Loose dog hair may be inevitable, but it’s possible to significantly reduce shedding, and there are tools you can use to quickly and easily remove fur that’s already fallen out.
But with so many dog hair removers on the market, which ones work best? And what are some of the key things to know before buying?
That’s what we’ll be discussing in this post.
Whether you’re battling hair-covered carpet, furniture, or clothing, or you need to remove pet hair in your car, we’ve scoured the internet to find the best tools for the job.
All told, we’ve researched, tested, and reviewed dozens of popular products over the years to find the ones that are best suited for removing fur in different situations.
There is no one “magic” dog hair remover tool for every situation, but depending on factors like how heavily your dog sheds and where the hair is stuck, some work better than others. And in our top 10 list, we’ve included something to suit virtually ANY situation.
That said, our top overall pick is the ChomChom Pet Hair Remover because it’s designed to remove loose dog hair from most surfaces. It’s also affordable, easy to use, very easy to clean, and reusable. The ChomChom is followed closely by the Gonzo, Analan, and Brellavi dog hair removers, as each of these can work exceptionally well in different situations.
But before we delve into that, though, let’s discuss how we selected our top picks and what to consider before buying. That way, you’ll know why we picked the fur removers we did and have a much better idea of what fur removers will work best for you.
How We Selected Our Top Picks
We’re dedicated to helping dog owners minimize shedding and live as fur-free as possible. And over the years, we’ve tried and tested countless products that claim to help reduce fur loss and remove pet hair from floors, furniture, and upholstery.
Some have worked really well; while others haven’t.
And this list, as you might expect, includes the fur removal tools that we believe are the best.
The main thing we looked at when selecting our top picks was which fur removers are designed to remove the most dog hair from different surfaces as efficiently as possible. But we also considered the product’s quality, its affordability, and what others have said about it.
Long story short, if we believe it’s an awesome dog hair remover, it made our list. It’s just that some are more suitable than others for different situations (which I’ll elaborate on shortly).
What to Consider Before Buying a Fur Remover
General considerations when selecting a fur remover include the product’s effectiveness, ease of use, quality, price, and reviews. However, there are a few key factors to consider that are specific to selecting a fur remover that I want to point out before discussing our top picks.
What Surface Are You Cleaning?
The first main consideration before buying a pet hair removal tool is where you’ll be using it. Do you need to clean large carpeted areas, furniture, your car, clothes, or all of these?
Some fur removers do a great all-around job, but most excel in certain situations.
For example, the ChomChom is our top all-around pick as it works well in most situations, but the Analan works better for car interiors, and the Brellavi is better for getting hair off clothes.
So it’s not always that one fur remover is “better” than another; it ultimately comes down to what’s best for the situation in which you’ll be using it.
How Much Does Your Dog Shed?
One of the most important things to consider when selecting a hair remover is how heavily your dog sheds as this can make a big difference in how effective the tool is.
For instance, Huskies, German Shepherds, and Malamutes shed so much fur that a sticky lint roller is simply not going to cut it. You’ll end up going through a ton of sticky sheets, which can increase the time and cost of cleaning the fur.
On a similar note, you could also consider what type of coat your fur baby has because it’s not just how much hair they drop that matters, but what type of hair/fur.
For example, the Jack Russel Terrier is a heavy shedder with short, coarse, needly fur. This fur won’t float around as much as a dog with a fluffier coat, but it can be very difficult to remove from car upholstery and short pile carpet.
In that case, a lint roller or brush (of any kind) is unlikely to work very well. But the Analan tool, a stiff rubber broom, or a handheld brush in combination with a vacuum may do the trick!
Are Pet Allergies a Concern in Your Home?
The main culprit behind pet-related allergies is generally not a dog’s fur but rather their dander (dead skin), urine, and saliva. And since these can get attached to fur, and that fur can become airborne, stirring up loose fur while cleaning can trigger allergy symptoms.
So, if you’re concerned about allergies, the less you stir up loose fur while cleaning, the better. And some fur removers are better than others for minimizing airborne allergens.
For instance, while I’m not a huge fan of sticky lint rollers (because they’re super wasteful and not the most effective), these trap the hair on the sticky sheet, which means less fur floating in the air. They’re also very affordable.
