About Dog Dryers
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.
Hand DryingMany 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.
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
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
Under no circumstances should information presented here be construed as veterinary in nature. Always consult your veterinarian if problems persist.