Dog hair in the carpet, in your bed, in your new black pants, in your floors and in your sofa – is this a common scenario in your house? If so, then don’t despair because you are not the only one having to deal with this situation. The fact is, people who have dogs are facing huge amount of dog hairs.
People would usually say that shedding is one major problem when having a dog inside the house. They would wake having to have a clump of dog hair in their living room. Yet, despite the “hairy” situation, these people would not let go of their wonderful dogs.
Labradors are shorthaired dogs. But, this breed will mostly likely to shed much during shedding season. They can pile up dog hairs in every area of your house. However, unlike other breeds, Labradors are average shedders. Although they do shed in greater amount, still it is manageable. If not, then it is time to have him a veterinary check up.
One way to manage your Labs shedding is through proper grooming. Labrador grooming is the proper care and attention you allot for your dog’s hair and hygiene so that shedding is minimized. By cleaning up your Labs will make it easier to deal with the shedding later.
Before we know more on Labrador grooming, let us first understand why our adorable Labs undergo shedding.
So, why do Labradors shed?
Labradors have a double coat. As the name implies, it is a double coating wrapped around the Labrador for two purposes. One is for water resistance and the other is to make them warm. The outer coat of a Labrador is called a guard coat. It technically guards the Labrador to keep them dry while swimming. The undercoat or the inner coat of the Labrador is soft and downy that keeps them warm while in the cold water.
The first time Labradors shed is through their transition period. When the period comes when a puppy Labrador is transformed into an adult Labrador, it shed its puppy coat to give way to the adult coat. These puppy coats are shed from their body and thus the adult coat will replace them.
Every year, a Labrador shed twice. During these shedding seasons, they are shedding off their old hair to give way to the new set of coat. This is also the time when you will see a lot of dog hairs around the house. It is normal. Just clean it up with a vacuum. When shedding season is over, everything is back to normal so you and your Labs can play all day long.
To free yourself from the hassle of too much dog hair around you, groom your Labrador properly. Brushing your Labrador’s hair every week will greatly help in reducing excessive shedding. Have a comb and brush specifically for your Labs and keep them away when not in use. Every week, at least once, take time to brush your dog’s hair and vacuum it afterwards.
Some say, bathing is necessary to increase grooming. Well, it does apply to most dogs but as for a Labrador, bathe only when necessary. Shampooing is also not advisable as these may contain chemicals that can be harmful to your Labrador. If you want to clean them up always, let them swim in the waters. They will love it.