FiveSibes Bathing Tip: Be sure the surface of whatever tub you use has a non-skid surface so your dog feels safe and secure while standing.We used to bathe our FiveSibes in our bathtub. A few CCL tears, surgeries, and arthritis over the years, has led me to alternative methods. I purchased this fantastic portable Scrub-a-Dub walk-in dog bathtub that has reduced the stress of bathing about 99%! They LOVE this tub! It has a ridged bottom (making it more stable for them to stand on, even when wet), a 25' hose with spray nozzle that hooks up to our kitchen sink, so the water can be adjusted to the perfect warm temperature, and there are drain plugs that makes emptying the tub a cinch. It's nice and sturdy, which is great with dogs like Gibson, who has special needs-- a weak hind end, CCL tears, and arthritis issues--to have the easy step in aspect. The sturdy tub with its high sides, slip-proof floor, warm water, and easy step-in style is what I believe gives my FiveSibes that stability that has allowed them to be such great bathers now! Plus, the cherry on top was my future son-in-law being right there in the suds with them, making them feel safe and secure.
Now, for Siberian Husky parents, it can either be fun, or it can be very challenging! It all depends on the Husky! Since Huskies are genetically geared to fear water because being cold weather dogs, getting wet equates freezing to death, it can be a bit of a challenge to show them that bath water is safe. So while our Harley loves the pool, the tub is a bit different. In the pool, she has free reign of her egress and ingress, but in the tub, there's some restraint, which does not go over well with our alpha queen! She'll howls and scream and to an unsuspecting passerby hears her, they may fear for her safety! Unless, of course, the tub is empty, as you can see from this collage! Whenever the tub comes out, Harley loves to step into it and make herself comfortable! Such a silly Sibe!
FiveSibes Bathing Tip: Keep the atmosphere as light and stress-free as possible. If possible, either you or a family member get right in the wet of things to help hold and support the dog, giving them a sense of security.
Secure Dogs = Calm Dogs.
FiveSibes Grooming Reminder: Please NEVER shave a Siberian Husky. Unless it's for a medical reason, their coats, while they may look hot to you, serve as insulation that protects them all year long and should never be shaved. It also prevents their skin from sunburn. We've talked about this plenty of times, but it's always a good reminder. Instead - be sure they are well groomed and free from mats so the air circulates freely through their fur creating healthy environments for their coats and skin.