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Posted on 02/02/2013 11:15:00 AM PST by heartwood
A Shepherd-Lab mix, she's blowing her undercoat. I brush her daily, vacuum and sweep daily, and she's confined to the family room and kitchen. But still the little hairs are floating everywhere. When I got the carving board out of the dishwasher and put it on the counter, there were hairs on it. Washed it and put the carrots on it - hairs. Wiped off the hairs, cut the carrots and put the celery on it - more hairs, and on, and on, and on...
The vacuum doesn't pick up most of the hairs - I am reduced to scraping the carpet with a shower squeegee - that works. An hour later it looks like I haven't vacuumed for a month.
Any suggestions as to dog brush, floor cleaning devices, what kind of furniture and flooring (for whatever distant future we make changes in) would be so much appreciated. We like having a dog - we will probably get a second at some point - twice the fun and twice the fur.
We use our Roomba when the dog isn’t around, either at nighttime (dog sleeps in the bedroom), during walks or by blocking the dog from that room with a door or baby gate.
Collect the dog hairs; weave them into fabrics, make shawls, clothing, upholstery, etc. out of the fabric. Soon you’ll hardly notice anything amiss.
This will provoke attacks, but when I grew up, the dog stayed outside. At some point people stopped having a chain and a doghouse and let the dog inside. One lady I met in the middle of the mountains in Colorado had adopted a wolf... which she allowed into her small log cabin built in 1875... anything that could be chewed up was... it was amazing what people tolerate for companionship.
My old roommate had 2 English Labs... they would shed and shed and shed and I had to vacuum and vacuum and vacuum. Like... dog hair everywhere in the kitchen just like you describe.
I used a furminator and it does a great job... if you can spare an hour of your day once a week grooming throughly.
What worked the best though was keeping the dogs outside... I’d just let them run loose on the farm... go visit the neighbor farm kids and their dog for “playdates”... Cody loved mingling with the people that came every June for U-pick strawberries... but when they came back... They stayed on the sunporch and out of the kitchen.
Compared to the owner, I tended to do a lot more finger snapping and pointing to the doorway when in the kitchen trying to prepare dinner or a Sunday meal. Eliminate the dogsfrom.your kitchen... feed them outside. Remember they are DOGS, not people... well dog, singular, in your case.
I have two spitz breed dogs: American Eskimo and Finnish Spitz. They both shed year ‘round. They shed in big clumps.
I have two spitz breed dogs: American Eskimo and Finnish Spitz. They both shed year ‘round. They shed in big clumps.
The shedding might possibly, just possibly, drive me to shave the dog in June, but I can’t do it to the poor thing in February. Besides, she would go from a sleek black, to a dingy gray, and my children would freak out.
There’s a reason dog people call them German Shedders.
You’re basically screwed.
Enjoy your new hobby of Fur Collecting.
[maybe you could knit sweaters and mittens from it all?]
The problem with Border Collies is getting the muddy paw prints off the ceiling and walls LOL
And then there is the matter of sleep.
They never sleep, and that means You never sleep LOL
Where’s the ball?! Where’s the ball?! Where’s the ball?! Where’s the ball?! Where’s the ball?! Where’s the ball?! Where’s the ball?! Where’s the ball?! Where’s the ball?!
I honestly think you can get more hair off the dog with this tool than the dog had before you started.
My boy has never been allowed in the kitchen.
Never allowed on furniture either.
He lays by the fire place in winter and by the cold air return in the hall in summer. (change the filters often)
Other then that, he is Outside.
Which is where he is now. Rolling around on his back LOL
Ball? Forget the ball! Try a laser pointer! My border collie/aussie mix is ADDICTED to “the dot.” She will go bonkers when it gets dark, because she knows it’s almost play time, and even when she can barely stand or breathe, she’ll look at you anytime you move your hand. It’s the best non-toy toy we have for her, esp. since we don’t have a yard.
Border collies are wildly intelligent.
A LOT of shedding can be mitigated by diet. I highly suggest “specialized” brands of kibble like Blue Buffalo. Our household has sworn by Blue Buffalo for almost 10 years. It turned my mother’s aging golden from a patchwork quilt of hotspots to a glorious, shiny full coat of golden goodness in less than a month after we switched him.
My wife’s aging dachshund had terribly dry and itchy skin. We switched her to Blue Buffalo senior for small breeds, and she had a fluffy, shiny red coat with not so much as a single itchy spot on her body.
My border collie/Aussie mix has been on Blue Buffalo since we got her home from the rescue. She was “fed” Science Diet, and it left her with a dull, constantly shedding coat. Six weeks on Blue Buffalo, and she had a soft, shiny coat.
Finally, both of our cats have been on Blue Buffalo since we brought them home from the rescue. When people meet them, the very first thing every last person has mentioned was how fluffy and shiny their coats are. They’re both completely black cats, and while we do get the occasional tumbleweeds when cleaning, they’re not much for shedding and hairballs are non-existent.
So I think it’s obvious we swear by Blue Buffalo. Your mileage may vary. I love their product. Very much worth the money. Also read the feeding instructions on your pet’s food. They may be overfed, and that can sometimes stress the body in such a way that shedding is more prolific.
