I bought a dog drying bag. It might have changed my life.

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Oh. My. God. Ok, so he looks ridiculous. Yes, he rolls around like Houdini attempting to escape a straitjacket. Ok, so he glares at me in utter disgust. BUT, I put one muddy, wet dog in to it, and 40 minutes later I removed a dry clean dog. It's some kind of voodoo/witchcraft, obviously, but I don't care. I didn't have to power hose the kitchen.

Chickens - link. NOW.


Only part of dog ownership I dislike, I honestly love the rest!

Hullygully Tue 19-Feb-13 13:47:05


coffeeinbed Tue 19-Feb-13 13:49:05

Chicken where?
Please, change my life for the cleaner and better!

ToomuchWaternotWine Tue 19-Feb-13 13:55:19

Ooooh think I may need that <narrows eyes at mud-magnet Labrador> is it cheaper than a steam mop? <or a new kitchen?>

I should add that he was lying in front of the patio doors for those 40 minutes, which aided and abetted the drying/cleaning process. But bloody hell, I am vair impressed.

ImNotaPheasantPlucker Tue 19-Feb-13 14:01:41

So you just zip em in, no buckets of water, no shampoo, no mud splodges up the walls?

coffeeinbed Tue 19-Feb-13 14:01:51

Thank you!

I love the idea of it. But would the Beagle?

Although if I threw a few treats in there too..............?

<<snorts at the idea of ChinUpDog trying to get his head inside the bag to snuffle out the treats>>

Bet the zip would go sad

Yep. Now, I made sure he was totally knackered out from a long walk before I attempted zipping. Therefore he was too wrecked to make a real escape attempt and fell asleep promptly. When I released him, I just shook the dry dirt out of the the bag and dried it out on the line. Awesome.

The zip is quite heavy duty, but with a lot of wriggling would slide down. I think I'll add some kind of press stud for the neck bit, just to make it more secure. Great after a muddy walk if you're going to stick them in the car, I reckon.

cathpip Tue 19-Feb-13 14:08:20

We have hotter dog fleeces for our spaniels when they are wet, astounding how quickly they dry in them!!

FloatyBeatie Tue 19-Feb-13 14:10:53

I love the idea of this. But I'm sure that my dog would have 50 fits at the prospect of being zipped up in a bag. Does anyone have positive experience of using one with an edgy terrier that can turn mid-air somersaults and pass his body like water through holes much smaller than himself?

ImNotaPheasantPlucker Tue 19-Feb-13 14:34:13

I can feel a 'we may need to spend some money...' conversation coming on!

I need two of those, my kitchen has never been properly clean since getting a second dog.
Not sure my GSD or my setter puppy are going to be impressed though. smile

DeepRedBetty Tue 19-Feb-13 15:05:35

Sew some velcro onto any bits where the zip's giving up. These things are brilliant.

D0oinMeCleanin Tue 19-Feb-13 17:42:32

i'm trying to imagine getting my dogs into one of those [shudder]

devil dog would quite simply not allow himself to be put in it, whippy would go in and then become convinced that her world had ended grin

belindarose Tue 19-Feb-13 17:47:45

What size did you get, chickens? I think it would change my life too.

notapizzaeater Tue 19-Feb-13 17:52:39

Oooh looks fab - we have a paw plunger (also on amazon), I fill it with hot water before we go out and it's cooled by the time we get back, stick each paw in it and just dry.

Chickens. Ordered for the 12 quid it cost, it's worth a pop. I also have somebody to blame if it doesn't work!!!!

Plus, puppy is a complete softie, rather pathetic and will probably just accept being trapped in a bag for an hour!!!

I have the size 4 I think, belinda. The 18 inch neck one.

SpicyPear Tue 19-Feb-13 18:23:42

I linked to these aaages ago and no one took any interest. But Chickens posts about them and suddenly the whole world wants one... <strops off in diva huff>

Shesparkles Tue 19-Feb-13 18:27:30

I'm tempted to get one for the pup for sheer entertainment value grin

Aw, Spicy. It might have been you that gave me the idea smile

(Pic of pissed off looking dog in a bag on my profile, btw grin)

FellatioNels0n Tue 19-Feb-13 18:31:49

I like. But one of my dogs is menkle and he'd drop dead of stress if I put him in one of those. He'd flail around until he killed himself. I know he would. He's neurotic a pain the arse.

SpicyPear Tue 19-Feb-13 18:34:02

That's very gracious of you chickens smile

I'm considering trying one for pup but given he cab escape any harness I don't think he'd stay in it for long!

