Washing Husky Puppy: How And When To Do It?

Washing a husky puppy might sound easy. After all, it’s just fur, and there’s no way you can make a mess, right? The truth is that there is a lot of work to do before getting down to the washing part. You presumably have no idea what you’re doing if you just brought home a husky puppy. Most experts agree that washing your husky puppy is a bad idea. But if you’re determined to wash your husky puppy, there’s a way to do so without causing severe discomfort to your new companion.

Washing a husky puppy is similar to washing your own hair. The fact that you’re a husky owner has put you in an uncommon situation, but there are some similarities between the two. If you have the time to teach your husky puppy some basic obedience commands, you won’t have problems washing your pup. 

And if you are new to this act, keep reading this article because this is for you! But before jumping to the steps of washing, let’s first identify the typical odor of a husky puppy.


Have you ever wondered why dogs smell, especially huskies? Your puppy most likely smells good, but there are times when your puppy may have a foul odor. 

Huskies are not the only smelly dog breed, but they have a distinct husky odor that can be so pungent that it’s hard to miss. While some people think this is a bad thing, the truth is that it’s a normal part of being a husky with an undercoat. The good news is that it doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with your pup! 

The main reason why huskies smell bad is due to bacteria in their body. The skin of our huskies contains more sweat glands than ours. This makes them more prone to bacteria growth, especially if they have short hair and live in hot weather conditions. They will also produce more oils and sebum (skin oil) than we do at times because of their diet or hormones (in rare cases).

Here are the husky bathing tips to know how to bathe a husky who hates baths.


Cleaning a husky puppy can be one of the most important parts of raising this breed of dog. Having a dirty or unkempt husky will result in an unhappy dog that can be difficult to train and handle. This guide will furnish you with all the steps necessary to wash your husky puppy effectively so that you both have fun during bath time!

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Photo credits: Gohan The Husky

🐕 Supplies needed

To wash your husky puppy, you will need:

  • A large container
  • Dog shampoo

After you have gathered these supplies, place the husky puppy into a sink or bathtub. This can be done by either placing it head first or bottom first, depending on your preference. Next, use lukewarm water that’s been mixed with some dog shampoo to wet down your husky’s coat and skin. 

Once the fur is dampened and lathered up with soap well enough to see suds starting to form on their body parts like around their face or paws, start rinsing off excess soap from their fur with fresh water from another source (such as another sink or bucket). Then use a towel or any clean cloth to dry off excess moisture once the washing has been completed successfully!

For a broader explanation, keep reading below.

🐕 Washing

Wash your husky puppy with warm water and shampoo. Make sure that you use a husky-specific shampoo and not human shampoo, which can dry out the skin of your puppy. Using a soft and gentle bristle brush, remove any loose hair from their coat before bathing them in warm water with the dog shampoo. You may also want to trim their nails with a nail clipper if they have grown very long so that they do not scratch themselves while playing or running around during bath time. This will help keep them away from getting injured as well as keep them clean!

After giving your pup a bath, make sure to dry them off completely with a blow dryer on low heat or leave them outside so they can air-dry naturally in order for their fur coat to remain healthy looking and well maintained between baths in-between visits by professional groomers who specialize in grooming huskies.

🐕 Rinsing

Rinse your husky puppy with clean, warm water. He has just been bathed, and his fur should be wet. If it’s not, then use just enough warm water to get the job done. Never use cold or hot water because these temperatures can cause burns and discomfort for your pup!

You might find that you need more or less shampoo than what is recommended on the bottle. Experiment with different portions until you find one that works well for your husky’s hair type and length!

🐕 Drying

When you’re done washing your husky puppy, use a large, soft towel to dry him off. When drying the coat, make sure not to rub too hard or brush out the fur with excessive force. This can damage their coat and lead to tangles later on. Keep in mind that using a rough towel will cause irritation on your husky’s skin, so be sure to choose one that is gentle enough for your pup!

🐕 Special steps

If you are washing the face of your husky puppy, it is essential to be gentle and not get water in the eyes. If you have a double-coated dog, as most huskies do, then you will want to use a soft washcloth that has been wrung out well. This will help keep your pup from getting irritated by the wetness on their face. To clean around the eyes, simply use one hand to hold up the eyelid while using your other hand with the cloth in it to clean around them with light strokes.

Once you have gotten all of the dirt off of your pup’s face (and any other area that may need cleaning), dry it with another towel that has been squeezed out very well so as not to irritate them further or cause any discomfort due to excessive moisture near his sensitive skin areas such as around his eyes where he cannot feel how much water there may be left behind once finished drying off completely.

🐕 Brushing and trimming

It is essential to know how to brush and trim the coat of a husky puppy properly. You will be able to groom your Siberian Husky at home by using the correct equipment. Several types of brushes are available for huskies, including pin brushes and metal comb attachments for electric shavers. 

When choosing a brush or comb, you should use one made specifically for huskies, with rounded tips on the pins so they won’t scratch your pet’s skin as much as regular human-style hairbrushes would. Keep in mind what kind of coat type your husky has before purchasing something like this because different breeds have different types of coats that require different tools when being brushed out regularly.


