Adding flax seed oil or other supplements to the pug food
Some people also claim that adding flax seed oil or linoleic acid to your dog’s food helps. The fatty acids in these ingredients help your dog develop healthy underlying skin which in turn should help produce a healthier coat of hair. Pets aren’t capable of synthesizing these fatty acids, which is why people recommend that they be supplemented. Products containing linoleic acid such as Linatone are available at most pet supply stores. For our pugs, we use the Dogswell (see our http://bunkblog.net Dogswell review!) products such as Sweet Potato Treats that contain flax seed oil but it does not seem to have helped too much. He still sheds just the way he used to before. Some people swear by Senergy’s supplement, which is supposed to help with all kinds of dogs that shed. I have not tried this yet but this product seems to have great reviews.
My vet has told me that usually she would like the dogs to get all their nutrition from the food they eat. She is not a fan of supplements and so we have not tried one. We asked the vet today what would be the best supplements to help reduce shedding. Our vet at Banfield suggested we use anything that has Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. While we were at the pet store today we ran into a couple of different options.
I mentioned this above as well but regular vacuuming is extremely essential in any pug household. You HAVE to vacuum at least four times a week to keep your apartment or house pug hair/fur proof. While I think that any regular vacuum can do the trick of removing dog hair, it has been said by many that ROOMBA does the trick better than the others. Roomba apparently does a good job in picking up a lot of the loose hair and fur that pugs leave behind. They can operate independently and so you can leave it on when you leave your house and come back to a cleaner apartment or house. They seem to be able to pick up quite a bit of fur, judging by some pictures that I have seen from users of this machine. The only thing keeping me from getting one is the price. Roombas’ cost between $200-$600 and that seems a little excessive for me. If you can afford it though, I think it is worth a try. Another con of the Roomba seems to be that it is quite noisy. This would not bother me much because as long as you are using it at a reasonable hour, your reasonable neighbors should not have an issue with it. It comes with a 90 day warranty so I would use it extensively for the first 3 months and see it if does the trick and is durable!
Train your pug
Train your dog not to sit on the furniture, or at least to only sit on a special pillow or towel when on the furniture. We have trained Bunk to stay off of the couch and while this does not work completely yet (he is only a seven month old puppy pug), I think with some more training we should be able to get him to stay off of furniture that is harder to clean (the couch!). Again, this will not completely eliminate the problem but will help lessen it. I find pug hair all over my laptop all the time. I don’t really understand HOW because he does not sit on the laptop or anything.