To ask dog owners to help me get through this

(41 Posts)
Superchop Wed 23-Apr-14 21:46:35

I am desperate!!

I have a Staffordshire bull terrier who I love dearly but his hair gets everywhere, the worst is it appears on plates. I am clean Hoover daily, I live in a studio flat. I just don't know what i can do to prevent it. I feel like such a tramp

Hebburnisaplaceonearth Wed 23-Apr-14 21:47:59

I feel your pain. If my dog weren't petrified I would take the Hoover to her directly grin

whereisshe Wed 23-Apr-14 21:50:16

How often do you wash him? With short haired dogs a weekly bath helps get the loose hairs off. And then a quick daily brushing (outside obviously)...

Um honestly....if you're generally cleaning regularly and you have a dog, you accept dog hair as an extra condiment grin

Rowgtfc72 Wed 23-Apr-14 21:52:06

Sandwich isnt a sandwich round here without jack Russell fur in it!

Rainicorn Wed 23-Apr-14 21:53:25

No idea. I'm < this > close to immacking my dog.

Superchop Wed 23-Apr-14 21:54:00

He doesn't like baths, so it's a rare event. I'm guessing his hairs will extend to the bathroom :'(

Ilovemydogandmydoglovesme Wed 23-Apr-14 21:54:37

Yeah, all I can recommend is a bloody good brush every day outside. Or learn to love the hair.

growingolddicustingly Wed 23-Apr-14 21:55:31

Yep goes with the territory I am afraid. I have greyhound hair in my fridge - my fridge for goodness sake!

YoureBeingASillyBilly Wed 23-Apr-14 21:56:27

"Um honestly....if you're generally cleaning regularly and you have a dog, you accept dog hair as an extra condiment "

^^this! grin

I have a golden retriever. You dont know what hair is til you've lived with my hairy brute.

Me too growingold and greys don't shed much do they!

Boaby Wed 23-Apr-14 21:59:07

Haha in our house a rogue dog hair is called a condiment. Get a furminator from amazon it'll remove all the dead hair under his top layer of fur & hopefully you'll see a big difference, we certainly did.

sugarandspite Wed 23-Apr-14 22:01:24

If you can afford it, send him to the groomers once fortnightly. It makes a massive difference to staying on top of the hair as they really get all the losse ones out.

LAK11 Wed 23-Apr-14 22:01:47

JRT cross here and hair is is everywhere - sometimes I think we have a carpet downstairs, but it is just his hair in clumps on the wooden floor. We often have hair in the oven too. I feel your pain. Also he is hoover phobic so no chance of giving him a quick once over.

Dontwanttobeyourmonkeywench Wed 23-Apr-14 22:03:08

Ha! With 2 Akita's there's never a need to unplug the hoover grin On the plus side you never notice dust bunnies because they are swallowed whole by the tumble weed sized fur balls!

Superchop Wed 23-Apr-14 22:03:37

Furminator bought.

Any way of getting rid of hairs from a washing machine?!

Glad I'm not the only one covered in dog hairs

ICanSeeTheSun Wed 23-Apr-14 22:05:55
YoureBeingASillyBilly Wed 23-Apr-14 22:06:08

In the machine they tend to gather in the rubber seal (helpfully) so i just scoop them out after each wash.

Shockers Wed 23-Apr-14 22:07:08

I Hoover my dog. She doesn't mind as long as DH covers her ears as I do it.

Boaby Wed 23-Apr-14 22:28:10

I wash an old tea towel on a quick wash after I wash my wee dogs towels etc. I have a dedicated hair catching tea towel and it works a treat.

Good call on the furminator it's been a god send for us, our long haired spaniel/lab cross is Sheddy McCastsalot & it's cut the stray hairs right down.

stottiecakes Wed 23-Apr-14 22:34:31

If you have a dog you will get dog hair, no matter how much you vacum. I have 3 and vacum 3x per day. Just part of owining a dog im afraid

ToomuchIsBackOnBootcamp Wed 23-Apr-14 22:41:14

I have a black lab and cream carpets (the carpets were here before the dog. Well, they were originally cream. Now they are more "muddy ditch brown" shade). I understand. No help but I sympathise.

<runs off to google furminator>

Wishiwashelenmirren Wed 23-Apr-14 22:41:30

I prefer a Shedding blade for my terrier! he's quite fine skinned and although the fulminator is great at shifting a loose coat he tolerates the blade much more.

KatieKaye Wed 23-Apr-14 22:45:47

Furminators are the business! I've got a very shaggy westie and one pass of the furminator removes more fur than brushing the entire dog.

Jinty64 Wed 23-Apr-14 22:53:06

We bought a grey carpet with a black fleck to suit our black Labrador hairs.

