About Dog Dryers
Dog Dryers come in many shapes and sizes for many purposes.
Cage dryers are meant to be mounted on the front of your dog's cage, blowing into the cage and heating the air space all around your pet. Depending on the size of the cage and dog, they can blow very directly onto the dog, or just blow in the direction of the dog. After stripping the water from the coat and towel-drying, most dogs take only a few minutes in a gently-warmed cage to finish the drying process. When just barely damp, most groomers finish a dog's drying with a hand dryer to accomplish the high-fluff look. Many blasters, stand, and floor dryers can be turned into cage dryers by adding hose kits.
Some dryers have thermostats that can be adjusted to give you whatever temperature you choose. They include a thermostat that tells the dryer when it has reached the temperature you set and turn off the heater coils when it is reached. Other dryers simply use the heat produced by the motor to gently heat the air that is expelled.
It is critical that you do not overheat a dog. Dogs do not sweat. Their body temperature is very difficult to adjust, and overheating can be a deadly serious issue. Either purchase a dryer that uses only motor heat, or/and purchase a dryer timer that will turn the dryer off automatically if you get busy and forget to turn it off.
Many dogs go to the groomer and come home looking fluffy and gorgeous. Most home groomers are not able to get that look. Many times the secret is in the hand-drying process. If you use a fine, soft slicker brush to brush the hair of your poodle or other kinky-haired breed WHILE you dry the coat, it will pull the curl out of the kink and give you the high fluff you desire.
This can be accomplished with a hand dryer or any dryer that will blow on the dog while you work. Stand dryers are made expressly for this purpose. Because they stand high and point directly where you aim, they give you two hands free for brushing and straightening the hair.
The faster you can get water out of the coat of a just-bathed dog, the faster he will dry. The volume of concentrated air that a dryer puts out is critical to its ability to strip water from a wet dog quickly and efficiently. Some dryers include a concentrator attachment that fits on the end of the hose to direct and restrict the air flow. When pointed at the dog, it blows so hard that the water is blasted from the hair, giving you a huge head start on the drying process.
You mut be VERY CAREFUL not to blast at the ears. Blaster dryers can damage ear drums - even make a dog deaf. Protect the ear with your hand if you will be blasting anywhere near the head regiion.
The Importance of Brushing
Regular brushing does more than just eliminate tangles. You need to brush the coat frequently to bring the oils produced at the skin down each shaft of hair to coat the hair shaft with protective lipids.
Dogs MUST be brushed prior to bathing or the undercoat, mats and tangles will be permanently set into the hair when the water and shampoo reach them. Brush deep. Use an undercoat rake if necessary on thick-haired breeds (particularly in the Spring and Summer when the undercoat is shedding profusely and matting into the coat).
The Importance of High Quality Shampoo
- Be sure that you are using a veterinary quality, NON-detergent shampoo! See Choosing High Quality Shampoo
Under no circumstances should information presented here be construed as veterinary in nature. Always consult your veterinarian if problems persist.