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Because your husky is an active and energetic pup, you’ll want to invest in quality products that will last longer than cheaper alternatives.

The benefits of this are so numerous that it’s hard to list them all! First and foremost, the quality of materials used for a husky shampoo and shaver will determine how long it lasts before you replace it (or at least a good cleaning). If you buy cheap material, your husky could potentially chew through the tools within days or weeks of purchase. This can be frustrating because having a new puppy is expensive enough without having to replace them every few months or weeks! 

Secondly, higher-quality materials tend to be much more comfortable for huskies than lesser ones. They won’t feel sore after using them all day like they might if they had chosen something less supportive. 

Thirdly, higher-quality products are less likely to cause skin irritation which means your husky won’t spend half their time scratching themselves raw just because they’re so uncomfortable! 

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the best kinds are often hypoallergenic, which means there’s no chance of irritating their sensitive skin while still providing maximum comfort throughout their lives which also helps reduce barking from being tired!


Like all puppies, huskies have a high energy level and can quickly get dirty. However, some husky owners bathe their pups too often and use human shampoo on them. This can lead to skin irritation, dry skin, and even allergies in your dog over time! So what’s the best way to keep your puppy clean?

🐕 Bathe when necessary

Huskies are a very clean breed, with a thick coat that is designed to keep them warm and dry. If you have ever held or played with a husky puppy, you’ll notice it feels like he has been freshly bathed. This is because their fur is naturally water-resistant and doesn’t retain odors very easily. Huskies also have a low body temperature (97F), which means they don’t tolerate heat as well as other breeds of dogs do.

If your puppy hasn’t had an accident in the house or gotten dirty enough to warrant bathing, then there’s no need to bathe him more than once every few weeks, especially if he lives indoors.

🐕 Shampoo only for huskies

It would help if you used dog-specific shampoo when you bathe your husky puppy. Do not use human shampoo! Some husky owners use dish soap to wash their pups, but if you have an allergy-prone pup (like many huskies are), this may cause skin irritation and other problems.

🐕 Pre-soaking

Pre-soaking your husky puppy is an excellent way to start. If you take a wet washcloth, wring it out slightly, and then use that to wipe your puppy’s coat down first, you’ll be able to prevent any matting or tangles from occurring. You can also use a spray bottle with water if you don’t have access to cloth at the moment.

You should also consider using a hair dryer if needed after bathing (if you don’t have one, try talking with someone in the house who does). The heat from the dryer will help release any trapped oils while drying off your husky!

🐕 Shampooing

Once you’ve applied the shampoo, gently massage it into your husky’s coat. Don’t scrub too hard, or you’ll irritate their skin.

Shampoos that contain conditioners are best for huskies because they will help keep their coats clean without drying them out. A good rule of thumb is that if your husky has greasy hair, use a dog shampoo with conditioner. Use a dog shampoo without conditioner if your husky’s hair is dry.

You can also try adding a teaspoon of baby oil to an eight-ounce bottle of water for extra conditioning benefits.

If your husky pup has long fur, consider using a soft cloth or bath glove (such as an old pair of latex gloves) to massage the shampoo into his coat instead of just using your hands. This will save time and prevent irritation from constant contact between you and his sensitive undercoat.

🐕 Hairdryers

It’s important to rinse all of the shampoos out of a husky puppy’s coat. You can use a cup for this purpose, but it is also possible to use a towel or blow dryer if you prefer. Hairdryers are not generally recommended because they can cause heat damage to the puppy’s skin and fur. But each owner must decide for themselves whether using one is appropriate in their particular situation.

When your husky puppy is completely dry, you can start to brush them. Use a gentle and soft brush to comb the coat and remove any tangles or mats. Start at the back of the husky’s body and work your way around the husky using a circular motion while gently brushing in one direction only. Make sure that you don’t brush too hard or pull on their fur, as this will cause discomfort! Once you’ve finished brushing, repeat the process until they are completely dry.

🐕 Treats after the bath

After bathing your husky puppy, please give him a treat. It is advisable giving your husky puppy something small and simple like a treat ball or even just a dog biscuit. You can also opt for more elaborate rewards such as an organic bone or even some beef jerky! And remember, treats are only good if they are given at the end of the bath. Otherwise, you will ruin your pup’s appetite.


The first time you take your husky puppy to the groomer, you’ll probably notice that there are other puppies being washed. In fact, many individuals who have never had a husky puppy before are surprised to learn that these dogs shed a lot. 

If you’re unprepared for this reality, it may be tempting to think of your new friend as more of an indoor cat than a furry companion who needs outdoor time on a regular basis. But we promise: keeping up with your husky’s hygiene is one of the easiest ways to make sure they stay happy and healthy!

Washing Husky Puppy: How And When To Do It? Washing,husky puppy

🐕 Patience

Some husky puppies will be more eager to take a bath than others. However, some huskies may be leery of the process and require extra coaxing and patience. Also, some husky puppies are more sensitive than others, while others are especially energetic or social. You’ll need to pay close concentration to your puppy’s reactions as you bathe them so that you can adjust accordingly.

🐕 Water


Don’t place him in a cold bath. The water should be warm enough to keep him from getting chilled.


