Few dogs can match the intoxicating beauty of the husky. Everything from their thick double coats to hypnotizing eyes is enough to make anyone fall in love with this breed.
But huskies also need proper care to look their best. A prime example is that they have extensive grooming needs. Without the necessary grooming, your husky won’t look — or feel — the best it can.
The good news is that we have all the information you need right here. By following these tips, you will ensure your husky has everything he or she needs to be every bit as stunning as huskies can be.
To properly groom a husky, you will need the following grooming supplies:
- Dog shampoo: Choose a shampoo specifically made for dogs, and avoid using human shampoo as it can be too harsh for their sensitive skin.
- Conditioner: A conditioner can help to prevent matting and tangles in your husky’s thick coat.
- Towels: Use a few towels to dry your husky after bathing and to wipe away any excess moisture during grooming.
- Brush and comb: A slicker brush and a wide-tooth comb are ideal for a husky’s thick double coat, as they can help to remove loose fur and prevent matting.
- Nail clippers: Use nail clippers specifically designed for dogs to trim your husky’s nails.
- Styptic powder: Keep styptic powder on hand in case you accidentally cut your husky’s nails too short, as it can help to stop bleeding.
- Ear cleaner: Use an ear cleaner specifically made for dogs to keep your husky’s ears clean and healthy.
- Cotton balls: You can use cotton balls to apply ear cleaner and to gently clean around your husky’s eyes.
- Toothbrush and toothpaste: Brushing your husky’s teeth regularly can help prevent dental problems, so use a toothbrush and toothpaste specifically made for dogs.
Having these supplies on hand will help you keep your husky’s coat, nails, ears, and teeth clean and healthy.
Bathing a husky can be a bit different than bathing other dogs, as their thick double coat requires special care. Here are some steps to properly bathe a husky:
- Brush your husky before the bath: Brushing your husky before the bath will help remove any loose fur and prevent matting.
- Fill the tub with lukewarm water: Fill the tub with about 4-6 inches of lukewarm water. Avoid using hot water, as it can dry out your husky’s skin.
- Wet your husky’s coat: Use a cup or a detachable shower head to wet your husky’s coat thoroughly.
- Apply dog shampoo: Apply a small amount of dog shampoo specifically made for dogs to your husky’s coat, and lather it in gently. Avoid getting shampoo in your husky’s eyes, ears, or mouth.
- b: Use a cup or detachable shower head to rinse the shampoo out of your husky’s coat thoroughly. Make sure to remove all the shampoo to avoid skin irritation.
- Apply conditioner: Apply a small amount of dog conditioner specifically made for dogs to your husky’s coat, and work it through gently.
- Rinse thoroughly again: Use a cup or detachable shower head to rinse out the conditioner thoroughly. Make sure to remove all the conditioner to avoid matting and tangles.
- Towel dry: Use towels to gently towel dry your husky, removing as much moisture as possible.
- Air dry: Allow your husky to air dry in a warm, draft-free area. Avoid using a hair dryer, as it can dry out their skin and cause discomfort.
By following these steps, you can bathe your husky properly and keep their coat clean and healthy. It is recommended to bathe a husky no more than once every three months, as over-bathing can dry out their skin and cause other health issues.
Brushing a husky is an important part of their grooming routine. Here are some steps to properly brush a husky:
- What you’ll need: You will need a slicker brush, a pin brush, and a comb specifically made for dogs.
- Start with the slicker brush: Begin by using the slicker brush to remove any loose fur, dirt, or debris from your husky’s coat. Work from the head to the tail, making sure to brush in the direction of the fur.
- Use the pin brush: Next, use the pin brush to work through any tangles or mats in your husky’s coat. This brush has longer pins that can reach down to the skin to help remove tangles without pulling or hurting your dog.
- Check for mats: As you brush your husky, check for any mats or tangles that may have been missed. Use a comb to work through any remaining tangles, taking care not to pull or tug on your dog’s fur.
- Brush the undercoat: Huskies have a thick undercoat, which requires regular brushing to prevent matting and shedding. Use the slicker brush to work through the undercoat, being careful not to pull or tug on your dog’s skin.
