Which brush should you NEVER use on a Siberian Husky?

Sorry folks, but one of the most popular, most recommended and most effective dog grooming brushes of all time can actually do serious harm to your dog’s coat.

Unfortunately the traditional Furminator isn’t all that good when it comes to any double-coated breeds. Many report that they shouldn’t be used on Siberian Huskies what so ever. We’ll leave that decision for each individual, what is critical however, is that if you do choose to use a Furminator, that you choose the correct version.

The long-coat version would be arguably the best of a questionable-bunch, although we’d strongly recommend considering their Furminator Rake instead.

What are the other options?

The Furminator range certainly isn’t the only grooming brand to consider. Mikki, in particular, is one of our favourites. The following products from Mikki are always in our grooming arsenal:

Mikki Grooming Anti-tangle Undercoat Rake

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Mikki Pro Slicker Dog Brush

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Mikki Hard Pin Slicker for Thick Coats

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Our Favorite Dog Cleaning Products

Finding dog-safe cleaning products can be a nightmare, and made even worse when dealing with Siberian Huskies – their sensitive nature (especially their stomachs) means any change in environment has the potential for a negative effect (or bowel movement). So, we’ve put together a quick list of our absolute favourites, for all of your cleaning needs:

Bubble Gum Fragrance Pet / Kennel Disinfectant & Deodoriser

This multi-purpose kennel cleaner smells absolutely divine and has endless uses. Indoor, outdoor, diluted or used neat – this stuff can handle the most stubborn stains and odours. Our particular favourite uses are used to clean the patio, or in a handy spray-bottle for cleaning up any small accidents in the house.

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Pet Head Dry Clean Waterless Spray Shampoo

Your dogs not keen on a bath? No, ours neither. Whilst a full bathing is occasionally the only solution, most of the time a quick once-over with a pet-specific dry shampoo is all that’s needed. And if we’re honest, they often smell better after using this than they do a full bath!

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Leucillin Antiseptic Skin Care

Leucillin antiseptic skin care spray is a highly versatile first, anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal spray, suitable for use on all mammalian animals. (That means dogs too!) Quoted as out-performing all similar products killing 99.99999% of germs on contact, whilst remaining pH neutral and non-toxic.

It’s our favourite go-to for those pet emergencies, and we all know how little cuts can occur when huskies get excited! A must-have in the cupboard for sure!

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What Bike for Bikejor? Q&A Session with “Benjen Stark”

It’s a question we see asked on Bikejor and dog-sledding community groups year-round. And the honest answer is, any! Well…kind of.

Giving someone the answer to the question of what bike they should buy to bikejor their dog with a single answer/link to a specific bike is very likely just, wrong. It doesn’t matter if they have an unlimited budget, what works for one person, certainly isn’t ideal for another. So, given the apparent difficulty of properly answering that very question, we’ve teamed up with a friend of ours who knows a fair bit about running his dogs – but, most importantly, he knows a hell of a lot about what to look for when buying a new bike.

Due to some commercial sensitivities, our friend has asked to remain anonymous, so for the duration, they will be referred to as “Benjen” (‘cus who doesn’t like a mild Game of Throne references, ey?).

Our collaboration with Benjen takes shape in the form of an interview:

Q: Hi Benjen, thank you for taking the time to talk to us today. Usually, at this point,
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Are Shock-Collars Really That Bad? Video evidence.

Both during online discussion, and as a responses to our off-lead article, many people say to us – but shock collars don’t hurt. There’s no real consistency to their claims, comparing it to everything from a warming sensation, to a small pinch. Well, maybe they’re correct – but if so, is that enough to discourage a really determined dog?

My guess, is no.

Fortunately however, a brave man by the name of David Pittblando – a dog trainer with the Perthshire Gundog Rescue – decided to find out once and for all, just how these device work. The evidence, in the video below, speaks for itself.

We won’t be considering such an inhumane approach any time soon, that, is for sure.