It’s that time of year right now where all of our dogs are shedding massive amounts of fur and the fur that seems to be coming off of them is that fine hair that gets everywhere. Dogs shed typically twice per year – they shed their winter coat and their summer coat.
When dogs shed their winter coats, it’s a very fine fur that seems to stick to everything in its path and this fur is the stuff that coats our clothes, our car seats, furniture, everything! To top this off, I have a couple of short haired dogs and it doesn’t matter that they’re short haired, they still shed like crazy right now and I’m constantly having to brush them to help get this winter coat off.
Different Breeds = Different Sheds
Some breeds of dogs have very long fur like Husky’s, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, etc. With the long haired dogs, you’re going to get a house full of fur that can take you months to get rid of. Not only that, but the fur loves to migrate to places that are sometimes next to impossible to reach, such as under the couches. I actually have a long haired Chihuahua and while she’s a whopping 3 pounds wet, her fur is constantly getting everywhere.
I also have 2 short haired dogs, and don’t let the short hair fool you, they shed just as bad and their fur will actually stick inside your clothing versus just on the surface like my long haired dog. Size also doesn’t seem to count for much when it comes to the amount of fur they can shed. My small dog almost seems to shed just as much as my large breed dog.
Does Brushing Help?
So, you have a pooch that is shedding one of their coats, and you’ve thought about whether you should attempt to pet the fur off, or actually brush it off. I’m here to tell you that brushing makes a huge difference in the amount of fur that you can help them shed. I’ve tried just the petting method, and that seems to work okay, but not great.
After attempting the petting method, which was an epic fail, I went to buying different styles of brushes for dogs. Not all brushes are created equally. I learned that the hard way with my older dog that seemed like her shedding was a never ending battle. She shed more than any other dog I’ve ever known in my life, including extremely long haired dogs.
As mentioned above, I attempted a couple of styles of brushes that some helped, some not. The last brush that I discarded not long ago was one that had long wire bristles on one side and soft bristles on the other side. It worked okay for a while, I must admit. It wasn’t terrible, but it didn’t quite get the job done to my satisfaction. What I ended up having to do with this particular brush was use the long side for running up and down my dogs back to loosen the fur that was still stuck under their main coat. This allowed the fur that was shedding to be brought to the surface of their coat. This is when you can really see the amount of fur they’re shedding.
Next, I would use the soft bristle side to comb the fur off the top of the coat, and use my fingers to clean the bristles as I go. Mind you, I do this task outside every time, because otherwise, fur will fly in your house and I’m not terribly fond of vacuuming for days to get rid of fur that flew everywhere. After I’ve combed most of the top layer off, I then use the soft bristle side up and down my dogs back to really get loose the rest of the coat they’re shedding. Now comes to really fun part where you get all the fine hairs that have been trapped under that coat. If it’s a windy day outside while you’re doing this and the wind changes direction to blow towards you, I’m sorry, you’re about to get a face full of fur.
An Easier Way To Brush.
Maybe you’ve gone through the trial and tribulations that I had in my last experience with the brush that I finally threw away, and I’m sorry for that. There actually was another brush that I found that helps with the shedding because of its design so that you don’t have to constantly use different sides of the brush in order to achieve the same result.
So I found a dog grooming brush that has little metal strips on it which is the brush itself. However, the little strips have a claw-like feature that allows for the brush to get under their top coat and pull the finer coat that’s shedding up to the surface. I’ve found that with this King Komb, I didn’t have to go through the lovely adventure of going up and down my dogs back in order to get their under coat to come to the surface. Plus, it’s really easy to clean versus attempting to use my nails to grab super fine fur stuck in all the soft bristles of the brush. Nothing can be more frustrating than attempting to clean that old brush out!
Shedding Made Easy.
You might be stuck in your ways with your current dog brush, who knows, but there is an easier solution and I had to buy multiple brushes to come to this conclusion. I wish I had found this long ago with my older dog that shed her weight in fur daily, but that’s okay, and now I know for my other dogs that are still shedding their winter coats since in Alaska, it just became warm enough for them to shed.
A lot of other brushes that do the same thing as the King Komb can be way more expensive, and I’m not one to spend a fortune on brushes when I don’t have to. At the end of summer, I know that I won’t have to worry about my typical face full of fur, which I’m very excited about, since that seems to be my bi-annual treat.
For you dog lovers out there, what has worked best you over the seasons to help your dog shed?