Rescued Tilghman 1 1/2 yrs ago.  His coat is slightly wavy in front lab in back. Sheds more than six labs. I work in a home with six labs and wished that was all the hair I had, but they kill my allergies/asthma.Tilghman is so bad I am blowing hair out of my nose( sorry to be so grapic) I need help. He has a full brother with the tight curl no shed. But would not give up a moment with him. We even vacuume him he loves it! 

What can I do? Can I clip him down really short? He is a house dog. But does go to outdoor agility, on the tractor, and sometimes hunting just to spend Daddy time. I appreciate any suggestions.

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Wendy, this is a perfect example that even within litters, you could have a shedder and a non-shedder. I have 4 doodles, 3 are non-shed and one sheds like crazy. You could clip him short or brush him on a daily basis. Here in NJ, the winters are too cold to shave my shedder down but in the summer I do. I just find that constant brushing helps more than anything else I have tried.
The only comments I have is regular brushing should help with shedding, and I've heard some pretty good reviews for the Furminator.
I have found that giving my Golden Retriever Fish Oil tablets - one per day helps with shedding but does not stop it.
Margaret
My daughter uses the furminator with her Golden Retreiver and loves it...she said it worked wonders on him. This may work for your dog if he has a more labby type coat. I tried it on Marlow and didn't care for it. I brush with a wire brush and steel pin brush as often as possible. He has a fleece coat that is not tight curls but very thick. He sheds some..mainly puffs of hair that floats around...lol. My dalmatian on the other hand is the shedder in our house.....
Wish I had caught your post earlier Wendy. My Labraoodle Gus is the biggest shedder I know. I always had him shaved down once I realized I was living in a hair factory. Now, I moved and quite by accident found this groomer who gives him a wonderful cut and no problems now. None, nada. I can't post a pix but imagine thise.

Gus has a gorgeous full coat of black and silver. When in full coat no one in the neighborhood can breathe from his hair everywhere. The groomer shaved him quite short..EXCEPT for his bottom legs on all four legs (below the knee relative long and doesnt shed for some reason) AND his chest. Imagine that his legs below his knee and his chest are somewhat full...enough to blow in the wind and dry quickly when he gets out of the pool here. She had a shop on Madison Avenue in New York and considers herself the groomers groomer. I don't know if that is true because the other two came home looking like poodles this last time. Gus, he is absolutely gorgeous and their is no shedding whatsoever. She trims the legs and chest, but they still have a "float" quality when he is walking or running. Looks like it is the main body part that was the culprit. It's much easier for me, neater, handsome, and quite an eyeturning cut. Don't laugh, but people in the neighborhood have started calling him Clark Gable! It's a unique and very beautiful cut. Maybe ask a groomer near you. His saber tail is also cut, but still long enough to look beautiful and no shedding there either.
I LOVE the soft slicker brush it works well.
Hi Wendy! I'm a groomer with three labradoodles of my own. Unfortunately, the best way to combat shedding is with frequent brushing, the more the better. Double slicker brushes with long, angled pins (Les Pooches style) are my favorite doodle tool. It pulls out shedding coat as well as mats-in-formation. The professional version is kind of pricey, but worth it. You can also find less expensive look-alikes in pet supply stores. Shaving a dog makes the fur shorter & less visible, but it is still there and still shedding, just in shorter pieces. If the long furbunnies under the sofa are driving you crazy, a short trim might make you feel better, but it sounds like the medical issue might not be resolved. Try brushing him outside the house, and vacuuming him is a hilarious, smart idea. Good luck!
Wendy, for 13 years I had an old English sheep dog whose hair, at 4 inches was "enough already." He loved to lie on the floor and have me brush him, which in late spring and again late summer, increased to scissor trimming. He was frightened of elec. clippers. I now have a 10 month old golden retriever and fuzzy floors. She loves to be brushed, but I don't seem to have the time, so I use the swiffer about every other day.

I would consider the climate as to when to trim, use a rung out terry cloth to get lose hair a couple times per week, but not so much brushing. You are losening the hair and stimulating growth, according to current human hair advice. Roberta S of ESPonies/JRterrier Farm
Brushing does stimulate coat growth for dogs, but doggie's hair follicles are following a natural life cycle, which includes shedding. If you don't get that shed coat off the dog, some of it will end up on your floor. Depending on the type of coat your dog has, some of the shed coat will remain on the dog, weaving into new growth and becoming possible skin irritants or mats. That's why I recommended brushing, but certainly, everyone finds a way that works best for them. Doodles can have such different coats that what may work well for me may not be the best idea for you, and vice versa. That's why tools like the Furminator work great on some dogs, and I love to use it in my shop, but at home on my dogs it's not part of my toolkit.
I don't know where Wendy and her family live, but a neat trim and brushing regimen are good ideas, generally. I don't want to sound preachy, but I see so many dogs in my shop that are matted to the skin, I could never counsel against brushing.

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