Golden retrievers require regular grooming to keep their coats looking their best. Part of that includes giving them regular baths. When they are done being bathed, it is important to dry them as soon as possible to ensure that their coats look great.
The drying is a lot harder than it sounds. Any dog who has had a bath isn’t exactly jumping to have its coat blow-dried. If you are struggling with blow-drying your golden retriever, here are a few helpful tips for how to get it done.
Start from the Head Down
There are certain techniques that will help you learn how to blow-dry a golden retriever. For starters, make sure that you have a high-velocity dryer, something that will lessen the time that it takes to get your golden dry.
It also helps if you have a towel for your golden retriever’s head. There are a few different, specially-crafted hoodies/towels out there that will help lessen the noise of the dryer, making your golden more comfortable during the drying process.
When you get the hoodie towel on your golden, start near their head. Go through the coat, consistently moving and feathering out the fur with your other hand. The goal is to spread the warmth underneath the coat, getting a deeper level of drying than you would by just pointing and shooting.
Work through the back and belly, especially the thick undercoat of the latter. This will take a few minutes to really ensure that the fur is dry (or slightly damp at worst). Then move to the legs and paws last as these can be quite sensitive.
Take the time where needed to ensure that your golden is comfortable. It will become infinitely more difficult if you have to use one hand to hold the dog’s collar to prevent it from dashing away.
Use a Microfiber Towel
If you are wondering how to blow-dry a golden retriever, sometimes the best way is to not blow-dry them at all. Most dogs are a bit apprehensive when it comes to the loud noise that blow dryers make. If your golden retriever is extraordinarily stressed by the sound of the blow dryer, you might need to find a different way to dry it.
This is when having a microfiber towel, particularly one made for dogs, can really come in handy. Not only can you get your golden dry using the towel, but your golden is going to enjoy the feeling of being rubbed down. This means that you can get your golden dry without having to worry about it taking off or pulling away.
There are a few helpful hints that can allow you to dry your golden more efficiently. Every dog is a little different; some might be okay with a regular hair dryer while others might require more specialized tools to get the job done. Here are a few tips that can help you get the job done more effectively.
Make sure they are comfortable. The biggest concern while drying your dog’s coat is to ensure that they are comfortable. If it is your first time using a blow dryer for your dog, it might feel extremely apprehensive or outright scared.
Take your time. Be calm, and use a soothing voice. Pet your dog a lot, and let it know that it is okay. It might take a little time for the dog to get used to the blow dryer, but taking it slow and easy should lead to easier drying sessions in the future.
Hair dryer for dogs. The sound of a hair dryer can be a bit rough on the ears of a dog. So if your dog doesn’t seem as though it is handling the loud noise particularly well, it might be time to make a switch. Thankfully, there are hair dryers for dogs.
These hair dryers are high-velocity but also take into consideration the sensitive hearing of the dog. These dryers can provide the best of both worlds and help your golden feel more comfortable whenever bath time rolls around.
Keep moving. No matter what kind of hair dryer you use, it is imperative that you don’t stay in one spot for too long. Continuously keep your hand moving so that the blow dryer is only hitting a specific area for a second or two at a time.
There is an important reason for this. If you keep the hair dryer in one spot for too long, it can make your dog’s skin too hot. That can dry out the skin and do damage to it with enough consistency and time. It can be easy to forget just how hot a hair dryer can get if it is left in one spot.
Be prepared. Help yourself out by being prepared before the bath starts. Anything you will need—towel, hair dryer, conditioning spray—should be ready to go when the bath starts. This preparation will help cut down on the chaos that can come when the bath is over.
Keeping your golden retriever’s coat looking its best involves frequent baths, which means learning to dry your golden in an efficient manner. There are more than a few ways to do this, and it will take some time before you find a groove for both you and your dog.
But when you feel comfortable in the drying process, you will get it done far more quickly, and your pup won’t be so apprehensive, either. This means keeping your golden’s coat looking as shiny as possible will be easier.