Your dog will shed its coat come springtime, and it will be a hairy mess until it’s all said and done. But there are ways to reduce the amount of hair on your floors and furniture. And, you can speed up the spring shedding process to make a bit more bearable.
Of course, you can’t stop it because it’s a natural process for your dog to shed more in the springtime as its body prepares itself for the warmer months to come. This is a natural circadian rhythm and also known as “blowing the coat.”
Sometimes, you might even notice an uneven coat or thinner patches on your dog, which is also normal and will correct itself with time.
How to Reduce Shedding 101
Your dog will shed regardless of what you do, but you can reduce the amount of shedding, especially at this time of the year, and you can also its process to be done with it sooner.
Keep on brushing! Brush and comb and rake, and repeat. Some dogs clearly shed more than others, but all dogs (and their parents) will benefit from a proper brushing. Some dogs have a double coat and are known to top the list when it comes to shedding.
Read also: Choosing the Best Dog Grooming Brushes
It’s crucial to brush regularly and thoroughly otherwise mats or knots form, and they could eventually lead to infections and other problems as they rub against the dog’s skin.
The more you brush, the less hair you’ll find on the floor and your furniture, and it’s the easiest way to keep your home clean. But, you must choose the right brush and tools to win the battle.
Warm Bath and Recommended Shampoos
After a good brushing, bathe Fido. A warm bath with the use of specially formulated shampoos and conditioners that work to help the shedding process will make it easier to loosen tangles. Then brush them again after the bath, once its coat is dry.
However, do not over bathe your dog because that’s not healthy for their coat or skin either.
Your Dog’s Diet
While shedding will not stop, it can be improved if your dog is getting a healthy dose of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids in its diet. So, look for food rich in these nutrients, which should minimize knots and mats as it keeps the coat healthy.
It’s nice to live in a house that’s tidy and clean, but with a dog that is shedding profusely in springtime, it can be quite the challenge. So, here are tips on how to keep your house clean during shedding season and throughout the year as well.
How to Keep Your Home Clean During Spring Shedding & Beyond
A Swiffer Sweeper Mop or other floor dusters can clean up dog hair quickly and easily. You might want to consider other duster mops that have a much broader base to cover more area and faster.
Having a Swiffer Wet Jet handy lets you mop up messes without having to go through all the trouble of a traditional mop, which requires filling a bucket with water and a cleanser and a separate mop.
You might also want to consider a Roomba, which is a robot vacuum cleaner. There are many different models to choose from, each with their own benefits; you can program them to clean your floors so, after a long day, you can come home and relax instead of having to vacuum.
It’s a great way to keep your home cleaner and looking its best without putting in any effort. Some of them can even mop, so you get out of two tasks. Ah, the wonder of technology!
Alternatively, you could try a rubber broom, as many dog owners swear by. Rubber brooms pull all the hair off carpets and somehow manage to clump them together in a ball, which is a good option.
Keep your couches hair-free and odor-free by covering your dog’s favorite spot with a blanket or other fabric that can be easily washed. Spray couches with Febreeze to kill odors, too.
But, for the best look and protection when buying a new couch, ask the retailer to order additional, matching fabric to lay over the cushions. That way, you can easily remove and wash it, so your furniture stays clean and smelling great. And, you can always remove it when company comes.
So, when it comes to your dog’s spring shedding, what tips do you have to offer other dog owners?