Hair everywhere....

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AnnieJ1985 Mon 11-Jan-21 16:52:04

Sticking this in chat as it is less to do with my dog, and more to do with my failures at house keeping.

We have our dog a couple of months now, she is a rescue, no idea of breed (she is a weird mix of things) but she is golden and the trail of hair is never ending.

We do brush her when she lets us (she'll tolerate it in short bursts), and while she doesn't have a lot coming off in the brush the house is covered. And our clothes are covered.

We have put blankets on the couch/chairs, so we are washing them regularly. We mainly sweep the floors, but I think we will need to hoover more (all hard floors apart from stairs/landing) and possibly get a better hoover.

The main issue is on our clothes, nothing seems to shift it. They are hairy going into the wash, coming out of the dryer (although that filters out some of it) and by time we've put them on us again the hair seems to just appear out of nowhere.

Apart from the fact I need to hoover more (I am a lazy lump by nature) are there any wonderful products/gizmos we need to get this to a manageable level? Is there anything I can add into the machine to catch it? Is it destroying the innards of my machine in the meantime? Are there marvellous clothes rollers that will suck it all away from my cardigans?

I expected some hair, but every time I leave the house I see loads of it on my trousers despite using a clothes brush and lint roller. Lots of my friends and colleagues have dogs, and I never see them covered in hair the way I seem to be.

Lockdown has helped, in so much as I am going nowhere apart from Tesco, but I will have to return to the office at some point!

Wouldn't change her for the world, but she is a sheddy fucker.

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haba Mon 11-Jan-21 16:55:25

I don't know the answer, but with three people with waist length hair in this house, I feel your pain!
I do hope someone knows the answer!

AnnieJ1985 Tue 12-Jan-21 08:01:24

Hopeful bump

🐶

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LemonLemonLemon Tue 12-Jan-21 08:49:18

I have a GSD. We don’t allow her on the furniture, brush her regularly and hoover daily,
Before going out you can use a lint roller and a tumble drier will get off most of the fur that didn’t come off in the wash

NonagonInfinityOpensTheDoor Tue 12-Jan-21 09:18:55

I'd been looking at things to put in the wash to catch the hair on Amazon, but they all had pretty naff ratings. I don't buy lint rollers as they're so wasteful all those plastic sticky sheets. We did buy one of the ones that condenses the hair into a compartment but so far only used it on the blankets / furniture which has actually worked really well. Not tried it on clothes.

MoltenLasagne Tue 12-Jan-21 09:22:09

www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07N387T17/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awdb_imm_t1_ONw.FbTJ7B7A3?psc=1&_encoding=UTF8&tag=mumsnetforu03-21

We've got one of these for our long hair cats. Very effective, I just need to remember to use it on my clothes before they go in the wash basket.

haba Tue 12-Jan-21 09:43:52

See, Annie, you needed a dog picture to lure posters in!

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BlueJag Tue 12-Jan-21 09:46:14

They are gloves to remove pet hair. Worth a try.

Feawen Tue 12-Jan-21 10:11:19

Some tips - my partner is allergic to dog hair, but loves dogs, and we often dog sit for his parents. So we are used to keeping control of the hair situation by necessity.

Rubber gloves and rubber brushes are good for getting hair off fabric - clothes, furniture, carpets, etc.

Hoover lots. In our house this is dp’s job.

Dog is either not allowed on the sofa, or is allowed by invitation only, and sits on her sofa blanket. Humans may snuggle the dog if suitably dressed. Humans do not sit on the dog’s blanket!

Work clothes are kept separate from lounge clothes - eg, never wear your work trousers to sit on the sofa, play with the dog, etc, go straight to your room and change into something you don’t mind getting a bit hairy. Wash those clothes separately if at all possible. Work out which clothes attract hair no matter what you do and accept you’ll never wear them again grin. So long, black cotton dress sad. And which don’t seem to get so hairy (hint: always your least-favourite).

Bedroom is a dog-free zone, and that’s where you change in and out of smart clothes.

AnnieJ1985 Tue 12-Jan-21 11:33:11

the guilty party

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AnnieJ1985 Tue 12-Jan-21 11:39:34

We will need to be stricter with ourselves I think, she currently gets away with sitting on couch on the blanket we also sit on - then whole thing goes into the wash. So I really need an extra layer for her, on top of the human blanket. She is super cuddly though so more often than not we let her up beside us. I suppose at the moment because we aren't going anywhere, we're not being too careful re our clothes. It just seems to float around the whole house - regardless of her being in the room or not.

It is the white hair on black/navy that looks so bad - and of course most of our clothes are darker. I would not suit head-to-toe beige.

Thanks for the tips so far everyone, and I'll take a look at that gizmo you linked @MoltenLasagne

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haba Tue 12-Jan-21 11:52:22

What a lovely girl she is! I see how it would be difficult to cut down on cuddles and snuggles. You're just going to have to be hairy for the foreseeable...

Champagneforeveryone Tue 12-Jan-21 11:53:23

I'm an expert on this <glares at DDogs>

Regular grooming with a Furminator. Also regular trips to the groomers for the hairy ones.

Blankets / throws on furniture and no dogs allowed up. DDog3 did not get this memo so has an end of the sofa with her own blanket where she is supposed to stay hmm

Regular hoovering. We now have a robo-vac which I can set off as many times a day as necessary. In truth this is the single biggest thing I've found that helps.

haba Tue 12-Jan-21 11:53:59

@Feawen Humans do not sit on the dog’s blanket!
This made me chuckle!

