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I am a professional dog groomer and agree with the other posters about a dog blower/dryer! They are definitely an investment if you buy your own (like $200-$400+), but often you can find them available at pet washes in pet stores or car washes or whatever if you don't want to spend the money on your own. I also agree the metro and Chris Christensen Kool Dry are good dryers-K9 is another good dryer. You will wonder how you ever lived without one! My process for grooming goldens is a bath with a good shampoo (I am in love with Trophy Line Mane-ly Long Hair products-use the shampoo, conditioner and detangler/polisher-have never used anything better and I've used dozens of different products!), towel dry, rub the Mane-ly detangler through the coat, blow dry (good rule of thumb is dry until you think they are dry and then dry some more!). When blowing, blow the entire coat backwards to get it dry down to the skin, then blow it back the right way and repeat until the dog is dry; hold the dryer further away from the dog while blowing the longer feathering and use a brush while blowing so you don't get it all tangled. After the dog is dry, I brush with a slicker brush, then an undercoat rake, then finish with a greyhound comb. I always trim hair around feet/pads and around ears, trim toenails, and clean ears too.
Autumn Harvest Moon II (aka Autumn) born March 2000 Crossed the Bridge August 2015 My 1st Golden and 4-H obedience champion who taught me so much about training and showing. You're the one who made me realize Goldens were the only breed for me! You are missed, my sweet girl. Seraphim's April Love CD (aka April) born April 2011 My sweet little cuddle bug/lap dog golden who loves obedience and frisbee!