On the other hand, if you’re willing to spend a bit more money, there are some awesome pet hair vacs that come with a HEPA filter that traps 99.9% of allergens. Like the Shark Navigator NV356E, for example, which we’ve included in our list below.
So with that said, let’s delve into each of our top picks!
Top 10 Best Dog Hair Removers (2023 Updated)
In this section, I’ll walk you through each of our top-rated dog hair remover picks in detail, including how they work, their pros and cons, and how they compare to one another.
To kick things off, here’s a quick summary of our top picks for 2023:
Top 10 Picks
The ChomChom is our top overall pick because it excels at removing loose pet hair from most surfaces. It’s also easy to use, very easy to clean, affordable, and reusable. If you had to choose ONE fur remover, I’d recommend this one, as it’s designed to work well in virtually any situation.
2. Gonzo Pet Hair Lifter Sponge
The Gonzo pet hair sponge picks up just as much, if not more, dog hair as the ChomChom, but given it’s a sponge, it can reach even more places. The only reason it’s not our top pick is that it’s not quite as easy to clean. But with its comparatively low cost, effectiveness, and versatility, this fur remover is a winner.
3. Analan Mini Pet Hair Remover
The triangular Analan pet hair remover features a ring-shaped handle that quickly removes stubborn, embedded hair from shorter carpets and upholstery. If you’re looking for the best dog hair remover for car carpet and upholstery, this won’t disappoint.
The Brellavi pet hair remover is our top choice for getting fur off of clothes. And because it comes with a second “travel version,” this is the ideal fur remover to have on hand when you’re out and about or traveling with your dog. With this tool, you’ll never have to worry about being spotted with hair-covered clothes again.
The FURemover is a broom made with rubber bristles designed to lift stubborn pet hair from floors, and it’s ideal for large carpeted areas. The broom also comes with a squeegee for hard floors and an extendable handle, so you can adjust it to suit your preference.
The Shark NV356E is a high-quality, powerful, and affordable upright vac that tackles pet hair in a variety of situations. The main cleaning head features a brushroll, and it comes with a “Pet Power Brush” attachment for removing hair from upholstery and small spaces. It also comes with a HEPA filter that traps allergens.
7. Smart Sheep Wool Dryer Balls
Smart Sheep dryer balls are made from premium New Zealand wool and remove pet hair from clothes while in the dryer. They also soften, de-fluff, and reduce wrinkles in clothes – without using any chemicals. Don’t expect them to magically clean heavily fur-covered clothes, but when it comes to “automated fur removal,” these wooly balls are in a league of their own.
8. PetLovers Extra Sticky Lint Roller
PetLovers’ “Extra Sticky” lint roller makes picking up dog hair quick and easy. Not only does fur stick to the sheets like glue, but there’s no need to clean anything when you’re done – just peel off and discard. This isn’t my preferred method for removing pet fur, but as far as handheld sticky lint rollers go, this is a great choice.
9. Smart Design Large Mega Floor Lint Roller
Smart Design’s sticky lint roller is very similar to our previous pick, but it comes with an extendable aluminum pole, which makes it better suited to larger floor areas.
10. Professional Rubber Pet Hair Removal Brush
This rubber brush is essentially a handheld version of the FURemover. It features an eight-inch head with rubber bristles that attract pet hair and has a built-in squeegee on one side, which is great for cleaning hard surfaces or removing stubborn fur from smaller sections of carpet.
Now let’s discuss each of the above fur removers in more detail…
1. ChomChom Pet Hair Remover – Our Top Overall Pick
The ChomChom pet hair remover is a reusable lint roller that makes short work of stubborn dog hair, whether it be on carpet, clothing, or upholstery.
With a simple back and forth motion, the hand roller picks up loose fur and traps it in a built-in compartment, which is easily ejected when you’re done.
Why is it our top pick?
The ChomChom is our top pick because, first and foremost, it excels at removing loose dog (and cat) hair in most situations. This roller picks up a surprising amount of fur!
It’s also affordable, super easy to use, takes two seconds to clean, and is reusable. So you don’t need to replace the sticky lint roller sheets as you do with some other lint rollers.