Finally, and I can’t stress this enough, get rid of carpet. If you have a LOT of dogs (and/or cats), we highly recommend tile since it doesn’t scratch or wear as quickly as wood. Bare floors are much easier to clean, much easier to sanitize, and much easier to spot when you’ve got tumbleweeds or otherwise need to vacuum.
Good luck, and be patient. Remember if you do switch their kibble, gradually integrate the new kibble into the existing or you might cause digestive distress.
Oh God! Aussie Shepard’s are also working dogs, who like the border collie must be worked all the time lest they develop mental problems.
I got a Lab because I know I don’t have that kind of time to work with the dog.
Aussies and BC’s are good dogs and highly intelligent but they can not abide having nothing to do or not being the center of attention.
I have finally become the alpha over my Moms Aussie and he is a good boy, but they are a LOT of Work.
Labs are pretty smart and love to wok too, but they can kick back too.
Pook can say his prayers. I say say your prayers and he puts both front legs across my lap and bows his head.
I say “Amen” and he snaps his head up and gets a treat.
I feel bad that I don’t work him more often, He would be a great bird dog.
We have a GSD... so yeah.. there is hair. Hair here, hair there, hair everywhere. I joke and say that he only sheds once a year... but the duration is 365 days. I am saving up for a Dyson animal. Some friends of mine say it works great. I think some other vacuum makers have also come out with an “animal” type.
We have a horse brush. My FIL had it for years.. and believe it or not, it works better than any other type of brush I have found. For whatever reason, it seems to get to the undercoat as well. I’ve tried fur eliminator pills purchased online.. save your money. They don’t work. Hope this helps and remember.. having a big dog may come in very handy. Our Musket scared away some teens from the carport (in the middle of the night) a few months ago. I think the were going to try to break into a shed/or one of the cars. A 100 pound GSD can make quite an impression. Hugs, Mom
Oops... I was also going to add: change your filters often. A shedding dog can clog/block/build up on the filters. A clean filter does improve the hair in the air.
I just add tuna fish and sometimes a fried egg to the kibble.
I’ve heard the opposite advice from both groomers and vets about bathing your dog.
Unless your dog is an outside pet or is regularly filthy from rolling around/playing in mud or dirt, over-bathing can dry out the pup’s skin and cause overproduction of natural oils, which can lead to itching much the same as dry skin can.
If you do wash your pup regularly, use a dog-specific shampoo(usually from the vet) and lukewarm water.
Thats what I was wondering. My neighbor has two BIG golden labs that love to hang on my porch because I spoil the crap out of them.
Last July I must have had literally two bushels full of winter fur I had brushed off em. And they are both your basic short-haired lab, nothing like a border collie or other hairy beast!
I highly recommend a Dyson vacuum cleaner. We have dogs, but they are dobermans and not as much trouble in the shedding dept.
My Dyson is one of the best things I’ve ever bought. If you have Bed, Bath and Beyond stores by you, get one of their 20 percent off coupons and use it to save on a Dyson.
My Dyson is about 10 years old and going strong. I’ve saved a ton of money not needing vacuum bags.
Best of luck to you!
She’s a bundle of fun, that’s for sure. We had her in obedience class, and she excelled above every other dog in the class. She’s very smart, and we mentally train her all the time. That’s never enough, of course, but it’s a good start.
We take her out daily to run around. She either gets to run with me on the bike, usually for 5-10 miles; or she goes to my mother’s house to play with her catahoula leopard hound, who works her pretty well; or we take her out for 30-45 minutes to “dot” with the laser pointer. On the weekends, we often have to do at least 2/3 of those tasks daily.
She’s calmed down quite a bit now that she’s out of her puppy years, but she’s still very amped up. We feel bad we didn’t research the breed before getting her (she was an outside-the-pet-store purchase), but we’d never trade her for anything. She’s a fiercely loyal, intelligent dog.
I know what you mean. I thought people that were raving about it were lying or brain damaged. I de-thatch a golden retriever with it and every year could probably spin enough hair into yarn to knit a sweater. Unfortunately, I am told that dog hair is too smooth to link into strands so it make poor yarn. Oh well, the several grocery bags of hair provide a lot of nitrogen for the compost pile.
I used to do whole, raw eggs for our old mastiff, but that got expensive. We often give our pooches fish, and they seem to love it. I catch my own fish, usually a few pounds a month, so that’s easier to sustain than buying extra eggs every week.
My Dad had a neat trick he would do with his BC
He would point a finger gun at the dog and say POW!
That dog would drop like a rock even if it was in full stride LOL
They also love agility trials
That is what we worked him at and what Mom currently does with the Aussie.
Eggs are cheap and so is tuna fish, but when you get to mastiff levels of consumption it could get pricey LOL
My mutty weighs in at 92 lb.
Our dog is little, considering her likely parentage, Shepherd and Lab and lots of people say it looks like there’s Rottie in her too - but she’s only 50 lbs. Barks big, though.
