How to Bathe a Husky!
HOW TO GIVE A HUSKY A BATH
Okay, I know this topic sounds very straight forward, and your all probably saying to yourselves ‘I know how to give a dog a bath, what difference is there if it’s a Husky dog?’
Well, for starters some dogs need more attention than others and also some have sensitive skin while others do not. As for huskies, they are big dogs which shed a lot and have sensitive skin!
Taking into consideration the care needs of each dog breeds needs is what makes bathing them different. Those of you who have huskies know what I mean (wink).
Huskies have a dense double coat that keeps them cool in the summer and warm in the winter so you should never ever ever shave or cut their coats. This is why they also need a lot more maintenance in keeping their coat clean and shiny than other dogs may need.
This too is why you should give your husky a thorough brushing once a week in order to maintain that beautiful shiny coat of theirs. Using an under-coat shedding rake comb will help with getting rid of that undercoat when shedding. There are so many types of brushes and combs out there but I strongly suggest you buy a simple wide-toothed comb and an undercoat shedding rake to start with.
MOST IMPORTANT TIP
Now the most important tip anyone has ever told me is actually for ALL dog breeds. So the tip is that you should never apply the shampoo directly onto the dog’s hair or skin. You should dilute it in water and then apply this diluted solution onto your dog and massage it in! It is to make sure that you do not dry out or cause any allergies to your dog.
BEFORE THE BATH
Before giving your Husky a bath, make sure to have all your supplies near you. You do not want to leave your wet husky alone to go off looking for something you forgot to get or need! Collect it all and prepare your area where you are going to give your Husky their bath.
Ideally you should warm up your water before you start as no one wants to have a cold shower. Unless your dogs are like mine and actually want cold water in the summer to cool down then I suggest you have warm water in your tub for your furry friends/kids.
If your husky does not like bath time, make sure to have a collar and leash with you to tie him/her somewhere so as to keep them close to you while bathing them. This will also prevent them from bolting in all directions, shaking off the excess water and shampoo!
Huskies have a dens coat of fur, as I already mentioned, which doesn’t help when giving them a bath. However it does help get rid of a lot of the undercoat when they are shedding. When you are massaging the diluted shampoo onto your husky you will notice all that undercoat fur is coming off really easy.
If you try to comb your dog while giving them their bath it is even better. Unfortunately my dogs, both Sasha and Wolfy (read more on Sasha and Wolfy here), do not like to be combed while they are being bathed. Actually come to think of it, they don’t like to be combed period. But in any case we usually comb them after their bath.
We always massage their coat twice with the solution and if they are really dirty maybe a third too! During the summer months we absolutely do not have any problems with them. They sit back and enjoy their bath. They love bath time as it is so hot here it really cools them down.
Here in Cyprus our weather can get really humid, stuffy and not to mentions again HOT (read more about Cyprus here). Today as I am writing this we currently have 40◦c. Sasha and Wolfy would be eager to jump into a pool if we had one (hahaha).
Just make sure you do not overdo it with the shampoo as it will be very hard to rinse out of that thick fur!
Once you massage the solution in and you are certain that it has gone through to the skin then you rinse and repeat. I also like to make sure that the solution really does not remain on the skin or fur so I rinse them really well. If any shampoo is still left on the skin it may cause the dog allergies or scratching or anything else. So make sure to clean the shampoo off really well!
AFTER THE BATH
Once you have rinsed your dog well make sure to dry your wet husky with a towel or two! After you have dried them well get your comb and brush their coat. This will help to get rid of the undercoat that is already shedding and also shine their coat.
You should not bathe your Husky too often. Once a month is the most recommended. Since if you bathe them too often you will dry out their skin and coat which will cause other problems.
Some of these problems are itching and scratching causing red spots and also you are stripping away the natural oils. Which Huskies do not have much of like other breeds. The skin has natural oils which help maintain healthy skin and fur.
OVERALL GROOMING AND BATHING TIPS
- You should start from a very early age in touching your huskies paws and brushing their coat as to get them accustomed to the feel. Also to get accustomed to all these tools that you will be using later on, and you handling them in these grooming manners.
- Most dogs do not like you holding or touching their paws. So if you start from when they are pups you will not have any problems later on when grooming or when you bathe them.
- You should not forget to wash under the tail, their belly and of course their paws. These areas are usually the dirtiest and need extra scrubbing!
- Brushing the undercoat before you bathe them also helps when you actually bathe them. This is because there is less loose hair to stick to your hands and more water can get through to the skin.
Using these tips will make your bath time with your Husky easy and fun.
I hope I have helped all you first time fur mums with a bath time routine. If you like more information, please comment below or send me a message. As for you more experienced dog parents maybe you have some tips for us too!
Comment below with your tips on giving a Husky a bath!
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