Australian Shepherd Question & Answer
I have two Aussie brothers and they shed like crazy! Any suggestions to help eliminate this?
Anyone with an Australian Shepherd knows that keeping up with shedding can be a challenge. You will find dog hair in your house year-round but this is especially true in the spring and in the fall. This is when Aussies do most of their shedding.
Shedding is a normal and natural part of the process and you won't be able to eliminate it altogether. However, there are things you can do to manage the amount of fur flying around your house.
To start you will want to give your Aussie the best chance for a healthy coat by feeding them high quality food. Some will add dog food supplements or fish oil to their diet to ensure their dog has the nutritional foundation for a healthy coat (and health generally).
When possible it is best to get your Aussie used to being groomed early and often. Routine maintenance is the key. If rarely groom your dog and wait until things are getting out of control it will be a nightmare for both of you.
Familiarize yourself with, and have on hand, the basic dog grooming equipment available. One tool many Aussie owners swear by is the FURminator which is used to thin out the coat and removes an incredible amount of fur. (Important Tip: When using the FURminator go in the direction of the fur—not against it.)
Once you make brushing, undercoat removal and trimming a part of your routine you should be able to keep the shedding under control.
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