Our dogs and cats are members of the family, but many of them do something that human relatives don’t—shed hair and fur. Now, the easiest way to deal with this in my humble opinion is to get it right the first time - and get a poodle or another type of dog that doesn't shed! But if you already have a pet whom you love then you have to find a way to deal with the hair and fur!
That can be an issue during the holidays when you have guests visiting or when you are selling a home. Potential buyers will be turned off at the sight of animal hair on your carpets and furniture. Even worse, they may run from the house with irritated or streaming eyes. You might even hear the sneezes as they get into the cars and slam the doors shut! However, it doesn't have to be like that. You want your buyers to linger and check out the house, rather than check it off the list! With a little work, you can keep your home clear of your furry friend’s hair during open houses and visits to your for-sale home.
Brush Away Your Problems:
The first thing to do is to get the fur or hair into a brush rather than on your sofa or a guest! For many dogs and cats, regular brushing can seriously reduce the amount of hair and fur they shed. Take twenty minutes each evening from your busy schedule to spend with your canine and kitty companions and brush them. Make it a time for bonding and pet their heads and scratch their tummies while brushing. You will feel better for that time spent with your loving companion!
Buy De-Shedding Gear:
There are a multitude of products that are designed to de-shed dogs and cats. These include tools, gloves that supposedly mimic the sensation of being petted, tiny rake-like items, and sweaters that contain hair and fur.
Clean on a Regular Basis:
Take some time each day to sweep and vacuum away hair and fur. It may sound like a lot, but if you take a few minutes each day, you’ll be prepared for last-minute visits - which always come at the most inconvenient times. Vacuum furniture as well and do a particularly thorough job before open houses. You want buyers to take the time to sit down and enjoy the ambience of your home.
Get A Professional Groomer
Professional groomers not only can help with shedding, but they’ll also have your dog looking great and smelling nice. While you don't want to have your pets around the house while you are showing it for sale, you may want to show your pet off to your holiday visitors! A pet groomer can also take care of nail clipping and tooth brushing to eliminate stinky breath. Do your research and make sure you find a good groomer. Check reviews on sites like Yelp or ask for recommendations on social media pages devoted to your community. I love the mobile groomer, Bark in Style, in the DC metro area!
Give Your Pet a Getaway:
If your dog really sheds a lot, consider having it spend a few days at a pet daycare or resort. You may have a place you use for vacations, and if your pooch likes it there, let him or her spend some time playing with other dogs. Or, if you have a friend or relative your pet enjoys staying with, have them spend some time there. This is an especially good option for days leading up to an open house.
An abundance of pet fur can be a problem, but it’s one that can be solved.