Bathing Siberian Huskies can be challenging due to their size. I've had Huskies that love the waterand I've had those that hate the water. If your Husky is the latter, baths can be a real chore.
First, we'll discuss some different methods for bathing Siberian Huskies, then we'll get into thenuts and bolts of it.
I think it probably goes without saying that the easiest method for bathing your Siberian Husky is to take them to the local pet store or groomer. They have all the necessary tools and supplies to accomplish this daunting task not to mention that they deal with the mess that a bath creates, not YOU!
But for those of us who would rather go it alone, there are alternatives. Some pet supply places offerself service tub rental. I have one of these such places close to my home. You simply call and let them know what time you want to bring your dog in and for around $6.00, they provide a warm water spraynozzle and use of the tub. You bring your own shampoo, towels, etc. This has worked quite well for bathingmy Siberian Huskies in the past. You simply walk them up the ramp and once in the tub, close the door. The tubshigh sides help keep them contained and easy to control. It also puts the dog at chest height whichhelps alleviate lower back strain.
Your only other alternative is the back yard with the hose.
I strongly recommend the tub scenario if you have a place nearby that does that. The dog will appreciate thewarm water compared to the cold of the hose and the control issue makes the task so much easier.
If you choose the old backyard method, there is one thing in particular that you can do to make the taskmanageable. I'm sure most have heard the expression "control the head, control the body." Well,that couldn't be any more true in this case. Use 2 leashes or lengths of rope tied to your dog's collarand attach them to opposing objects such as poles, stairs, etc. much the same as a horse is stabilizedduring grooming. In addition to the safety of the animal, it allows you to give them a bath with the least amount of effort.
Now that you've chosen your method, let's talk about some bathing tips to condition the coat and helpreduce shedding.
Choose a good shampoo, prefferably one with a skin conditioner. This helps reduce dry skin and flakingand leaves the coat silky and smooth. After completely wetting the coat, work the shampoo in thoroughlyfor approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Pay special attention to the belly, legs, and chest saving the head for last. Then, completely rinse the dog and repeat the process. Lathering twice ensures you're removing as much dirt and oil from the coat as possible, especially if you Husky is an indoor family member. If not removed, that oil and dirt can collect on your carpet making it always look dirty.
So far pretty straight forward huh?
Well, now its time to dry! Let your Husky shake off as much as possible.The washing and drying process will loosen a lot of hair and bring it to the surface. At this stageof the game, many Husky owners will try to brush them out. If that's your choice, get ready for a lot of work. As I said earlier, bathing Siberian Huskies loosens a lot of hair and remember it's still wet. Trying to brush out at this time is a mess. I've even seen some people try to vacuum them with a shop vac. I must be honest, I've tried it myself but a profesional groomer showed me a much more effective method. Rather than vacuum, use a high speed blower to blow the coat out. This accomplishes 2 things. First, it gets the loose hair off the dog, more effectively than vacuuming, and second, it helps to dry them at the same time. It's quite effective! It will go a long way toward your husky coat care.
Now I know what you're thinking, HAIR EVERYWHERE! Well, this is true. It will be stuck to you, flying all around you, and you'll feel a lot like your furry companion. But its only hair and your Husky's coat will look fantastic. Not only will their coat look and feel great, but the hair that's stuck all over you is less thatwill be deposited in your house. When you're finished, just vacuum it up. Including yourself. Believe me, it's not as bad as it sounds. After all, you're giving your Husky a bath and fluff. You didn't really expect to stay spotless did you?
If this all sounds too daunting a challenge, I encourage you to try it once anyway. It's a great bonding experience for you and your fur covered friend. You may even see life in a whole new perspective... yourHusky's!
Look at the bright side, if it doesn't work out for you, there's always the groomer:-) If you have any questions or comments, please
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