Solving the Drying Dilemma
Following these simple steps can help take pain out of drying while still providing a good outcome.
True confession time—most groomers don’t like drying. That makes sense, as when you use a hand dryer, even a high velocity one, it bends and strains your arm with vibrating stress.
Still, a dry dog is essential for a good cut. With this in mind, there are steps you can take to take pain out of drying and still have a good outcome.
Get the Dog Clean
Oily, dirty dogs take a long time to dry, so take steps to really clean the dog during the bath. Some groomers prefer to use a degreasing shampoo, especially oily dogs.
Have the bather really work in the shampoo and rinse it out. It might take a second or third shampoo to get the dog clean, but it will be worth it when you get to the drying stage.
Towel Dry First
The “cuddle and squeeze” approach to towel drying works well for most dogs, especially medium and large dogs. You can likely “burrito” small dogs to wring out the wetness and reward them with affection.
Although inexpensive towels will work fine, you might find you save time and money by having an absorbent towel for that last phase. It will do a better job of soaking without drenching the bather.
Cage drying is an ideal option for medium to extra-large dogs. They will have more moisture to remove, and that will take a toll on your body as you blow out the water.
Many groomers use blow dryers, which work well on small dogs. Blow drying does cause a degree of stress to the pet. You can (and should!) wear ear plugs when using a high-velocity dryer, but it is hard to keep protection on the pet. The thicker the coat, the more stressful this can be.
A cage dryer allows the pet to go in the drying cage and have high volumes of air flow through its coat. The sound is not as stressful. The fans create turbulence, which lifts up the fur, removing both loose undercoat and water droplets.
Having the drying happen away from the grooming table also helps reduce the moisture and humidity around the grooming table. This is more comfortable for everyone and better for the grooming process.
Dryer cages also build in safeguards for the pet. They are UL listed and feature OSHA compliant guards that protect the pet and the groomer.
Look for Heat-Free Drying
Cage dryers are available for both heated and heat-free drying. The heated drying presents a hazard without hands-on monitoring.
Shor-Line cage dryers exclusively offer heat-free drying. The directional flow of the fans does the work of drying the pet and lifting up the coat. The groomer still needs to supervise, but it can be in the same area as opposed to needing to be right next to the cage.
Some dryer cages offer the option of placing holding cages on top of the dryer, so your bather has a good place for the freshly washed pet to wait its turn to dry.
Letting the cage dryer do the work, especially for medium to extra-large dogs helps you save your body stress and strain. And, it lets groomers do the grooming they love while minimizing the pain.