Don’t place him in the shower or sink with the running water hitting his fur. This can cause pain and anxiety.

>>Burns and pain

Only use lukewarm water that is about 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees Celsius). Using hot or cold water could irritate their skin and cause discomfort for your Husky puppy!


You should also be careful when shampooing your husky puppy because it may cause irritation if too much is used. The best way to evade this is by using small amounts of shampoo on your pup’s coat while bathing her/him!

🐕 Shower direction

To begin, you should use a cup or handheld shower head to gently pour water over your husky puppy’s back, neck, and tail. Use a gentle flow of water and make sure all of the soap is thoroughly rinsed off. It is vital to use warm water rather than cold water as it will be less stressful on your husky puppy’s skin.

🐕 Proper rinsing

When you’re done rinsing, use a towel to dry him off. Do not use a blow dryer or hairdryer on your husky puppy, as it can be very dangerous for their skin. Leave the puppy in the bathtub while you finish getting ready, but don’t leave him alone in case he tries to drink some water from the faucet or bathtub drain!

🐕 Alternatives

If the puppy doesn’t like being in the bathroom, use a small inflatable pool outside. You can also fill up an old bathtub with warm water and let the puppy play around in it. Just make sure that there are no traces of sharp objects nearby that could injure your pet.

🐕 Ear sensitive

When bathing your husky puppy, be sure to use ear powder and thoroughly dry their ears after bathing them. Huskies’ ears are usually especially sensitive to water, so make sure you have a great drying method in place.

Husky puppies have very thick fur that doesn’t necessarily need washing as often as other breeds of dogs do. However when they do get dirty or greasy (which is rare) it’s important that you know how to properly clean their coat without causing harm.

🐕 Facial expressions

You will want to keep an eye on the puppy’s facial expressions during the entire process to make sure he is comfortable. If you notice any signs of discomfort (whining, or squirming), stop immediately and try again later.

Similarly, if he seems completely relaxed, you can continue washing him! Just be sure that if you are in doubt about how comfortable your husky puppy is feeling during this process, that is, if his body language suggests that something might be wrong, then it’s always more reasonable to err on the side of caution and stop before things get out of hand.


If you recently adopted a husky puppy, he does need regular grooming to keep him looking good and feeling fresh. If you plan on adopting a husky or any other breed of dog for that matter, it is important to understand what specific needs they have so you can provide them with proper care and avoid unnecessary problems down the road. Below are some tips for maintaining your puppy’s hygiene:

🐕 Trimming the nails

Toenails should be trimmed every 2 to 3 weeks. As a bonus, trimming your husky’s nails regularly can help you learn how to pet them without scaring them off.

Toenails are made of keratin, which means that they grow continuously. Nail clippers are designed for human fingernails but work well on husky nails too (except for giant breeds). Make sure that the nail clipper is sharp and smooths rough edges after cutting. If you use a nail file to smooth out the edges after clipping, be careful not to file too much into the quick because it will cause pain and bleeding!

🐕 Brushing the teeth

Brushing your puppy’s teeth daily is an important part of his hygienic routine.

If you want to keep your husky puppy’s teeth clean and healthy, you need to brush them at least once a day. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush with no hard edges (like those made for humans) when brushing your husky’s teeth. Start from the gum line and work up from there in small circles, paying close attention to any exposed roots near the gum line.

🐕 Puppy’s ears

It’s important to clean your puppy’s ears. You should do this after each bath after he has been swimming or running outside, and after any other time that there may be dirt or debris in them. Use a cotton swab to clean the inside of his ear, being careful not to push too far into it. Make sure you remove all dirt by rubbing gently on the bottom of his ear with a damp cloth after cleaning with the cotton swab.

🐕 Eye cleaning

Huskies are prone to eye problems, so it’s important to keep a close eye on the eyes for any changes. Eye infections are common in huskies, especially conjunctivitis and keratitis, both of which can be treated with antibiotics. If left untreated and neglected, they can lead to blindness in your dog or even worse, corneal ulcers that may require surgery if they go untreated.


Maintaining a husky’s hygiene is important and can prevent many other problems that you don’t want to deal with.

For example, if your husky starts getting smelly and have bad breath, it may be a sign of an underlying health problem or disease. You should take them to the vet right away so that they can get checked out and treated if necessary.

Regular visits to the vet are also a good idea because there are many things that can go wrong with your husky puppy when you least expect it! If something happens like an injury or illness, having regular checkups can mean catching any issues quickly before they become major problems for your husky puppy later on down the road when it could be much more difficult to treat them effectively.


During the first few months, washing and brushing a husky is essential in order to help them develop healthy fur by reducing tangling, matting, and breakage. A lot of huskies also have very sensitive skin, so you’ll want to be extra careful when bathing your puppy this way.

With huskies, the amount of work you put in will pay off. They are very social dogs and life-long companions. And although they shed a lot, it comes with minding a friend. Depending on your living setup, you may have to wash them as needed. And if you are afraid to do this by yourself, you can still ask for a professional husky groomer.

If your husky has problems settling down, you can check the next article on how to calm your buddy. Just click here!

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