Does Brushing Increase Shedding in Dogs?

by Rob Hainer
    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.

    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

    Rob Hainer began writing and editing for newspapers in 1992. He began his career as a photojournalist in the Army, and studied journalism at the University of Missouri. He worked as a copy editor and reporter at "The Marietta Daily Journal," the "Spartanburg Herald-Journal" and the "New Haven Register."

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