Invasion of the white dog hair!!

  1. Okay, it may well turn out that there is no answer to this, but I figure it's worth a shot. We have a white Siberian Husky. She is a wonderful dog, but she sheds like crazy. It does not matter how often she is brushed, she still sheds. There is white dog hair on the bed, on the cough, in the carpet, on the floor, in the garage, in the yard, on my clothes, and sometimes in my nose and mouth if I inhale too deeply.

    Is there any possible way to A) reduce the amount of shedding this dog does and/or B) prevent the rampant spread of white dog hair over everything I own? My classmates have actually made a hobby of picking white dog hairs off my clothes in class because no matter how hard I try, I cannot leave the house without taking hair with me. It's kind of annoying.

    Any ingenious tips are very much appreciated.
  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   traumaRUs
    Hmmm - can the dog be banished from the bedroom at least? Someone here also suggested the Dyson vacuum for dog hair. I have a Westie-Poodle mix (itty bitty 9 lb old dog) and she doesn't shed. However, the fat Cairn terrier sheds likes the dickens. I get him groomed often and I keep his hair short to decrease the amount of shedding.

    Not sure you want to put poor husky through being cut short??
  4. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    One of those sticky lint roller things. De-hair yourself before walking out the door.
  5. by   canoehead
    Some dogs will tolerate being vacuumed if you combine it with a good brushing (which they usually love). If you use a grooming service they may save you some work in brushing too.
  6. by   RNin2007
    Note the puppy in my avatar. She's also a Sibe and is now 56 lbs. of pure furball. Otherwise known as furball, hairball, fluffmuffin, pile of fluff, and about 50 other fur/hair related nicknames that have to do with the mass quantities of herself she leaves everywhere she goes, lol. She's now 4. No...there is no reducing the amount of fur you will have everywhere. They shed. I find dog hair in places that she isn't even allowed (e.g. interior of our new truck). Make sure you have a GOOD vacuum and empty the canister EVERY time you finish vacuuming a room. We just finished manually "un-impacting" the hose of our vac b/c I gave my 12 year old vacuum duty for the summer. It was INSANE the size of the hairball that came out of that 12 inch long tube. I could have knit my dog a sister with it.

    I try to keep her outside when she is blowing coat, but she usually weasels her way back inside with those big blue eyes.

    I loathe the fur, but love my husky. I'll live with the fur...

  7. by   RebeccaJeanRN
    Get used to using vacuums and lint rollers, there will be no stopping all that white hair. We had a dog like that for 10 years. It was embarrassing because it also seemed to fly up in the air when he ran around the house so most things I cooked had a dog hair somewhere on got there either during prep, or during cooling off, or fell off my blouse...who knows. I was mortified when I served food and sometimes spotted that dang dog hair! He finally died of old age and 'natural' causes, but by then, I'm sure we all ate about 10 pounds of dog hair all told. In hindsight, I think it might have been the thing that kept my husband 'regular'. Anyway, good thing we loved him. Now I have a little tiny dark haired chihuahua, so her hair will be more difficult for my guests to spot on their food when I serve them dinner...
  8. by   prmenrs
    Have you talked to the vet? Maybe a change in diet would help. S/he might be able to help.
  9. by   SmilingBluEyes
    They make special "shedders" ===special combs that gently remove the thick, shedding undercoat in such dogs. They work GREAT!!!!!!!!

    Make no mistake. Shedding knows no season in such animals, so you will just have to deal. I know your pain; I have golden retriever that sheds allllll the time. But her temperament and companionship make her worth it all.

    That and I vacuum and swiffer my home daily. I also have wildly shedding kitties. Pet hair goes w/the territory.