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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-30-2013, 02:14 PM Thread Starter
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Incredible Amount of Hair

I am a first time GSD owner (now 2 year old female). I love her to death. However, she sheds an incredible amount of hair. We could sweep and vacuum our home daily and not keep up. Is this normal? I can't believe people live like this. Is there some grooming secret to mitigate this issue? It is almost to the point my wife is willing to adopt her to a new home this hair issue is so bad, it's as if we're captive to it. Thanks for any help!
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-30-2013, 02:26 PM
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use a furminator and feed higher quality food
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It is normal. It's not fun but it's normal.

I have to comb and brush Lisl every day to keep from having to sweep and vac cume every day.

I woulx much rather spend time with Lisl than my Eureka dog hair sucker.

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I have 3, hair is part of the food group at my house

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It is why they are also known as German Shedders

Daily brushing is what works best. 2 or 3 times a week, I'll do a deep brushing, usually when I'm watching a movie. When I have the vacuum out, I'll go over Woolf with the pet hair attachment - kinda strange since it warns not to use on pets, works great with no damage to his coat.

As for the home, the best thing I have found for the hair that finds it's way to the oddest places is microfiber cloths.
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use a furminator and feed higher quality food
I second the furminator (and the quality of food).

I've read that dogs kept mostly indoors shed continuously but outdoor indoor dogs usually shed 2x a year and maybe it's just that time of year right now for your GSD. My husky blows his coat like mad 2x a year, after which the furball storm subsides and it is calm again...

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I'm just flabbergasted that someone could even consider re-homing a 2 year old dog because of shedding. Can't imagine waking up without her looking me in the face, and being able to reach down at night and know she's always by my side. Running the vacuum is a twice daily regular chore here, it is what it is..
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Raw diet, Feedsentials and a good vacuum. Chris Christensen pin brush.
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I couldn't imagine getting rid of my dogs because of them shedding (especially knowing they are shedding breeds before I got them) . And my older dog shed a lot. I'm always finding his hair somewhere. Luckily he's a long haired mixed breed so his hair sheds in clumps most of the time and makes it easier. I just vacuum often and use those dry swifter cloths on the tables in between dusting.

I brush him often and get him groomed with petsmarts furminator option. It seems to help. Also the food is important! When he was on Iams he shed so much worse. He's on Merrick now and it's made a huge difference and his coat is shiny now.
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Someone didn't do their homework.

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