Shedding...

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    Jul 04, 2010 5:04 PM GMT
    Ok..for all you dog lovers out there. How do you keep up with your dog that sheds. Now that summer is in full swing, what are some of your tricks to keep fido from shedding less?

    2 Pugs here. One Fawn and one Black. UGH. The HAIR! I could have made another pug out of what I combed out of the fawn pug today!
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    Jul 04, 2010 5:19 PM GMT
    I keep a vacuum ready on every floor of the house. My border collie has an extra thick double coat. I take him ever couple of months over to PetSmart and get it all brushed out, costs about $9 for 15 minutes worth of brushing and believe me they could fill a green garbage bag with the amount that comes out. I just can't do it that good and I've got every type of comb, brush, rake etc. . For $9 it's worth it. My Australian Shepherds coat isn't quite as bad but he still sheds a lot.
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    Jul 04, 2010 5:25 PM GMT
    i dont know if this would work on a pug, but i use the furminator on kevin, (about 2x a week) he's got a thck double coat and its white hair everywhere. plus my bf vacuums all the time.
    it's the price we pay for having llittle furry creatures around.icon_biggrin.gif
  • Geoedward

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    Jul 04, 2010 6:27 PM GMT
    I try to brush my English bulldogs regularly outside. I use a rubber, oval shaped brush. Most pet stores have them. They are made just for short haired dogs. I still end up vacuuming a lot. I only have carpet in the bedrooms upstairs since I have 5 dogs. The swiffer works great downstairs. You can spray a little furniture polish on the cloth and it picks up the hair better. You can use the liquid that comes with it on your kitchen floors. You will have to do it everyday. You get used to it and it just becomes part of your routine. Their is supposed to be shampoos that say they reduce shedding. I am not sure about those. Good Luck.
  • BlackBeltGuy

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    Jul 04, 2010 6:30 PM GMT
    the shed ender works. I have an akita and a shiba

    trust me (they were once used to hunt bears and live as arctic dogs) they are triple coat dogs. it's the worst.

    but the love out weighs

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    Jul 04, 2010 6:36 PM GMT
    beneful1 saidI keep a vacuum ready on every floor of the house. My border collie has an extra thick double coat. I take him ever couple of months over to PetSmart and get it all brushed out, costs about $9 for 15 minutes worth of brushing and believe me they could fill a green garbage bag with the amount that comes out. I just can't do it that good and I've got every type of comb, brush, rake etc. . For $9 it's worth it. My Australian Shepherds coat isn't quite as bad but he still sheds a lot.


    I had a German Shepherd. A wonderful loving, loyal and dedicated hound. He shed a lot too.

    At $9- / 15 minutes it would well be worth having it done every week. Consider how much much time you'll save and how much cleaner the house will be. Sounds well worth it.
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    Jul 04, 2010 6:37 PM GMT
    evilgemini saidi dont know if this would work on a pug, but i use the furminator on kevin, (about 2x a week) he's got a thck double coat and its white hair everywhere. plus my bf vacuums all the time.
    it's the price we pay for having llittle furry creatures around.icon_biggrin.gif


    Get the Furminator!!! I have the cat version for my 2 cats, and it works wonders... just like in the picture...

    furminator.jpg
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    Jul 04, 2010 7:03 PM GMT
    My dog doesnt shed TOO much... but... I have a neighbor who has a Siberian Husky AND a Shiba Inu... both of which are spitz-type dogs that are made for the coldest of weather.

    In any case.... he uses the furminator... and he also keeps a vacuum on hand so that he can vacuum AS he is brushing them.

    I brush my dog on my balcony. icon_smile.gif

    There are a bunch of anti-shedding products listed at Petsmart ...

    http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2754434&lmdn=Product+Type

    I have no idea of any of these products work. But if you're that miserable living in a home full of fur.... cant hurt!
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    Jul 04, 2010 7:26 PM GMT
    I have the furminator.. it works on the pugs... but OMG. The amount that comes off of him. On top of it all, he LOVES it. His back legs go nutz, and he licks the air. It's so cute.

    I have the blue handled furminator. I'm glad that others have it as well as I didn't want to really have something 'as seen on tv' and it just be a hoax.

    Keep the stories coming!

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    Jul 04, 2010 8:53 PM GMT
    I have 2 medium sized black Labs and frequently dog sit some of her pups I sold to friends too. Right now I have 3 of the sisters from the 1st litter so 5 black Labs. I have a riot w/the crew and the only drag if any is all the F'in hair these dogs produce. I vacuum every day this time of year and sweep 2x a day. We go for a long run down to the river 2x a day to swim then and when we get back to the house they are still damp and I use a shedding blade on them and man does the fur fly particularly when their coat is damp.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:SheddingBlade.jpg

    The blade is flexible and you can get some torque/snap going and rapidly strip their coat. Then they come inside and continue to blow their coat out lol

    This lasts about 2 weeks and then it's over. If you have dogs you have to be willing to deal w/dog hair.
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    Jul 08, 2010 3:23 PM GMT
    Shedding (a.k.a. stripping) blades are definitely the professionals' tool of choice.

    I was initially surprised to read that pugs shed a lot as they are short haired. But short-haired my jack russell sheds a huge amount and his loose fur seems to come off at least as readily as my german shepherd's and my border collie's. With the longer haired breeds, my trick is to have them shorn for the summer. My border collie just got a half inch buzz cut and the shepherd is next!
  • Geoedward

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    Jul 09, 2010 7:19 PM GMT
    Hey, Thanks for this thread. I just purchased the Furminator. Love it!icon_biggrin.gif
  • Markebri

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    Jul 14, 2010 3:48 AM GMT
    Take the dog to a parlor to get shaved. My ex-bf has two labs and he had to vacuum his house daily whenever his dogs began to shed. Makes life a lot easier for you, and the puppies will appreciate their nice short coat during the summertime. icon_biggrin.gif