Now that the cooler weather is upon us, pet parents can take comfort in knowing that their vacuuming duties will be reduced. Shedding season is over.
For the pet parents of double-coated breeds, the fur fun is just starting. Double-coated breeds, known as such for their insulating, dense, soft undercoat and protective longhaired overcoat, shed in the spring and the fall. The coats are designed to shed dirt, repel water and generally protect the dogs from heat and cold. Right now, these pups are shedding (otherwise known as "blowing") their summer coats so that their thick, winter coats can grow in.
Shelties, collies, Newfoundlands, shepherds, retrievers, huskies and terriers are a few examples of the heaviest shedding, double-coated breeds.
So, what to do? First off, the undercoat should never be trimmed to reduce shedding. And, just for the record, double-coated dogs should NEVER be shaved during the summer. This will damage the double-coat, which is their protection from the elements - blocking out UV rays and the heat of summer as well as the winter's cold.
Regular grooming sessions in addition to DAILY brushing will help control the shedding. Start by brushing your dog with an undercoat rake. Then, follow it by brushing with a slicker brush, which gets rid of dead outercoat, de-matts the undercoat and gently stimulates the skin cells.
You'll be rewarded with less fur on furniture, carpets, auto upholstery and so on until your dog's full winter coat has grown in.
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