How To Groom A SIBERIAN HUSKY - Grooming DEEPDIVE

How To Groom A SIBERIAN HUSKY - Grooming DEEPDIVE

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Brushing For weekly brushing to keep the Husky's coat and skin healthly, all you really need is a good slicker brush. Just do a quick once over to make sure you are removing any loose hair.  It is an entirely different story when this breed blows its coat. The huskies coat comprises three parts: the guard hairs, which is the top layer of hair. These hairs tend to be thinner and more coarse and hold most of the Husky's coat's pigment. The next two parts are undercoat. The Husky is one of the breeds out there that has a double undercoat. So, this double undercoats makes up our other two parts of the Huskys fur.  Because of this double undercoat, the process of shedding out the undercoat, which is commonly referred to as blowing their coat, can take up to six weeks. If you want to help it along, here is what you will need:  An undercoat rake or furminator.  And a Slicker Brush.  An undercoat rake or furminator is a brush with broad, thick metal teeth reaching through the guard hairs to pull out the dead and lose undercoat. It is crucial to get the right version of this brush suitable for your husky, as they often come in two variations. One for regular coats and one for long hair. You might think you need the longhaired one, but this brush's normal variation is the correct one for a husky. Unless, of course, you have a longhaired Husky. Getting the wrong undercoat rake can damage the top layer of guard hairs, which are critical to maintaining temperature and keeping your dogs undercoat and skin protected.  When using an undercoat rake or furmintor just begin brushing. Make sure to run the brush in different directions: with and against the direction the hair is growing. This helps to lift the guard hairs and pull out more of the loose and dead undercoat. Once you have gone over the same area enough to no longer see the fluffy lighter colored hairs that make up the undercoat, you know that is your cue to move onto the next area.  Once you are done with the undercoat rake, you will use the slicker brush- going along in the hair growth direction. This will help get any lose undercoat that might have been missed by the undercoat rake and also clean up any loose guard hairs.    It is also not a good idea to shave or trim your husky. It might sound like an easy way to avoid dealing with the intense amount of brushing that needs to be done when they blow their coat- but this can cause severe long term problems. Husky's do not usually have skin problems, but shaving their coat can cause them. It can also cause hair to grow back unevenly. Which can cause significant issues in the winter when they need their fur to keep them warm, or in the summer, when the guard hairs are used to protect their skin from UV light and help keep them cool.  Bathing Now that we have covered all things brushing, it is time to move on to bathing. First, it is important always to brush your husky before bathing. Especially if it is while they are shedding, just tossing them in the tub before brushing them out can cause matting and a real headache for you.  This breed does not require a lot of bathing. In fact, the less you can bathe, the better. Their skin produces less oil than most other breeds. So, they won't have a doggy smell, and bathing them too frequently can cause their skin to become dry, cracked, and brittle. So, unless they are muddy or have fleas, you want to keep bathes to around twice a year to avoid accidental damage to their skin.  If it is in the winter Husky will naturally roll around in the snow, referred to as a "snow bath." So, if there is an abundance of snow outside, this might be a good alternative.  If you do need to bath your husky, they don't require any special conditioner or shampoos—just a good quality organic shampoo.  Once you are done bathing, make sure to use your undercoat rake and slicker brush again as undercoat mats very easily when it is wet, which will create hot spots or rashes. So, it is critical to make sure it is brushed out to prompt it to dry and not cause skin issues.  Eye Care, Ear Care, Nail Care, Additional Notes  For eye care, ear care, and nail care, the Husky doesn't require anything special unless directed by a vet. Just make sure to keep their eyes clean. If their ears are dirty, cleaning them out with a cotton swab with some ear cleaning solution is enough to get the job done. Their ears do not get dirty often, and they do not need to be cleaned as often as breeds with floppy ears. So, ear cleaning only needs to be done if they are filthy as over cleaning can cause infections. For nails, make sure they don't get too long. Nails should not be touching the floor, and if you start to hear a clicking sound when they walk, it is time for a nail trim. 

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