Types Of Pet Hair Dryer
- Portable: If you are at home or an on-the-go dog groomer, then this type will be best for you. They are easy to move around and set in any environment, and often come with long hoses to make it easier to dry all areas of your pet. Many are high velocity for quicker drying times
- Stand: These models will likely look just like a human hair dryer, but come complete with stands which make them easier to manoeuvre around a grooming table. As your client sits still, the dryer will often reach above the dog, so your hands are free to carry on grooming
Your dog may be quite nervous and scared of the sound the vacuum cleaner or washing machine makes. Or, they may be inquisitive and love to know where the sound is coming from. Either way, they will probably be slightly unnerved by the sound and look of a pet grooming dryer at first.
Catering the noise produced to your dog is important, to ensure they will comfortably sit still and also not get too agitated. There are some models out there which will be fine for nervous dogs, but take note of other reviews and specifications too.
The noise may be particularly important if you will be drying several dogs with the one model, such as if you are a professional – Bernie the Mountain dog may be fine, but Polly the poodle could find it overwhelming.
Just as not every dog likes the same noise levels, power could also be an issue. Some won’t even mind strong wind, whereas others may prefer a gentle breeze. It will also allow you to cater to different fur lengths and breeds.
Changing the power and speed may also make a difference to the noise created.
Unless you are a professional who can keep the stand by the grooming table at all times, you are going to have to have the space to store the dryer. Take note of the dimensions and size, plus any attachments which will need to be kept safe.
Talking of additional accessories, you may find a dryer which offers brush and comb attachments as well as different sized nozzles handy. This will allow you to dry several fur types, from long to short hair, as well as different sized dogs.
You may also find that your pet has a particular preference to which is used as they can offer varying amounts of power.
Can I Use A Human Hairdryer To Dry My Dog?
You may think they do the same thing, so what is the point in buying a dedicated pet grooming dryer?
Firstly, human alternatives get far too hot. Fur needs to be dried right near the skin to be fully dealt with, but this heat coming into contact with your dog’s skin can be dangerous. They already have high body temperatures naturally, so any further heat could cause irritation and rashes.
They are also often not as powerful or regular as a pet version. Dedicated dryers can blast away dirt, sand and water continuously, without losing power or performance. If your dog has thick hair, this is particularly important.
In short, it isn’t recommended. If you need to wash your dogs frequently then a dryer could be a bit of a lifesaver.
What Else Can I Use My Pet Hairdryer For?
Purchasing an item which seems pretty restrictive may be a concern, but they aren’t just used to dry dogs. Horses, cats and other pets of reasonable size could also be dried, and they are also effective in blasting away shedding pet hairs or dried dirt if you can’t wash your dog often.
Other reviewers have commented that they also use theirs to dry their car, motorbike and other items in their home such as windows.
How Noisy Are Pet Dryers?
Every model will be different, but generally, they are around the level of a vacuum cleaner. Quieter ones will be in the range of human hair dryers.
Are There Any Pet Drying Tips?
- Always start on the lowest setting and increase from there. This will help introduce your dog to the noise, but also not aggravate their skin or hair
- Keep your distance at first too, so they aren’t overwhelmed, and the breeze is gentle. Particularly important if you aren’t their owner
- Try to brush your dog’s fur while drying, especially if they have long hair, to prevent future knots or possible issues
- Don’t blow the air onto sensitive parts of the dog, such as near the eyes and ears
- Use positive reinforcement to train your dog and let them know that drying is a good thing, and also make sure water is available at all times