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    In winter I wash Taya in the shower, but we have one of those slinky hose things so that makes it easy.

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    I wash mine in the bathtub using one of those dog hoses that plug into the tap. If it's a nice day I'll get them to play outside for a bit afterwards, otherwise I put the heater on and get them to sit on their beds with towels under them.

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    I take my dog to the beach and we walk up and down and she rolls in fishy things.

    And when she gets hot after a zoomie session, she jumps in the water.

    So I pour over a couple of buckets of cold water - one 1kg yogurt tub at a time to get the sand and salt off. Given she was already hot, she doesn't seem to mind, and then I towel her off with several towels, and load her up into the (hopefully) warm car and run the heater fan on full blast all the way home (30mins).

    If I'm not going to the beach - I fill a few buckets with warm water and use that and the yogurt tub to scoop water over her, lather her up and rinse, and then I get towels out and she crawls onto one on the grass while I towel her off with another couple of towels. The secret is having lots of towels. And then dog does zoomies. Ideally she doesn't roll in muddy patches in the garden. Or we back to square one.

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    Hi BlackLexDog,

    I am not sure how practical it is but I have seen a person using vacuum cleaner to remove excess water from his gsd. he said the method is used for horses. I can see it might work but never tried on my small dogs. I guess you need wet vacuum cleaner.

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    you know how there are do it yourself car washes? well near me (and ive seen quite a few else where) there are do it your self dog washes. they have big troughs that are high enough to make washing easy and they are warm, with shampoo and conditioner and a drier ...easy as pie!
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    I think if Lex dog was not too keen on the blow dryer, he'd be none too thrilled about the vaccuum cleaner.

    I wouldn't use a vaccuum cleaner on my dog. Too much risk of giving her "hickies" or bruises.

    What I've seen used on horses to get them dry quicker is a big scraper, like a giant spatula used to scrape the water off. It's actually a long thin ribbon of metal or rubber and is scraped across the horse's body. Not sure you could do that with a dog. I use the edge of my hand to scrape water off. I'm sure there are smaller curved rubber scrapers like window cleaners you could use on a dog.

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    Thats idea.. cheers!

    Ive never "scraped" the water off with my hand, but it woudl make sense..
    And be alot easier with the drying process..

    Good advise!!
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    It's not real cold here in winter, but still I use a warm water bucket bath and rince.
    Chamois tend to dry the dog better than toweling as it absorbs water better imo.
    If you find yourself going through hell; Don't stay. Just keep on going.
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    Oh yeah han't thought of a squidgey ( like for cars windsceens) to slick excess water off, thats a great idea!
    If you find yourself going through hell; Don't stay. Just keep on going.
    Beau.

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