How to Control Dog Shedding

Dog hair always looks better on a dog than on a sofa. Unfortunately it often ends up there, especially during the hot summer months. Shedding is a natural part of a dog's life, but as your pet loses hair and your furniture and carpet find it, you may wish there were some techniques for minimizing the mess. There are.

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A good grooming routine keeps shedding to a minimum.

Choose the right shedding tool for your dog. A smooth-coated beagle needs a different brush than a furry Alsatian does. Read the label to select the right one, or ask your vet or a knowledgeable salesperson at the pet store.

Brush your dog's coat deeply, allowing the bristles to rub against the skin underneath. Dog fur loosens at the hair follicle, so brushing deeply will remove hairs that are on the verge of falling out. If your dog is uncomfortable at any time during grooming, lighten up. Once you reach the skin, pressing harder won't accomplish anything more.

Watch out for static electricity. Brushing a dog's coat in dry weather can cause static to develop, shocking you both. Try using a little anti-static spray on the brush to prevent this unwanted jolt.

Reverse direction when brushing your dog with a shedding tool. Start in one area and gently work backward, unless this bothers your pet. By bending the hair shaft in the opposite direction of its natural growth, hairs ready to shed slip out and gather on your brush.

Use a rubber grooming mitten after brushing to attract the fine hairs left behind. Not only will your dog love the massaging end to his grooming session, the specially designed rubber nubs will catch and hold the extra fur.

Bathe your pooch with a gentle non-drying canine shampoo on a regular basis. Sensitive skin shampoos are good because they moisturize the skin, discouraging over-shedding. Use a good dog conditioner at the end of the bath.