Tips and tricks for dog grooming, this video focus' on how to dry an Irish Setter.
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Here we are then; we’ve got him in front of the dryer now. It should probably take us about an hour to dry him completely. What I'm going to do is dry him and brush him the whole time the dryer is on the coat. Brush the coat to keep it lying nice and flat. He’s not very keen on the dryer but he’s tolerating it today.
Sometimes I use a hand dryer on him and he’s being more used to that than this stand dryer. But it’s a case of brush, brush, brush, keep the coat as flat as possible to remove as many of the waves as possible. They can often get quite wavy around the high end quarters so make sure that you're brushing really thoroughly when you're drying that bit.
This also removes any dead coat that's lying in the hair that hasn’t fallen on the way while you are bathing him. You can actually dry him through a net curtain, a piece of net curtain and put over the coat if you got a very curly dog, it will then hold the coat quite flat as you blow dry but obviously you cant brush the dog at the same time so you got to make sure each piece of the coat is brushed completely flat before you put the piece of net on top.
It’s quite hard work, it's actually very warm. I'm going to work a little bit on the tail flag now. Flattening it down, brushing it downwards on both sides to pull the hair out as straight as possible. And again, brush the trousers straight down at the back. That’s completed, drying the tail and the trousers. I'm now going to just trim around the tail while I've got it brushed down. So, I'm just going to snip off the end to shorten it just a little bit and then I'm going to cut it into a gentle circle shape just so it gently takes off towards the end of the tail.
Now, I'm going to move on to drying his stifle and a good tip here, if you got a dog with really straight stifles make sure that this hair is pulled out and blow towards the front legs which shall give the appearance if you're having a little bit more bend on the stifle than you already have. And actually Clive’s got quite a lot so he doesn’t really need that. And then I'm going to continue along his belly area towards his front legs. As you can see, he’s dried quite successfully there now. Most of his coat is looking quite a lot straighter than it did when we started. Okay? And remember to always brush downwards to keep the coat as straight as possible.
It’s particularly important when the dog’s almost dry because that the time that the coat will really get curly if the dog curls up and goes to sleep when its slightly damp, brush his chest hair just a little bit forward to get out any tangles underneath and then you're going to pick it up and just brush it down in layers. If you got a dog that hasn’t got a lot of chest hair, this will maximize the amount than he already has.
As you can on the neck area now, there's a lot more hair that’s lifted up since he had his bath which will need trimming off later.
Now, for the front legs, you pick up each from the leg and pull the hair downwards, just push the brush into it and just let the air go through. So that’s the front leg almost dried, just a little bit damp at the back. I'm just going to dry the other front leg now, these are the bits that are particularly difficult to get flat. Okay, I'm just going to dry him down the neck and ears a little bit more to straighten that out, you can see just how much hair has risen since he’s had a wash compared with how I trimmed it before hand.
It’s still a little bit wet around his ears but he’s not too keen on having the dryer on his face so I'm trying to avoid blasting the ears straight unto his nose.