What Makes A Dog Dryer Different From A Blow Dryer
Since dogs won't typically stay still for their groomers the way that humans will, these dryers are designed with their habits and needs in mind. Groomers usually need both hands free when they're working on a dog so they can hold it still, and use a comb or scissors at the same time. That's why many dog dryers are built into stable bases and can sit vertically or horizontally on their own. Dog dryers need to work fast, too, since pets won't sit still for long and owners don't want wet animals running around the house. For this reason, most models have strong motors powering fans with impressive rotation per minute capabilities.
Busy salons that need to dry several dogs at once use dryers that provide hundreds of cubic feet of airflow. This lets them dry a few dogs in one area, while they go groom another client. Many dryers warm the air around them by up to 20 degrees Fahrenheit, as well as the air directly in front of them, creating a comfortable environment for damp dogs to sit in. Most dogs don't understand commands like, "Turn around" or "Lift your leg," so rather than hoping for flexible pets, groomers look for dryers with long, bendable hoses.
It's especially important that busy groomers get a dryer that is made from durable, high-impact material like ABS plastic, so it can survive being knocked over by a strong tail, or a playful puppy. Concerned pet owners should look for groomers who are experienced in the safe handling of dogs. Dryers designed for a professional groomer's needs usually come with various attachments that can handle all types of dog hair, from the thickest curls of a poodle to the wiry strands of a terrier.
How To Keep A Dog Calm During Grooming
The more a dog associates grooming time with fun, the less likely they are to run away when they see their owner unpacking the shampoo and dryer. Giving a dog their favorite long-lasting chew toy, like a raw hide or pig's ear, during grooming will not only help the pet stay still, but it will also make them look forward to the process. One can also constantly feed small treats to their dog while grooming, which will keep their pet looking at them, making things like trimming hair much easier.
It's always a good idea to begin grooming with the dog's favorite part. If the owner begins grooming with the pet's least favorite part — like nail trimming — this can leave the pet squeamish the rest of the time. Many dogs love being shampooed because this usually comes with a massage. If the dog is still nervous, one can try playing classical music. One study found that classical music can help ease a dog's stress.
Most pets don't respond well to loud noises, so the quieter the tools one can find, the better. This could mean using a pet nail grinder instead of clippers, or a low power hair dryer. Most people know why dogs love their owner's pheromones — namely that they make them feel at ease — but may not be aware of the industry that has grown around this concept. To make the grooming area a peaceful place for a dog, an owner can get a plug-in diffuser that contains these calming pheromones.
How To Keep A Dog's Fur Shiny And Healthy
Glistening, tangle-free fur isn't reserved for dogs in commercials. Any pet owner can see a shiny coat in their dog if they take the right steps. A healthy coat starts with a dog's diet. Common food allergens like soy, corn and wheat can lead to skin conditions that affect the animal's fur. In addition to avoiding certain ingredients, dog owners can be sure to give specific, coat-healthy foods. These include fish that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, like salmon, tuna, and sardines. Most dogs are thrilled to see these foods added to their dish.
Regular brushing is also an important part of a shiny coat. Brushing a dog's coat stimulates the hair follicles, which produce oils that not only protect the skin but also moisturize the fur. Vets recommend brushing a dog once every other day. Baths also help form a healthy coat, but there are dangers associated with overbathing a dog, like dry, flaky skin and allergic reactions to shampoo. Every dog requires a different bathing schedule, depending on the length of their coat and their lifestyle (are they an indoor or outdoor dog?). But most breeds do well on one bath a month.
Dogs benefit from many of the same healthy oils that humans do, like flaxseed, coconut, and sunflower. Adding just a tablespoon of these oils to a dog's food each day can result in a thick, shiny coat. Plus, coconut oil can alleviate common skin conditions in dogs.