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BeBe
15th June 2012, 06:39 PM
Ok so BB is now almost 9 months old, I NOW see what people meant by they shed. Her first 9 months I felt like "hey, this is not so bad, I can keep up with this..." now that the hair is getting longer I have bought a new dysons upright animal vacuum cleaner but is there anything to help keep the couch cleaned up from hair? It is a bit much getting the upright out every night and cleaning up the couch but if I do not then I am looking like a hairball!

Thanks for any help!

MadeleineSarah
15th June 2012, 06:59 PM
Try handstripping her. If you keep her coat groomed out she will shed less.
I use either my fingers or a comb with an elastic band woven into the teeth.

I have to admit Oliver has quite a fine coat, so someone with a heavier coated Cavalier might be better placed to give advice. lol

Good luck :)
M&O x

Brian M
15th June 2012, 08:36 PM
Hi

We have four girls and keep them all in full coat and our saviour is the hand held Dyson Animal DC34 for ease around the house.

http://www.dyson.co.uk/Vacuumcleaners/Handhelds/DC34/DC34-Animal.aspx

MomObvious
15th June 2012, 08:54 PM
Oh my goodness this is what I'm in for...:yikes:v*cuum:


Its ok anything Fletcher does I love him anyway..but I do not regret getting a dark brown sofa just last summer now. Oh well! I used to have beagles man do they shed :)

Melissa

Karlin
15th June 2012, 09:18 PM
Regular/daily brushing will help with hair.

I too am a HUGE fan of that handheld Dyson Animal -- a charge lasts for ages longer than other handhelds; I can do my entire stairs with it! So much handier for sofas etc too rather than getting out the whole vacuum.

Some individual cavaliers she d a LOT more than others...

But she is around the age that they often 'blow' their puppy coat and also as the weather is warm, she may just be shedding her winter coat -- so it may not be a permanent level of shedding.

BeBe
15th June 2012, 09:41 PM
Whew - Karlin you may have made my day! It has just gotten "summer" warm here in the Carolinas and I was unaware that she could be losing her puppy coat - that may explain things. Thanks to you and Brian for the handheld suggestion - I am off to buy the Dyson handheld you both recommend.

BeBe
15th June 2012, 11:03 PM
Do any of you use the FURminator on your Cavaliers? Thoughts? Does it work or would you steer clear?

dandelos
15th June 2012, 11:44 PM
Haha we have hardwood floors so we occasionally have a ball of hair just roll by...it's hilarious. Or sometimes we find a TON of accumulated hair in some nook or cranny.

1) Brush your dog regularly to get rid of dead/loose hair. Bebe -- we use the furminator and have not seen any negative effects.

2) We used to have one of those sticky roller things to pick Skippy's hair off our clothes but it got tiring buying replacements, so I bought several of these -- http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000QRFNGS/ref=oh_details_o06_s00_i00
Have one in each of our cars and a couple spread out throughout the house.

DZee
15th June 2012, 11:53 PM
Do any of you use the FURminator on your Cavaliers? Thoughts? Does it work or would you steer clear?
We use it and like it. ( Usually use it on the deck outside) Wrigley likes it too..and it works well for him.

Sydneys Mom
16th June 2012, 02:12 AM
Haha we have hardwood floors so we occasionally have a ball of hair just roll by...it's hilarious. Or sometimes we find a TON of accumulated hair in some nook or cranny.


Exactly the same, as it was here, only we called it tumbleweed!

BeBe
16th June 2012, 02:25 AM
LOL - everyone is too funny! I think Karlin is right she is losing her puppy coat so the hair has been significantly worse and the brush I have been using is just not enough. Sounds like the FURminator will help along with the Dyson's handheld - yeah! She is such a cute furry muffin - love her and the hair!

Emkaybee
17th June 2012, 10:45 PM
Do any of you use the FURminator on your Cavaliers? Thoughts? Does it work or would you steer clear?

I use it but sparingly. It has a razor in it and it can strip the coat if used routinely. I use a lot behind my dogs ears where Matt's form easily. And I give them a once-over with it when they are shedding. It does do a good job of getting a lot off.

Another trick to getting dog hair off the couch and clothes is to dampen a wash cloth or rag, roll it tightly and gently scrape the cloth's surface. Brings away the dog hair nicely. I also use a simple bristle broom on my carpets once in a while when I don't feel like vacuuming. Gets all the surface hair quite well.

Margaret C
18th June 2012, 04:17 PM
Haha we have hardwood floors so we occasionally have a ball of hair just roll by...it's hilarious. Or sometimes we find a TON of accumulated hair in some nook or cranny.



Sounds just like home.

With six fluffy dogs hair is regarded as a condiment in our household.

DZee
18th June 2012, 04:35 PM
Sounds just like home.

With six fluffy dogs hair is regarded as a condiment in our household.

LOL.....:rotfl:..that's funny !! Same here !!
If someone finds a little hair ball in the corner I happened to miss... I just tell them it's added DECOR !!! ;)

Lani
18th June 2012, 05:56 PM
I do my best to keep up with the hair. If I let it accumulate into tumbleweeds Sparky lets me know it is time to Dyson because he'll start snacking on them. (maybe it's a puppy mill rescue sort of thing ... but he loves eating hair ... gross!).