Anyway, I’m glad we started with a smaller dog, because I had to learn how to be Boss Mama Alpha Queen, but the next dog - oh I love Shepherds, the best dogs I’ve known. Saw the most beautiful well-trained blond Shepherd off-leash in the park, big, big dog - first time our dog ever realized she was not the biggest dog around - and a lovely black scary-looking one named Demon escorted me around a local nursery for five minutes before the owner came out.
A hundred pounds of auxiliary muscle and teeth at my side and in my home, at my service? Oh, yeah.
Aussies are a lot less edgy than BC’s but they both have the same demeanor.
They MUST BE WORKED.
A friend of ours actually found a dog wool knitter on line - sent her his Samoyed’s fur and had a sweater made.
Someone told me that a raw meat diet helps. I don’t know about that but that’s what I was told.
As I'm sure other posters have mentioned.....get a brush. Brush said dog and then vacuum.
Even with that, you will always have dog hairs around. The disposable garment rollers (masking tape wrapped around a roller) can be had for about 2 bucks or less. Have it handy for when you are getting dressed to go to work/out in public. Roll yourself just prior to leaving the house and have another in the car for when you arrive at destination.
That said, the "hassle" and work is well worth the companionship of a dog.
Yeah they shed like crazy in warm weather.
I like when they have a winter coat.
I HATE when they lose it LOL
With the bigger dogs, you do have to learn how to be boss woman. My kids joke that our GSD listens to me since I am the alpha-witch. All puppies pull the old, “I am going to defy you to see if you are in charge”... once or twice. After that, they fully understand their position in the family. That being said, my husband works some nights and travels. It is very nice having your own security force. They hear things we can’t and I swear they can sense if someone is close to the house. I can look at him and know he would die protecting his “pack”. There isn’t a doubt in my mind. The hair.. well, it sort of is accepting some bad with a whole lotta good. An animal type vacuum, some brushing and changed vents.. you’ll get use to it. We did!
I just pulled a beer out of the fridge and found two under coat hairs on it.
How the **** did they get in the fridge?
Yes, it was much worse in the spring but it came out in clumps. great dogs
Canines are carnivores.
They need protein.
They will eat almost anything but they need protein.
Cereal based food is not good for them.
My dufus will eat chili peppers or onions, but he craves meat, particularly fish.
He likes birds too.
I think he likes squirrels but he has never caught one yet LOL
“... pulled a beer out of the fridge.. found two hairs....”
It is obvious your doggie is drinking your beer, silly!
The Rotten Bum!!
Sometimes I find them hairs at work, and I think, “I just did laundry last night, How the fudge did this get here?”
It has to be Mazola, something to do with processing.
Haven’t you thought, “Hmmm, I thought I only had 3 and there’s only one left?” Yep... it’s the dog! (don’t worry though.. if you have a cat, the kittie dared him to do it)
BTW, for all of the hair discussion, I can tolerate it.
Cats have fine hair that gets everywhere too but at least my dog don’t poop or pee in the house, paw around in it and then jump up on the kitchen counter. LOL
And whats up with that yowling cats do in the middle of the night in spring?
It sounds like an air raid siren going off!!
The answer is of course, cats have “sandpaper tongues” LOL
Onions can be toxic to dogs, there’s a chemical in it which can lead to kidney failure.
I would suspect it but Pook don’t drink beer. LOL
No More Omyun for Mr Pook LOL
I know that chocolate is bad for them.
Mom says grapes are bad too.
Pook will eat a grape.
Hell he will eat anything! But he just gets Beneful Healthy Radiance and tuna fish for the most part.
Sometimes an egg, sometimes sardines.
Mom says Beneful is Crap! LOL she feeds all her dogs fresh.
They eat better than me LOL
She has like a $5K meat grinder LOL
I read the post,I was referring to miserable in regard to after you get fed up and stick it somewhere as to not deal with the in house shedding(garage,barn,cellar wherever) and the way i see it if you did some home work you wouldn’t be presenting this “problem” on a message board..Pluss human society has loads of pets because owners didn’t like what came along with the cute little thing.
And thanks my day is fine I dont have a shedding dog.Have fun
My dog is a pound rescue.
He was a happy fellow even in the gulag.
So I took him home.
If he spends some time outside it does not bother him.
He knows it is better than the pound.
The dufus is conked out on the patio at the moment in the sun.
Labs never get miserable
They can be trying at times with the shedding and the chewing but they themselves are NEVER miserable
When you look up the phrase “Mans best friend” There is a picture of a Lab beside definition.
Yeah do a search, onions and garlic both contain a chemical which can be lethal to dogs. It requires a certain concentration before its lethal but apparently it can be one onion or 20.
Chocolate and grapes are also lethal.
Oh well, he has only had Onion or grapes once or twice in his lifetime.
I guess he’ll survive, even though he just got diagnosed with a benign cancer.
The Vet called yesterday with the results of Thyroid tests and I missed the call.
I guess I will know more on Monday.
I didn’t say wash the dog everyday. I said regularly. I am well aware of what you say; however, there are other things that may make your dog itch such as allergies.
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