How to Calm a Siberian Husky Before Grooming

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Medium
10 - 60 Minutes
1 Week

Introduction

Anyone who has ever owned a Siberian Husky knows just how high energy these dogs are. They prefer to be bouncing around full of nervous energy to just about anything else in their world. But at the same time, the amount of hair they produce is almost unbelievable. They "blow out" their coats twice each year and continuously shed all year long. As your Husky reaches maturity, you should try to groom him daily, but at the very least, he needs to be groomed once a week or you will end up with a huge mat on four legs. 

Dog's Perspective

Your Husky finds it very hard to stand still for much. When you come towards him with the various brushes needed to groom him, they are only going to add to the problem. From his point of view, he doesn't even think he needs groomed since he bathes himself with his tongue. 

The Enter the Grooming Zone Method

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Prepare the grooming chamber
If you want your Husky to be nice and calm for grooming, you need to create a nice calm atmosphere in the grooming chamber. Pour a little lavender essential oil in the diffuser and let the aroma fill the room.
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Put on some chill tunes
Put a little relaxing music on the radio, this will also help to keep your Husky's nerves calm during the grooming sessions.
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Burn off the energy
Start the entire grooming process off with a nice long, tiring walk. Make sure it is long enough that he has time to go potty, stretch his legs, and most importantly, burn off some of that crazy energy.
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Touch that pup
As a puppy, your Husky is more likely to enjoy being cuddled and fussed over, so get started early. Cuddle him and touch him, rub his belly, play with his paws, touch his tail, rub his head, and muzzle. Not only will this help to calm him down, he will come to love being touched.
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What is that!
When you first introduce him to the tools you plan to use for grooming, do so by laying them on the floor and letting him sniff them, look at him, and if he feels like it, lick them. Give him plenty of time, the more time you give him the less he is likely to fuss when the time comes for you to use them.
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The Full Rub Down Method

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Belay the bounce
Huskies tend to have more energy than many other breeds and most of it is nervous energy that needs to be burned off by taking him on a nice long walk. Give him time to pee, poop, sniff around, and stretch his legs.
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Trust my touch
Most puppies don't mind being touched, but of course, there are those areas no dog likes having handled. The simple cure is to spend time touching, rubbing, and massaging every inch of his body to get him used to being touched. The more time you spend doing this, the calmer he is going to be.
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You missed a spot
During the time you are giving your dog his rub down, it is vital you spend extra time touching those sensitive areas listed above, so he doesn't twitch when you are grooming or trimming these areas.
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Add some tunes
Another good way to help calm your pup down is to put some nice soothing music on the stereo. Music is known to soothe the savage beast.
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Show him the brushes
You will be using several different brushes to groom your Husky because of his long hair and heavy undercoat. Lay them all out where he can easily see them and give him plenty of time to get used to them. Put all of this together and in time your pup will come to look forward to being groomed.
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Caution & Considerations

  • Set a time and place for grooming, your pup likes routines as they allow him to know what is coming, helping to calm him down.
  • When you go for a walk, especially with younger pups, keep it to a reasonable length. You want to tire him out, not overextend him.
  • Take your time, have fun, and use this time to bond with your pup.
  • If you run across a mat with the brush, do NOT try to rip it out, this is incredibly painful. Use a sharp pair of shears to cut it out.
  • You should be brushing your Husky every day, but should never let him go more than a week as his coat will become a nightmare of mats and tangles.
  • Give your Husky plenty of time to get used to the tools you plan to use, this will make the grooming process go far more smoothly. 

Conclusion

While your Husky may be full of life and seem as though he is unable to stand still for a second, it is very important that you train him to be calm for grooming. Not only will this make it easier for you to do the job, but it will help reduce the risk of his being injured and leave him looking and feeling better. 

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