Treat your Dog to a Spa Experience.

While perusing moderndogmagazine.com, I was shocked to find that the APPA National Pet Owners Survey reported 65% of U.S households owned a pet (79.7 million homes).  It is no wonder that the pet industry is rife with gadgets and gizmos a-plenty.  I am one of the roughly 54.4 million households with a dog.  More than simply mans-best-friend, many of us feel that our pets become like children, and some refer to them as their fur babies.  Like real children, we must clean their skin/hair, their teeth, their paws, and their sleeping quarters.  Unless you take your dog to a certified groomer, you have likely experienced the unpleasantness of a dog shaking off water.  Even though my Boston Terrier is small, it seems like towels solely push water around and do not dry her.  Hairdryers can be employed, but they are loud and many dogs do not like them.  Looking to Amazon, I found a portable pet dryer that I could take camping, one that I could employ outdoors (not in the rain), and one that I could use in the bathroom to dry her after her bath. Now, she can run around my home without shaking water all over everything. 

The AIIYME Pet Hair dryer arrived in a 15 1/4 inches long by 9 3/4 inches wide by 10 3/4 inches tall tan-cardboard box.  Both of the side panels displayed a semi-generic Pet Hair Dryer name, while both of the end panels provided four product icons, a list of countries, product name, model, color, and the 4.2kg net weight.  Interestingly, despite the presence of check-boxes for the countries and model/color, none were checked.  I cut the tape along the top of the box and lifted the wings away from the inside of the box.  Within the box, I found four plastic blower nozzle attachments, a 32-inch long accordion hose, an eight-panel instruction manual, and the pet dryer device. The four attachments include two flat wedge-shaped blowing nozzles, measured 1 5/8 inches long by 3/8 inches thick by 5 inches tall and 2 3/8 inches long by 1/4 inches thick by  4 7/8 inches tall.  Additionally, you will find a 7/8 inches diameter by 4 3/4 inches tall round nozzle, and a wedge-shaped 6 1/4 inches tall nozzle with eight hairbrush style hard plastic bristles.

Starting with the top of the dryer, you will find the convenient oval-shaped carry handle just behind the 1-inch diameter speed control knob.  The handle felt well secured and was affixed to the body of the dryer by two Phillips screws.  Along either side of the 1-inch diameter Speed control knob, you will find red toggle switches for heat and power.  Behind the heating toggle switch, you will find a silver warning arrow, recommending that you turn the speed to medium before turning on the heat.  Along the side of the dryer, you will find a metallic “Safety Tip” sticker, which warned you to make sure the voltage of the device/wall out light were compatible, to not use the machine in a damp environment, to operate the machine under the guidance of a professional person, and not to allow children to use the device.  On the opposite side of the bullet-shaped dryer, you will find a product specification sticker: Model SH-168, AC 110V, 60Hz, 500W-3200W adjustable output, wind speed 25M/S-75M/S, and temperature 35-70 degrees Celsius. Both of the wind/heat options were adjustable (typo on the sticker “adjustable”). Beneath the sticker, you will find the 68 1/2 inches long cable with Type-A wall plug. 

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Along the back of the dryer, you will find the inlet screen with geometric diamond design.  Remove the stay screw to remove and replace the included 3/4 inches thick by 5 7/8 inches diameter foam filter. Wash the filter to clean it, return it to the back panel, reattach the back plate and then tighten down the screw to enjoy clean airflow again.   Along the bottom of the dryer, you have four 1-inch diameter rubberized feet, with two of each attach to a welded on leg.  The sturdy rubberized feet/welded base worked incredibly well to stabilize the blower and to decrease the vibration/sound output.  Along the front of the blower, you will find a 3 1/4 inches long nozzle end with a grove 3/4 inches from the end.  If you look closely at the hose, you will notice that there is a plastic ring at each end, with a gap in what appears to be a plastic lock ring.  Press the sides apart and the ring will separate from the hose.  Ingeniously, the ring has tabs that slide into the tabs of the hose and then into either the dryer or into the rim present on each of the nozzles.  Remove the ring, slide the hose onto the dryer and the reapply the ring to lock the hose onto the dryer.  I then repeated this step with the nozzle attachment.  The design of the hose prevents wrong steps.  You can only put the ring on in a single manner and it cannot get stuck.  The only risk that I could foresee was if you opened the ring too forcefully and snapped the plastic. 

Like the hoses on carwash-vacuums, the telescopic, accordion, hose of the dryer will extend to nearly twice its original resting length. The instruction manual noted that this device was designed to create minimal noise (<50dB) and was designed with portability in mind.  Furthermore, the manual detailed the optimal use for each of the nozzles.  1. Wide Flat Mouth is designed to blow water off of the hair/body. 2. Flat mouth: designed to dry local hair. 3. Round Mouth: Fluffy Styling. 4. Eight Finger Mouth: Blow and Comb hair. The remainder of the instruction manual was passable but unfortunately suffered from broken English.  To test the device, I had to first give my dog a bath, an activity that she absolutely hates.  I think the only thing she hates more is going out in the rain or when it has snowed.  Holding her in the shower with me, rinsing her down with the showerhead, I applied her special dog shampoo, and then rinsed off the soap.  I repeated the soap/water and then attempted to dry her off with not one, but two towels.  Alas, I had the same mediocre experience as every other time that I washed her.  

I turned on the dryer, set the speed to the middle, and noted that the enclosed space of my bathroom caused the decibels to be closer to 90 dB, which was higher than the manual listed 50dB.  With the blower speed set to medium, I turned on the heater and immediately noted a smell similar to when your house heater turns on for the first time of the season.  My dog did not like the noise, did not like the hair blowing against her but pardon the pun, warmed up to it.  She rolled onto her back and liked the heat on the belly.  I turned the speed down to about 1/4 and was able to fully dry her in about 5 minutes.  I gave her a few treats, allowed her to sniff around the dryer, and seemed not to be bothered by it any longer.  Approximately one week later, I was able to wash her again, and she did not seem to care about the noise/air blowing.