Dog groomers do it, but can you blow dry a dog at home? Is it safe, and should dog groomers be doing it in the first place? The short answer is yes to all of those questions. But there’s more to it than just turning on the blow dryer and pointing it in the dog’s direction. That’s more than enough heat to burn your pup if you’re not careful. So yes, you can use a blow dryer, but you need to take a couple of precautions and use a smart blow-drying technique.
Q. Can I use a blow-dryer on my dog after I wash him?
Yes, with a couple of cautions. First and foremost, you need to keep the nozzle a few inches away from your dog's fur and the air flow in constant motion, to prevent heat from concentrating on any one spot and burning your pet. You do this naturally when drying your own hair, because you can feel when it’s too hot. Do this in stages: Show him the dryer while it's turned off with treats and praise, turn it on away from him with treats and praise, move it closer and give treats and praise, and so on. That way he learns not to fear the dryer, and you can build on this to make grooming a pleasant bonding experience for you both.
Q: How to properly dry your dog?
Blow-drying should start with a towel. When you’ve finished bathing your dog, put a large towel over his body. Squeeze his body one section at a time, soaking up the water with the towel. You don’t want to rub because the towel may cause the hair to tangle. Use the towel to remove water all the way down the legs and tail.
Now it’s time to pull out to the blow dryer. Introduce the blow dryer slowly the first time. Let your dog smell and look at it. Take a few steps away and turn it on so he can hear the motor and feel the air from a distance. Keep it on a low setting to reduce the noise.
The blow dryer should stay five to six inches away from the dog. Start at the top and work your way down. Avoid blow-drying directly into his eyes to prevent irritation. Be careful around the ears, moving the blow dryer further away so that the noise doesn’t startle the dog or damage his hearing.
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You can use a blow dryer intended for humans or a dog blow dryer, although to be safe, it’s recommended to use a model designed for dogs. These blow dryers rely on airspeed rather than heat like your typical salon blow dryer. Dog blow dryers also help blow out shedding hair, so the dog doesn’t shed as much after the bath.
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Dog hair dryers are portable with a long, flexible hose and a detachable nozzle. The long hose lets you keep the body of the vacuum in one place while you use the hose to move over and around the dog’s body. Most models include different nozzle types from narrow to flat, giving you options that may work better with your dog’s hair type.
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*We hope to give you better ideas for your pet, but this information is not meant to be a substitute for veterinary care. Always follow the instructions provided by your veterinarian. If your pet feels bad, please take it to the veterinarian in time.