Guide for Managing Dog Shedding

Our fluffy companions are more than just pets—they're our closest allies, snuggle buddies, entertaining jesters, and vigilant guardians. They can also be our leading donators to an accessory only dog owners, especially single and double-coated dog owners, have to cope with: SHEDDING. 

If you're struggling to keep more hair out of the house than in, this guide aims to help you make your life tidier and more enjoyable. 

Essential At-Home Care Routine : 

An effective at-home care routine can be an absolute game changer. Many owners of shedding breeds think they don’t require any upkeep, which couldn’t be further from the truth. Even smooth-coated breeds like Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Smooth Fox Terriers, Dachshunds, and Chihuahuas can be heavy shedders! For example, my car still has hair from my beautiful rescue Am Staff, Mango, woven into the fabric of its seats. 

Must-Have Tools for Shedding 

Regardless of whether you are working on a single or double coat, having the right tools is essential to keep your dog clean and healthy. Here are some recommended tools and their uses: 

Rubber Mitts: Ideal for both wet and dry coats, these brushes help massage, grip, and remove any loose, dead coat. They also aid in scrubbing shampoo and conditioner through the coat, ensuring that dead hair is effectively rinsed out. 

For short Coats: 

Regular De-Shedding Services: If you take your dog to the salon, ask your groomer about their de-shedding services. Some salons may charge extra, but a bath and brush out without de-shedding services won’t be enough to prevent shedding at home. 

For Thick Coats: 

Rakes, Pin Brushes, and Slicker Brushes: Essential for removing dead undercoat and preventing matting. 

Conditioning Sprays and Rakes: Tools like the Artero Mix Conditioning Spray and Artero Rex rake can make a significant difference. The rake, with its smooth tips and comfortable handle, is especially effective in safely removing a lot of loose coat. 

Bathing Tips for Thick-Coated Breeds : 

Breeds like Huskies, Malamutes, Samoyeds, German Shepherds, and Australian Shepherds can turn your furniture into a felt work of art. Bathing these breeds at home can be challenging, so regular professional grooming is recommended. Here are some tips for at-home care: 

Rubber Mitts: Use longer pins for thicker coats during baths to remove dead hair. 
Conditioning Spray and Pin Brush: On a dry coat, these tools help remove loose undercoat. 
Artero Vitalizante Shampoo and Artero Protein Conditioner: These products help lift the coat and remove dead hair effectively. 
Towel Drying and Force Dryers: Use an ultra-absorbent towel followed by a force dryer for best results. Finish with a handheld dryer with heat, a Conditioning Spray, Rake, and Comb. 


Proper coat care is one of the most basic ways we can reciprocate the love and companionship our dogs provide. Whether you’re managing shedding at home or with the help of a professional groomer, using the right tools and techniques will ensure a cleaner home and a healthier, happier pup. 

I hope this guide is helpful for those looking to learn more about how to properly care for their dog’s coat at home or in the salon. Remember, with dogs being man’s best friend and all, coat care is just one of the many ways we can return the favor. 

And if you want to learn the correct way to brush your dog, make sure to check the tutorials from the best professionals at ARTERO TV

Devin Fitzgerald

Artero International Ambassador