Best Vacuums for Cleaning Dog Hair

In the last post, we discussed the basic kinds of tools and supplies that you need as a dog owner in order to properly care for your pet. One of those items, as I’m sure many of you are nodding your head in agreement, is a good vacuum for pet hair. Well, after our post went live, Jamie Chan of top5vacuums.com reached out to us and decided to offer a little more detail of what makes a great dog hair vacuum, and some of the models she is currently recommending to her readers. Take it away, Jamie!

Hi guys! I’m very excited to be able to post here today. As Tony mentioned, I reached out to him after reading his post, and thought I could offer a little more detail on what kind of vacuum cleaners you all should be looking for in order to clean up after your pet. And as the owner of two yellow labs, believe me — I know :)

So let’s get to it. There are a couple of things you want to look for in a good pet hair vacuum, but chief among them is suction power. Yes, we all want good suction on our vacuums, but when you’re dealing with pet hair, it’s the top priority. You also want a vacuum that’s lightweight, so that when you’re moving it around from room to room cleaning up after your dog, it isn’t a heavy burden that’s hurting your back. Another good feature is a vac that has some nice attachments, such as a pet hair tool, which allows you to zero in on those hairs.

Here are a few of my favorite models out on the market today.

1. Shark Rotator Lift-Away: Priced at around $250, this is my current favorite. Great design, powerful suction, and the canister detaches so it’s effectively two vacuums in one.

2. Hoover Linx — This unit is about half the price as the Rotator, so it’s a good value. It’s lightweight and can be used on either carpeting or hardwood floors.

3. Eureka EasyClean — This is if you’re looking for a handheld vac, and not a full-time upright model. While obviously not as powerful as an upright vac, the EasyClean is only $40 and is super portable and lightweight.

Check my link above for even more details!

Dog Grooming Basics: What Do You Need?

If you’re serious about grooming your dog and doing a good job at it — and, really, why shouldn’t you be? — then you’re probably curious about what kinds of tools and supplies you’ll need. Dogs, in a way, are a lot like us humans, in that they need to be constantly maintained and groomed, and this requires quite a bit of tools to get the job done. Below are some supplies that I consider to be essential.

  • Paw protection gel: if you head on over to Amazon.com, and search in pet supplies, you’ll see that the first two items amongst the best-seller list are paw protection solutions. That’s because dogs are on their feet almost all the time, walking over rough terrain, and unlike you and I, they do not have any shoes protecting their feet, just their paws. Get yourself a good protection gel, and this will greatly increase the comfort level of your dog’s paws.
  • Handheld vacuum: most dogs shed their hair, a lot. This means you have to be constantly cleaning up after them, lest your house become full of nasty pet hair. For this reason, we recommend a good vacuum cleaner that’s light and has strong suction, and which you can easily carry around with you, so that you can clean up those dog hairs without issue. See some good options here.
  • De-shedding tool: sticking with the shedding theme for a moment, you can always get out in front of it by buying a de-shedding tool, and causing your dog’s hair to shed on the spot, so that you can then turn to your vacuum and clean it up, all at once. This way, you aren’t waiting for your dog to randomly shed on his own, when you’re not around. You can do both at once to try to make your process more efficient.
  • Nail clippers: This one is a biggie here. As you can probably tell, your dog’s feet are of utmost important to keeping him groomed and comfortable. So not only do you need to pay close attention to his paws, but also keep an eye out on his nails. A dog’s nails grow quite fast, and when they get too long, the can cause great discomfort not only for the dog, but for anyone he gets those nails on when he’s scratching.

Should You Trim the Pads of Your Dog’s Foot?

Welcome to our very first post on this site! Instead of some lame introduction, I thought we’d hop right to it. My goal is to write informative, actionable pieces that you, the reader, can apply with your pets. Our first contribution: should you trim the pads of your dog’s foot?

My answer — an emphatic YES! If you care about your dog’s comfort at all — and I know that you do — then this should be a no-brainer. Even more still, I’m a stickler for cleanliness and details, and having a dog’s muddled paws walking around just drives me absolutely crazy.

So WHY should you trim the pads on your dog’s foot? Well, I’m glad you asked. Here are a couple of reasons.

1. Comfort — you want your beloved dog to be walking around comfortably, don’t you? Well, nothing quite causes so much discomfort as pads that aren’t properly trimmed. This is a pain for your dog, so don’t leave him hanging.

2. Looks — is this a vain reason, for you as the dog owner? Maybe. But it’s still important. Maybe I’m just a Type-A personality who doesn’t like to see chaos in any form of my life. But I want my dog to look good, not only feel good. I don’t have any show-dogs, no, but I still take pride in how my dog presents itself, and part of that is dimply dealing with the pads.

3. Cleanliness — this is kind of a hybrid from the first two reasons. Are you worried about your dog dragging dirt and debris into your home? Well, look no further than their feet. If their pads are all out of whack, then they’ll be bringing in more dirt all over your house floors. Trimming them helps alleviate this problem.