5 Ways To Dry A Golden Retriever (And What Not To Do)

Golden retrievers love to get wet, so if you’ve decided to buy one, you’re definitely going to have to learn the best ways to dry them. In this article, not only are you going to learn the best ways to dry your golden retriever, you’ll also learn what you’ll definitely want to avoid doing.

How To Dry A Golden Retriever

Without further ado, here are the 5 best ways to dry your golden retriever.

Make Sure Your Golden Retriever Is Comfortable

The first thing you want to do is make sure that your golden retriever is comfortable. Not only will this decrease their stress level, but it will also make drying them so much easier for yourself. If you’re using a hair dryer for example, then it can scare a lot of dogs that don’t like loud noises.

Use A Towel

One of the easiest ways to dry your dog off, is to simple use a towel. A nice thick bath towel is always a good choice, and you can just keep one by the door for when your pup comes home wet. However, if you do plan on using a towel, there’s actually a method for how to use them effectively.

Instead of just rubbing their coat, you should aim to press the towel into them to soak up the water. This way you’re able to dry them off without matting or tangling their fur up. (A top tip, is to also keep a towel on the floor to stop their feet from ruining your carpets.)

Using A Microfiber Towel

If you want to go one step further you can also try to use a microfiber towel. Microfibre towel are great because they’re a lot smaller, but also absorb water a lot better. Microfiber towels are also better for your golden retrievers fur, as it helps to keep it fluffy and soft.

Using A Hair Dryer

When your golden retriever isn’t scared of loud noises, you can also use a hairdryer to easily fry them off as well. Just make sure that you’re not completely blasting your pup with it. Keep the hair dryer on the lowest setting and make sure you’re keeping the nozzle a good distance away from them too. As well as this, always keep the hair dryer moving to stop your golden retriever getting too hot.

Lastly, if you’re using a hairdryer for the first time, don’t just turn it on and put it on your dog straight away. Instead, try turning it on in the room so they can get used to the sound. Once they’re used to the sound you can then bring it closer towards them, before using it to dry them. And remember to do this all casually so that your dog doesn’t think the hairdryer is a big deal. This will increase the chance that they won’t be scared of it.

Use A High Velocity Dryer

When it becomes evident that drying your golden retriever is going to be a frequent occurrence, it might be time to invest in a good high velocity dryer. High velocity dryers aren’t like regular hair dryers. Instead of using heat to remove water, they remove water from your pups coat just by the sheer force of the air flow. What’s great about this is it means you don’t have to worry about hurting your dog with heat.

However, just like normal hair dryers, you need to make sure that your golden retriever isn’t scared of loud noises before using one. And if they are, you’ll need to slowly introduce them to the high velocity dryer to make sure they don’t get stressed.

Try Quick Drying Spray

Last but not least, you can also try adding quick drying spray to their fur to encourage it to dry. However, out of all of these methods, this is the one that is going to be most hit and miss. While some people report that it worked great, other people reported that they didn’t notice any different in how long it took their dogs hair to dry.

What Should You Avoid Doing

As well as the five things listed above, when it comes to drying your golden retriever, there are also some things you’ll definitely want to avoid doing.

Don’t Brush Them If…

If you notice that your golden retrievers fur has the following problems, you should definitely avoid brushing them.

  • First of all, avoid brushing them when their fur is tangled. If you brush them during this time not only are the knots going to get worse, but it can also be quite painful for your little pup. Instead you should use a detangling brush or detangling spray.
  • Likewise, don’t brush them if they’re still too wet. When you do this, you just risk increasing the amount of knots they have in their fur.

Don’t Brush Them The Wrong Way

When you’re brushing your golden retriever you want to make sure that you’re brushing with the fur rather than against it. Brushing against the fur will often create more knots and can be quite painful for your golden retriever as well.

Don’t Leave Them Wet

It’s really important with golden retrievers that you’re not leaving them to dry on their own. Because golden retrievers have a double coat and thick fur, it can increase the chances of them getting skin irritations such as hot spots. Which are extremely uncomfortable for them.

Don’t Be Rough With The Towel

You also want to make sure when you’re drying them with the towel not to be rough. Not only will it increase matting and knots, but it’s also going to damage their fur and they could end up with a lot of split ends.

Don’t Forget To Brush Them Before They Get Wet

You should also brush your golden retriever if you know they’re going to get wet. This is because you can once again reduce the amount of knots once they’re wet, and make keeping their soft nice a lot easier.

Recap

As you can see, drying your golden retriever doesn’t have to be hard and if you follow the advice in this article, you can keep their fur perfect at all times. So remember, the best ways to dry your golden retriever include drying them with a towel, hairdryer, or drying spray.

And you also want to make sure you avoid brushing them when their fur is tangled or wet. Also don’t brush them the wrong way, roughly, or leave them wet for too long. Lastly, you should also try to brush them before they’re going to get wet if you can.

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