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How do you get yours dry?

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Micky93, Aug 24, 2013.


  1. Micky93

    Micky93 PetForums VIP

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    Eddie has a double coat, and we learnt from when he was a young dog that if we didn't dry him off after a bath or heavy rain (back before the days of swimming :lol: ) that he would stink. Up until now we have used the hair dryer on the lowest setting on cold to dry him after his baths, but I'm wondering if this would be aiding to irritating his skin condition.

    Because of his thick coat a normal towel just doesn't cut it, and underneath he is still soaked through. He goes bonkers when wet, sliding and scuffling around the floor like a nutter trying to dry himself :crazy:

    Any tips? :eek:
     
  2. Lilylass

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    mmmm how often do you dry him with the hair-dryer?

    If once in a blue moon then it probably doesn't do any real harm - but if on a regular basis, it's bound to dry out the hair (like it does ours!) and may well irritate his skin

    Maisie gets dried down with towels (usually several) - she may still be damp but TBH it shouldn't really be a problem

    Double coated dogs were generally bred to work / live in harsh conditions where extreme cold / heat or wet were a regular thing and their coats are designed to deal with being wet without them getting really cold etc
     
  3. DollyGirl08

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    I just towel mine over quickly then leave them to dry. If it is a sunny day and they've been in the lake, they are usually dry by the time we get home, or I will put them in the garden for a bit. In the winter they lay by the radiators. Otherwise it is a going over with a towel and I leave them.
     
  4. Micky93

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    Not that often, I try and avoid bathing him unless necessary. No more than once every 4 or so months.

    I wouldn't mind if his coat was just damp, but underneath it stays soaked, like really properly soaked. Hmmm :001_unsure:
     
  5. tiatortilla

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    How about one of those dry-bag things, I think they're supposed to be quite good.

    I just give Tia a rub with a towel, she doesn't have much fur :p.
     
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    That rubbing on the floor is a natural terrier thing to do when wet. There's loads of videos of it on you tube :D Pippi does it after her bath or if she gets wet when out she does it on mud or grass.

    I always let mine dry naturally, even my old OTRB boy who had a thick double coat. I quite like the smell of wet dog so I must be weird :p
     
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    metaldog - He's done it since he was a pup, it's hilarious! He winds himself right up doing it then crashes out wherever he happens to drop :lol:

    tiatortilla - I did try one of those bag type things, if it's the same one I'm thinking about and it didn't do anything at all :(
     
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    My three just get towel dried and then left to dry off naturally.

    Val xx
     
  9. Wyrekin

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    Mine just get towel dried but if it's cold I will put Scooby's equafleece on him since he is an old man and it's water wicking. :eek:

    I don't tend to bathe mine unless they have rolled in something disgusting. :eek:
     
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    Florence has a double coat (Lab) and takes ages to dry. I rub her down with a towel then leave her to finish drying on top of a few towels on her bed or the sofa.
     
  11. Lilylass

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    That certainly doesn't sound excessive for the hair-dryer

    For every day drying have you tried putting some towels down for him to dry himself on?

    Once I've got the worst off maisie, I always put a dry towel on the sofa & her bed as she will inevitably go and lie on one or the other ..... if not both!
     
  12. cinnamontoast

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    My youngsters do the same, rubbing on the grass and big dog goes nuts on the bed, quite bonkers!! They have towelling robes and if they're left on, they dry very quicky:
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    They also have a hairdryer. :)
     
  13. sharloid

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    We don't bother. They've just been out in the paddling pool and come in drippping wet. The sofa is wet from where they rolled around on it, they ran around a bit to make sure all the floors are wet and now they're all sleeping. :p
     
  14. Twiggy

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    The microfibre absorbent dog drying cloths work quite well. They use them at the local hydrotherapy pool.

    You can get them off Amazon and probably Ebay.
     
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    I use a Groomers Absorbent towel which I bought from Pets At Home. I get fed up with trying to dry 3 large wet towels after each walk and these are like synthetic chamois leathers that you keep in their own small plastic tube. They are only small but soak the water up and they can be popped in the washing machine. I have tried the cheap pet towels and found them useless. The Groomers towels are great and now my house is free from muddy damp towels :D
     
  16. Beau-a-saurus

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    I wonder if it is a coat issue rather than a drying issue? Can I ask, if he is double coated and rough haired, is he stripped? I thought rough coats were supposed to be weather proof so only the top gets soaked and the undercoat stays dry (when out and about not baths :D) so if he has been clipped or trimmed it may be worth hand stripping or thinning his undercoat to prevent the problem in the first place? Just an off the wall idea though!

    Goodluck!!!
     
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    Good towelling does it for mine.....Do damp dogs smell, cant say I've noticed, but then mine end up wet most days so I guess I've gotten used to it..
     
  18. McKenzie

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    I usually towel her off and let her dry naturally - if she's just been wet from rain her coat is fairly waterproof, but 'swimming' (in puddles) or a bath takes hours to dry.

    If it's cold I'll put her equafleece on her while she dries.

    And yes, she does the rubbing on the floor thing too!
     
  19. BabyBlu

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    A nice rub down with a towel - which Edie loves! This summer has been easy with the lovely weather
     
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