You’re a dog lover and you love your pet. But, it seems like every time they come in from outside, their fur is all over the house!
It can be frustrating to have to constantly clean up after your furry friend, but there are ways that you can help control the dog hair around your home. I’ve put together some tips for controlling the mess of dog hair so that you don’t have to worry about it anymore!
Fear of Fluff: 6 Tips to Control Dog Hair in Your Home
Here are 6 helpful tips on how to keep your home looking great with less work. You deserve a break after cleaning up after Fido all day long!
We all know our furballs are family, but their hair can get everywhere. From your clothes to furniture, to every crack and crevasse in your home, dog hair is hard to handle, but there are some tips and tricks to keep your fuzzy friend’s hair at bay.
Brush Your Pup
Regular brushing is key to preventing hair from getting everywhere. Grooming your pooch yourself will not only keep loose strands from coming off in every room, but regular brushing is actually good for your dog’s coat, and most dogs really enjoy a good sprucing up. Not all brushes are created equal, however, so you need to do some research on your dog’s hair type to find the right brush to remove the fluff.
Remember to Choose the Right Brush for Your Dog Breed
- Steel Comb: This is the steel dog comb we use on Vík, our long-haired German Shepherd. It is perfect for fluffing up his silky hair and easily removes tangles, mats, loose hair, and dirt.
- Bristle Brush: These are for brushing the topcoat and removing dirt and loose hair and stimulating the skin. These are the most versatile and used on any coat. Short, close-together bristles will work best for short-haired breeds, while wider apart, longer bristles work well for long-haired breeds.
- Deshedding Tool: My favorite brush for my Akita, Kenzo: SleekEZ Original Deshedding Grooming Tool for Dogs, Cats & Horses.
- Undercoat Rake: These smooth tangles and helps remove loose fur from the undercoat. Rakes will remove loose undercoat hairs and helps to prevent matting
- Rubber Brush: These are good for massaging the skin and removing dead hair. You can use these on dry fur and also in the bath to help get the shampoo sudsy. The Rubber Brush is a great tool suitable for all types of coats, but it is especially useful if you have a short-haired dog that sheds a lot.
* If you are unsure what brush to use on your dog, call your vet or your preferred groomer, and they can help you.
Filter the Fur
Making sure you change your air filter monthly makes a big difference to fight the fur. Set a reminder on your phone and label your filter so you can keep track. You don’t have to spend a fortune on air filters, but it’s important to shop around to find quality filters. There are even some air filters that are made specifically for pet lovers. To help the air quality in our home we have several air purifiers. We have a LEVOIT Air Purifier in our kitchen, bedroom, spare bedroom, and in my office.
Another air filter that is really popular for pet owners is Holmes Large Room 4-Speed True HEPA Air Purifier.
Limit the Muddy Paw Prints & Fur
We have these Gorilla Grip Chenille Rugs in front of the doors and at the bottom of our staircase. It not only helps limit the muddy paw prints in our home but also helps trap the fur blowing around off the staircase. These keep floors cleaner longer designed with an extra absorbent top layer that traps mud and moisture from muddy dog paws. I love that they are heavy-duty, easy to vacumn, and washable.
Shed on the Bed
Creating a cozy space for your pooch to relax may help in keeping fur in one place. Instead of having your pup jump from bed, to the couch, to a chair, create a place just for them to unwind. This will keep hair in one spot and make it easy for a quick cleanup. PetAmi waterproof dog blanket is great for protecting your bed and couch and collecting dog hair.
Pursue a Professional
Some dogs’ hair is extremely hard to manage, and that’s where a professional groomer comes in. Because they have the expertise to understand all dog hair types, they’ll know how to cut, manage, and brush to perfection. They also may offer some top tips specific to your pooch.
Roll it Up
The small but mighty hair and lint rollers work wonders on all types of surfaces. They are compact, friendly on the wallet, and do a terrific job of quickly disposing of unwanted hair. Keep one in your home and car to easily de-fuzz your furry friend’s fluff.