Shedding, Grooming and the Almighty Dog Brush

As a ShednPooper, there are two things I love to do. I think you can guess what they are, so let’s focus on the first: shedding, and the grooming that comes with it. My human loves pulling out the ShednPooper Dog Brush to combat my handfuls of fur, but he has some other tricks to control my never-ending hair production as well. Here they are, plus some tips to keep your home – and yourself – fur free.

Brushing, ASPCA-style

Regular grooming with a brush or comb helps keep your dog’s hair in good condition by removing dirt, spreading natural oils throughout her coat, preventing tangles and keeping her skin clean and irritant-free. Plus, grooming time is the best time to check for fleas.

 

If your dog has a smooth, short coat (like that of a Chihuahua, boxer or basset hound), you only need to brush once a week:

  • First, use a rubber brush to loosen dead skin and dirt.
  • Next, use a bristle brush to remove dead hair.
  • Now, polish your low-maintenance pooch with a chamois cloth and they will shine like new.

If your dog has short, dense fur that’s prone to matting, like that of a retriever, here’s your weekly routine:

  • Use a slicker brush to remove tangles.
  • Next, catch dead hair with a bristle brush.
  • Don’t forget to comb her tail.

If your dog has a long coat, such as that of a Yorkshire terrier, she will need daily attention:

  • Every day you’ll need to remove tangles with a slicker brush.
  • Gently tease mats out with said slicker brush.
  • Next, brush her coat with a bristle brush.
  • If you have a longhaired dog with a coat like a collie’s or an Afghan hound’s, follow the steps above, and also be sure to comb through the fur and trim the hair around the hocks and feet.

 

Bonus: Tip of the Month

Remove pet hair from upholstery and fabric with dampened rubber gloves by running your hand over the surface to attract hair. Simply rinse off the glove when it’s covered with hair and repeat as needed. If you don’t have rubber gloves handy, try a slightly wet sponge instead. These solutions can actually work just as well as using several feet of tape to pick up hair.

When it comes to stripping dog hair off clothes, just toss your favorite outfits in the dryer with a few dryer sheets and this wonderful machine will do the rest. Just pull your clothes out, clean the hair from the lint trap, and voila, no more hair. If you lack the time, you can always go with the sticky lint roller, a dog owner’s favorite tool for quick and tidy fur removal.

Hogan

Hogan, ShednPooper’s go-to mutt advocate, offers a wealth of canine facts, tips and resources that strengthen the bond between people and their mutts.