While owning a dog is typically an overall positive experience, certain elements make the task of caring for a pup less pleasant. Breeds that shed, leaving copious amounts of fur on every couch, carpet, and article of clothing, or that make their owners sneeze and itch can be a seriously detrimental nuisance. Even for those who do not have allergies, cleaning hair up after a dog is a never-ending chore. An encouraging factor to note is that the Humane Society of the United States advises that washing a dog once or twice a week will reduce the amount of allergens that tend to spread through the air. Using air filters in dog-frequented rooms, as well as regular vacuuming can significantly lessen the allergens emitted from your pet. So even though each breed on the hypoallergenic list will alleviate the frustrating symptoms, there are additional measures that can be taken to ensure the pleasant cohabitation of you and your canine.