Here are my tips for how to groom your pets with your vacuum cleaner! Once you get your pets used to it, it’s such a quick and tidy way to keep your pet’s coat under control!
Did you know that you can groom your pets with your vacuum cleaner? I’ve been using the Dyson Ball Animal 2 vacuum around the house lately, as I told you about in the fall, and it comes with this really fascinating attachment for grooming pets! I just had to try it out because, as you know, keeping the pet fur situation under control around here is kind of an obsession of mine. 🙂
There are a lot of vacuum companies that are starting to make vacuums geared towards pet owners and you can even buy pet grooming attachments for a lot of them. If you’re really serious about keeping the pet fur in your home under control though, it’s always a good idea to go with a really powerful, high-suction vacuum like a Dyson. If you can, I also recommend getting in touch with a vacuum cleaner dealer who really knows their stuff to help you with this investment because you want to make sure you’re getting the vacuum that’s right for you.
If you have pets, your vacuum dealer should really have you look at the Dyson Ball Animal 2. If you’re a pet owner, then you know all about the clouds of fur that come off of your pets when you try to brush them. Seriously, it’s ridiculous. Chuckers looks like he probably doesn’t even shed, and yet we can brush him for 1/2 an hour and the fur just keeps coming off. We did find a few solutions to reduce shedding for him throughout the day, but proper grooming and brushing is always going to be important.
So that’s where this handy little tool comes in!
Chuckers is a little nervous about, well, about everything, so here’s how we go about grooming him with the vacuum.
How to Groom Your Pets With Your Vacuum Cleaner
We start out by running the vacuum for a few minutes while we pet him and get him comfortable at the same time.
When he’s used to the sound, we attach the pet grooming tool and begin gently brushing him with it. It’s so amazing to be able to brush him without hair flying everywhere. We remove the fur that collects on the brush every so often and just allow it to be sucked right up into the hose of the vacuum!
This pet grooming attachment is really neat because to brush your pet, you just press down on the back of the attachment with your thumb and this exposes the brushing bristles. When you’re ready to clean the brush off, just release your thumb from the spring-loaded bristle exposer thing on the back and the bristles go right back into the attachment, releasing all of the fur from the bristles immediately. As soon as the fur is released, it gets sucked right up, so it never has a chance to escape and make a mess all over your house.
This brush is great on both long and short-haired pets because the brush part is spring loaded and adjusts the length of the bristles according to how much pressure you place on it while brushing.
Just watch your fingers! The bristles are metal and are meant to really grab the fur, so the can be a bit pokey if you happen to jab one into your finger accidentally!
I love that we can confidently give Chuckers a really good brushing indoors in the middle of winter now without worrying about making a huge mess. In the summer months, we just take him outside and let the fur fly but in the winter, that just isn’t so practical.
Watch How to Groom Your Pets With Your Vacuum Cleaner
We made a little video showing how the whole process works because you really have to see this thing in action to get how fun this thing is to use.
You can see that Chuckers is still a little bit nervous, but he’s starting to really realize that he actually likes getting brushed so he gets better and better every time. It helps to have treats nearby the first few times you try this as well! 🙂
Have you ever tried to groom your pets with your vacuum cleaner? What tips would you add?
I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with Dyson and I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions and suggestions on this blog are my 100% my own as always!
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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.