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  • HV drying in the bathtub?

    I'm planning on putting the dog bathtub into the bathroom in my new shop. There's enough room for the tub, but a drying table will make it a little more crowded (plus the added expense). How realistic is it for me to get a decent pet tub w/ramp, and dry the dog with the HV IN the tub (after the water has drained)? The dog would then be moved to the grooming station (in another room) where the stand dryer is kept to finish the drying/ do the trimming.

    Since it'll just be me working, I don't have to worry about "tying up" the tub.

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    I do all my HV drying in the tub. Keeps the water and hair at least semi contained, and I like the fact that it's surrounded by 3 walls-no escape for the doggies. Funny story about HVing on a table. My haidresser who also shows dogs and now judges, took a job a while back as a bather. First time using the HV, had a mini poodle on the table. Guess he didn't know how forceful these dryers are, the poor poodle went for a 'swing'!
    Old groomers never die, they just go at a slower clip.

    Groom on!!!

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    • #3
      Hey, I am mobile and have a place to dry dogs (on the table) and I still dry many a dog in the tub...so I don't see a problem at all. Only drawback i can see is that it might delay drying a tad, but you can remedy this by hanging towels on the back of the tub to absorb the spray off. I have found that many dogs who freak out on the table with the dryer do better in the tub with the dryer. On the flip side, some dogs (fewer, however) freak out drying in the tub and are calm on the table. I think the tub is a nice secure place to dry a dog.

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      • #4
        If you're using the tub, make sure you hold a towel in your free hand and hold it where the water will fly, so it won't blow back on the dog.

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        • #5
          I was thought to dry in the tub and it is much better. I have an enclosed bathing room with no table in there and it works great. Helps keep the shop clean of hair.

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          • #6
            In my van, I dry alot of dogs in my tub until they are ready for finish drying. That is also how I did it at previous employers before I went mobile.

            The only thing to think about is get yourself a small-dog bathing shelf if you do the drying in the tub, because the smaller dogs you will find yourself bending over alot just to get them dry and that gets old really quick.

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            • #7
              Do it!

              I love drying in the tub.

              As previously stated flying hair is somewhat contained.

              Jason

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              • #8
                It's REALLY nice if your shower/tub walls go quite a ways up, that way you can just hose 'em down.

                I dry my bigger dogs in the tub, from beginning to finish, cockers get "mostly" dried in the tub, but then I move them to my drying table for the full finish of the drying process.

                If the tub is raised, but you still have to bend over, it will be difficult for you to dry bichons and such. Can you not have a small drying table in the next room?

                Tammy in Utah
                Groomers Helper Affiliate

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                • #9
                  I'm just the opposite, I don't like to dry in the tub. Seems the dogs just won't dry well. That's just me )

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                  • #10
                    Big guys I usually HV in the tub; definately keeps the blowing hair more contained; I can spray down wall when done. For little guys I prefer drying on the table in grooming area. Just my preference.

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                    • #11
                      Edited.
                      Last edited by pamperedpups; 02-20-07, 12:07 AM.

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                      • #12
                        I dry them most of the way in my tub then finish on the table. I find it much easier.

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                        • #13
                          This post started when lisa had 49 posts..lol... get a box for small dogs to put in tub, so u can do legs and feet w/o bending over.

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                          • #14
                            Cool, thanks everyone! In the second room I'll have other dryers..so if I can't use the HV in the tub for a particular dog, I'll just do something different.

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                            • #15
                              I dry the big monsters in the tub, only when they're too big to dry on the drying table. I generally hate it though, because the dogs don't get as dry and I always have to finish drying them on the floor. (I have not tried the towel trick though).

                              Also, if you have a tub grate, the long haired dogs destroy the grate with all the long hair wrapping around the holes & I have to spend half an hour cleaning it.

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