How To Bathe Your Siberian Husky
It is super important to have a calm environment before you do anything. Make your dog lay down and relax all the way. When you create a calm environment they stay calm and you have much better experience than anything you do. We would not do this – they will go crazy.
One of the most important things to remember before you do with your pup that requires our attention that good behavior is to make sure they already have their exercise needs for the day. In this case, Titus, Kunari, and Yuna already had their workout for the day even though it is raining they still had to exercise so they feel good, relaxed and now we can get on with the bath.
Here I am putting on an apron (if the location you are going to doesn`t have that I highly recommend you buy it) and something that keeps you waterproof and I am also wearing a rain jacket and rubber boots.
We are making sure to cut the squatters calm, relaxed, they are listening to us and we are preparing for their bath. [2:44] There are dogs and people around but they are behaving really well because we are consistent with their training.
Here are the tools we bring from home:
- the pin brush;
- zoom groom;
- the slicker brush;
- small towel.
Everything else: the big towels, the hypoallergenic shampoo, face wash and conditioner which has been diluted in big bottles of water is provided by the location most of the time.
Starting with a pin brush, that is meant for detangling any possible knots or anything that is stuck, so later in the process, it does not hurt when you go through the grooming. You want to make sure it remains a good experience and you just go in the direction of the coat, you brush it till it is all become angled.
Then we are using room-temperature water (not hot water because huskies do not like to be hot). And remember, affection, good treats, smiles, feeling good, feeling happy really makes this experience so much more positive than rushing through the process.
Wetting a coat of a husky could take some time but you want to do that because the next step is shampooing. This is a big bottle of water with a bit of shampoo that has been diluted and we pour it all over massaging the coat thoroughly throughout the whole body. It is so much better than using a little bit of shampoo in your hands and then trying to battle it with the water. If you`re doing this at home, I highly recommend taking a big bottle and put a little bit of shampoo there and wetting it this way – it makes so much easier.
The next thing we do is the zoom groom. This is so much magic, seriously, zoom groom is amazing. It feels so good on dogs, they really love it, it is like a massage on their coat but it really gets all the dirt out. You start doing it in the proper direction, just the direction of the coat and then you can go back and forth. You are going to be amazed at what this brush is capable of.
After that you want to thoroughly rinse the coat – you don`t want any shampoo left over at that point. Thoroughly wash every spot, don`t forget the belly, every location needs to be washed properly.
Conditioning and brushing
The next step is the conditioner. It has also been diluted in a big bottle of water. Pour it everywhere on the coat and massage it thoroughly everywhere just like we did with the shampoo before.
After that, we are going to be using the slicker brush that is going to take so much of the hair out. But before going into that I just want to reiterate what I always say – be gentle, be very gentle using these tools because if you push the brush in too much you can hurt. Use the pin brush only when you have conditioner on the body, you will get all these loose hairs out. It will save you so much time later.
Look at the amount of hair I am getting, and this is not even a shedding season, this is a normal time. We do this pretty often and we always maintain the coat as hair free as possible. It is very easy when the conditioner is in the coat (keep adding it while you brushing if it needs) and it makes the process painless for your dog.
It is time to rinse all the conditioner out, you do not want anything left in there after you are done. Pay attention, take a time and get all the conditioner out as much as possible using room-temperature water.
The next thing is usually the most sensitive part for dog – washing the face. It is better to reiterate this process with treats, affection, very calm state of mind and this way they actually enjoy it or at least go through it without hating the process.
The first thing I do is kisses of course, but after that, is wetting the face cloth thoroughly and applying a little bit of diluted face wash. It does not need much and then squeezing out the towel as much as you can so it does not have dripping water. You start washing the face, be gentle here, do it everywhere. You do not want to go on the top of the eyes, go around the eyes, around the ears and the whole face, the muzzle, everything and just hold your other hand on the other side to control it, give a dog affection and really spend that time with a pup connecting. You will be surprised they will actually like it. Don`t forget treats, it always helps.
You also want to keep in mind not to put water in their ears. It is not good for them and they do not like it. Don`t spray any water next to their ears.
After that, I rinse the face cloth thoroughly, give some extra treats, squeeze that face cloth properly and I use it to rinse the face again with the same process like shampooing the face. Do the same thing thoroughly, I recommend doing it twice – once shampooing, twice rinsing. If you feel like you need another round you can do that too.
Just really clean up the face and you do not need to be putting them through dramatic experience because spraying water on a dog`s face is not necessarily a good thing. Use as minimal amount of soap and shampoo as possible. It is good using a silk soap that does not hurt.
Then give a snack for a shake, we ask to do them twice. It really helps not having five towels propelled. Use a towel to wipe the face first because that is the most sensitive part and they don`t like water. Then go through entire coat wiping it, it usually takes about two towels per pup to get the most of the water out. Always remember to do their paws, their legs, everything as much as possible, because huskies do retain a lot of water in their coat.
You can get the dog`s coat blown out or use some extra towel to dry it or use another towel if he doesn`t like it.
Always clean up after yourself – it is the right thing to do. Remember, positive experiences makes for an easy return and enjoy it even more next time.