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    Hi- I,m new to the message boards and also sort-of new to groomings (1.5 yrs). I groom by myself so I have a couple of questions for you more experienced groomers. 1. blow drying fine hair dogs seems to get me in more trouble with knots then before I began. I seem to be missing a link between bathing and grooming Blow dry or Not? Thank you.

  • #2
    I always force dry.

    Some things to consider: If you have to hold the dryer at an exact distance, too close or too far and you can get whip knots where the hair knots back up.

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    • #3
      I was always taught to only blow the fine haired, drop coated breeds (yorkies, shih-tzu, malteste etc.) and westie skirts and/or any kind of body furnishings in the direction of the hair growth to lessen the whip knots. ie: when doing say the skirt/belly area point it downwards. It doesn't matter much which way you blow when their shaved short.

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      • #4
        take the nozzle off the hv and blow dry it that way. it will lessen the whip knots. or fluff with a stand dryer.
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        • #5
          I don't HV....

          fine, long coats. I wash, and squeeze, not rub, as much water out of the coat as I can. You can get a surprising amount out that way. Then, depending on what else is going on, I'll usually put the dog in a crate wrapped in a dry towel, or if it's warm, under a fan on low for about 15 minutes. I finish drying with the stand dryer and a brush. Fine hair usually dries very fast, so I don't find the HV neccessary, but that's just me.

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          • #6
            I blow "up and forward" and usually do incur a few whip knots, but a Les Poochs mat-zapper brush takes care of these in seconds, so no harm done.

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            • #7
              I really prefer to dry fine haired drop coats with a stand dryer. Like mentioned before they don't take that long to dry and the hair falls nicer.

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              • #8
                I like to towel dry, then force dry the longer the hir the farther away you have to hold the nozzle. I just separate the hair with the dryer so it is not all clumped together, Then I use the stand dryer to fluff dry the coat, Cage drying will make the hair curl and not look as fluffy, with a thin coat you need all the help you can get.

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