I was wondering if there are any other ocd dog lovers like me- the ones who love the dogs but hate all the loose fur? I like keeping a non-furry house, so I'm constantly trying to figure out ways to minimize fur accumulation.
My dog's a Shiba Inu, and I was wondering what tools other Shiba or breeds with Shiba-like coats owners use for general grooming? I use the Shed-Stop formula in conjunction with a 3-day weekly (sometimes daily if I'm not feeling lazy) brushing. The Shed-Stop formula helps but is definitely not a cure-all. I use the rubber Kong brush because all the fur sticks to it and the dog doesn't mind it as much as the slicker brush. I haven't tried an undercoat rake or a shedding blade.. do they work?
And also, has anyone tried the Furminator? The website has a Shiba on it so I'm assuming it works; is it worth it?
About food- is it normal for puppies to be pooping 4-5 times a day? I've read somewhere it has something to do with the food. What kinds of food does your dog eat? (My dog eats the Pedigree puppy food)
Also, my Shiba smells. Not terrible, as Shibas are known to have "little or no doggy odor" but there is definitely a slight wet-dog smell going that is sort of off-putting. So I was wondering if that had anything to do with the food he's eating now.
no 4-5 times is too much, which is agood indication you are feeding him to much. pedigree is horrible kibble, i do not feed commercial dog food, i make my own RAW diet for my dogs. as for kibbles there are better brands some of the other members research kibble quite a bit and can give you more idea. as for shedding i have three dogs and did have a husky living with us, so 4 not to long ago. brushing helps. vacuuming daily is a must here. and i am not a fan of carpet with pets. so hardwood floors are nice. getting your dog on a better diet would help also.
Thanks. But I know I definitely don't feed him too much... hell, if anything, i'd say I wasn't feeding him enough. He's 4 month's old, so we try to give him about 1.5 cups of food a day 2x a day, but the number of times that he's going potty are way too much for that much food he's eating. Mind you, I said number of times he's defecating, not the amount.
***Edited By: ntki on 9/25/2005 7:04:02 AM*** Reason: *
You probably want to change his food to something denser. What are you feeding?
And 1.5 cups 2 times a day = 3 cups which is 1 cup more hten my 85lb German Shepherd consumes a day and hes out running the forest constantly. Its all about what you feed. He is also low shed and I never brush him.
Undercoat rakes are good. Slicker brushes are okay but more of a polishing brush. The rubber brushes get hair but not in copacious amounts. You need a short toothed undercoat rake to work the undercoat out.
After years of trying, I stick to olive oil for when I want to reduice shedding. Interstingly, the main shedder in my household is the rottie. Not the GSD and deffently not the afghans.
The one sure undercoat removal is bathing the dog and useing a high powered Blow dryer, and blow the coat dry, blowing the hair from the skin out backwards. This blows all the undercoat out. (There are some good shampoos out there for coat blowers) It should be done outside cause hair will fly out. The coat has to be completely dried.(It could take an hour, but would last longer) Its a high powered blow dryer that groomers use. Otherwise, push the hair forward with your hand and comb from the skin out, combing out the chunk of hair your holding. Do one area at a time.
ntki - Pedigree is a really low grade food. It's cheap/affordable (or appears so) but what the company doesn't want you to know is that you are feeding your dog close to DOUBLE what you would feed of a premium food. WHY? Because Pedigree is full of "fillers" that have no nutritional value to your dog - they are just waste products that cause them to have more stools.
Look at feeding a high quality food. A lot of folks here can recommend a few. I prefer Eagle Pack. I actually just switched to it from Science Diet a couple of months ago and I've been just thrilled with it. My dogs have nicer coats, shed less (partially due to the fact that Eagle Pack has Omega Fatty Acid supplements in the food that promote healthy coat/skin, which means less shedding), have cleaner teeth, and I'm having a MUCH easier time maintaining their weights. Eagle Pack has an outstanding Holistic line that is really great (corn free, all natural, and it has supplements for skin/coat, digestion, joint health, ect...). The Holistic Chicken/Rice formula is great for puppies.
Keep in mind that with a food like Eagle Pack (or Wellness, Innova, ect...) you may pay double, but you feed half as much. So realistically you're spending the same amount of money for a food that is MUCH better for your dog. You have to switch slowly because the higher grade foods are richer and more concentrated in nutrients so they often cause loose stools. Eagle Pack does make something called "Holistic Transition" which is a powder that you sprinkle over the food for the first week and it basically elliminates transition loose stools.
Shedding and odor are actually probably linked to the food. We used to feed Iams a couple of years ago before I really started looking into foods and I'll straight up tell you that my dogs shed about half as much on the Eagle Pack and I think they smell better. More stools usually also means more gas too.
I also use a Shampoo/Conditioner made by Lambert Kay called Fresh n' Clean. It's great. The smell of the shampoo/cond. sticks around for 2-3 weeks and it smells great.
Neutering also reduces shedding - especially in double coated breeds.
I totally agree that Pedigree is a horrible dog food containing by-products. Pedigree caused my chocolate lab puppy to get severe diarrhea when I first got her in mid-May. At the time, I was not knowledgeable about dog foods. I followed her breeder's feeding schedule. Well, I knew right away that Hershey needed to change to a better dog food. That's when I put her on Nutro and all has been well ever since. Hershey currently eats Wellness Super5Mix Chicken, Wellness Fish & Sweet Potato, and Nutro Ultra Puppy. It's possible that she will someday be on either Wellness or Nutro Ultra only.
Not all dogs do well on certain foods. It might take several tries before you find the perfect food for your pup. Just like everyone else has said here, with high premium foods, your pup will require less of it and still get the daily requirements. That's because the high end foods have more nutritious ingredients. On a high end food, more of the nutritious ingredients will be absorbed. There should also be less stools and odor. At least that is what I've heard. The extra cost for a good food is well worth it and will last you longer than a low end food.
I give my chocolate lab a softgel supplement of Flax, Fish, & Borage Oils every other day. Her coat and skin look so healthy. The fur feels so nice and soft with a glistening shine. She no longer has dog odor or dandruff. I haven't had to bathe her since July. Also. I'm convinced that since she's been getting this supplement that it has helped tremendously to cut down on shedding.
Regarding the pooping, I was told by my vet that if my Boston is pooping more than 2 - 3 times a day it's too much. She said the problem is if they're going too much that the food is going through them too quickly and their not absorbing enough of the nutrition from it. She suggested changing dog foods. Currently he's on Nutra which is OK but we'll be changing him over to Innova throughout this month. Good Luck!