How to Stop Dog Shedding: 4 Tips to Banish Fur & Dander
Are you ready to make the fur fly? 💨
Chances are when you became a dog owner, you knew there would be always be dog fur on your clothes. You expected to see it on your couch and carpets. (Maybe you even resigned yourself to eating furry food. We feel your pain.)
Shedding isn't just a nuisance — it can be downright daunting, especially if you're allergic to pet dander, or just tired of finding fur all over the place.
But if you feel like you’re losing the Person Vs. Pet Hair battle… We’ve got a few simple tricks to help you keep things under control.
Why do dogs shed?
Regardless of their breed or mix, most dogs share a common truth: shedding is inevitable. But why do our furry friends seem to constantly be losing their locks?
Turns out, healthy dogs shed for all sorts of reasons:
- Shedding allows dogs to grow new fur — Don't worry, the fur-ever growing hairstyle of your pup is just a normal part of life! Shedding allows new and healthy hair to take over from damaged or old strands, so your dog’s coat stays looking its best. (Humans lose hair, eyelashes, and eyebrows for similar reasons.)
- Seasons change and your pup must adjust — As summer approaches, it is dog shedding season and your furry friend may go through a fashion makeover. No need to worry! They’re just transitioning from their heavier winter coat to something lighter and more seasonal. So don't be alarmed if clouds of fur fill the air. Your pooch is simply staying à la mode. 😎
- Different breeds shed at different levels — Some dogs lose so much fur, you'll seriously wonder if they’re going to have any left. While all pooches shed to a certain extent, some breeds, including poodles, are famed for being “low shedders” compared to other worst shedding dog breeds like a Siberian Husky (who seem determined to leave furry reminder trails around your house).
4 Tips to Reduce Dog Shedding
TIP 1: Groom more frequently
A shiny coat and healthy skin for your pup all start with proper grooming. Bathing and brushing are key to minimizing shedding as much as possible, without overdoing it.
When you bathe your dog, make sure to choose a shampoo specifically for dogs. Aim for a gentle formula that won’t strip too much oil from their skin.
Next, regular brushing helps get rid of dead hair in a controlled manner (read: not left all over the couch) while also spreading natural oils throughout your dog’s fur.
TIP 2: Keep your pet active
You already know that keeping your pet active helps them live longer, healthier lives… but did you know that exercise can also affect how much they shed?
Exercise releases endorphins that can give your dog’s skin and coat a boost. Plus, it's an effective way to reduce stress levels — and calm, happy pups shed less.
TIP 3: Feed a high-quality diet with plenty of omega-3 fatty acids
Diet plays an important role in shedding. You may ask, "What can I feed my dog to stop shedding?". Well, feeding your furry friend a high-quality diet is essential for reducing shedding and promoting optimal health. Choose a premium dog food that contains the nutrients necessary to support healthy skin and coat. These nutritional benefits help keep excess fur at bay from the inside out, while keeping them looking their best.
BONUS TIP: If your dog suffers from particularly dry skin, dandruff, and/or sheds a ton, try adding supplements like fish oils to their diet. These liquid supplements are packed with omega-3 fatty acids: naturally occurring, anti-inflammatory nutrients that help maintain hydrated, itch-free skin and a soft, glossy coat. You know what that means: a less hairy house.
TIP 4: Invest in vacuums and air filters
Keep in mind pet fur has a tendency to stick around. Vacuum regularly, using a vacuum with a built-in HEPA filter. These vacuums don’t just suck up fur and dirt — they actually help clear the air inside your home and help everyone breathe easier!
You can also invest in in-room air purifiers designed specifically for pet dander removal. And always make sure to change the HVAC filters in your home more often than you would in a pet-free (AKA joyless) home. ;)
Taking charge of shedding doesn't have to be a struggle! With these techniques and some extra TLC, you'll soon start seeing fewer stray hairs around your home.