Huskies have a storied history as sledding dogs from the brutally cold and snowy polar regions of the world. Today, even though huskies are still used for sledding purposes, many people keep them as pet dogs.
There are actually a few Husky varieties in existence, but the most common one that people have as pets is the Siberian Husky which is renowned for its long nose, upright ears, and a roundish white head topped with black or brown color. So, as a result, I am writing this walk through of how to groom a Husky with the assumption that you have a Siberian Husky as a pet dog. So, please keep that in mind as you read this post.
Learn How To Groom A Husky With This Walk Through
1. Brush Your Husky’s Hair
Huskies are known to shed a lot of their hair, especially from their undercoat, during the autumn and spring seasons. So, it is important for you to brush your Husky’s hair on a daily basis during these times in order to remove the dead hair that are on the cusp of falling off the dog’s body.
If you don’t do that, you could find yourself being saddled with a messy floor full of hair. There is also the issue of mats gathering on your Husky’s coating which can cause skin pain if left unaddressed. So, these will also need to be taken care of with brushing.
Your Husky has a thick double coating and so you will want a brush that will work through this kind of coating to clean out the dead hair and mats. The Hertzko Self-Cleaning Slicker Brush is a popular brush that is effective at ridding both layers of your Husky’s thick coating of dead hair and mats.
This brush contains fine bent wire bristles which will ensure that you can brush your Husky without scratching his/her skin. The brush also comes with a self-cleaning mechanism in which all you need to do is to press the button to drop all the dead hair and mats from the brush into a trash can.
As soon as you have the brush, start working on brushing your Husky’s coating in the direction of hair growth, making sure to cover every body part from the neck to the tail – including the stomach and the legs.
Outside of the two shedding seasons, brushing your Husky once per week should be enough for you to keep his/her coating in good condition.
2. Brush Your Husky’s Teeth
Brushing the teeth is an important part of grooming a dog but one that is too often neglected. You want to be brushing your Husky’s teeth on a regular basis, ideally daily.
Failure to brush your Husky’s teeth will allow tarter to gather among the teeth which can cause them to decay. You will want the Virbac toothpaste as that is what the veterinarians often recommend for brushing a dog’s teeth. You can use a toothbrush to brush your Husky’s teeth.
3. Bathe Your Husky
Huskies are renowned for their self-cleaning chops. So, the good news is that you only need to bathe your Husky a few times per year. So, if this is one of the rare times that you need to give your Husky a bath, here is how you can do that.
First, fill your bathtub with some warm water and then put your Husky inside the bathtub. Use a cup filled with water from the bathtub to help wet your Husky’s coating in preparation for the shampoo.
I recommend that you get the Buddy Wash Dog Shampoo and Conditioner as it is often mentioned as being among the best shampoos for Huskies. This shampoo actually comes in a few flavors for you to choose from.
They are Lavender and Mint, Green Tea and Bergamot, and Rosemary and Mint. Any of these flavors will do for your Husky. Once you have got the shampoo, apply it on your Husky’s coating in a thorough manner, making sure to avoid the dog’s eyes as you are doing so.
Once the shampoo is finished, rinse your Husky’s coating using a cup full of water. As your Husky has a thick coating, you will need to rinse the dog at least a few times in order to get rid of any shampoo that is still lingering within the coating.
Use one of your hands to help with the rinsing if needed. With your Husky out of the bathtub, start working to dry his/her coating with a bathing towel. And if you would like, you can use a blow dryer to help dry out your Husky’s coating provided it has cool air coming out of it.
With your Husky all dried up, work on re-brushing your dog’s coating.
4. Clean Out Your Husky’s Ears
Yes, it is true that one of your Husky’s visually striking features is its ears, but these will need to be checked regularly as wax can still gather within them. If you notice that your Husky’s ears look dirty, that indicates to you that it is time to clean them out.
That is because if wax is allowed to build up inside your Husky’s ears, it can cause ear infection. You will want to use the Virbac ear cleaner applied to cotton balls to clean out the ears. As is the case with Virbac’s toothpaste, this ear cleaner is often recommended by veterinarians for dogs.
5. Trim The Hair On Your Husky’s Paws With A Scissor
Now, you may be wondering if you should trim your Husky’s hair, but I don’t recommend that you do so for two reasons. First, your Husky already sheds hair, especially during the fall and spring seasons.
So, in effect, your Husky will already have done the hair trimming for you. Secondly, your Husky only has short length hair.
Even though you generally don’t have to cut your Husky’s hair, you will still want to trim the hair that is on the dog’s paws as that will help him/her to gain better traction when walking.
You just need to use a pair of scissors to handle the paw hair. Be careful when doing that as you don’t want to accidentally cut off any of the pads on the paws.
6. Trim Your Husky’s Nails
You will want to clip your Husky’s nails in order to keep them short. That is because if they are left too long, it can lead to pain for your Husky’s paws, especially when walking.
So, use a nail clipper like Millers Forge Dog Nail Clip to trim your Husky’s nails. Make sure that you pay attention to the quick part of the nails which will look pink on your Husky’s nails. You don’t want to cut the quick as that can easily lead to bleeding.
Concluding How To Groom A Husky
So, this is how to groom a Husky. Remember that this post was written with the Siberian Husky in mind. If you feel that your Husky isn’t ready to be groomed, this post will help you to get him/her prepared for it.
What are your thoughts? Have you had any experience with Husky grooming before? Feel free to leave a comment down below.