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Dreading the shedding?

Team Butternut, 20th November 2018

Hairy dog

We all love our furry friends. But our resident fluffballs are not without their annoyances from time to time. That’s right, in this article we’re talking about the dreaded dog hair! If you’ve ever bought a lovely new jumper only to have it instantly covered in fluff then we’ve got some pro tips for you that will consign the days of being covered in hair to the past.

Regular Grooming

The best way to tackle the problem is to attack it at the source. Getting your dog into the bath in the first place may be a bit of a hassle but it will really pay off by getting rid of all that excess shag. If you have an especially hairy pup then consider getting them a deluxe trim at a groomers. The groomer will also be able to give you specific advice about the products you might think of investing in, and which brushes will be best for your dog.

Calling in the experts in the hair war will stop you having to do all the heavy lifting, while also making sure that your pup is looking as chic as they possibly can. Without regular trimming you will be waging a one person war against many layers of water repellent fur. This is especially important to keep on top of all that hair if you have a dog with a particularly long, layered and shaggy coat.

There’s no shame in calling in the backup!

Diet

Making sure that your doggo’s diet has enough moisture is essential if you want to make sure that their luscious locks are healthy and strong. Weak or brittle hair can snap and fall out easily, exacerbating the problem.

That’s why Butternut Box’s meals are specially formulated on the advice of canine nutritionists and vets using fresh vegetables, cold pressed linseed oil and organic flaxseed, all cooked at a low temperature to seal in those yummy vitamins and minerals. Even the pickiest pup will stop giving you those big puppy eyes when you’re trying to enjoy a meal and instead they can tuck into one of our deliciously cooked boxes specifically tailored to their needs. Who knows, you might even get a little jealous yourself!

Buy the right equipment

There are a variety of really excellent vaccum cleaners out there that cater especially for pet hair removal. While some of them can be eye wateringly expensive it will absolutely pay off, trust us! You’ll be left smiling when you can finally relax in a follicle free environment.

Alternatively if you have a wooden floor then a good brush will be one of your best allies. Making sure you are regularly cleaning any bedding with a rubber glove will also go a long way to preventing any build up, leaving you with a hair free haven. The static electricity picks up a surprising amount of hair, making this one of our top tips.

Keep on brushin’ on

To misquote Curtis Mayfield ‘It don’t make no sense not to keep on brushin.’ If you keep your pooch groomed and brushed then you’ll definitely be able to cut down the follicle frenzy. They’ll also love you all the more for it, so it’s a win-win! For a longer haired breed a ‘rake’ (no, not a garden rake) should be handy in getting deep down through all those layers, meaning that more goes in the bin, and less goes everywhere else.

Embrace the lint roller

Perhaps one of the most underrated inventions of the 20th century is the lint roller. It’s honestly almost impossible for us to imagine how people managed before these came on the scene. This humble piece of kit is one of your best weapons in the fight against rogue hair. There are few better ways of tackling all manner of soft furnishings and clothes. And it’s all thanks to its inventor, Nicholas McKay. He will be missed.

Having some dog free zones

Designating some places in your house as off limits to those with four legs is a good way to make sure that there is at least some safe haven in your home from those perpetually malting residents. Packing away your summer and winter clothes in sealable boxes after you’ve cleaned them thoroughly will mean that you’ve got some respite from hair and also prevent the hair becoming embedded deep down in the material.

Go 'hypoallergenic'

If you don’t have a dog yet and are worried about the possible hair causing you all that extra tidying up (or extra sneezing), then don't threat and choose your breed carefully. Although there is technically no such thing as a 'hypoallergenic' dog, some dogs either don’t shed or shed a lot less. In fact there are a surprising number of dogs that don’t shed including poodles, labradoodles and plenty of little terriers.

Removing dog hair is a pesky addition to household chores, but sadly it is almost impossible to avoid. However with a properly equipped cleaning cupboard, regular grooming, and most important a healthy dog, you can put an end to those days of being constantly covered in dog hair.

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