While the weather lately in Los Angeles has been going back and forth between hot, cold and rainy, that summer heat wave is on the horizon and it’s best to be prepared with your Siberian Husky. Remember that while Siberian Huskies are arctic breeds of dogs, they are highly adaptable to the weather provided you give them what they need!
- If your Siberian Husky spends a lot of time outdoors, always be sure that there is plenty of water available at all times. This should come as a no-brainer, but it’s worth mentioning first!
- Some Siberian Huskies are notorious for hating bathes or water, but there’s a great number of them that love swimming. If you do not have a pool of your own, perhaps consider getting a small “kiddie pool” in the yard so that your dog and play around in the water.
- If your dog is sociable with other dogs and likes water, maybe a trip to a local dog beach is in order? There are many to choose from in Southern California (such as Huntington Beach), and you also have many options for lakes and rivers around the area, too.
- Be sure to brush out all of that undercoat! Shedding season is upon us this time of year, and most dogs are blowing their undercoat in preparation for that summer heat. Get out a slicker brush, shedding blade, or tool such as the Furminator to help with all the hair. Here’s some more tips on dealing with shedding.
- Don’t shave your Siberian Husky. This is an unfortunately common practice amongst many owners due to the belief that their dog’s coat will make them hotter in the summer. In actuality, a Siberian Husky’s double coat keeps them insulated from both the heat and the cold. If you shave away their coat, you’re ruining that insulation and will actually make them hotter. They also become susceptible to sun burn and skin cancer. While it is important to get all the shedding undercoat out, leave the rest intact!