- Brush the topcoat: After brushing the undercoat, use the pin brush to brush the topcoat. This will help smooth out any loose fur and give your husky a shiny, healthy-looking coat.
- Be gentle: When brushing your husky, it’s important to be gentle and patient. Avoid pulling or tugging on your dog’s fur, as this can cause discomfort or pain.
By following these steps, you can properly brush your husky and keep their coat healthy and mat-free. It’s recommended to brush your husky at least once a week, or more often during shedding season.
Trimming your husky’s nails is an important part of their grooming routine. Here are some steps to properly trim a husky’s nails:
- What you’ll need: You will need a pair of dog nail clippers, a styptic powder or pencil, and a treat to reward your dog after the trimming is done.
- Find the quick: The quick is the pink part of the nail that contains blood vessels and nerves. You want to avoid cutting the quick, as it can cause bleeding and pain for your dog. The quick is easier to see on dogs with lighter-colored nails.
- Hold the dog’s paw: Gently hold your husky’s paw and use your thumb to press down on the pad to extend the nail.
- Trim the dog’s nail: Using the nail clippers, make a small, quick cut at a 45-degree angle just below the quick. Be sure to only take off a small amount of the nail at a time to avoid cutting the quick.
- Check for bleeding: If you accidentally cut the quick and your dog’s nail starts to bleed, use the styptic powder or pencil to stop the bleeding. Simply apply a small amount of the powder or pencil to the bleeding nail.
- Repeat on all nails: Repeat this process on all of your husky’s nails, being sure to take breaks and reward your dog with treats as needed.
By following these steps and being patient and gentle, you can properly trim your husky’s nails and keep them healthy and comfortable. It’s recommended to trim your husky’s nails every 4-6 weeks, or as needed if you hear their nails clicking on the floor.
Cleaning your husky’s ears is an important part of their grooming routine. Here are some steps to properly clean a husky’s ears:
- What you’ll need: You will need an ear cleaning solution recommended by your veterinarian and some cotton balls or gauze.
- Check the ears: Check your husky’s ears for any signs of infection, such as redness, discharge, or a foul odor. If you notice any of these signs, do not attempt to clean your husky’s ears and consult with your veterinarian.
- Apply the ear cleaning solution: Pour a small amount of the ear cleaning solution onto a cotton ball or gauze, and gently insert it into your husky’s ear canal. Be sure not to insert it too deeply.
- Massage the ear: Massage the base of your husky’s ear for 20-30 seconds to allow the solution to loosen any dirt or debris.
- Remove the solution: Use a clean cotton ball or gauze to gently remove any dirt or debris from your husky’s ear.
- Repeat on other ear: Repeat the process on the other ear, using a fresh cotton ball or gauze.
By following these steps and being patient and gentle, you can properly clean your husky’s ears and help prevent ear infections. It’s recommended to clean your husky’s ears once a week, or as needed if you notice any dirt or debris in their ears.
Cleaning your husky’s teeth is important to maintain their dental health and prevent issues such as gum disease and tooth decay. Here are some steps to properly clean a husky’s teeth:
- What You’ll Need: You will need a toothbrush and toothpaste designed for dogs. Do not use human toothpaste, as it can be harmful to your dog.
- Introduce the toothbrush: Introduce the toothbrush to your husky by letting them sniff and taste it. This will help them become familiar with it.
- Apply the toothpaste: Apply a small amount of dog toothpaste to the toothbrush.
- Start brushing: Lift your husky’s lip to expose their teeth, and gently brush their teeth in a circular motion, focusing on the gum line. Be sure to brush all surfaces of their teeth.
- Reward your husky: Once you’ve finished brushing, give your husky a treat or reward to associate teeth cleaning with a positive experience.
It may take some time for your husky to become comfortable with teeth brushing, so be patient and gentle. Start by brushing their teeth for a few seconds at a time, and gradually increase the duration as they become more comfortable. It’s recommended to brush your husky’s teeth at least once a week, but ideally, you should aim to brush them daily for optimal dental health.
Huskies are beautiful dogs, but it does require some work to keep them looking their best. However, following these tips will help ensure your husky is happy both inside and out.