Four Methods of Drying
By Sam Kohl
There are four methods which may be used to dry the coat, depending upon the breed of the dog you are working with.
The first method to master is fluff drying. A high-speed stand dryer is used for this process. Fluff drying is a very important and vital step in the proper grooming of long-haired breeds, especially the Poodle, Afghan, and Old English Sheepdog, to name a few. In fluff drying the hair is not only dried but it is straightened as well.
The warm air from the dryer is directed at that portion of the coat which you are drying. The hair is brushed in an upward motion with quick, even strokes until the hair in that particular area is dry and straight. This procedure is repeated over the entire coat, until it is completely dry. Special attention should be given to the areas of the head, ears (long-haired ears), and legs. Never point a high-speed dryer directly in a dog’s face.
The second method of drying is known as cage or kennel drying. It is usually used on short-coated breeds or on those whose coats do not require a fluffed or straight appearance. When using this method of drying, a cage dryer is attached to the cage and the dog is put into the cage on a towel until he is dry. Always be sure that the cages are properly ventilated on the top as well as on the sides. If this precaution is not taken, the dog may suffocate. Technology has brought us the high air volume dryer which has no heat. This powerful air flow does efficient drying quickly and safely. In a case where a dog is too large for the cage, he may be placed on a grooming table and dried with a stand dryer.
The third method of drying is the use of the velocity/forced dryers. These are high forced-air units that generate warm air at high speeds. They can be used to blow the water off after a bath, blow out shedding undercoat or fluff dry quickly during finishing. Care must be taken not to blow the air directly into the dog’s face or other sensitive areas. Don’t hold the dryer to close to the body since there is a possibility of irritating or burning the skin.
The fourth method is towel drying. Towel drying is usually used on small short-haired breeds. The coat is rubbed briskly with the towel until it is dry. This method is rarely used because cage drying is much faster and more efficient. However, if the special equipment is not available in the home, this method is sufficient. It is advisable, however, not to take the dog out until you are sure that the coat and skin are thoroughly dried.
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