PainterInPeril Tue 12-Jan-21 11:54:29

She's gorgeous! I have no solutions sorry, just admiring your beautiful girl! grin

AnnieJ1985 Tue 12-Jan-21 12:06:17

Preens she is lovely mostly

She was booked into be groomed twice, and then new lockdowns came in here and it got cancelled, twice. She definitely needs a trim all over, we're all looking a bit, ahem, wild in this house at the moment. Thank god for winter wooly hats and no social life.

Actually, while I have you - her nails need trimming. I bought dog nail clippers but I am afraid to use them and she obviously knows what it is, because she legged it as soon as she saw it. So I have a feeling we would fall out big time if I insisted on it. Plus I am squeamish about doing it... on balance, do you think it is awful cruel that we haven't clipped them, as in, is it hurting her to have them long (she seems fine)? Apart from the annoying skidding across the floor at times, and the bruises I've got where she has hopped up on my lap, she doesn't seem too bothered by them. I'd much rather the groomer did them, but will give it a go if we need to.

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MoreMorelos Tue 12-Jan-21 12:06:30

MoltenLasagne

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07N387T17/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awdb_imm_t1_ONw.FbTJ7B7A3?psc=1&_encoding=UTF8&tag=mumsnetforu03-21

We've got one of these for our long hair cats. Very effective, I just need to remember to use it on my clothes before they go in the wash basket.


I have GSDs and have a couple of these they're brilliant. Also really good on the carpets/upholstery too (not the one I use on my clothes 😉)

MoreMorelos Tue 12-Jan-21 12:09:51

AnnieJ1985

*Preens* she is lovely mostly

She was booked into be groomed twice, and then new lockdowns came in here and it got cancelled, twice. She definitely needs a trim all over, we're all looking a bit, ahem, wild in this house at the moment. Thank god for winter wooly hats and no social life.

Actually, while I have you - her nails need trimming. I bought dog nail clippers but I am afraid to use them and she obviously knows what it is, because she legged it as soon as she saw it. So I have a feeling we would fall out big time if I insisted on it. Plus I am squeamish about doing it... on balance, do you think it is awful cruel that we haven't clipped them, as in, is it hurting her to have them long (she seems fine)? Apart from the annoying skidding across the floor at times, and the bruises I've got where she has hopped up on my lap, she doesn't seem too bothered by them. I'd much rather the groomer did them, but will give it a go if we need to.


Lots of walks on pavements/roads should keep her claws down. To some extent to just need to embrace the hairiness of dog ownership, regularly brushing and hovering the house obviously helps but there will always be hair.

AnnieJ1985 Tue 12-Jan-21 12:12:28

She is walked on tarmac/pavement in the park daily, so that's good to know. Thanks!

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spiderlight Tue 12-Jan-21 12:15:22

Oh, she's gorgeous!! What are you brushing her with? Depending on her coat, she might need either a Furminator or a slicker type brush. We have a very woolly cocker spaniel - we can brush him with a normal bristle brush and practically nothing comes off, but one stroke through with a slicker brings off a handful of dead floof. Our groomer also recommends a comb with an elastic band threaded through the teeth to remove dead hair. Our old dog had quite a wiry coat and a Zoom Groom brush worked well with him, but it doesn't get anything off our cocker.

Feawen Tue 12-Jan-21 12:23:13

haba

*@Feawen* Humans do not sit on the dog’s blanket!
This made me chuckle!

grin

She’s gorgeous, op.

AnnieJ1985 Tue 12-Jan-21 12:26:07

spiderlight

Oh, she's gorgeous!! What are you brushing her with? Depending on her coat, she might need either a Furminator or a slicker type brush. We have a very woolly cocker spaniel - we can brush him with a normal bristle brush and practically nothing comes off, but one stroke through with a slicker brings off a handful of dead floof. Our groomer also recommends a comb with an elastic band threaded through the teeth to remove dead hair. Our old dog had quite a wiry coat and a Zoom Groom brush worked well with him, but it doesn't get anything off our cocker.

We have a slicker type (had to google it!) and a glove thing. I will look at the Furminator though, as neither of the existing options take much off her - they might not be going deep enough, if that makes sense.

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Muminabun Tue 12-Jan-21 13:00:10

Op she is gorgeous. She may be a seasonal shedder in which case You may gEt this a couple of times a year for a few weeks. Washing’s great at getting rid of fur soo give her a shower and perhaps invest in a eufy

magicstar1 Tue 12-Jan-21 13:15:43

She's lovely! We got a rescue GSD in August, and I'd forgotten how much they shed. The first few weeks were like a wild west town with all the tumbleweeds in the house. I can recommend a few things.
A furminator will take off a lot more hair...especially if she's double coated. That will help at the source.
A rubber sweeping brush like they use in the hairdressers is a godsend. On wooden or tiled floors it gets every bit of hair.
Get one of these: Hair Roller. It collects all the hair from your furniture and collects it in the handle. I was amazed at how well it works. I also use it on her bed to keep the hair level down in it.
A sticky lint roller is great for your clothes when you're leaving the house.
You can also get a product that dissolves pet hair in the wash. Throw it in the machine when washing her bedding.
Best of luck with her

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