
The all natural Naturals Royal Coat Express is a great choice, and is packed full of essential fatty acids (Omega-3 and Omega 6) which may not be present in sufficient levels in your dogs food.
Given daily this can improve the health and condition of your dogs skin and give him a shiny, healthy coat and healthy coats often shed less!
Whether your dogs' shedding is due to normal breed/coat type and seasonal/developmental fluctuations or allergies or disease, all of that hair floating around your home can drive you nuts! It does me anyway.
BUT, I recently discovered a fantastic little vacuum that deals with dust bunnies (aka 'pet hair bunnies') like a pro... and has made keeping our home dog-hair free a snap.
It's the lightweight, cordless and super-effective Dyson DC59 Animal Vac and it's amazing!