Author: <span class="vcard">Karen Osmos</span>

Dealing with Shedding

Owning a dog comes with a long list of advantages. It also has its fair share of troubles though. One of them is pet hair. This can be such a pain in the neck to the pet owners. For instance, I took a day off work in order to thoroughly dust & clean my apartment.

It was such a tiring task but my house was sparkling clean. However, in no time, I saw fresh hair from my dog rolling all over the floor. I was quite frustrated but then dogs are supposed to shed fur. Then there was this afternoon when I prepared myself for a date, only to get to the hotel and find myself full of dog hair. It was clinging to my jeans trouser. Luckily, my date understood, being a dog person himself.

This small incident pushed me to find out more information about shedding. Keeping your couches all nice and clean and free of pet hair is not all there is to it. Why and when does it happen? Is it possible to stop the shedding?

Is shedding really an issue?

brushing dogs hair

I must say ‘a big one’ indeed. My experience with dog hair has been so annoying. There is nothing poetic about having pet hair all over you, in the car, in the house and so on. In fact, research was conducted and the results showed that 85 percent of pet owners claimed that their pets shed hair irregularly but 15 percent said theirs shed hair seasonally.

How do you deal with pet hair?

If you own a pet, it could be a cat or even a dog, dealing with hair is part of being a pet owner. However, you can deal with the situation by brushing the pet or even vacuuming. The biggest percentage of pet owners sweep or vacuum often while other chose to groom or brush their pets regularly.

How you can deal with pet hair effectively

Inside the house

One reliable way of dealing with your dog’s hair inside the house is by vacuuming. Be sure to change filters often and clean the beddings regularly.

Here is what you would need to pay attention to:

Beddings – These ones should be cleaned on weekly basis. The beds ought to have washable covers. If you are a buying a house, always go for one with hardwood or tile flooring. These floors are best when dealing with pet shedding.

Wear rubber gloves – I use rubber gloves when dealing with my dog’s hair when it’s on my furniture. It easily comes off sparing me from stress. Also, a dry sponge can help some as it balls up pet hair. You can also try using blankets & slipcovers to cover your furniture. These are easier because one only has to put them in the washer.

Can one reduce shedding?

dog taking a bath

Yes, you can. If the shedding is too much, using rinses and shampoo cream can help. These products should be of good quality. Be sure to bathe your pet often, and you will see a huge difference.

Finally, the only sure way of dealing with pet hair effectively in your home is vacuuming regularly as well as brushing the pet. Vacuuming is my favorite strategy, and I have set at least one day a week to do it.


Time to Get in Shape

I value a healthy lifestyle. However, I must say that it seemed really hard at first when I started living healthily. When I started my journey to acquiring and maintaining a good shape, I thought it would be a walk in the park. Unfortunately, I never got results as promptly as I expected. I was disappointed, given that I was really keen on doing all things right. You might have experienced the same too or maybe you are in it right now. It is quite a rut. Or is it?

One thing that you must know is that there is nothing like overnight success, magical or instant weight loss. You cannot lose weight overnight, or the moment you begin doing your workouts and eating right. Acquiring a great shape is a process. However, I have discovered ways that can help you acquire your dream shape in good time and maintain it that way for a long time.

Be a little hard on yourself

girl on the grass working out

If you really want to maximize the impact of a workout, you must be ready to push yourself. Your focus should be on the intensity. This entails doing swift and vigorous exercises such as the HIIT-style workout.

These workouts enable you to achieve your desired shape speedily unlike the moderate exercises. People aiming to get maximum efficiency can only achieve that if they are exhausted and sweaty by the time they are done with the workout.

Engage in full-body workouts

Full-body workouts include push-ups, burpees, and squats as well as triceps dips. These exercises are better than calf raises and biceps curl exercises that only focus on muscle isolation. Note that full-body exercises tend to enhance quick results.

Come up with fitness goals

There is no doubt that your key reason is to shed off the extra pounds. However, it would be quite satisfying & motivating if one pursues a fitness or athletic goal. Athletic based goals help one acquire a better shape faster not to mention that it helps one to lead a fit and healthy lifestyle.

Avoid procrastination

Procrastination is the biggest enemy to a healthy and fit lifestyle. If you start looking for reasons not to work out, you definitely will find them. I lead a fit lifestyle because I don’t make any excuse as far as my daily workouts are involved. You can acquire self-discipline if only you set your mind on something. Workout discipline results to an incredible shape and good health.

Do lots of plyos

Plyometric exercises entail things such as tuck jumps, sprints, jump lunges as well as long jumps. Basically, Plyos help one burn excess fat faster, thus enhancing a better and flexible shape.

Eat right

a bowl of salad with avocados and herbs

Do not stop eating right when you acquire your desired shape. This is what many people do. And then the weight starts piling up on them with a vengeance. After engaging in vigorous exercise, be sure to eat right. Eating right should be a lifetime habit if you really want to maintain your shape. Exercise alone is not enough. It must be integrated with a healthy diet.

Finally, acquiring a good shape improves your self-confidence and makes you love everything about yourself.