I agree with the furminator too. This may be a little off topic, but if you are sick and tired of vacuuming every night after work like I was, get a Roomba or something like that. They are not heavy duty vacuum machines, but they are great at picking up pet hair.
Uhhh..... Schnauzer's don't shed. I really hate to ask, but I'm just really curious, is this a purebred? I'm asking because if your dog is a Schnauzer cross, it may be that the crossed part may have been a shedding breed.
If your Schnauzer is a purebred, I would bring it to the vet and have a total Thyroid panel done and full bloodwork and a stool check, ASAP.
How old is your dog? How long have you had him/her? What do you feed? Any skin problems? Over or underweight? (The weight issue could be an underlying problem, not just over or underfeeding.) Do you have a picture of your dog?
A good quality diet may help decrease shedding. Keep in mind that there is no perfect food for every dog, so you may have to do a bit of trial and error to find out what works best for our pet.
While the furminator may work really well pulling out coat on certain breeds, it can also cause major coat damage, esspecialy when used too much or incorrectly. Regular brushing is a must to keep shedding to a minimum. A high velocity blow dryer(or shop vac on reverse) will significantly decrease sheding because they blow all the dead hair out and away from the dog.
If your dog is on a good diet and still shedding an abnormal amount than a vet check is needed to rule out any health problems.
I agree with Furminator. I have one.It is a little bit of pricy side(Med size was about $38) but it works,my dog enjoys it so,I am ok with it.
Since dogs live inside the house under Artificial light,it effects shedding cycle. Or inside the house is warmer than outside if winter time and shed more than dog living outside the house.
Providing Omega3 a lot to dog diet is great way to reduce the shedding as well. If dog diet was heavy in poultry,then,Poultry tend to provide much much more Omega6 so,you need bump up the Omega3 amount.
Also daily brushing helps. with furminator,you do not want to push the brush too hard against the skin but gently comb the fur and it takes under coat good.I useregular soft brush too.
And if you were looking for good tool to take fur off off the furniture,I recommend to try Pet hair magnet that is about $10 from pet store. It has 3 edged rubber on pointy area and it is T-shape and rubber area grub the fur on furniture pretty good.You can get fur that vacuume cleaner cannot grub. I am satisfied with this tool.
I'm just curious about something. Have you recently had your dog nuetered or spayed? The reason I ask this is I have come to notice that after my dogs have been fixed, from puppy to a six year old dog, as soon as I did this dasterdly deed, they began shedding. BUT! I raised Miniature Snauzaurs and they DO NOT SHED! Or poodles. A human body sheds everyday, skin, hair. Grooming of any dog is necessary for the health of their skin and coat just as with any animal, including humans!
Dog shedding is one of the most common problems faced by dog owners. It causes health problems and cleanliness issues, and is generally one of the more unpleasant aspects of owning a dog. However, with proper care, it is possible to control excessive shedding of dogs. Here are some tips to help you do so:
• Brushing: This is a perhaps the most important aspect of controlling excessive shedding. Brush your dog regularly, so that all the hair that the dog sheds can be easily collected. Hair that is loose but still attached will also get pulled out and this will reduce the day long shedding. If your dog has a very heavy coat and sheds excessively, brush him two, maybe even three times a day to prevent him from shedding all over the house.
• Food: One of the factors that causes shedding in dogs is consumption of the wrong kinds of foods. This disturbs their chemical balance in their bodies and leads to shedding. Consult your vet to find out the best food options to prevent excessive shedding.
• Supplements: There are essential oils present on the skin of the dog that help keeps it moist. When dogs undergo excessive shedding, they lose these essential oils rapidly, which leads to dry skin, which in turn leads to excessive shedding. Give your dog a fatty acid supplement to help maintain the required balance of essential oils in his body.
• Control Ticks and Fleas: Ticks or fleas on the bodies of the dogs can cause a lot of discomfort to the dogs because of the constant bites all over the bodies. Their bites are relatively itchy and dogs tend to scratch themselves a lot when they have ticks and fleas on them. This excessive scratching leads to a lot of hair loss as hair keeps getting pulled out as the dog scratches, and this leads to shedding wherever the dog may be. To reduce such shedding, ensure that your dog is completely free of ticks and fleas. Consult your vet for effective treatment, if your dog is infected by them.
• Bathing: Different breeds of dogs have different bathing requirements. While dogs like Newfoundlanders should not be bathed more than once every few months, almost every breed of dog that has a light to moderate coat of fur should be bathed regularly. Especially in the summer, depending on the breed of the dog, bathing your dog on a weekly basis will help control excessive shedding to a large extent. This is because moistening the skin helps prevent shedding caused by dry skin.
• Use the right brushes: There are different kinds of brushes available for different purposes. For instance, you can use a slicker brushes, shedding blades, matbreakers, love gloves and stripping blades effectively to control excessive shedding. Consult your vet to find out the right kind of brushes that can be used for your breed of dog and learn about their individual functions.
• Regular Check ups: Sometimes excessive shedding can be a symptom of a disease and regular check ups will ensure that your dog is in perfect health and that his shedding is natural.