How to put a Stop to your Pug's Shedding

I admit, shedding is one of the "not so nice" things related to us, pugs. Therefore, I spent plenty of time thinking while taking a nap, to find out solutions for this trouble we cause. And the solution was right under my nose within the pages of Urban Pug...

"So, how do you keep your pug from shedding? Well, I have a couple techniques. The first and foremost is my vacuum. This is what is meant by “containment.” I now have a dyson 14 animal vacuum, which i highly recommend. The next step after that is to brush frequently. If you can get the hair off in a controlled manner, you’re more likely to get it in the trash can, rather than on your floor or clothes.

I use a furminator along with the standard wire brushes you find in stores. The furminator essentially is a fine tooth comb combined with prongs that cut or pull the hair
out. It does a very good job at gripping and thinning hair. However, It’s still not enough.

Pugs shed A LOT, especially after a bath.

So, Tricia and I just had to make a bunch of returns to Bed, Bath, and Beyond, and one of the things we picked up was a barber’s hair
shaving kit
. I just shaved Gizmo and Gadget to 1/8 inch of hair, and, well, it’s kind of a butcher job (Gizmo hates the look, but he didn’t mind getting shaved).

I’ll have pictures up in the next day or so, but, well, i’m not a professional, and they look kinda bad. However, what’s left is most of
their undercoat, and they’re a LOT cooler, especially in the New Orleans summertime heat. Gadget’s already starting to get way overheated, and we thought that a good way to combat the heat was to get rid of some of the extra hair.

So far, the shedding has been lessened — what sheds is shorter hair, and there’s less of it. We’ll see what happens when there are baths and
more time has passed, but I think this is going to be really good for them, once their “bad haircut” grows out a little bit and later when I get better at trimming them."

And it seems that black pugs shed less than fawn pugs. Now I see why most of my friends are black pugs.

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Comment by Karen Pug Mommy on February 18, 2013 at 7:31am

One of my friends is a dog groomer and she suggests wet brushing them with one of those wire brushes (not the furminator.  I have a black pug with a double coat and her shedding is out of control usually.  I also have a dyson I use daily and I think I am going to try shaving the two that shed the most when it gets warmer outside. 

Comment by Sally Antczak on February 18, 2013 at 6:47am

I was told by Pug Rescue (that is where we got Stan) that we shouldn't shave our pugs, especially in the summer because they can get sunburned, we live in Arizona.  Kugel has the double coat and even after getting groomed he still sheds like crazy.  When we first got our first pug, my husband said that they only shed once a year, he forgot to tell me it was all year. 

Comment by Pugman! on February 12, 2010 at 12:07pm
I use the do-it-yourself car wash places, those vacuums really have some suction to them! I have only had to get the attendant to unlock it once, so I could get one of the pugs out of the holding tank when she got sucked into it. Come to think of it, maybe that's what's wrong with Malia.
Comment by Pugnacious on February 12, 2010 at 9:28am
Hi Twirly,I think its great that you may have foun something that works for you that reduces shedding.Did you continue to shave each summer?And yes my black pug sheds a lot less than my fawn..:) As i live in Wa state i wouldnt need to shave for the heat,lol. But what is the dog vacum you mentioned?Is it loud? Im not sure my girls would let me vacum them if it is..And where do you buy it? Ive been feeding grain free food for about a month an have seen a little less shedding, not much but enough to notice..
Comment by Helena Brown on December 8, 2009 at 8:20am
Personally if you can't stand the hair, is the Pug the dog for you? We are just readjusting to having everything covered in fawn hair, my Husband has been heard to comment that he has new shirts in the wardrobe still in their wrappings which will have hair on them. I met a lady here in Scotland who had her dog shaved in the summer to keep her cool, but I just did not like the look. Hektor is just a hairy baby and I like him like that.

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