Every pet parent knows that their pet is going to shed and shed a lot during certain times of the year. Regardless if you have a dog or a cat, it’s a fact that we must accept! But how can you manage the hair? It’s all over your furniture, floors, in your carpet and on your clothes. It’s everywhere!
We have a few tips to help you keep your home as pet hair free as possible:
Vacuuming daily will help reduce the amount of dog hair in your carpet and on your floor. But the hair is also on your furniture and stairs so if your upright vacuum does not have a nozzle or if you don’t want to lug out the large vacuum every day, invest in a handheld vacuum. One of the best handheld vacuums on the market made especially for pets is the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Handheld vacuum. This vacuum is made especially for cleaning and removing pet hair and has a specialized rubber nozzle to attract and remove hair from furniture and stairs.
Groom Your Dog
Dogs don’t groom themselves like cats do, so it’s up to you, the parent, to help your dog with his grooming on a daily basis. Daily petting will help reduce some of the loose hair on your dog, but pet stores also sell special grooming items that will catch the loose hair and remove it from your dog. Pet stores sell several dog specific brushes that help remove the hair as well as petting gloves that capture the hair. You can also invest in a Furminator for Dogs. This is a special dog grooming tool that is designed to remove the loose undercoat hair without damaging your dog’s topcoat or hurting his skin. Using the Furminator or other dog hair grooming tools will greatly reduce the amount of hair your dog leaves in your home.
Feeding Your Dog
If your dog is eating a well-balanced diet and drinking water on a regular basis, his coat should be shiny and healthy. However, if he is not, he may experience excessive hair loss. Dog food with healthy fats that are nutrient-rich and protein filled will help your dog’s coat look shinny and healthy as well as reduce the amount of hair that he sheds. Talk with your vet to see what dog food he or she recommends to help your dog have a healthy coat and to help reduce the amount that he sheds.
Lint Brush or Roller
Now that you’re controlling the amount of dog hair you have on your carpet, floors and furniture, let’s talk about your clothes. The #1 solution is a lint brush or roller. Brush or roll your clothes with a lint brush before you leave the house and that should take care of the hair on your clothes. You can also throw your clothes in the dryer for a few minutes with a dryer sheet if you don’t mind using the extra electricity. Lint rollers are great for furniture too. If you don’t have time to vacuum, use the lint roller on your furniture before your guests arrive to remove the loose dog hair so that your guests don’t leave covered in dog hair.
These are only a few tips to help you manage your dog’s hair in your home and on your clothes. Do you have other tips? We would love to hear your thoughts and to hear what you do to control dog hair in your home. Let us know in the comments below.
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