Spring is a beautiful season. Flowers, open windows, fresh breezes…and enough dog fur to make even the fanciest vacuum weep. As any dog owner will tell you, tis the season for shedding and dealing with all that hair often feels like a Sisyphean feat. Luckily, we’ve gathered some tips and tricks that will help you stay on top of things which means more time enjoying this beautiful season with your four-legged friend.
Become One With The Brush
This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, but brushing your dog is one of the best ways to minimize shedding. By incorporating a vigorous brush into your daily routine, you’re not only getting rid of extra fur, you’re ensuring that your dog’s coat is healthy and shiny. Use a brush that’s designed to work best with your dog’s coat and every two weeks or so, use a heavy-duty hair removing tool. As an added bonus, your four-legged friend will likely love being brushed, so it makes for an excellent bonding session.
Keep Things Covered
If your dog makes himself at home on your furniture, you’re more than likely familiar with the frustrating way that fur tends to imbed itself in upholstery, resistant to even the strongest suction. Instead of engaging in this daily dance, just throw a cover over your dog’s favourite spots to make for easier clean up. Throw the cover in the wash to keep it fresh and marvel at how easy it is to keep your couch spotless.
Step Up Your Food Game
An especially important way to keep shedding under control is to ensure that your dog is getting the best food out there. By feeding your guy high quality ingredients and skipping the unnecessary byproducts, you’re helping keep him happy, healthy, and strong, something that will inevitably be reflected in his coat. Dogs who eat well tend to shed less and have soft, lustrous coats. They’re also in better shape and require less veterinary care.
Get Into A Clean Routine
Even the most fastidious brushers will have to contend with the occasional stray hair. That’s just part of the fun of dog parenting. Instead of letting it pile up and become frustratingly irritating, try making a quick vacuum and/or sweep part of your daily activities. Invest in a high quality full-sized vacuum or handheld and run it once a day so that you never find yourself face to face with the dreaded dog hair tumbleweeds that tend to multiply at an alarming rate.
Hydration, Hydration, Hydration
Any dog parent knows that access to clean, fresh water is key when it comes to keeping their pal at the top of his game. A lesser known benefit of keeping your dog hydrated is that it lessens the chance of dry skin which in turn cuts down on the amount of shedding you have to deal with. Always ensure that your dog has a full bowl of water that he can get to whenever he needs to. Like humans, plenty of h20 is tremendously beneficial… now if only drinking water could stop humans from losing their hair.
If you really want to attack shedding with all that you’ve got, consider incorporating a supplement into your dog’s diet. Healthy oils like olive and fish oils contain nutrients that help promote a healthy coat and minimize excessive hair loss. Your best bet is to talk to an expert at your local pet boutique or consult with your vet to see which supplement would work best with your dog and his diet. Most dogs love the taste of these oils and you’ll love the way they make your best friend’s coat glow.