serious shedding issue
Posted 02 May 2012 - 09:51 PM
Posted 03 May 2012 - 01:45 AM
We have a yellow lab with longer hair that takes three weeks to get through it all and a Chocolate lab that takes about two weeks to get through it.
We just completed our most recent shedding experience.
The best way to deal with it is brushing every other day and vacuuming every other day.
I have found the best tools to use are a wide tooth comb and a more narrow toothed comb.
Using the wide tooth comb brush the hair in the direction it grows. Then brush it against the grain, this is when you'll see the most hair. Then brush it back with the grain. Follow up with a brush with the grain with the fine tooth comb.
You'll probably see two different types of dog hair. One will be course, this is the outer coat and the next will be a kind of gray fluff. This is the undercoat which causes most of the shedding.
Our Chocolate lab will put out about four or five handfuls of hair and our yellow lab will put out a paper grocery bag each brushing. It all depends on the dog.
With a little bit of work, it's manageable and remember it usually happens only twice a year. Usually when the temps start to get over 60F in the spring and then usually in October.
Posted 03 May 2012 - 05:29 AM
I have wooden flooring throughout apart from in the dinning room where there is carpet. This is a green sort of colour however can change throughout the year to black when shedding!
Posted 03 May 2012 - 10:25 AM
Posted 03 May 2012 - 11:23 AM
The top comb is the wider toothed comb.
When using these combs hold them at a 45 degree angle to your dogs skin. This will prevent scratching their skin.
In the heaviest part of the shedding season you'll probably fill the entire brush up with each stroke. Clean the brush by simply pulling the hair off of the comb.
We give each of our dogs a light brush every other day years round. with the large tooth comb only. It keeps them looking nice and combing a dog helps distribute the natural oil of the coat throughout. You'll find that the shiniest looking labs have a good grooming regamine. And it only takes about 5 minutes of your day.
If your dog doesn't like being brushed make sure that after you complete each grooming session (and not during it either) reward your dog with a small treat. You'll be surprised how fast they learn to like being brushed.
Posted 04 May 2012 - 04:23 PM
The width of the large toothed comb we have is 6 inches or 15.24 cm. So look for one that long.
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