Q. Any Berner owner knows that Berner-fur has a way of getting everywhere inside the house. What steps do you take and/or what products do you use to control your dog's shedding?


Since we also have a Golden Retriever and a Samoyed who like the indoors, we just live with it as best we can. Since we brought our Berner boy home I've worn out the motor on our vacuum cleaner twice! I now use a shop-vac first and then the vacuum cleaner.

L. Weber Fresno, CA USA - Saturday, August 09, 1997 at 19:46:18 (EDT)


Indeed, BMD fur gets into the strangest places. We find Tarn's hair in baked goods, toothpaste, camera lenses, even the mouse ball on my computer at work. I'm currently eating a peanut butter sandwich; I just pulled a skinny, black, curly one from my teeth.

We keep a sense of humor about it. The following help keep the fur to a minimum, sorta...

Frequent brushing with a stiff brush is what we like to do(he likes it too; we began this when he was a pup). However, if we shampoo Tarn right afterwards, the now oil-free hair takes on a life of it's own and he REALLY starts shedding. After a shampoo, he stays outside (which he prefers anyhow) for a day or two.

Marc A. Dilley Wenatchee, WA USA - Friday, August 08, 1997 at 14:41:20 (EDT)


We've given up in our house. We've bought bags of chicken feathers and scattered them around the house. With all those feathers, Berner hair pales in comparison as a problem, therefore we once again love our Sasha and curse the chickens instead. Once again, a happy home in idyllic unity. Life is good!

Damn chickens, anyway.

Brian Diehm Brian.Diehm@Tek.Com Lake Oswego, OR USA - Thursday, August 07, 1997 at 17:09:34 (EDT)


Having had long haired, shedding dogs for over 30 years, controlling fur is an ongoing event in our household Olympics!

First, the dog(s) is brushed with either a slicker brush or a doggy rake at least every other day (all over). This is followed up with a combing with a wide tooth comb. This keeps the falling hair level down.

As for floors, we have eliminated all carpeting and most area rugs in favor of vinyl tile throughout the entire house, except the family room which has indoor/outdoor polypropylene carpet with short nap, easy to vacuum. A quick pass with a dust mop will pick up most of the "Berner (and Rottie) bunnies" that form in the rest of the rooms.

For clothes that are carrying a "fuzzy nap" I still rely on the good old tape wrapped around my hand with the sticky side out. Quick, inexpensive and I can follow up and repeat in the office after a ride in the "hairy" car.

Anne Copeland Palatine, IL USA - Thursday, July 31, 1997 at 09:07:28 (EDT)


Since our Berner boy quickly made it clear that a slicker/pin type grooming brush was completely unacceptable for brushing his highness's delicate skin, we've since put it to use 'grooming' the carpeted stairs for those emergency cleaning sessions before guests arrive -- it's great for hitting those areas where a vacuum is pretty cumbersome to maneuver and does an OK job on car upholstery as well.

Mary Ann Callahan Tyngsborough, MA USA - Wednesday, July 30, 1997 at 11:33:08 (EDT)


One trick that works well on our hard wood floor is to wrap an old t-shirt or sock around a dust mop, sprinkle it lightly with water, and "dust" the floor. It picks up the small pieces of hair, and 'herds' the berner tumbleweeds into the corner where I can just pick them up.

Rebecca Madigan Simi Valley, CA USA - Tuesday, July 29, 1997 at 20:17:13 (EDT)


We have come to rely on the "hair sponge" to keep our clothing and our furniture livable. I'm not sure the official brand name, buts its a large yellow sponge that has the uncanny ability to gather animal fur from clothes, drapes, couches etc. We have several scattered throughout the house, some for regular cleaning, and some for the day-to-day "I can't go to work with all this hair" crises.

Matt Kleiman Chicago, IL USA - Tuesday, July 29, 1997 at 12:14:17 (EDT)


We ATTEMPT to use a shedder brush or comb and to brush our bernie regularly, but he is no fan of this and literally throws his weight around. A pair of textured rubber gloves, of the type sold for dishwashing, etc, will help scrape hair from rugs. Certain types of shoe-soles work well, so you can do the "Berner Shuffle" or "Two Scrape" and literally cut the rug.

We also have used one or two portable vacuum cleaners, with the most powerful motors and rotating brushes available, on carpets and car. Please note that the bags in these small units must be frequently cleaned or Berner fur will cause severe problems!

Mark Fahrenkrug Seattle, WA USA - Sunday, July 27, 1997 at 23:44:52 (EDT)