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Rory (and I) survived her first home grooming! (photos)

Over the weekend I converted a coat closet into a mini-grooming station. It's not fancy, but I'm just a pet owner, I don't show.



The sun came out today so we headed out for a jaunt in the park, and got a little dirty.



So I took the opportunity to try out the bin bath technique. It does a very thorough job and Rory was a good sport. Apart from an emergency butt bath all her grooming was done with a professional groomer.



My drying technique needs lots of work but I got her dry. I need to re-read that part of From Nose To Tail. The tail needs work.



She was so happy to be done with the ordeal she gave me a smile.



Before heading off to nap on the sofa with her toy frog.



Interesting footnote: the Diane Klumb book "The Havanese" says the average Hav will need to be bathed 760 times in it's lifetime.
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She is beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.
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OMG I love her smile. And wow. What a coat!
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I love the idea of having your grooming station in the closet! Great idea! Looks like the experience was a good one for Rory..who by the way is just adorable!

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Oh my goodness... those smiles are adorable!

That is awesome. I'm glad to get some feedback on the bin idea. I'm going to be mom of 2 Havs soon and I may need to be more efficient in my bathing! Love the grooming closet.

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I love your grooming area and groom, great job! I ordered a grooming table, it's on the way. I want to set up an area to do some grooming in between the groomer and eventually do it myself. How do you like your dryer? Is it an ionic one? I am in the process of looking to get one and came across what looks like you have.

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Nice going, Rory looks fantastic!

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Rory looks GREAT, and I LOVE your new grooming station! I wish I had a place to try the bin method, but my kitchen sink is just too small, and my knees won't take using the tub.

As far as the dryer is concerned, yeah, human driers work, but they take a lot longer. One thing you can do is to set up one dryer on the stand, pointed at the dog and set on low, then work on the dog with a second dryer in your hand. That way they are getting dried on both sides at the same time.

Still, in the long run, I am really glad I finally switched to a force dryer. I first had a cheap B'air dryer… they work fine, but are VERY loud. Now I have a Kool Pup and absolutely LOVE it!!! It and the B'air take about the same amount of time, but the Kool Pup is MUCH quieter, and has a rheostat, so you can dial in the speed you want for faces, etc.

I can dry Kodi with one of the force dryers in half the time a human hair dyer takes. It DOES take some getting used to… you handle it differently than a human hair dryer. Heather Andrews posted a GREAT video of using a force dryer that helped me immensely!


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I love your grooming area and groom, great job! I ordered a grooming table, it's on the way. I want to set up an area to do some grooming in between the groomer and eventually do it myself. How do you like your dryer? Is it an ionic one? I am in the process of looking to get one and came across what looks like you have.
Jen, I like the dryer alot. It's the Andis 60070 Comfort Dry Ionic/Ceramic Pet Dryer purchased from Amazon for $39.99.

I haven't felt the need to use the high heat or high fan settings and in my estimation it dries pretty quickly. I had a Metro Air Force for my German Shepherd and it would probably blow Rory right off the table.
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Jen, I like the dryer alot. It's the Andis 60070 Comfort Dry Ionic/Ceramic Pet Dryer purchased from Amazon for $39.99.

I haven't felt the need to use the high heat or high fan settings and in my estimation it dries pretty quickly. I had a Metro Air Force for my German Shepherd and it would probably blow Rory right off the table.
You definitely DON'T want to use high heat. Not only is it too warm for the dog, but will dry out and damage her coat!

My first experiences with a force dryer made me put it in the closet for a LONG time… for just the reason you mentioned. I almost blew Kodi off the table, and he ended up looking like I'd stuck him in a light socket! Fortunately, from Heather, I learned it's all in the technique. You have to learn HOW to use it on a small, long haired dog.

(BTW, my old B'air is now in the barn, being used to dry my horse after he works! )


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