2016 11-20

The Best Pet Hair Vacuums for Dogs

If you’re ever had a furry pet, then you are undoubtedly familiar with the pain of constant year-around shedding. Aside from accumulating on your carpet, pet hair seems to have the unique quality of attaching itself to any upholstered furniture and being especially difficult to remove. That’s why, when selecting a vacuum, it’s good practice to look at vacuums that are designed especially for use with pet hair. These vacuums will have a stronger suction, will allow for easy maneuverability in the corners where hair can accumulate, and preferably have attachments for special uses. The following list comprises some of the best vacuums for dog hair:


  • Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Handheld Vacuum $34.99



What makes this Bissell vacuum unique is its nozzle. It comes with two different types, one made specifically for vacuuming hard-to-pick-up pet hair. The rubber nozzle conveniently attracts pet hair making it easier to pull out of upholstered furniture and carpet. Coming in at less than 4 pounds and with a comfortable handle, you can carry and maneuver this vacuum anywhere, especially with its 16-ft power cord. The size makes it convenient for vacuuming sofas, stairs, and even your car. The Bissell Pet Hair Eraser is not a quiet vacuum by any means, but that’s the power speaking for itself.


  • Bissell 9595A Vacuum with OnePass $79.00


Bissell’s 9595A Vacuum with OnePass advertises itself as being able to vacuum better without having to go over the same area repeatedly. This is especially pertinent to stubborn pet hair. The vacuum can do this due to its “innovative brush design” that rotates further into the carpet. What this leaves you with is carpet that is clean of pet hair. The maintenance with this vacuum is simple. The tank can be emptied from the bottom and the vacuum itself utilizes a foam filter that you can opt to wash or replace. Furthermore, this vacuum comes with a TurboBrush tool for harder-to-vacuum areas.


  • Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Cordless Hand Vacuum $49.99



If you’re willing to shell out a bit more money, this vacuum is the improved version of Bissell’s Pet Hair Eraser Handheld Vacuum. For one, this vacuum is cordless, making it much more portable than the former’s 16-ft power cord. It also features a motorized brush that is meant to make picking up pet hair even easier, a crevice tool for those tight spaces, and an upholstery tool. To top it off, this vacuum comes in at only 3 pounds. However, as with most cordless items, don’t expect to get as much power as you can with the corded ones. Also, keep in mind the battery life of the vacuum and charge as needed.


  • Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional $249.99


Though the price of this vacuum is initially off-putting, what you’re getting is worth the price. What makes this vacuum unique is its “Lift-Away” feature. It can be used as a standard floor vacuum or, at the push of a button, the canister separates from the nozzle, turning itself into a much more portable version. What makes this vacuum particularly great for pets is its Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology which claims to keep 99.9% of dust and allergens, once it’s been picked up, inside the vacuum. What you’re left with is a pet-hair-free house. Do keep in mind that this vacuum comes in at around 13 pounds, so it is not as easily portable as its 3- and 4-pound competitors.


  • Shark Rocket TruePet Ultra-Light Upright $229.99




The Shark Rocket TruePet Ultra-Light is another convertible vacuum. Like the cordless version of Bissell’s Pet Hair Eraser, this vacuum features a motorized brush that makes it ideal for picking up pet hair. What is has that all the other vacuums don’t are LED lights that help you see into those darker corners and crevices. This vacuum comes in at 9 pounds, which makes it significantly lighter than the Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional.


No matter what types of dogs you have in your home, all your pet-hair worries can be solved with one of these vacuums. Just keep in mind your budget and how much weight you are willing to lug around.


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2016 11-16

Are You a Dog Owner? Read These Tips!

Train Your Dog


Training your dog is immensely rewarding for them and great bonding time for the two of you. Training doesn’t just mean teaching verbal commands such as “sit” but also encompasses leash training. Dogs that learn how to walk properly on a leash are more likely to be taken for outings which increases their overall health and happiness. As a part of leash training, they will learn not to tug on the leash and how to behave when coming across other dogs and people in public. Dogs don’t require large treats to feel rewarded, so stick to small, fragrant treats while training. If you are unsure of how to train your dog, then feel free to take advantage of any dog training classes in your area.

Feed Your Dog

This may sound silly to even mention, but this tip isn’t just about remembering to feed your dog (which you are hopefully doing already), but feeding them foods with the proper ingredients and in the correct portion sizes. Most dog food bags or containers list the ingredients and have the correct portion size for dogs of various weights on the label. Make sure to shop around to find out what he or she likes best, and remember that if you are introducing new foods to your dog, integrate the new food slowly to avoid any bad reactions. If you are unsure of what or how much you should be feeding your dog, check with your veterinarian, which leads us into the next tip.

Take Your Dog to the Vet


Even if you dog seems in perfect health, there are many health conditions that don’t necessarily manifest themselves in obvious symptoms. Be sure to take your dog to the vet for regular check-ups and keep them up-to-date on any vaccinations. Check-ups are excellent for making sure your dog is in good health. Additionally, taking your dog to the vet will get him or her used to being there. Waiting until there is an emergency and taking your dog to the vet may cause even more anxiety, especially if it’s a place he or she is not used to. Lastly, visiting the vet regularly allows you the perfect time to ask any questions you may have regarding your dog, such as diet, neutering or spaying, de-worming, pet insurance, flea and tick prevention, etc.

Groom Your Dog

A wet chocolate havanese puppy dog after bath is dressed in a peach towel isolated on white background

The regularity with which you will need to groom your furry friend will vary depending on breed, but regardless, it is a good habit to groom your dog because it could potentially affect his or her health as well. The most obvious bit of grooming necessary is to brush his or her coat. Aside from preventing any matting of the fur from happening, this will help reduce any shedding, which means less vacuuming for you.  Unlike cats, dogs do not groom themselves, and you will need to bathe them at some point. However, make sure not to bathe them too often, as this could cause skin irritation. Also, make sure to trim his or her nails every so often. A good way to tell if their nails need to be trimmed is if you can hear the tips clicking on the floor. Trimming them regularly will keep any of them from breaking.

Spend Time with Your Dog

This is potentially the most important tip of the bunch. Spending time with your dog can range from just being in the same vicinity as them to actively playing side by side and going on walks. Dogs need this time not only as a form of exercise but also to avoid loneliness. If you plan on not being home for more than a day, make sure you have someone check in on your dog and give him or her the necessary attention and exercise.