The main tradeoff with this product, in my opinion, is that it’s not great when it comes to removing hair in tight spaces like your car or in corners around the home. It is versatile, but given the design, there are better options for getting into nooks and crannies (like our next pick).
There are also better options for picking up ultra-stubborn dog fur.
Still, the ChomChom is a great overall fur remover, so if you had to pick just one tool to do the job, all things considered, this is the one we’d recommend.
- Makes short work of virtually any type of dog hair on most surfaces.
- Very easy to use. A quick back and forth motion quickly removes stubborn fur, so unlike most lint rollers, you don’t have to follow a particular direction.
- Easy to clean, simply hit the “eject” button after use and bin all the loose fur.
- Reusable, which is better for the environment and can save you money on sticky lint roller sheets over time.
- Very high user rating on Amazon, which is based on well over 100k ratings.
- There are better options for picking up dog hair in tight spaces like around furniture, on the corners of floors, or in your car.
- Some tools on this list do a better job of removing seriously stubborn, embedded hair.
2. Gonzo Pet Hair Lifter Sponge – Most Versatile Fur Remover
The Gonzo pet hair lifter (aka fur removal sponge) works so well that it might as well be our top pick, and it’s certainly the best overall in terms of its cleaning ability.
The reason I’m such a fan of this fur remover is that it’s designed to remove just as much, if not more, fur as the ChomChom, but it goes more places since it’s a sponge.
Depending on how much dog fur you’re dealing with, one or two swipes with this (dry) sponge should be enough to remove most, if not all, of it from virtually any surface. From couches, clothes, and carpets to car floors and seats, this thing will make short work of loose fur.
What’s more, it’s made with all-natural materials and is gentle on both your hands and the surfaces you’re cleaning. So unlike some similar products, it does the job without being too harsh. You can even use it to clean dust and dirt from hard surfaces without scratching.
What are the drawbacks?
The main thing that makes this fur remover less ideal than the ChomChom is that it’s not quite as easy to clean after you’ve used it. Instead of being able to eject the old fur with the click of a button, you have to manually remove the fur from the sponge.
All things considered, though, that’s not a big deal.
Why? Because firstly, it’s very easy to clean. Dog hair sticks to this sponge when you’re using it but comes off very easily when it’s time to clean it. Second, unlike the ChomChom, this sponge is awesome at removing fur from very tight spaces. And third, the Gonzo sponge is one of the most affordable options on our list (by far).
If it was possible to have two number one picks, this would be right there with the ChomChom. And on that note, I’d even go as far as to suggest using both, as that would be the ultimate solution for most situations that call for using a fur remover.
- Picks up a surprising amount of fur from virtually any surface (carpet, fabric, wood, glass, screens, and more) in no time.
- Super versatile, this sponge goes places that no other fur remover does, including tight spaces in your car, corners of your home, and around furniture.
- Unlike other sponge-like fur removers on the market, this one is very gentle on the hands and on the surfaces you clean, without compromising its effectiveness.
- Very affordable option.
- Phosphate-free and made from all-natural materials.
- Not as easy to clean as our top pick, the ChomChom lint roller, given it doesn’t catch the fur in a compartment.
3. Analan Mini Pet Hair Remover – Best for Car Interiors
Next on our list is a triangular pet hair remover with a ring-shaped handle that’s designed to remove stubborn, embedded hair from shorter carpets and upholstery. And given its size, it’s especially suited to removing pet hair from car interiors.
How does it work?
The tool has three “levels” of cleaning (one on each side of the triangle) that are designed to be used in order. All three sides consist of soft silicone and rubber grooves, but they range from longer, wider spaced “gears” to shorter, more tightly packed gears.
The general idea with this tool is to gently scrape the fur-covered area, working your way through each cleaning level and finishing up by vacuuming the loose hair you’ve removed.
The main reason I like this tool is that it’s ideal to use while vacuuming your car. It can potentially save you a LOT of time and effort when you come across stubborn hair that’s practically become part of your car’s carpet, mats, and seat fabric.
Instead of spending what feels like hours rubbing the vacuum over the carpet trying to get the hair out, the Analan pet hair remover is designed to pick up the embedded hair effortlessly.
