Wondering if you can control your dogs shedding? Below you’ll find some helpful tips for dealing with your shedding pet.
Can I Control My Dog’s Shedding?
Shedding can be quite frustrating and almost all dogs shed to some degree (with the exception breeds that are completely hairless).
Some breeds shed more than others, some breeds shed less – Hypoallergenic canines (like Yorkshire Terrier or Poodles) tend to shed very little, while heavily double-coated breeds (like Labradors) shed in large amounts.
Getting Control Over Shedding
First, it is important to mention that there’s no way to completely stop your dog’s shedding as it is an inevitable and healthy process which is necessary for all canines.
If your pooch’s breed isn’t supposed to be shaved, then shaving your dog down is never a good idea.
If you shave your dog completely, you are interfering with your dog’s natural self-cooling and self-warming mechanism, and you won’t do much to reduce the shedding in the first place.
So, you are probably wondering what can be done to control this nasty habit. The main idea is to try and keep up with it via routine grooming. Combing your furry friend helps to remove dead hairs before they fall down on your couch, carpet, bedding, etc.
Brushing also prevents the dead hairs from forming mats on your dog’s coat, and this is quite important as these mats can eventually harm your dog’s skin.
The weather is changing and many dog owners know what that means: shedding season. Below you’ll find some information about when your dog sheds and why.
Shedding Season Is On!
No matter how big a dog-lover you are, shedding can be quite frustrating as the mess that dog hair can make will sooner or later drive any dog owner nuts.
Almost all canines shed to some degree (of course, with the exception for breeds that are completely hairless), but certain breeds shed more than others, and some shed less.
Hypoallergenic dogs shed very little, while heavily double-coated breeds shed in large amounts.
However, all dogs shed on a regular basis and that is called a year-round shedding and is part of the natural life cycle of hair shafts.
Some breeds, like Poodles and Yorkshire Terriers, have continuously growing hair and have hair shafts with longer life spans and therefore shed very little.
Labradors and Huskies, on the other hand, have a shorter hair shaft life span and more abundant undercoats, which makes them quite big pains in the neck during the shedding season.
Wondering why your dog sheds so much? Here’s a great article about why it happens and what you can do to reduce it.
So.Much.Dog.Hair : Why Dogs Shed and How to Reduce It
About a month ago, I started noticing how often I was sweeping my floors. It wasn’t dirt I was piling into my dustpan, but dog hair. So. Much. Dog. Hair.
This can’t be normal, I thought as I watched Brownie, my 7-year-old pointer/lab mix, walk across my clean floors.
I could literally see the stray hair follicles fly off her shoulders as she moved. It was time to Google this.
Shedding is a natural process, of course, but a variety of factors can impact the frequency and amount of hair lost:
Each breed has a different hair and skin type. A German shepherd may shed year-round, while a poodle doesn’t lose much hair at all. Some have a prickly coat, others curly hair, while some are long and shaggy; getting to know your dog’s breed will help you learn the best methods for managing his or her fur.
The changing seasons play a big part in your dog’s shedding. The whole process is a way for a dog to stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter, losing hair and growing more hair to make up for the climate shift.
Shedding follows sunlight patterns so because most of our furry friends live inside under artificial light, their shedding cycle isn’t controlled. This is why indoor dogs are also more likely to shed throughout the year.
For most, brushing and bathing your dog regularly can help curb excessive shedding.