I have a 3 year old black lab called Mylo. He is my first lab and so far I could not adore him more, but his only fault is the amount of hair that falls out - and becuase he is black it is VERY noticable. I was wondering if anyone had any tips as to how to stop this? Its so bad my mum and dad dont let him in the sitting room and as my other dog and Mylo's companion Hamish (A Cairn Terrier) passed away a few months ago I'm very egar to sort this issue so that he isnt alone in the Kitchen as much. Please help, any advice is welcomed.
Sorry to say this, but Labs shed. I often wonder if one day I will wake up and they will be bald. Only thing that does help is brushing. Kass was my first dog and I thought something was wrong with her.
In our house the saying is. Fur is an accessory and condiment. Does make for some laughs. My SIL wearing white pants sat on the dog couch. When she got up to leave my brother said she needed too comb her a$$. I almost choked laughing.
We have covers on the couches and I vaccum the fur tumble weeds every second day. If I take the dogs anywhere I take their mat. They sit on that so can be near family.
I'm still waiting on my lab puppy, but I'll tell you what works for my bulldog. I have a zoom groom which is like a rubber curry comb with long fingers. I take Chloe outside and use this in a circular motion all over. I'm thinking this feels like a massage (don't press too hard) then the hair will be all loose and I just use a regular brush or wire brush to brush away all the loose hair. You are not going to stop your lab from shedding but you can reduce the amount that happens in the house by regular brushing outdoors. Is will help insure that lots of the loose hair comes off outside.
labs shed. no matter what you do, they will always shed a lot.
brush regularly, make sure they are eating a food that works for them, if you can have them swim regularly that can help as well. and vacuum vacuum vacuum!
Charlie (foster) and Rocky
I got a ZoomGroom after reading about it here, and it really works well. Bean has minimal shedding usually, but we are just ending a three-week period of fur shedding- must be due to fall weather. He also lost a lot in early summer. It's nowhere near the horror show it was with our last dog, a golden/lab/german shepherd mix. Stock up on vacuum bags, and Good Luck!
I have read that diet plays a role, but have no idea if that is true or not.
fur tumbleweeds. Now THAT is funny...I know exactly what you mean -- we have them all the time!