FoolishFay Wed 23-Apr-14 23:32:26

We have a Jack Russell / Poodle Cross - £35 for quarterly clipping but not a single hair shed in the meantime! Q

FoolishFay Wed 23-Apr-14 23:35:08

This one's better!

MidniteScribbler Thu 24-Apr-14 00:19:18

I have six dogs. Dog hair replaces salt and pepper on all meals.

But a good trick when they are shedding is to give them a blow dry first (get a groomer to do it with their big dryer, not your little hairdryer) then a hydrobath, then another blowdry and brush brush brush with a fairly fine metal comb for a while.

Tiptops Thu 24-Apr-14 00:39:19

Agree with others r.e. regular grooming to keep on top of things. I also wash the dog's bedding in a pet wash bag so all their fur stays in the bag not the machine! I used to defuzz my clothes before going out, don't even bother now! Life's too short.

poppycarew Thu 24-Apr-14 01:18:28

Gosh . Furminators sound great . Dyson do a special attachment to one of their hoovers which is a special dog hoover, ie you hoover the actual dog with the attachment . My two were hmm at first , but now they love it

Amaxapax Thu 24-Apr-14 01:22:11

After a recommendation on here, I got a Zoom Groom to accompany my Furminator for my GSD x border collie. I use the Zoom Groom first to tackle the long top coat and the Furminator to get the undercoat. I most often find the top coat on plates whereas the undercoat creates tumbleweeds. I'm lucky in that my dog quite likes to be hoovered. One of us holds the tube while the other brushes and puts the removed fur straight down the tube. Then we use the vacuum on him directly to remove any excess.

We tend to brush him a couple of times a week. The rest of the time we walk around exclaiming, "Look what you've done to my floors!" as more and more fur appears, often helpfully accompanied by muddy paw prints.

tabulahrasa Thu 24-Apr-14 01:38:11

A staffy won't have much of an undercoat - the zoom groom alone should make a difference.

Also try buying things that match the dog, so you don't notice as much, lol

NinjaLeprechaun Thu 24-Apr-14 01:50:49

FoolishFay Poodles and PoodleXs don't shed. It's why they work for people who are allergic.

I have an AkitaX, with that lovely double coat, and I even find his hair in places he doesn't go. In other peoples houses. I think it's just part and parcel of dog ownership.
On the plus side, children who are exposed to ingest animal hair when young are less likely to develop allergies.

nochips Thu 24-Apr-14 02:00:22

We have a mixed breed who is really fluffy and has very distinctive colouring. Once she was standing by the window with the light to her back and sneezed. I saw clouds of hair coming off her and floating into the atmosphere like sound waves.

Another time I was on my commuter train and when getting off saw one of her hairs on the jacket of a man standing in line two people up.

Ludoole Thu 24-Apr-14 02:48:48

Some good suggestions from previous posters. I cant help as I have a yorkie and dog hair is not a problem due to lack of undercoat.
If he did shed I guess id be enjoying dog hair for dinner....

KissesBreakingWave Thu 24-Apr-14 03:08:29

Most dogs think a slicker brush is the best thing ever. Mine hates it, but doesn't shed worth a damn. Because she is a refained lady doggy and doesn't indulge in such common behaviour.

(She'll snack out of the cats' litter tray all the same, like, if you give her half a chance. She may put on airs, but she's still a dog when all's said and done.)

FoolishFay Thu 24-Apr-14 07:46:37

b FoolishFay Poodles and PoodleXs don't shed. It's why they work for people who are allergic.b

Yes, I know, that's one of his main selling points. No one in the family is allergic - apart from to the hoovering....

Ginnytonic82 Thu 24-Apr-14 09:02:06

We pretty much decorated our house golden labrador coloured to try to disguise her fur! It's a way of life for us now, they crop up everywhere, it's the joy of having a dog!

Marylou62 Thu 24-Apr-14 09:14:22

OP....I never wanted a dog...but the rest of the family did. I cant imagine life with out the hairy smelly slobbery thing now! I REALLY LOVE HIM!! Dog hairs drove me mad and I am most definitely not houseproud. But I decided that I'd rather have him than a pristine house so I made a descision to ignore the hairs. We brush him (a springer) lots and have a dyson pet hoover. We take him to the doggy beauty parlour in spring for a shave and bath. But LET IT GO! Now jumping on my white Egyptian cotton bed when he's wet/muddy/sandy is another matter!

Superchop Thu 24-Apr-14 11:44:42

Haha. I wish I could Hoover him but the two of them don't see eye to eye the dogs quite vocal with his dislike for the Hoover too.

OtisSpankmyarse Thu 24-Apr-14 12:19:30

YANBU - WTB (wax the bastard)

I never knew Dyson did a dog hoovering thingy ... I'm so getting one of those (two dogs, hair everywhere)

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