Dog hair – it’s everywhere. You love your four-legged companion, but you don’t like going into work covered in fur. How can you get your dog’s shedding under control and keep your home hair-free?
Here are nine tips to help you keep your sanity – and your home free of fur.
1. Invest in a Good Vacuum and Use It – Daily
A good vacuum is your best ally in the war against dog hair. It’s worth spending more on a better vacuum and one that’s designed for homes with pets. These models usually come with extra accessories, like mini turbobrushes, to remove pet hair from furniture and stairs.
Even the most expensive vacuum in the world is useless if you never use it. Make vacuuming a part of your daily routine to truly keep your home free of dog hair. Focus on areas where your dog spends most of his time.
If you don’t have time to vacuum every single day, consider buying a robotic vacuum (like the Roomba) to clean your floors even when you’re not home.
2. Brush Your Dog More Often
Brushing your dog will help loosen and remove dead hair before it has a chance to land on the floor. Depending on the breed of your dog, you may need to brush your dog every day. Some dogs only need to be brushed about once a week.
If you can, brush your dog outdoors to keep as much hair as possible out of your home. If outdoor brushings aren’t possible, consider brushing in a room with hard flooring to keep hair out of the carpet.
Also, make sure that you use the appropriate brush on your pup.
- Pin brush: Designed for silky, long coats.
- Slicker brush: Works with all coat types. These brushes are flat or curved with thin wire pins.
- Bristle brush: Designed for wiry or short coats.
- Shedding blade: This horse-shoe shaped comb has short teeth that help remove fur with one pass. These are ideal for short, flat or combination coats.
- Undercoat rake: Designed for dogs with double coats. These look like pin brushes, but with fewer pins.
Brushing often can go a long way in keeping your home free of dog hair.
3. Use a De-Shedding Tool
A de-shedding tool can help keep dog hair under control. These tools have a toothed metal comb that collects fur as it passes over the coat. They also have a release button to release the collected fur.
De-shedding tools are ideal for dogs with combination coats, double and heavy coats. In many cases, these tools can reduce shedding up to 90%, which can really help keep your home dog-hair-free.
4. Train Your Pup
Training your pup to keep out of certain areas of your home can also keep hair under control. If you entertain in one particular room of your home, you might consider keeping Fido out of that room, so you never have to worry when unexpected guests drop by.
Training your dog to stay off of the furniture can also keep pet hair at bay – and your clothes fur-free. Provide your dog with a comfortable place to sleep and lay on the floor. If you need to, get dog beds for every room your dog spends time in.
5. Keep Fido’s Bed Clean
Fido spends a lot of time sleeping in his bed – or beds if he has more than one. Focus on keeping all of his bedding clean. Otherwise, your pup will just drag all of the fur in his bed around the house.
Wash dog bedding regularly, or vacuum and spot clean if you cannot put the bed in the washing machine.
6. Use a Dust Mop for Hard Floors
Instead of using the bare floor setting on your vacuum to clean hard flooring, invest in a good dust mop.
Even on the bare floor setting, vacuums often kick around the dirt and dust they pick up. Damp mops work best when removing hair from tile flooring. Electrostatic dust mops work well on most other hard surfaces.
7. Shave or Trim Your Dog’s Coat
Depending on the breed of your dog, you may be able to trim or shave his coat to keep hair under control.
Dogs with double coats should not be shaved, as this can damage the undercoat. A dog’s undercoat provides insulation to keep warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Dogs with a single coat, like Poodles, Shih and Lhasa, can be shaved without issue.
If you don’t want to go as far as shaving your dog’s coat, a simple trim can help keep hair under control.
8. Steam Clean Regularly
If you have carpeting in your home, there’s a very good chance that your vacuum won’t be able to pick up every last hair. Steam cleaning your carpets can help remove embedded hairs in your carpet’s fibers.
Aim to have your carpets cleaned every six months to keep them looking their best. If professional steam cleaning isn’t in your budget, you might consider buying a home carpet cleaner. The cost of buying a quality cleaner is often less than the cost of a single professional cleaning session.
9. See Your Vet
If your dog’s shedding is completely out of control, he may have an underlying medical issue that’s causing the excessive hair loss. Book an appointment with your veterinarian to see if there are any medical issues that need to be treated.
There are many conditions that can cause excessive shedding, including Cushing’s disease, hormonal imbalances, allergies, fungal infections and immune disorders.
Keep in mind that most dogs will shed to some degree. But when the hair loss is excessive – to the point where your dog has bald spots – it’s time to see your vet and find out what’s wrong.
It’s impossible to stop your dog from losing hair, but these nine tips can help you keep the fur under control. Daily vacuuming is probably the best way to keep hair from getting everywhere, but regular brushing can also help remove excess hair that may have made it into your carpet otherwise.