How to Keep Your House Fur Free: Top 5 Tools for Dog Owners
Like most dog owners, my husband and I love our dog Rusty and wouldn't change him for the world. But also like most dog owners, we definitely don't love constantly having fur all over our house! Rusty's a German Shepherd mix, and true to his breed(s) Rusty blesses us with moderate to intense shedding 365 days per year. Following are my best tips and tools for keeping your house fur free (or as fur free as possible) once you add a beloved canine member to your family.
5. Get a dog brush (or two)
This tool isn't for your house, but for your dog himself. The more you brush, bathe and groom your dog (within reason) the more fur you will remove on your terms, and consequently the less fur he will shed throughout your house. Bathing/grooming a dog too often isn't good for his skin and coat (recommendations for frequency of grooming vary by breed) , but brushing can't really be over done, and as an added bonus it provides great bonding time for you and your pet - Rusty loves being brushed every evening before bed!
4. The Pet Hair Magnet works wonders on fabric
It might be an "As Seen On TV" product, but it actually works very well! I was skeptical at first, but the price was low enough that I figured it was worth a try, and I'm glad I did, because it's a great little tool! I'd tried double sided tape, a lint roller, etc. but nothing seemed to pick up the dog hair from the fabric in my house quite as well as I would like (Rusty's favorite nap spot is the big upholstered couch in our family room). The Pet Hair Magnet works great on the couch's upholstery as well on our multiple area rugs. And it's super quick and easy to use.
3. Invest in a handheld vacuum specifically for pet hair
I use mine every day! It's lightweight and mobile, so that you can easily cart it from room to room, and it attracts and sucks up pet hair like none other. I use mine on the floors, the couches, etc. and it's great because you can get a lot of hair up really fast.
2. Try a Furminator
I saw this used for the first time by Rusty's groomer, and after seeing it in action I had to order one online for myself. It worked great, and didn't bother Rusty at all (unlike the loud dryers at the groomers' which he hates). The Furminatior is a great fur trimming tool, and it's really easy to use. They claim it reduces shedding up to 90% and while I can't say it seems to do quite that much for Rusty, it does at least reduce his shedding quite a bit.
1. Keep your dog's coat healthy
While not technically a tool, this #1 tip is crucial to minimize shedding. Buy food rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins A and E. And look for treats rich in the same. These nutrients are proven to help the health of your dog's skin and coat which will in turn reduce shedding. And even more importantly, Omega-3s and vitamins A and E are all essential for your dog's mental and physical health!
Benefits of Omega-3s to Dogs:
Help maintain a healthy shiny coat and skin
Help maintain mental alertness
Reduction of chronic pain associated with osteoarthritis
Help control allergies and skin disease
Aid the immune system and even prevent/slow the growth of tumors
Decrease cholesterol and help prevent cardiovascular disease