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5 Ways to Minimize Dog Shedding

By Stacy Painter
published: February 20, 2024 - updated: February 22, 2024 • 2 min. read
shedding dog hair on couch

If you live with dogs, you’re most likely used to finding stray hairs everywhere: on your clothes, the furniture, and sometimes even in the food you just prepared (how did that get there so quickly?!). Though there aren’t any ways to completely stop shedding since it’s a natural process, there are some things you can do to minimize shedding and control the dog hair in your home.

Why do dogs shed?

You may have wondered why your pup seems to constantly shed hair. Dog shedding is part of the natural biological process to get rid of old or damaged hair and regulate body temperature. Shedding helps dogs maintain a healthy coat by removing dead or loose fur, allowing new hair to grow.

The amount of hair your dog sheds will depend on its breed, age, health, and time of year. Some dogs shed at the same rate throughout the year, whereas others have more pronounced shedding seasons, such as spring and fall. Shedding is a normal and necessary function for dogs to maintain their coat and overall well-being.

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How to control dog shedding

1. Brush frequently

It may seem like a chore, but just a few minutes a day of brushing can be beneficial to remove loose and dead hair before it ends up all over your home. Different breeds have different grooming needs, and many different types of pet brushes and combs are on the market, so make sure to use the appropriate brush for your dog’s coat type.

2. Maintain proper nutrition

Ensure you are feeding your dog a balanced diet rich in essential nutrients like omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which can help maintain healthy skin and coat. Consult your veterinarian to determine the best diet for your dog’s specific needs.

3. Give them a bath

Regular baths can help loosen and remove dead hair from your dog’s coat. Use a gentle shampoo formulated for dogs to maintain a healthy coat. Just be sure not to over-bathe, as too frequent bathing can strip the skin of its natural oils and lead to increased shedding.

4. Manage their stress

Stress can exacerbate shedding in some dogs, so try to minimize stressors in your dog’s environment. Provide plenty of exercise, mental stimulation, and a comfortable living environment to help keep your dog relaxed and content.

5. Sweep/vacuum regularly

As proactive as you may be about preventing shedding, you must also be reactive to the situation. Sweeping and vacuuming are necessities of owning a shedding pet. If you want to help control the hair, keep a regular chore schedule, and be sure to wash your dog’s bedding occasionally.

By incorporating these tips into your routine, you can help reduce your dog’s shedding and keep your home cleaner and more comfortable for both you and your furry friend.

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By Stacy Painter

Stacy has always been an animal lover and has worked in the pet industry and pet insurance specifically for over a decade. As a writer since early childhood, content writing for Healthy Paws pet insurance was a natural career path to combine her two passions. She currently lives in Florida with her boyfriend and Taiwanese rescue dog, Kaya.

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