Is dog fur your new clothing accessory?
Or maybe, dog fur has magically appeared up your nose, in your eye and on your breakfast toast.
Let’s not forget the new fur coating you’ve had put on your floors!! It’s the fashion.
If you are pulling your hair out (and adding it to the fur) this just might be the article you are looking for!!
Let’s talk about how to minimise and control your dog from moulting on your lounge and shedding in your food.
It’s true, there’s no real way to completely stop your dog from coating your bed sheets with fur. If we can understand why dogs moult and shed though, we have a much better chance of reducing the amount of fur found in our shoes.
Why do dogs moult (shed)?
In order to explain this, we must venture out into the wild.
Or we can just tell it to you straight!
A dog’s coat is designed to protect their skin, their fur is coated in oil and this stops the water from getting to their skin.
Dog’s fur also helps control their body temperature. In winter, a dogs coat is thick and acts as a barrier against the cold and wet. In summer your dog will shed the excess fur to help keep them cool.
In the days before dogs were domesticated, the combination of temperature and length of daylight actually informed the dog of the season so that they either shed their fur or grew it back.
While dog’s still have a winter coat and a summer coat, due to modern day lighting, air conditioners and heaters, the dogs natural instinct to shed has gotten confused and that’s why your house is always filled with fur – all year round.
Waiting for the doggy fur evolution to kick in…
But why is there THAT much fur on my dining table AND still covering the dog?
Well, the amount of moulting does depend on the dog breed and their genetics. Excessive shedding can also be caused hormone imbalance, diet, nutrition, stress, the environment and their overall health.
But the excess moulting may also have something to do with the fact that dogs don’t just grow one strand of hair per follicle – no, they grow THREE!!
- The primary hairs for protection against water and environmental elements
- The secondary hairs also known as the undercoat or insulating fur
- The tiny little whiskers that help dogs sense their surroundings
Is my dog in the running to win Moulting Dog of the year?
Possibly! If your dog is in the most likely to shed excessively category below – it might be a REALLY good idea to read on to see how you can minimise and control the amount of fur that seems to gather in the garden.
Also – if there was a fur mum or fur dad of the year award for most dog fur accumulated in a 12 month period, I’m certain it would go to you!
Most likely to shed category:
- Border Collie
- Labrador Retriever
- Welsh Corgi
- St. Bernard
- Chow Chow
- German Shepherd
- Great Pyrenees
- Siberian Husky
- Alaskan Malamute
- Just to name a few
Ok, now for the juicy bits. Well, furry bits actually.
How can I minimise and control my dogs moulting (shedding)?
- Regular brushing – this helps to keep the skin stimulated, the hair healthy and the excess fur all in one place, the brush! If you haven’t already, try Frank and Jellys De-Shedding Grooming Brush (read the reviews and you’ll see why it comes so highly recommended)! For best brushes for your dogs breed – read our blog Best dog brushes for your breed.
- Regular bathing – this helps to keep fur clean and healthy while hydrating the skin and replenishing the natural oils in the fur – if you’re using the right products! Try Frank and Jellys Madra Mor Canine Spa Mud Treatment it hydrates the skin and fur while it gently removes the bulk of excess fur – read the reviews and look at the pictures – it really is furtasic! (Please keep in mind that it is important not to OVER bathe because this can cause your dog’s skin to dry out too much, making them itchy and uncomfortable.)
- Nutrition – because every dog’s coat is a direct reflection of their health and nutrition. Healthy, shiny coats usually come from a healthy and balanced diet. Make sure your pooch has high quality food that includes a lot of Omega oils to help reduce moulting, improve dry and flaky skin and support healthy hair growth.
- De-stress your dog – dogs shed more when they are stressed. Kind of like how humans can lose excess hair when they are stressed. Keep your dog stimulated, exercised and occupied to make sure they are happy and comfortable.
Some cheeky little tips and tricks to help remove the fur that has already found its way into your car, home, bed and fridge:
- Buy a really good vacuum!!!
- Try using Pet Hair Wash Bags from Frank and Jellys to save your washing machine and clothes!
- Rub a fabric softener sheet along your baseboards, it leaves behind an anti-dust and anti-fur coating making them easier to collect!
So, I guess moulting and shedding brings a new layer of meaning to the term fur mum and fur dad – because mum and dad are literally covered in fur! But hopefully not for long!!
If you have funny fur stories or tips and tricks that you use to minimise and control your dogs moulting, we’d love to hear them!!! Information shared is a potential life spared, well, in this case, it’s the sanity of the human slave that is spared. Leave us a comment or email us at [email protected] to tell us all about your furry adventures!
Paws of Love,
Sarah (fur mum to Frank) xo
P.S. Are you in the Frank and Jellys ‘Doggy Detectives’ Facebook group? It’s a place where fur mums and dads go to make friends, test doggy products and share stories on best products. PLUS we always share tips and tricks as well as offering advice and sharing experiences when one of our furry friends is not well or not behaving! It’s great fun and it’s absolutely FREE to join! Come join the fun HERE xo.
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