I am no stranger to pet hair. I’ve had animals my whole life. Currently, I have two dogs — a small fawn pug named Doug, and a giant yellow lab named Luna. I also had a yellow lab when I was growing up. I seemed to have forgotten the unbelievable amount of hair that Lab coats can shed.
It can be really hard to keep on top of all the pet hair. For the most part, it’s just part of life. If I don’t clean daily there will suddenly be tumble weeds of hair floating around the house. Every spring Luna’s big hairy winter coat decides it’s time to shed and next thing you know I am coughing up dog hair.
But there are things you can do to help get control over that tornado of pet hair…
Giving your dog regular baths is a good way to help loosen the pet hair that is about to fall. Technically, dogs groom themselves daily but I like to give them baths a couple of times per year to help keep them fresh. (But bathing them too much can cause skin irritation, and strip their coats of the natural protective oils. So when we go on walks and they get covered in mud, a good spray down with the garden hose, and towel drying is sufficient.) I find at the change of seasons is a good time to bathe them, especially in the spring when their winter coats start to shed. Doug, my pug, gets washed a lot more often that Luna, the lab. This is mostly because she can fit in the bathtub better. Luna gets washed outside with the hose only.
Make sure you give your dog a thorough brush every day or, if you don’t have much time, brush as often as you can. Brushing is the best way to make loosen hair and help keep your pets coat clean and dirt-free. Make sure you brush them outside otherwise you will just make your pet hair problem worse. I have several kinds of brushes and use them all but it’s nice to try out a few different ones and see what works best for your pet.
My dogs loved to be brushed. They think it feels good. It must feel like a little dog massage to them. I find it a lot easier to brush them when they are leashed. It prevents them from running around too much and I can get it done faster.
Invest in the best vacuum you can afford. We received a Dyson as a wedding gift seven years ago and it works great for pet hair. Dog hair piles up quick so I have to vacuum almost every day or every other day to stay on top of it.
4. Lint rollers
These little tape rolls are awesome for when you are about to leave the house and you realize your pants are covered in dog hair. Quickly run the roller over your clothing to get rid of the hair. Keep one near your front door and one in your car.
Keeping your pets off the furniture is an easy way to make sure it stays hair free, but I know it can be really difficult to keep them off. We are trying to keep our dogs off the new couch that we bought but it seems like whenever we go out, or at night, they sneak up and sleep on it. Making sure they have a comfy dog bed will help to keep them off the furniture. You can also designate special blankets or sheets to go on top of your couch or furniture that the dogs sleep on. When the blankets get nasty simply throw them in the wash.
This is how we try to get control over the dog hair. It seems like a never ending battle but I love my little fur babies so it’s just part of the trade-off of having dogs.
How do you deal with pet hair?