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How to Reduce Shedding in Dogs

You love your dog—but finding shaggy hair all over your furniture becomes a nuisance. Many pup parents have simply accepted shedding as something that comes along with having a dog in the family. But there’s no need to keep spending so much time vacuuming dogs hairs out of your carpet or brushing them off your clothes. Shedding doesn’t need to be a major factor in your life. While there is no way you can stop a dog from shedding completely, there are several steps you can take that will help in preventing dogs shedding and reduce the amount of hair in your home.

1. Keep Your Dog Hydrated

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Shedding dogs are usually thirsty dogs. Dehydration leads to dry skin, which increases shedding. If your dog has a problem with shedding, feed them wet foods to get more water in their system, and make sure the water bowl is always available and full.

2. Brush, Brush, Brush!

Reduce the amount of hair your dog sheds by brushing regularly to thin out their coat and remove dead hairs. Brushing has the added benefit of making your dog’s fur healthier, softer, and shinier. Consult your vet or dog groomer for tips on what type of brush would be best for your dog’s hair. In general, bristle brushes are best for soft short-haired breeds, slicker brushes are good for medium-length hair or curly hair, and rakes work best for dogs with long hair and thick undercoats.

3. Bathe Your Dog Regularly

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A clean coat is a healthier coat—and less likely to shed. Plus, it will improve your dog’s appearance and get rid of any smells. Give your dog a bath once per week, especially during the summer. Use a gentle soap, such as an oatmeal shampoo formulated for dogs, and don’t wash more than one time per week to avoid drying out their skin.

4. Rule Out or Treat Allergies

Sometimes dogs shed because their skin is itchy. Constant scratching will pull out hair and make their coat weak and prone to even more shedding. If your dog is shedding mountains of hair and you notice excessive scratching, try Happy Wags ‘skin and coat’ or ‘nutrition’ products. The cause may be allergies or even fleas, and Happy Wags products may identify a solution to give your dog some relief.

5. Practice Good Nutrition

Feed your dog quality food that provides a well-rounded, nutrient-packed diet. High-quality dog food companies make sure to include all nutrients that dogs need to be healthy. Sometimes excessive shedding is a nutritional issue. If your dog has a shedding problem, consider switching food brands or evaluating the nutritional content of your dog food. Dogs with food allergies and sensitivities are most prone to shedding, so look into hypoallergenic foods or try a variety of brands Happy Wags offers to see which may work best for your best friend. Also, try adding daily flaxseed oil, olive oil or fish oil to your shedding dog’s food—one teaspoon per 10 pounds—to reduce skin inflammation and dandruff. Happy Wags also recommends great brands that will work for your dog’s size, breed, and age.


Try these tips for preventing your dog’s shedding and there should be a decrease in your home. No matter how much your dog sheds, you still love them no matter what. Treat them to weekly goodies with Happy Wags subscription boxes. Subscribe to Happy Wags today!