Does Brushing Increase Shedding in Dogs?

by Rob Harris
    Brushing your dog removes hair before it hits your floor.

    Brushing your dog removes hair before it hits your floor.

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    When your dog is a heavy shedder, it might seem like a constant chore to keep your floors, furniture and person free of dog hair. Brushing your dog doesn't encourage shedding; instead, it removes dead hairs to keep them from scattering throughout your home.

    Helping With Shedding Problems

    Some dog shed heavily twice a year, others lose hair consistently all year, but less of it. The amount your dog sheds depends on his breed and hair type, although medical issues can play a factor. If you think your dog is shedding more than normal, see your vet. For healthy dogs, brushing is one way to capture the hair before it makes a mess in your home. It doesn't make your dog shed more, even if it looks like an unending supply of hair collects in the brush. The brush pulls out the loose hairs before they falls out on their own, but it doesn't remove hair that's not ready to come out.

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    About the Author

    While studying journalism in the Army and at the University of Missouri, Rob Harris developed a lifelong love of physical fitness and nutrition, contributing often to a dairy industry newsletter. He has also worked with and created blogs for several family businesses including a professional dog kennel and a flower shop, where he used his experience as an avid gardener to grow plants for sale.