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Number 5 – Taking your Dog to the Groomers Depending on what breed of dog you have, taking them to a professional groomer can be the most easy method to pre-empt large amounts of fur being dumped on your floors. Ideally, you would get your dog used to going to the groomers from an early age onwards, and then take them there every 6 – 8 weeks. Especially if your dog has a plush, thick and long double-coat, this simple method will keep them neat and clean. And it will effectively reduce their shedding, simply by diligently washing, brushing and trimming your dog’s fur.  Number 4 – Brushing and Combing The next point on our list is the perhaps most commonly known method to minimize shedding. And this is the good old habit of brushing and combing your dog – if possible, every day. Depending on their fur, different tools are suited best for the job. For example, if your dog has a long coat, you would use stainless steel combs and pin brushes. For short-haired breeds, go with plastic grooming mitts or soft, natural bristle brushes. Daily brushing is a wonderful routine to establish with your dog. But even if you make daily brushing a habit - expect to brush you dog up to 5 times a day once that feared shedding season comes around!  Number 3 – Raking and Furminating If you want to effectively complement your brushing- and combing routine, I highly recommend you invest in a Furminator and an Undercoat Rake. Whilst the rake is particularly useful in breeds with thick, plush coats such as Huskies and Akitas, the Furminator is ideal for all coat types. If you want to use both, first give your dog a good rake and then use the Furminator to extract the hairs loosened up by the rake. If you have a relatively short-haired breed like the German Shepherd or the Labrador, you can easily do without the rake. But you definitely will be amazed by the sheer amount of woolly undercoat coming out of your dog after you “furminated” them! Number 2 – Bathing your Dog  Bathing your dog on a regular basis will go a long way in keeping their shedding in check: This is one of the best methods you can use to loosen up dead hairs in your dog’s coat – hairs that otherwise would end up on your floors and all over your furniture. Ideally, you want to bathe your dog every 6 – 8 weeks, using a mild dog shampoo. If you have a long-haired breed like a Rough Collie or a Newfoundland, acquiring a hair dryer for dogs can be a great idea, especially during the winter season, as your dog’s dense coat otherwise will take a long time to dry. Blow-drying their coat also significantly reduces the “wet dog smell” in your home. Number 1 – Feeding your Dog a healthy Diet  And the number way to keep on top of shedding is feeding your dog a healthy diet. Depending on your personal preferences, you can choose a high-end kibble or you can start feeding them a well-balanced raw diet. If in doubt what food is best for your dog, speak with your vet. But whatever option you might choose - many owners can attest that feeding their dog a high-end diet significantly reduces their shedding. Even during shedding season! And as a side effect, good nutrition will make your canine companion’s coat especially soft and shiny. Also, having all the nutrients he needs will ensure that your dog is going to lead a long, healthy and happy life. 

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