De-shedding dogs is a popular grooming service for many dog owners because it ceases shedding in our furry friends.
Dogs everywhere tend to gain and lose fur around the spring and fall as they prepare for the seasonal change. 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 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 keeps 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 plucking 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 Michael, our groomer, 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 advice: 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
If you’re considering having your dog de-shed this spring, set up an appointment at Fitdog by phone (310) 828-3647 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tips for a healthier coat and happier dog
Brush your dog regularly
Dead hairs and skin can cause painful matting, so remember to brush your dog regularly. It’ll make your dog’s fur softer and cleaner by removing dirt and spreading natural oils throughout their coat. Depending on their coat, some dogs require more or less maintenance, but a good brushing every couple of days is a good place to be no matter what.
If you do decide to brush your dog at home, make sure you use the right brush. There are so many different types of grooming brushes and each has a different function and coat they are designed for. Ask our groomer for the best options for your pup!
Make a grooming appointment
While it’s possible to de-shed your dog at home, a professional groomer will do the best job. They can save you hours of clean up; not to mention, the hair from a de-shedded dog can sometimes fill a large trashcan!
Feed high-quality food
A dog’s coat will reflect what they eat. If it’s sustainable for you, feed them high-quality food with good protein sources and fewer fillers. Some owners will feed their dogs nutrient-rich raw food, while others opt to top their dog’s kibble with human-grade health foods. There are plenty of options for whatever suits you!
Maintain a regular grooming schedule and bathe your dog every 1 – 3 weeks. Cleaning your dog occasionally will help moisturize his skin and make his coat shiny and healthy. If your dog has normal skin, a monthly bath should do the trick!
Post updated January 2, 2020.