The Trees Are Shedding!

This past Sunday was my beautiful wife's birthday, so we decided to go back to Silver Lake to spend a family day enjoying nature. The last time we were there I saw ducks grooming themselves and it gave me inspiration for a blog article. This time I was inspired yet again by the beauty and perfection of nature.
This past Sunday was my beautiful wife’s birthday, so we decided to go back to Silver Lake to spend a family day enjoying nature. The last time we were there I saw ducks grooming themselves and it gave me inspiration for a blog article. This time I was inspired yet again by the beauty and perfection of nature.
As we were walking around I realized that the leaves on the ground and the dying leaves on the trees were a perfect example of what's happening to our dogs' coat during the Fall. I learned from Michelle Knowles, who runs the Iv San Bernard's Pet Aesthetician Program in Cave Creek, Arizona, that the peak shedding days are December 21st and June 21st. Isn't that interesting that the peak shedding days for dogs are also the shortest and longest days of the year? It is because the dog's skin gets it's cues to start shedding with the change in photoperiods (the duration and intensity of the sun) not the change in temperature. So just like the trees and the flowers, a dogs shedding cycle is determined by the sun. Which is why during the Spring and Fall we will notice a lot more hair on our floors.
As we were walking around I realized that the leaves on the ground and the dying leaves on the trees were a perfect example of what’s happening to our dogs’ coat during the Fall. I learned from Michelle Knowles, who runs the Iv San Bernard’s Pet Aesthetician Program in Cave Creek, Arizona, that the peak shedding days are December 21st and June 21st. Isn’t that interesting that the peak shedding days for dogs are also the shortest and longest days of the year? It is because the dog’s skin gets it’s cues to start shedding with the change in photoperiods (the duration and intensity of the sun) not the change in temperature. So just like the trees and the flowers, a dogs shedding cycle is determined by the sun. Which is why during the Spring and Fall we will notice a lot more hair on our floors.
As I looked around at all the different kinds of trees, I realized that the leaves falling off the trees were actually a sign of a healthy forest. The ground was covered with dead pine needles and leaves, and the brown leaves still on the branches were so easy to pull off. Every time the wind blew there were more leaves flying off the branches. But nobody looks at all this and says, "What the hell is going on here?! Why are all the leaves falling off the trees?!" So then why do we look at our floors and say, "What the hell is going on here? Why is there so much hair falling off my dog?!" It's actually a sign of a normally functioning, healthy skin. Dogs shed in order to get rid of the old hairs and make room for the new hairs to grow in to replace them. It is a natural cycle.
As I looked around at all the different kinds of trees, I realized that the leaves falling off the trees were actually a sign of a healthy forest. The ground was covered with dead pine needles and leaves, and the brown leaves still on the branches were so easy to pull off. Every time the wind blew there were more leaves flying off the branches. But nobody looks at all this and says, “What the hell is going on here?! Why are all the leaves falling off the trees?!” So then why do we look at our floors and say, “What the hell is going on here? Why is there so much hair falling off my dog?!” It’s actually a sign of a normally functioning, healthy skin. Dogs shed in order to get rid of the old hairs and make room for the new hairs to grow in to replace them. It is a natural cycle.
The best thing for us to do to help our dogs during this time is to brush them. Even dogs with long hair like Shih Tzu's and Poodles shed - they just don't shed out like short and medium coats do. Rather than dead hair all over our carpet and furniture, it stays in the coat. The long coats need our help by combing out the dead hairs so they don't tangle up and cause matting.
The best thing for us to do to help our dogs during this time is to brush them. Even dogs with long hair like Shih Tzu’s and Poodles shed – they just don’t shed out like short and medium coats do. Rather than dead hair all over our carpet and furniture, it stays in the coat. The long coats need our help by combing out the dead hairs so they don’t tangle up and cause matting.

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By brushing our dogs more regularly during the shedding season, we not only reduce the amount of hairs on our floors but we also help the skin feel better. By brushing we also help protect our dogs' coat by evenly distributing the natural oils all throughout their coat. Brushing out the dead coat also helps reduce bad odors because the dead, fuzzy hairs are holding on to odor causing bacteria. The live, healthy hairs are not frayed and have oils to help repel dust, debris and bacteria. When we brush and/or comb our dogs we are helping them feel their best, and as a nice side-effect they will also look their best. Brush more, bathe less - that's nature's recipe for a healthy, happy, beautiful dog!
By brushing our dogs more regularly during the shedding season, we not only reduce the amount of hairs on our floors but we also help the skin feel better. By brushing we also help protect our dogs’ coat by evenly distributing the natural oils all throughout their coat. Brushing out the dead coat also helps reduce bad odors because the dead, fuzzy hairs are holding on to odor causing bacteria. The live, healthy hairs are not frayed and have oils to help repel dust, debris and bacteria. When we brush and/or comb our dogs we are helping them feel their best, and as a nice side-effect they will also look their best. Brush more, bathe less – that’s nature’s recipe for a healthy, happy, beautiful dog!

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