Niki and Elphie are double coated Chow Chow mixes. When they're blowing their coats, they shed a LOT of fur. We brush them with the Mars King comb, a rake, and more recently (recommended by our vet) the FURminator. We also trim their tuchuses to keep things tidy.
[No, I don't spin their fur. Not intentionally, anyway.]
We (Andrew) put in carpet tiles. Our living room floor looks like this:
I sweep the hardwood throughout the house at least twice a week, but Genevieve is on her hands and knees in this room, so I vacuum the rug every day. Sometimes twice, if the dogs are especially shed-dy. This is the windmill I tilt at. (This is my lance- I mean, vacuum.)
For the littlest part of our family? I'm sure this isn't the only windmill I'll be tilting at for her.