My Akita sheds or blows his coat two times a year. In between those two times, he still sheds a little bit. If you happen to own a dog with an undercoat like mine, there are some great tools out there to help the shedding process along. Some are quite expensive and some are not. You just have to find what works best for you and your dog. As silly as it may seem, I find that when I use the dog dryer on him (it only blows cool air), it also blows out the undercoat. However, this is best done outside. Otherwise, the fur will get EVERYWHERE, even in other rooms. It's not necessary to use the shedding tool every day but it is a good idea to get into the habit of brushing.