Worried about giving your dog a bath? You are certainly not alone. It’s a task that many dog owners, and their dogs, prefer to avoid. However, baths can help maintain your dog’s health, so it’s important to bathe him when he needs a good cleaning.
One of the reasons dog bath time can seem like such a chore is the drying process after bathing. Trying to dry off your dog after a bath sometimes seems like an impossible task. If this sounds familiar, it might be time to try another method of drying your dog.
In this article, we’ll go over the three main methods of drying off your dog after bathing and their pros and cons to help you find the one that’s best for you and your dog.
1. Air dry
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As the name suggests, air drying involves your dog naturally drying off after bathing. The idea is just to let your dog roam freely and let the elements (and usually a few good jolts) work their magic!
Many dog owners are attracted to this method because it is simple and does not require any additional tools. Another reason owners may choose air drying is that they have found towel drying aggravates their dogs.
Although air drying can work, I generally advise against it for a number of reasons. Air drying can take a long time and prolonged humidity can lead to skin and ear infections and matted fur. These issues are more likely to occur in long-haired or thick-haired dog breeds, so air-drying works best for dogs with short, fine fur. This method can also cause your dog discomfort, especially in cold weather.
And let’s not forget the possible messes and odors you may have to deal with. We all know that wet dogs don’t smell very pleasant (even when they’re clean!)…so imagine that smell carrying over to your home and furniture. Additionally, a wet dog resting or rubbing against certain types of materials can cause water damage to your furniture, walls, and floors. In short, while this method may be easy, it has significant drawbacks.
2. Towel drying
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One of the most popular ways to dry your dog after a bath is to use a towel. But before you reach for the nearest rag and start scrubbing your dog, there are a few tips to keep in mind.
First, for best results, consider using a microfiber towel. Not only are microfiber towels very absorbent, but they also tend to be softer and softer to the touch than regular towels. Of course, a regular towel will also do, but it will take more time and effort to dry your dog after a bath.
Second, it’s important to use the correct technique when toweling your dog dry. Instead of a coarse rubbing motion, use a massage-like rubbing motion, starting at the head and working up and then down. If you want to see what this process looks like in action, watch this video.
So why should you consider drying your dog with a towel? For starters, it’s relatively inexpensive to get a microfiber towel, and in a pinch, you probably already have a few bath towels on hand that you could use. It’s also easy to do once you get the hang of it. The downsides to this method are that it’s not as effective as using a hair dryer, and dogs with sensitive skin, sore joints, or other issues may find it uncomfortable to be dried. to the towel.
3. Use a dog hair dryer
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The last method you may want to try is to use a dog hair dryer. Similar to blow-drying your own hair, this method involves blowing air through your dog’s coat to speed up the drying process.
However, unlike a regular hair dryer, dog hair dryers are specially designed to make drying your dog’s coat as easy and safe as possible. While it may be tempting to use your regular hair dryer, keep in mind that the temperature of these hair dryers is usually too high for dogs’ skin and coat. Additionally, a well-designed dog hair dryer has many additional features that will speed up the process and reduce the stress associated with it.
This method is ideal for dogs with long or thick coats, and it is the best and most efficient way to completely dry your dog’s fur. Another advantage of a dog hair dryer is that you can use it in combination with the other two methods mentioned above. For example, you can choose to quickly dry your dog with a towel and finish the job with a dog hair dryer. Or, you can use the hair dryer to dry most of your dog’s wetness and then let the rest air dry.
The main downside to using a dog hair dryer is the price. Professional dog hair dryers can cost between one and a few hundred dollars. If you don’t want to spend that much, there are also good budget options for under a hundred dollars. Another thing to keep in mind is that some dogs may find the sound disturbing. If your dog is sensitive to loud noises, opt for a dog hair dryer designed to emit less noise.
Drying off your dog may never be something you look forward to, but it doesn’t have to be a headache. If you’ve been using the same method for drying your dog for a long time, try another technique. Good luck!