De-shedding dogs is a popular grooming service for many dog owners because of the way it ceases shedding in our furry friends. Dogs everywhere tend to gain and lose fur around the spring and fall respectively, as their bodies get ready to either take on warm summer months or bundle up for the winter to come.
As for dog owners, this means finding tufts of fur lying around your house, your car, or on your clothes. You may want to curb your dog’s shedding through grooming, though picking which is most safe and effective for your dog can be tricky.
What is the difference between de-shedding dogs and brushing a dog’s coat?
Brushing your dog’s fur can help manage their top coat. However, it’s more for beauty maintenance than practicality. While brushing your dog’s coat is vital to their health, it does not do the same job as de-shedding. De-shedding dogs is to go in and remove the loose undercoat that dogs eventually lose naturally, whether all over your couch or in your backyard.
Regularly brushing your dog keep them happy and comfortable because, like our own hair, dog’s fur can get matted, dirty, and stinky. For your sake and theirs, we recommend you invest in a brush you can casually use on your dog a few times a week.
What is hand stripping and does my dog need it?
Imagine this: You go to your hairdresser for a haircut, and rather than receiving a relaxing wash followed by a light trim, they spend hours running a brush over your head that plucks individual hairs from your scalp. Ouch! That’s what hand-stripping does to your dog.
This method is especially popular for terriers, show dogs, and other wire-haired breeds. We asked our groomer, Michael, his thoughts on the hand-stripping process, and he grimaced. “Hand-stripping is an old-school method for dogs who were not meant to be groomed, so it looks unnatural,” says Michael. “Even if the dogs don’t yell out, you can tell it’s really uncomfortable for them. That’s why most shops don’t do it anymore.” Some professionals claim that hand-stripping when done properly, doesn’t hurt. But since we can’t interview dogs, we’ll assume it doesn’t feel good.
It’s also expensive. So if you’re interested in this type of grooming, you’ll be paying a lot of money to have it done. Our opinion, stick with the basics.
What happens when dogs are de-shed?
Generally, groomers de-shed dogs by using different kinds of special brushes designed to remove the undercoat. De-shedding is the most effective way to reduce dog’s shedding, as it aids their process without causing pain or discomfort. Additionally, de-shedding can bring out the natural oils that keep your dog’s skin and fur healthy. Annual de-shedding can be beneficial to dogs, as it removes any molted clumps of hair that can turn into mats and lead to painful hot spots.
Benefits of de-shedding:
- Helps facilitate the natural shedding process
- Keeps your house from becoming coated in fur
- Draws out natural oils produced by dog’s skin and fur
- Reduces matting and molting, which can create a feeling of suffocation on the skin
We encourage you to research the de-shedding process and ensure you’re choosing the best option for your dog.
If you’re considering having your dog de-shed this spring, set up an appointment at Fitdog Club by phone (310) 828-3647 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Post updated April 24, 2019.