|Barked: Mon Oct 25, '10 6:51pm PST |
|I use a wide tooth comb. When you comb (or brush), start at the bottom of the dog and work your way up. You're combing with the 'grain' of the fur, but working backward into it, tail to neck. That way you pull out the most fur possible, without pulling it down into itself. Same principle as when you brush your own hair - you start at the bottom and slowly de-tangle your way up - you don't start at your scalp and yank the brush through to the bottom.
Don't wait to brush until your Husky is obviously shedding. By that point the fur has been loose for a while, but now it's clumped together and irritates the dog as it pulls out. Sometimes I use a slicker brush for maintenance. The dogs tend to like it better because it pulls less, but it isn't great for getting everything down to their skin the way a comb will.
Four Paws shedding blades are excellent as well, but I've always felt they damage the coat. It's not terrible damage, but I'm fairly sure they break guard hairs and if you're not careful you can completely remove patches of undercoat - which is also a risk with a Furminator. I do use them though. I don't show my dogs, so they don't need to have a pristine coat. Four Paws is the only brand I've found that really works.
Also, diet, diet, diet! I can't even begin to explain what a dramatic difference there is between my two raw-fed Huskies, and my boyfriend's Husky who eats mid-range kibble. The closer you can get to a well-balanced, meat-based diet with plenty of omega 3's, the better.
Edited by author Mon Oct 25, '10 6:57pm PST
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