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    Default Vacuuming Up Dog Hair

    I'm sorry if this has been posted before, but how do you vacuum up dog hair? I've got a fairly ordinary vacuum cleaner and it seems to do OK. Gets most of the fur off the floor, and if I reduce the strength of the cleaner, I can vacuum my dog - she really doesn't mind being vacuumed, almost sees it a strange sort of game. I saw recently that Dyson, which I really can't afford, have a combined brush/vacuum tool for their cleaners - rather pricey though. I know my dog shouldn't be shedding now, it's almost time for her to grow her winter coat, but she is. Any ideas? I brush her about every second day. She's not really a long coated dog - a BCxCDxKelpie.

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    I gave up and switched to floor boards

    In the bedroom where we still have carpet I just use the vac with no attachments, just he round tube and rub pretty hard over the carpet. I have tried all the various attachments you can buy and nothing seems to work as well as the basics.

    For furniture... well... I purposely bought a leather couch to avoid the hair and dirt issue, we are a fabric free zone here! My mum uses a grooming block from the horse shop on her couch. It is a hard block that looks like a sponge, you drag it across the couch (or your dog) and it picks up all the loose hair.

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    We have floorboards, but my car gets awful messy. We have this little attachment for the vax, it's square and has a brush around the edge that digs around. Nothing gets the hair out like that baby!

    Have a look on ebay or in shops for a generic brush or attachment. I think it depends on the vaccuum and what carpet you have, so trial and error might be the best bet.

    Like Crested, we have a leather couch, but for clothes/material, I use sticky rolls. You can get them at the $2 shop, $2 for 10 sheets which is a rip off and quite frankly a pain in the ass because I use more than one roll in one go, but ikea have them with 100 sheets for something like $2. I also sticky roll the dog on occasion

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    I have a power head for my vaccuum cleaner, that does really well on short dog and human hair but not so well on long hair - because it wraps around the brush and clags it up.

    I've heard that you can get a rubber broom from bunnings and other homewares shops, and they do a good job on carpet removing dog hair. And at home I use a sabco flat mop wet and dry - dry on the floorboards has a static system for picking up dog hair, works great, and then I use a standard scrubbing brush to brush the hair into the bin or compost bin.

    Definitely worth getting rid of carpet if you've got a massive shedder. Best thing about the dysons is they have no bag in the vac, so you can vaccum cushions full of dog hair and not need to keep buying new bags.

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    I have wooden floors and a Dyson. I don't allow my dogs on furniture so I have no worries there but my cat more than makes up for it.

    I also regularly use my clothes dryer and all dark coloured clothing goes in there every wash. (Apologies to those who have great concerns for our environment... but for the mean while, my comfort is taking precedent over the issue in my mind).
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    A realist just finishes the damn thing and refills it.

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    I have four hairy dogs...I vacuum daily and I use a Dyson with power head. I also have a Hertheim (purple monster) with power head, but it has bags ...Great and the absolute best, but it just fill so many bags and they are very expensive.
    My dogs have a huge hair-loss about now, just before they grow their beautiful winter coat. My dogs love a good vacuum or blow.....Favourite grooming tool is the dryer
    I have no issues with the power-heads and long hair. I just use a scalpel blade (or carpet cutter) to cut across and it get rid of that problem
    Pets are forever

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    I have wooden floors, which makes it a lot easier. For cat hair on furniture, I have a 'brush' attachment for my vacuum which works quite well. I have a Vax.

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    Regular brushing with a furminator outside, both dog and cat get brushed with it. Works a treat. Vacuum with a power head or use the rubber broom depending on the effort I want to expend on the housework

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    I vacuum 3 times a week, mop once or twice. I don't really groom my dogs, more rub over them with a wet hand to get the excess fur off but they get bathed pretty regularly which helps remove dead hair.
    I should groom my persian kitty more than i do and that would probably help with the fur too. Honestly i've resigned myself to the fact that i'm going to have hair everywhere and i'm not to O.T.T. about it.

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    Thank you everyone. I don't own my home, I rent, have done for 15 years, so replacing the carpet with wooden floor boards is not an option for me, even though I'd dearly love them. I will try the rubber broom from Bunnings, and will go to the horse shop and try to get one of those grooming blocks/sponges. I also use the clothes dryer for getting the hairs off my dark coloured clothes. Not apologetic about that, it also acts as an ironer if I keep a careful watch and take the clothes out and hang them up as soon as they are dry.

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