I’m also a fan of the size, unique shape of this tool, and its non-slip ring-shaped handle, as these combine to make it more comfortable and easy to use compared to a brush.
- This is our top pick for car interiors, by far. This tool makes short work of the most stubborn of pet hair, even in the most tricky places.
- Simple, easy-to-use tool.
- Very easy to clean.
- Comfortable to hold.
- Not ideal for larger carpeted areas given its size, and you’ll still need a vac to pick up the fur this tool removes.
4. Brellavi Pet Hair Remover – Best for Clothes and Travel
The Brellavi pet hair remover is our top choice for getting fur off of clothes, and it comes with a second “travel version,” which is a bit smaller and is ideal for on-the-go fur removal.
The way it works is similar to a regular lint brush, but it’s specifically designed for pet hair and comes with some added features that make it unique, like a self-cleaning case, for example.
To use the brush, the idea is to remove it from its case, brush your clothes in the direction of the arrow, and put the brush back into its housing when you’re done, which collects the fur you’ve removed from your clothes. Then, when the container is full, you can dispose of the fur!
It’s a pretty cool design.
The travel version works in a similar way, but it’s smaller and comes in one piece, which makes it even easier to use and more convenient to use while you’re out and about.
In terms of hair removal, the Brellavi does a similar job to the ChomChom. But in my opinion, it’s better suited for clothes given its size and shape. And with its smaller travel-sized companion, you’ll never have to worry about being spotted with fur-covered clothes again!
- Ideal for removing dog hair from your clothes and can be used on upholstery.
- The brush housing catches the collected fur, which can then be disposed of. So this is very easy to clean and will stir up less fur than some other fur removers.
- Comes with a standard size fur remover and one designed for travel, so you can pop it in your handbag while you’re out and about or traveling somewhere with your dog.
- Comes in three colors: blue, gray, and red.
- Unlike the ChomChom, you have to clean in the direction of the arrow. This isn’t hard but worth mentioning.
- Not the best solution for carpets or larger areas, it’s mostly suited to clothes and small areas.
5. FURemover Rubber Broom – Ideal for Large Carpet Floors
The FURemover is an extendable rubber broom that’s ideal for picking up pet hair from carpets. It’s similar to a regular broom in many ways but features rubber bristles that are designed to lift stubborn pet fur from the carpet.
On the plus side, this broom is simple, affordable, and easy to use. It essentially rakes the hair into clumps that you can pick up by hand or with a vacuum. And while it works well on most types of carpet and pet hair, it’s especially suited to longer carpets.
The FURemover also has a squeegee on one end, which can help remove fur from shorter carpets and can be used to clean hardwood floors, tiles, and other hard surfaces like lino. And as an added bonus, the handle extends from 36 inches to 60 inches, making it more versatile.
On the flip side, while this broom does a good job of picking up stubborn dog hair, it tends to “clump” the loose fur together in different spots rather than sticking to the broom or removing it from the floor altogether. Also, being a broom, there are better options for small spaces and furniture. Although that’s not really a fault, that’s just the nature of a rubber broom.
Either way, in my opinion, it’s best to use this in conjunction with a vacuum cleaner (even a regular, run-of-the-mill one). Otherwise, you might find that you need some other tool to remove all of the hair that the FURemover has essentially “released” from your carpet.
The bottom line is that, depending on your carpet, this tool can work very well to lift stubborn pet hair. And the squeegee and extendable handle make it more versatile. But it’s not something I’d recommend using on its own, especially if you suffer from pet allergies. Instead, this is more of a tool to use before or during a vacuuming session to help pick up stubborn fur.
- Great for large carpeted floor areas when used with a vacuum.
- The squeegee adds functionality and allows it to work well on hard surfaces.
- The extendable handle makes it adaptable to your preference.
- Affordable solution.
- Not as good of a “standalone” solution as some other fur removers on the list, especially if pet allergens are a concern.
- Not ideal for smaller areas.
6. Shark NV356E S2 Navigator with Pet Power Brush
A vacuum isn’t exactly a “fur remover tool,” but the Shark NV356E S2 Navigator is one of our favs for removing pet hair and excels in areas where the other options don’t.
