Dog hair is driving me insane

(16 Posts)
Iatemyskinnyperson Wed 24-Jul-13 20:29:49

I have a golden lab who is adorable in all ways but his shedding is giving me The Rage. It doesn't matter how much I groom him, or what time of the year, he is always shedding. Whenever he shakes himself I can see hairs flying off...shockshock

I'm not remotely house proud, but I am losing it... It's making me resent him.

Is there anything I can do? I've tried keeping him outside but he gets anxious and barks/whines in the window.

I have one of those furliminator things, and use it often. Still the hair covers the house. I swear, every single thing I pick up has a dog hair on it.

Clargo55 Wed 24-Jul-13 21:16:13

Have you tried changing food?

We switched from bakers to pedigree and the hair lose reduced by 75% easily. Our vet said adding more oil to their diet can help.

Perihelion Wed 24-Jul-13 23:49:25

As well as food, daily brushing and hoovering......not that I do that. Had Labs for years and accept the hair. Yellow Lab's coat has always been sensitive to temp changes, so with the recent hot weather he's been excelling himself in general moulting and rubbbing himself all over the only rug in the house. Used to have a Lab that enjoyed being hoovered, but the present ones aren't up for it.

everlong Wed 24-Jul-13 23:58:47

That's the main reason my next dog won't be a lab.

<unhelpful>

Miele dog and cat vac?

FayeKorgasm Thu 25-Jul-13 00:02:46

Chocolate lab here. I must vacuum and sweep up a complete dog every dayhmm

You have my sympathy

cocolepew Thu 25-Jul-13 00:05:29

Chocolate lab/cocker cross here I'm slowly losing the will to live with them amount of hair in my house. It was even in the butter the other day

littlewhitebag Thu 25-Jul-13 13:13:06

I have a yellow lab but she doesn't moult excessively. I do have lab coloured flooring all through the house though.

mrslaughan Thu 25-Jul-13 18:15:25

We give our dog yumega - for health reasons, but it is meant to reduce shedding.

Whogivesashit Thu 25-Jul-13 20:23:31

We have a lab retriever cross. In the spring the shedding is unbearable. We have hard floors downstairs, but I still vacumn twice a day. There's nothing else to be done I'm afraid.

Iatemyskinnyperson Thu 25-Jul-13 22:10:25

Thanks for the replies... I was hoping desperately that there would be a fab mumsnetty solution sad

I have oak hardwood floors, which are very lab-coloured, but the hair gathers in drifts. I moved the couch yesterday, and there were HANDFULS under there. How is he not bald? Nature is not very energy efficient... No wonder he's always hungry. It must take loads of calories to grow all this fecking hair.

I'll start sloshing oil into his food, maybe that would help, thanks. I am willing to feed him premium food, but Aldi's Moist & Meaty is the only dog food he'll eat. He'll eat the most rancid crap out of the bin, but turns up his nose at every brand of dried food except this one angry

bellasuewow Sat 03-Aug-13 21:07:54

I feel your pain I have small pet hair vac once a day and I blast clothes in the dryer to get the hairs off hard work but it keeps it under control, change food sounds like a good suggestion I have found my pet hair vac amaze balls.

Lilcamper Sat 03-Aug-13 21:33:01

A good diet will help him no end and a lab will not starve himself! We have competitions, whoever finds the dog hair in their food wins the prize! Just remember, he isn't doing it to piss you off. He can't help it.

slipperySlip000 Sat 03-Aug-13 22:49:25

Miele Cat&Dog vacuum cleaner. Sorts it straight away.

ToomuchIsBackOnBootcamp Mon 05-Aug-13 22:04:43

No solution here either, sorry, OP but I feel your pain as someone who took on an older black lab - when I have cream carpets.

<looks at black lab shaped outline on floor, ignores, pours wine>

Turnipinatutu Mon 05-Aug-13 22:15:40

A Goldie probably wasn't the best breed for you if you're bothered by hair!
You could Hoover him, if doesn't mind or get him clipped? (But he'll look daft)
Other than that, just lower your standards. Nobody ever died of a hairy house..

Bramblesinforrin Mon 05-Aug-13 23:09:23

adore my retriever, he's a shed monster. however, things are much improved since my old dyson died and I have replaced it with a dyson animal with rotating brush bars .... and a dog grooming brush that fits on the hose :D

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