How do I stop my Blue Heeler from shedding?

Answered by John Hunt

To stop your Blue Heeler from shedding, there are a few steps you can take. First, regular brushing is key. This will help remove loose fur and prevent it from ending up all over your furniture and clothes. I personally use a slicker brush for my Blue Heeler, as it is effective at removing dead hair from the undercoat.

When brushing, be sure to go against the grain of the fur to reach the undercoat. This is where most of the loose hair is located. I typically start at the head and work my way back, paying extra attention to areas such as the tail, chest, and hindquarters.

Another important factor to consider is your Blue Heeler’s diet. Providing a high-quality, balanced diet can help keep their coat healthy and reduce shedding. Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish oil, can also be beneficial for their skin and coat health. I personally add a fish oil supplement to my dog’s food, following the recommended dosage for his weight.

Regular grooming appointments can also help manage shedding. A professional groomer can give your Blue Heeler a thorough brushing and use tools such as a deshedding rake or high-velocity dryer to remove excess fur. I find that scheduling a grooming appointment every few months helps keep shedding under control.

Bathing your Blue Heeler is another highly effective method of removing loose fur from their coat. While you won’t need to bathe them too often, it’s a great idea during coat blowing seasons. The ASPCA recommends giving your Blue Heeler a bath at least once every three months. I personally use a gentle, hypoallergenic shampoo to avoid any irritation.

During the bath, be sure to thoroughly massage the shampoo into their coat, working from head to tail. This will help remove any loose fur and leave their coat clean and shiny. After rinsing, I use a slicker brush to remove any remaining loose hair.

In addition to these steps, it’s important to keep your home clean and free of fur. Regular vacuuming, using a pet hair roller or lint brush on furniture, and washing bedding regularly can all help minimize shedding around the house. I find that having designated “dog blankets” on furniture can also help contain the fur and make cleanup easier.

Managing shedding in a Blue Heeler requires a combination of regular brushing, proper nutrition, grooming appointments, and occasional baths. By following these steps, you can help keep your Blue Heeler’s shedding under control and maintain a clean and fur-free home.