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Oy! How long does it take with the human hair dryer? I've tried using a human hair dryer when my poodle was a puppy and it took forever. I have the high velocity dryer (same brand), but it's the 2-speed 4 HP metro dryer. I like it. It's a good little dryer, very portable - but some people may think it's loud. I use mine in a little bathroom that echos, so maybe that's why mine sounds loud. I use earplugs and put cotton swabs in my dog's ears (don't forget to take them out after!) cause I bathe my dogs weekly and don't want my ears or theirs to go bad with all that noise. I've heard of the Chris Christensen dryers being pretty quiet and they are good for general home use. May not be as powerful if you are grooming as many dogs as a groomer. The good thing about the CC dryers is that it's variable - you can dial the airflow really low or get it to the max air flow. The dryer I have is just two speed, but most dogs should take the lower speed on the 2-speed 4HP metro okay with the nozzle off.
Many groomers use the K9-II or K9-III but I doubt you'd want a dryer so powerful. I've used the K9-III and on the highest setting it will blow a toy dog off the table. They are also quite expensive. The Quick Draw may work for you if you are just drying your Havs. I like the 2-speeds on mine because I need to be able to dry both big and small dogs.
When you dry with the force dryer, the higher air speed will dry quicker, but the motor may sound louder - and also if you put the nozzle too close to the hair, it will cause whipping - the hair will whip and tangle itself. So if you get the 2-speed just vary the distance when using the two speeds. It helps to have the nozzle off on the highest speed if you keep experiencing the hair whipping around.