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Hi everyone,

I have owned my gsd since he was a pup. We live in a small home all one level and we also own a great dane.

I have been on maternity leave now for about 8 weeks with my new baby. Ever since my baby was born, I really am having a hard time dealing with all the dog fur all over the place all the time. I love my dogs but between my shepherds never ending shedding and my dane's sloppy drooly lips, I feel like I've been tarred and feathered daily. I am just overwhelmed with the dogs and baby as Im a first time mom and wanted a place to vent and possibly find an AMAZING fur removing product. So far, I vacuum daily or almost daily and use the sticky tape rolls and I bought that fabric sweeper thing to remove fur from upholstery and things. Nothing is working that well. I brush him too.
Does anyone have any recommendations and or tips- whats your cleaning strategy to ensure your home isn't covered in fur. I feel bad when visitors come over and get covered... Also, how do I keep my dogs and the baby? I'd never rehome my dogs but just need to figure things out I guess....
Any advice would be great.
 

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All the good things people will say about using a furminator on the dog is true. I have been amazed at how much cleaner my house is.
 

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If you don't furminate already, start. It will help a bit, but really there's no way to have a fur-free home when you have GSD's.
 

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When our baby was born a year and a half ago, I went completely OCD. I stopped allowing the cats and the dog in my bedroom and always had to lay a fresh, clean, hair-free blanket down on the floor for tummy time. Frankly, I had to get over it. I could never win the battle of the hair. My advice is to do the best you can! Brush daily and vacuum when you can.

Congratulations on your little one!
 

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When our baby was born a year and a half ago, I went completely OCD. I stopped allowing the cats and the dog in my bedroom and always had to lay a fresh, clean, hair-free blanket down on the floor for tummy time. Frankly, I had to get over it. I could never win the battle of the hair. My advice is to do the best you can! Brush daily and vacuum when you can.

Congratulations on your little one!
Ya know, the hair NEVER bothered me before but now with an infant, it seems like I've become borderline insane about it. I ask myself how in the world this fur never bothered me before...I'm that one that lays a nonfurry blanket down for tummy time but what concerns me even more is that when the baby starts crawling...omg I might lose it.
My poor dogs are in a state of shock as they are used to being #1 and now baby takes so much of my time I barely have time to look at them right now :( So, they have decided to get my attention in other ways-my dane took to eating dog poop-I'm freaking out at her poopy lips, they have found a way to break out of my 1.5 acre fenced in yard, and various other behaviors....this winter hasnt been kind up here in new england, forcing us to stay in alot...between the cold weather and tons of snow...
 

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Congrats on the new baby!

I know exactly how you feel, I was the same way when my one and only was born 2 years ago. At the end of the day, I just had to relax about the fur. At the time, I had a GSD and 2 cats.

First off, what are you feeding your puppy? If you're feeding kibble, consider feeding high quality kibble and maybe add some vitamins. I fed my dog BARF + Vit E/Salmon Oil, it helps their coat a lot. I threw away a lot of stuff for my dog when he passed and I can't remember the other supplements I gave him.

Ditto on furminator. I have 3 essentials when grooming all of them. Furminator, zoom groom and the slicker brush.
 

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I am collecting all of Chance's fur and putting it in a bag.

When I get enough I am going to make a down comforter. So, I am guessing by how much I have accumulated just in a week's time from the floor and his daily brushings, I should be able to make a California King size by early next week. :laugh:
 

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Dark sunglasses worn 24/7 helps too!
 

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First off, what are you feeding your puppy? If you're feeding kibble, consider feeding high quality kibble and maybe add some vitamins. I fed my dog BARF + Vit E/Salmon Oil, it helps their coat a lot.
This. I feed raw diet usually. For a while I didn't have any freezer access, and started feeding mostly kibble plus not as high quality as I would have liked (for me feeding raw is much cheaper than high quality kibble so I couldn't afford it.) And holy fricken cow. I don't think I'd ever seen so much hair come off Tessa, it was easily 5x as much shedding as on raw! Thankfully its gone way back down now.

So depending on what you're feeding, if you upgrade it could make a world of difference!
 

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I have heard it said that a too clean home actually causes more allergies for children than a home that has animals in it. I had to let things go and realize that the kids will be ok and to enjoy the here and now. Stressing will only cause all to be unhappy. Congrats on the baby and the hormones definitely make things seem not normal for awhile. ;)
 

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Thank you! I guess the hormones are really taking over! I feed EVO and fed raw once upon a time but it became too much and didn't fit into our lifestyle.

I just have to get over it... I will, eventually.
 

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Hmm, I have to agree with what Lin said. Shadow doesn't shed that much at all. She was getting fed raw and high quality dry food. I now boil all her meat, (only because it's summer here and I'm paranoid that it will spoil faster raw) Still though we get hardly any shedding. I also have to add, I have a pom x, a ****zu and a Maltese as well as Shadow our GSD, every one gets fed the same. Not very much hair floating around here.
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Congrats on bubby, you have your hands full.
 
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