Not only is this upright vac powerful, but it’s specifically designed to tackle pet hair in a variety of situations. First, the main cleaning head features a brushroll, which makes removing fur during everyday vacuuming a breeze. Second, the main body of the vacuum lifts away so you can do the car, stairs, or anywhere the upright won’t go. And third, it comes with a unique “Pet Power Brush” attachment that is ideal for removing pet hair from upholstery and small spaces.
This vac also comes with a sealed HEPA filter that traps 99.9% of dust and allergens while you clean. So it’s ideal if you want to rid your home and car of fur without breaking out in a sneezing fit for the next several hours.
The tradeoff is that this is the most expensive option on our list. As you might expect, you’ll pay a lot more for a vacuum than a lint roller or sponge! But this Shark vac is still very affordable compared to other vacs, especially considering its overall quality and effectiveness.
We’ve researched and reviewed a host of other pet hair vacs, too. So if you’re looking for a full breakdown of our top picks, including some cheaper alternatives, check out this post.
- A powerful vacuum that’s ideal for removing pet hair from carpet and fabric.
- Extremely versatile and comes with a Pet Power Brush attachment.
- Has a sealed HEPA filter that not only traps your dog’s hair but almost all of the allergens from pet dander.
- This vac represents affordable quality and comes with a limited five-year warranty.
- While affordable for a vacuum, this is by far the most expensive option on the list.
- Although this vac can make life easier and comes with a HEPA filter, a “regular” vacuum with one of the tools I’ve highlighted can work just as well for removing fur from most surfaces.
7. Smart Sheep Wool Dryer Balls – Best Laundry Fur Remover
It may be hard to believe that throwing a few sheep wool balls in the dryer can remove pet hair from your clothes, but that’s exactly what these balls do.
Each ball is made from premium New Zealand wool and removes pet hair from your clothes as they bounce around the dryer – without the need to use any chemicals. What’s more, they soften, de-fluff, and reduce wrinkles in clothes while shortening the drying time.
If that wasn’t enough, they even help reduce drying time!
What’s the catch?
There is no catch, these balls work really well.
But they’re not a miracle hair remover, either. So I wouldn’t expect to throw a load of densely hair-covered clothes in the dryer and expect them to come out spotless. However, they do help pull loose fur off of clothes, and the lint catcher does the rest.
For best results, consider using a lint brush (like the Brellavi) before washing your clothes if they are heavily covered in dog or cat hair, as that can make a big difference.
Either way, this is an easy, natural, and effective method of getting pet hair off your clothes, so if you want your dryer to do some of the work for you, give these wooly balls a try!
- Simple, easy, and effective way to trap pet hair, reduce wrinkles, de-fluff, and reduce the time it takes to dry your clothes.
- Made from 100% premium NZ sheep wool, which eliminates the need to use chemicals.
- Designed to last for a thousand plus loads.
- More work may be needed to bring up clothes that are heavily covered in fur.
8. PetLovers Extra Sticky Lint Roller – Best Value Sticky Lint Roller
I’m not a huge fan of stick lint rollers for the simple reason that they aren’t reusable and, as a result, can potentially create a lot of necessary waste.
But there are some unique benefits to this solution that the other fur removers don’t offer. And if you are going to go this route, my top (handheld) choice is the lint roller from PetLovers.
What’s good about it?
For starters, this “extra sticky” lint roller makes picking up dog and cat hair very quick and easy. All you need to do is roll over the areas with loose hair and watch as the hair sticks to it.
Second, since the hair sticks to the roller sheet, and the roller sheets are very easy to peel off when you’re done, there’s no need to clean anything. Just use, peel, and bin.
Third, with this hair remover, you’re not stirring up loose fur and dander like you are with some of the others I’ve mentioned. So this could be a better solution for allergy sufferers.
As for the drawbacks… aside from the environmental aspect, this is by no means the best solution for stubborn pet hair. They shouldn’t have problems cleaning up areas with relatively low-to-moderate amounts of hair. But in my opinion, this is not the ideal solution for heavy shedders, stubbornly embedded fur, larger areas, or high pile carpets.
In those cases, this is probably one of the least effective, most time-consuming, and definitely most wasteful methods of all.
Still, the sticky lint roller has its place, which is why it’s on the list. If your couch or clothes have some hair on them, and you need to get the job done fast, this could be the way to go.
