There is no denying that if you have a golden retriever then you have probably also experienced their heavy shedding too. No matter what you do or where you go, there just seems to be hair everywhere. Which is probably the same reason why you are here reading this post, right?
That good news! Because, today I am going to share a few practical steps that you can take to reduce the hair that is left almost everywhere around your home.
Ok, so let’s get into it!
How much do dogs shed?
It’s very important to understand exactly how much to expect your dog to shed and whether this is even a normal thing for your dog in the first place. Well, I here to tell you that if you own a golden retriever/husky/Akita or anything else of the sort that it is perfectly normal to expect A LOT of shedding for the best part of each year.
However, during 2 specific times of the year, you can expect even more than usual shedding. Yup, it doesn’t get any better my friend, but that’s not to say that you can’t work around it.
This is completely different though if you have a short haired dog. Staffs and bull terriers would be on the complete opposite end of the scale.
Why do some dogs shed so much
You may already know that goldens are great swimmers and that’s not just because they got a good stroke. Retrievers are also built with a double coat that helps them to remain water resistant even when in deep waters. Their coat works in 2 ways to be precise, their undercoat is used to protect their skin from any outside elements, dirt & debris. Whilst the outer coat is to provide warmth during cold weather conditions and is also used to cool them down during hot weather.
This is the case for most breeds that have thick or double coats too. You may find that Huskies, Akitas, Australian Shepherds & many more breeds are very similar too.
It’s truly amazing to see how their coat acts when you dig a little deeper into how it protects them. That’s why I never recommend that you shave their coat. Only trim them down if you totally know what you’re doing. But that still doesn’t answer your question as to how you should manage or reduce their shedding. Keep reading to see exactly how you can manage your dogs shedding very easily, with little effort.
What are a few practical ways to reduce shedding?
Before getting into the meat and potatoes, I thought that I would share a few different ways to look at this in the first place. You can either manage things from the side of clearing up the home or you can manage things from the side of reducing the shedding.
I recommend that you take the route of reducing the shedding first because that way you may be able to find ways to stop it from getting around the house from the start.
Ok, so a few ways you can reduce your dog’s shedding include:
- Removing dead hair (daily) using an undercoat rake
- Detangling loose hair with using a detangling brush (every few days)
- Regular trips to the groomers to nip down loose hair
- Oatmeal shampoo (helps a healthy coat)
- Regular 6 week washes for your dog
And that’s really about it. Whilst these are very easy to follow steps, they are also heavily misunderstood which is why you have probably landed on this page.To read more on what tools you will need to groom your dog at home, then check out my post on clippers for grooming your dog. But it doesn’t stop there, as you may find that some dogs will still shed a lot after following the tips above.
So I put together a little something for you too.
How to handle loose hair in your home
If you find that your dog is shedding too much hair around your home then a few ways you can maintain this include:
- Cover Fabric Furniture & Bedding
- Vacuum your home more frequently
- Have a designated location for your dog to stay (keep bedding/blankets there too)
- Use sticky rollers on clothes
- Use dog gates
- Change air filters regularly
I also recommend if you have the money that you get yourself a new set of leather sofas. It will be the best thing you can do if you have a dog that shed a lot of hair. They will make your life a whole lot easier when it comes to cleaning it for sure.
Shedding is perfectly normal for your dog to do, but if you notice that your dog is shedding heavily or unusual in any way, then it may be wise to contact a professional. Otherwise by following the tips above and sticking to a strict routine of grooming you should be able to handle any amount of shedding around your home.