How to Control Excessive Shedding by a Dog
Except for a few hairless breeds, all dogs shed. There is simply no way around
this. If you want to minimize the amount of dog hair in your house
on your clothes, you are going to have to learn to comb and brush your
dog. Any hair that you remove by combing and brushing is hair that will not land on your
sofa. Regular grooming is the only way to control excessive shedding by your
The key is that you want to train your dog to enjoy grooming by proper training and positive reinforcement. Here’s what you do. Have some treats handy that you know your dog likes. Call him over and have him lie down on your lap
or between your legs. Brush one side of him, then praise him lavishly. Keep the brushing sessions short at first. Let him have a
treat while you are brushing him if it will help to keep him still. In a short period of time,
your dog should come to enjoy your grooming sessions.
If your dog has short hair, your will want to use a soft bristle brush. Start at the
top of his ears, and brush down around his ears, shoulders, and down his back. Always praise
your dog as you are brushing. If your dog has medium or long coat, the hair can tangle very
easily. For this kind of hair you will need to use a metal comb or a de-matter. A de-matter has 3 to 5 blades which are sharp on one side.
It can rake through thick, tangled hair, cutting tangles and dragging out the dead coat. There
are no set rules for the type of brush you should use on your dog. In general, though, longer
coats require long teeth that can reach through it. Shorter coats can be used with shorter
teeth. It is not a bad idea to take your dog to a professional groomer at least once, so you
can observe how they do it. You can then use this experience to groom your own dog, if you
The bottom line, however, remains the same. If you wish to control excessive shedding
by your dog, you must brush him regularly. I hope this helps!