And this PetLovers’ lint roller pack comes with two fully-loaded sticky lint rollers and three refills, so it represents great overall value for money.
- Quick and easy to use.
- No cleaning is needed; simply peel off the sticky lint roller sheets when you’re done.
- Arguably better for allergy sufferers than some other methods since the fur sticks to the sheets.
- Can be very wasteful, depending on how much hair you’re trying to clean up.
- Not the best solution for heavy shedding dogs, embedded fur, large areas, or high pile carpets.
9. Smart Design Large Mega Floor Lint Roller
Smart Design’s sticky lint roller is very similar to our previous pick, but it comes with an extendable, retractable handle. So you can use it as a handheld roller or broom-like roller.
The handle extends as much as 42 inches long (or just over one meter) and works on all surfaces that are covered in hair. From carpet and wood to tiles and lino.
There’s no point in rehashing the same points I just made, but virtually everything I just said about sticky lint rollers applies to this product as well. It’s just that this one is better suited to larger areas and those wanting a longer handle.
It’s also more expensive, but it has added features, and the pole is made from aluminum instead of plastic. Not to mention, the company has been around since 1970 and, from what I can tell, has established a long track record of high product quality.
So the extra cost may be worth it depending on what you’re looking for.
- Same benefits as the previous lint roller, but this one has an extendable handle that is made from aluminum.
- Same cons as the last one, but this one’s a bit more expensive, which may be justifiable given its features and quality.
10. Professional Rubber Pet Hair Removal Brush
If you’re looking for a smaller, more versatile version of the rubber brush I discussed earlier, this rubber per hair remover from Chemical Guys is worth a look.
The brush features an eight-inch head with rubber bristles that attract pet hair, and it has a built-in squeegee on one side that’s ideal for cleaning glass or scraping up more stubborn sections of hair-covered carpet.
If I had to choose between this brush and the triangular Analan fur remover tool, I’d choose the latter for cars and sofas. Especially for stubborn pet hair. But this is a popular, highly effective brush all the same. It’s also a lot better suited to smaller areas than the larger FURemover tool I talked about earlier, and it’s one of the most affordable tools on this list.
As such, this hair removal tool has earned a spot on our list.
- Quality brush that’ll get the job done.
- It’s one of the cheapest options.
- Ideal for smaller areas and cars.
- Has a built-in squeegee.
- There are better options for getting stubborn fur out of car upholstery and carpet.
How to Clean Up Loose Dog Hair Without Buying Anything: Six Quick and Easy Methods
If you’ve read this far, you probably have a good idea of which fur removal tool you want to try, but what if you need a “quick fix” solution for removing loose fur right now?
In that case, we’ve got you covered! Here are some quick and easy ways to remove loose dog hair with stuff you may already have lying around the home:
- Rubber gloves: Most of us have a set of rubber gloves under the kitchen sink, and believe it or not, these can be very effective at removing loose dog fur from carpet, clothes, and couches. With your gloves on, simply rub your rubber gloves over the hair-covered fabric or carpet and watch as the hair sticks to it, which is thanks to static energy. And if you don’t have rubber gloves, a balloon can work well too!
- Tape: Another simple way to remove pet hair from most surfaces is with duct tape or packing tape. This isn’t very suitable for larger areas or stubborn hair but can make short work of small fur-covered areas. All you need to do is apply the tape to the area and remove it, discarding the used tape (and loose hair) when you’re done.
- Rubber Squeegee: If you already have a rubber squeegee lying around the home for cleaning windows or floors, these can work wonders for loose fur as well. The way this works is similar to the FURemover I highlighted earlier, but instead of rubber bristles, most squeegees simply have one rubber blade that you can use to rake the hair out of carpet or upholstery. This also works well on hard floors.
- Hair brush or comb: This solution is not as ideal as a proper fur removal tool, but if you need to get the job done now, a regular bristle brush can help lift stubborn hair.
- Velcro: If you’re looking for a similar but heavier-duty solution to using tape for removing hair from carpet, velcro may be just what you’ve been looking for. Just keep in mind that it’s cleaning velcro can be a chore, and as with tape, this is best for smaller areas.
