Got a Dog Shedding Problem?
3 Steps to Minimize that Excessive Dog Hair

Excessive dog shedding is one of the most common problems that every dog owner must face.  All dogs shed, but some more so than others.  

The problem has become so big, there are literally hundreds if not thousands of dog shedding solutions available on market today.

The solutions can vary from a simple vitamin to an expensive robotic vacuum to the most recent dog leotard. All of those solutions promise you just one thing:  

To Stop Your Dog's Excessive Shedding!

Lucky for us who love small dogs, shedding is not nearly the problem as those who own large breed dogs.  However, all that hair can become an extra chore when we would rather be playing with our furry friends.

Excessive Dog Shedding

No matter how expensive or how grandiose the solution might seem, there is nothing that you can do to completely stop your dog from shedding.

In the end, you just have to deal with the fact, shedding is a normal routine that happens in dog's life.

But don't worry, even though there's nothing that you can do to completely stop your dog from shedding, there are few cheap and simple things that you can do to minimize excessive shedding.

Is Your Dog a Seasonal or Year-Round Shedder?

If your dog sheds year round, you may not notice it as much as those that shed seasonally.  Spring and fall are normally the times of the year that dogs shed their hair, but that varies from breed to breed.  

Do All Dogs Shed?

There is a misconception that some dogs do not shed.  All dogs shed, but they do so differently.  There are four stages of hair shedding:

  • Anagen phase: New hair grows in.
  • Catagen phase: Once the new hair reaches the maximum length (deterined by genetics) the hair stops growing.  
  • Telogen phase: The hair neither grows nor falls out. 
  • Exogen phase: The hair falls out (shedding phase)

Some dog breeds remain in the Anagen phase where their hair continues to grow.  Many of the long breed dogs fall into this catagory.  Their hair continuously grows, but doesn't necessary fall out.  Hair accumulates in the coat and must be brushed out or clipped.  Dogs such as the Poodle, Maltese and Shih Tzu fall into this catagory.

Minimize Excessive Dog Shedding

Step 1 - Feed The Right Foods

Feeding the right foods will help cut down on excessive shedding

It is common fact that 90% of dogs' health problems come from feeding un-proper foods or foods that fall short on optimal nutrition.   

When it comes to minimizing dog shedding, the good news is you don't need to buy dog foods that cost hundreds of dollars, sometimes the solution can be as simple as giving more water to drink. 

With that said, a good quality dog food will not only help your dog’s coat and skin, but will reap other very important health benefits too.

The addition of supplements may also help reduce the amount of shedding your dog experiences.  Coconut oil, for example has helped reduce shedding by promoting a healthy skin and scalp.  

Some owners prefer fish oil because it contains Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids, ingredients that have been shown to promote a healthy hair coat.

Step 2:  Kill Those Fleas and Ticks

Dog Fleas can cause excessive dog shedding

Fleas and ticks are probably the number one factor that causes dogs to shed excessively. When your dog is infested with fleas and ticks, and you don't know what to do, just look at your kitchen and see if you have any of the following:

  • Dawn dishwashing liquid
  • Borax powder
  • Lemon water
  • Baking soda or vinegar

Those are the most effective and yet the cheapest solutions to kill fleas and ticks. AND, I’ll bet they are already in your kitchen pantry just waiting to be used.

Step 3 - Clean Up Your House

To minimize dog shedding, take the time to clean up your house.

Trust me when I say, you don't need $1,000 Robotic vacuum to clean up your house from fur and loss hair. 

Every time dog shedding season comes, and it is the time to clean up the house, all I needs are just rubber gloves, balloon, sponge, duct tape, and one hour of my time.

The balloon works like a magic to clean up your house from fur and loss hair. All you need to do just take any normal rubber balloon, blow it up, and rub it on the furniture. Then, the static electricity effect (I think that's what scientists call it) will do the rest.

My second favorite tool is a duct tape. It is fun and you can do it with your kids. What you need is a duct tape and paint roller cover.

Wrap the duct tape around a paint roller cover but with the sticky side facing out. Then roll the duct tape over your furniture.

Keep adding a new layer of duct tape over the first once covered in the fur. After finish, just cut off the duct tape and throw it away.

#4 Brush and Groom Your Dog

Brushing is extremely helpful to keep the excessive hair under control.  Brushing three or four times a week for about five to ten minutes is recommended by the Texas AM University Veterinary Sciences.  Using the correct brush is very important.  For example a slicker brush is a good choice for poodles, where as a pin brush works well for dogs such as Yorkies, Maltese and Shih Tzu.  A short hair dog benefits for a softer bristle brush or a rubber curry brush.  Deshedding tools can also be helpful.

#5 Bathing

Bathing is important year-round, but especially during shedding seasons.  Use a mild dog shampoo and bathe as frequently as once a week while hair is still coming out.

#6 Visit Your Veterinarian Regularly

Shedding is a normal part of life but to keep it under control, it's important to look at your dog's complete health profile.  Regular vet visits can pick up issues before they become problems. 

Keeping up to date with vaccines and preventatives will help keep your dog healthy.  It's also worth noting that stress can also increase shedding, so if you fear your dog is stressed, consult your vet for a possible solution.


All dogs shed, some more so than others.  Some shed hair year-round and it gets caught in the hair already on the body.  These breeds need regular brushing and haircuts.  Others shed seasonally leaving their hair everywhere they go.  For these dogs, regular brushing, bathing, and supplements will help reduce the amount of shedding.

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About Janice (author and voice behind this site)

Having lived with dogs and cats most of her life, Janice served as a veterinary technician for ten years in Maryland and twelve years as a Shih Tzu dog breeder in Ohio.

Her education includes undergraduate degrees in Psychology with a minor in biology, Early Childhood Education, and Nursing, and a master's in Mental Health Counseling.

She is a lifelong learner, a dog lover, and passionate about the welfare of animals. Her favorite breed for over 50 years has been the Shih Tzu, but she has also lived with Poodles, Maltese, Yorkshire Terriers, Beagles, English Bulldogs, Carin Terriers, and a Cocker Spaniel.

When not writing, reading, and researching dog-related topics, she likes to spend time with her eight Shih Tzu dogs, husband, and family, as well as knitting and crocheting. She is also the voice behind Miracle Shih Tzu and Smart-Knit-Crocheting

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