He is my big shedder. Lucky sheds but Sparky REALLY sheds.

I hope BeBe is just blowing her puppy coat. You could be in for better or worse when the adult coat comes in. :)

Hope you get a light shedder. :)

KatieR21
18th June 2012, 07:55 PM
Yeah, no ... haha, it's pretty bad. I remember when I got a Havanese I thought the shedding would be terrible because of the soft silky hair, but they have virtually no shedding at all. My corgi is pretty bad though. But cavaliers are from the worst I've seen ;)

Charlifarley
18th June 2012, 08:45 PM
With six fluffy dogs hair is regarded as a condiment in our household.
:lol::lol:
Very funny Margaret!
Karlin, is that the Dyson that you can use on the dogs themselves? If it is, do yours like the sensation?

TIM8557
20th June 2012, 12:56 AM
I recently picked up a Furminator and was amazed at how much fur it brought out. Charlie doesn't seem to mind in the slightest un less you snag it on a mat.

amydealterrial
20th June 2012, 02:32 AM
Hello!
The shedding is making me crazy! Amy started to shead at 5 months, last january, and didn't stoped ever since, however shedding a lot more now!!!!
Here, in Portugal, by this time we should have very hot weather (way above 3032 Celcius) but we had a week of 30C and then fallowed by 3 weeks of 22C-24C!!!! So dogs are shedding like crazy!!! And very confused, also!!!

Before, I passed the furminator once or twice a week, sometimes even less. Now, I am passing furminator EVERY day. I don't see the point on not using it, because the fur that don't cames out in the furminator, it will came out on the furniture or on the floor. So I rather control where she sheeds (outside with the FURMINATOR).

And I vacumm Every single day! And I also pass the broom/mopa almoust every end of the day...
Amy's 11 month now.

I will take a pick at the vacumms that you recommend, even they aren't commercialized here.
Anyone uses vacumm-robot?

NurseSophie89
20th June 2012, 02:44 AM
Lola is shedding so badly at the moment! Me and my boyfriend(who owns a Ruby cavvie called Tilly) took them both to the beach earlier. On the way home, both fell asleep ontop of me and my black top. When we got out of the car, I looked like I was wearing a Ruby/White coloured dog hair cardigan! Yuck! Drives me INSANE!!!x

TIM8557
12th July 2012, 03:42 PM
Do any of you use the FURminator on your Cavaliers? Thoughts? Does it work or would you steer clear?

I started using a Furminator a month ago. It amazes me as to the mounds of fluff it takes out. Couple that with the Dysons we own, and the house is relatively hairfree....kind of like the top of my head.

Brian M
12th July 2012, 06:36 PM
Hi
They make an effective combination .

BeBe
13th July 2012, 05:02 AM
So an update for everyone... I have the Dyson Animal Upright, the Dyson cordless handheld and the furminator. The combination of these 3 have gotten the house cleaned and are keeping up with the hair supply! I am using the furminator once a week and vaccuming every other day with the handheld with an in depth on the weekends with the upright. The Dyson Animal was a good recommendation and has worked really well. I am not sure how one adorable dog has so much hair to give but thanks to everyone for the awesome recommendations!!!!

Karlin
13th July 2012, 10:19 AM
I love the handheld in particular. :)

I'd be cautious with the Furminator -- it can be hard on the skin and some recommend it just once every couple of months, not as a regular grooming tool (even though they say it can be used a couple times a week -- but that seems major overload for a breed without any undercoat such as a cavalier. The lack of undercoat also means the tool can more easily come in contact with the skin).

The Furminator is interesting -- I've found it really doesn't work at all for many cavaliers. For half of mine it takes up no hair at all even though they do shed. It does work for some of the others but I only use it every few months. Maybe because of the single rather that double coat, and the nature of the individual dog's coat!

cpell009
19th July 2012, 05:42 PM
As Karlin said, my breeder also strongly recommended against using the FURminator due to the stripping, especially if you are showing it is considered cutting the coat. I use it on my parents wirey Cairn terrier but havent used it on my 5 month girl yet as it seems like it would hurt her little body. I have the FURminator puppy tool though which is just a comb and a small slicker brush, which I use every couple days. However, my breeder DID highly recommend the FURminator de-shedding shampoo and conditioner. I use an oatmeal shampoo followed by the de-shedding conditioner, but Im not sure if i can really comment on the effectiveness since my girl is still a pup. Im definitely going to look into getting the dyson animal handheld though it sounds great.

Many people may think I am committing sacrilige...but since she will not be shown, I am intending on having Lady trimmed regularly once the hair gets really long....:yikes

BeBe
20th July 2012, 06:39 AM
Thanks to everyone for the advice! I have cut back on the furminator use but I think her puppy coat has worked its was out. I do believe that combined with the warm summer weather was the cause of the major increase in shedding. I do highly recommend the Dyson handheld, it was an awesome suggestion from this forum!