- Damp cloth: Everyone has a cloth in the home. And while this isn’t the best way to remove loose fur, a damp cloth (ideally, microfiber) can do the trick on most carpets and fabrics. So if this is all you have access to, consider giving this method a try.
How Can You Reduce Excessive Shedding?
Removing dog hair from your floors and furniture is one thing, but if you’ve lived with a heavy shedding dog for any length of time, you’ll know that the hair just keeps on coming.
After a while, it can be enough to drive you nuts!
So, if you’re serious about ridding your home (and car) of fur, it’s best to tackle the problem from the source – your dog. And while it’s not possible to completely stop your dog from shedding, there are some ways you can significantly reduce the amount of fur they drop.
First, establish a regular brushing routine.
Regular brushing is one of the simplest and most effective ways to keep the amount of fur your dog drops to a minimum. Not only does brushing remove the old fur before it falls out, but it helps spread the natural skin oils, which in turn can help improve your dog’s skin and coat.
What brush should you use?
It depends. For some dogs, a bristle brush or slicker brush will do the trick, whereas heavier shedding dogs may benefit from a proper de-shedding tool. And in some cases, an undercoat rake can work well for dogs with thick double coats.
For more info on this, see our top-rated dog shedding brushes and buying guide. In that post, I elaborate on what brushes are ideal for different coats and discuss our top picks.
Second, consider your dog’s diet.
The food your dog consumes can make a big difference when it comes to shedding.
On the one hand, high-quality dog food that contains the right amount of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals can help your dog achieve an optimal coat.
Whereas on the other hand, low-quality kibble that’s full of artificial ingredients and “fillers” can lead to skin dryness, irritation, and even allergies, all of which can increase the likelihood of excessive shedding.
Which dog food is best?
The best person to speak to about your dog’s diet is a qualified veterinarian, which I am not. However, we have researched the best dog foods on the market that are specifically aimed at helping reduce shedding, which you can learn more about here.
We’ve also reviewed popular shedding supplements. And while I’m not a big proponent of supplements, some can help reduce shedding in conjunction with a balanced diet.
For instance, some natural omega-3 supplements can work well. And there are some natural home remedies for shedding that we discuss in this post.
As mentioned, though, it’s always a good idea to consult a qualified veterinarian before making any changes to your dog’s diet, especially since each dog is different.
Third, bathing and blow drying can help you win the battle.
A regular brushing routine and an optimal diet can go a long way to helping you manage shedding, but if you want to turn things up a notch, bathing can help you win the battle.
For starters, weekly or bi-weekly bathing with a good quality dog shampoo can help remove a lot of loose fur while gently moisturizing your dog’s skin.
And instead of using a towel to dry your dog after bathing, which can pull at your dog’s hair and cause knots, consider using a dog hair blower. These are basically blow dryers designed specifically for dogs, and they can remove an absolute ton of loose fur after bathing.
Not to mention, they can save you a lot of time!
What if your dog is still shedding excessively?
If you’ve tried all of the above suggestions, and you’re still noticing mountains of fur all over your home, that could mean several things.
For one thing, you may simply have a super heavy shedding dog, like an Alaskan Malamute, Siberian Husky, Saint Bernard, or Labrador, for example. If that’s the case, and if nothing you’ve tried has worked, you might just have to live with more hair around the home.
Another possibility is that your dog could be experiencing seasonal shedding. This is where, once or twice per year, some dogs (especially those with double coats) “blow coat.” In other words, you may notice a substantial uptick in shedding for several weeks, depending on the dog. This is perfectly normal but can take some getting used to if you’ve never experienced it.
With all that said, it is possible for dogs to shed excessively due to health issues. For example, pregnancy, fleas, allergies, stress, and disease. So if you have any concerns about your dog’s shedding, the safe approach may be to speak with your local vet.
You can also see our complete guide to reducing shedding for more tips on managing excessive shedding and keeping your home as fur-free as possible.
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I hope you found this post helpful and that the tips I’ve shared help you get your home spic and span in no time, whether you end up buying one of the above products or not.
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What pet hair removers have worked best for you? And what methods of managing shedding have you tried with your dog? Let us know in the comments below, and thanks for reading!