Booyhoo Tue 19-Feb-13 18:39:22

can i ask chickens, have you attempted to get your dog into it a second time? grin

i could imagine WB co-operating on the first attempt until he realised he was trapped inside it. bring it out a second time and he would be off like a rocket!

He has worn it 3 times now. The first time was a practise, and he whined piteously when he realised his legs had vanished. The second time, he tolerated the bag because I was feeding him gravy bones. Today, he was too knackered to argue grin

Booyhoo Tue 19-Feb-13 18:43:44


ok gravy bones and knackered. <gets debit card out>

lougle Tue 19-Feb-13 19:02:47

Patch would kill it. It would be 'shredded dog drying cover' within 3 minutes.

Turniphead1 Tue 19-Feb-13 19:34:12

I love the idea of this! I am still within the golden 16 week window so I have no time to lose? Right? Am also googling paw plunger....

Anything to do with minimising mud is good. My clean freak self is struggling with the amount of mud in my life now. grin

digerd Tue 19-Feb-13 20:12:41

I've just ordered one from Ebay in melon red for my little 5 kilo /10"high at the shoulder dog. She does not roll in mud, but likes to roll in stinky stuff if she can find it. She has a thickish furry coat so don't want to matt it by rubbing her with a towel. It will be too long for her, so may sew up the bottom bit to dry her paws as well. Luckily for me she is a quiet little thing, but may be scared of it so if that happens I'll cuddle her on my lap in my plastic gardening full apron. Also being that small, bending over that low is a bit of a pain, literally.

coffeeinbed Tue 19-Feb-13 20:13:49

Mine's lazy, extremely muddy and easily knackered.
I might be on a winner here.

Thank you for this link! This is my birthday present sorted out!

theodorakisses Wed 20-Feb-13 16:45:51

Would it work with sea water and sand? I miss mud so much but i still have to hose my dogs after a run on the beach in Qatar. We hose them down most of the time but in summer when it is 50c, the tap water is too hot so we sort of curry comb them down which they hate almost as much as a bucket of water that we kindly tip over them.

I was going to post on this very subject. The back of my car is a stinking cesspit of wet carpet constantly soaked by permanently wet spaniel. I might have to splash out on one of these.

What size would I need for a Lab?

Jas is 15.2kg and 20 inches collar to arse, he fits in the size 4 bag comfortably. One of the sellers gave breed examples, but I can't remember which one. Used it again today after the hound went swimming and came home shivering, what with it being February and all hmm Twenty minutes later, he was warm and mostly dry on top, slightly damp still underneath.

digerd Wed 20-Feb-13 20:11:01

I read the various reviews and were conflicting/unclear. one said the 14" was too small for her little Shitzu, and another took notice and ordered the larger size and was enormous for her mini schnauzer, so got the 14" instead.
It said the size is the neck circumference, but gave no length or height of body? Perhaps I got the wrong make. My dog is small but her neck is thicker than 10" , so ordered the 14". Her length from front legs to rump end is 15" and height is 10". So we'll see when it arrives.

NeedHoliday Thu 21-Feb-13 12:39:25

Have googled paw plunger does anyone have any recommendation which one? There is a pet head one on amazon is that it?


Grumpla Thu 21-Feb-13 12:46:31

Do they do them in toddler size?

Owllady Thu 21-Feb-13 17:14:34

I don't think those bags have been designed with border collies in mind! God I really couldn't imagine even managing to get the zip done up!

digerd Fri 22-Feb-13 11:49:29

Right it arrived just now.
1. It is too big should have got the 10" neck
2. The zipper teeth are bigger than my little dog's teeth and needs an amazon hand strength to zip it up. Is stiff and difficult to do up.
3. I decided to try putting it on and decided the best way was to have the zipper on the top. Little dog is furry and had to keep pushing it away from the zipper teeth. She turned her head round to see what I was doing and caught some whiskers in the zip and she cried out in pain and I felt so guilty for not being more dextrous.
4. Suddenly she had one front leg out of the too loose neck.

The big stiff zip is the main problem, and they can't walk in it.

The zip is supposed to go up the back. And no, they can't walk in it. Or, they can try, but it will result in face planting. Jas now just stands still, looking at me sadly, until I arrange him in a lie down and then he goes to sleep grin

scurryfunge Fri 22-Feb-13 11:59:23

Ooh, I've seen these but was going to have a go at making something similar. Do you think fleece or towelling would be best, or is another fabric preferable?

Oh I could really do with some of these but there is NO WAY my crazy arse mental dogs would tolerate it and I can only imagine trying to wrestle dogs that are as big as you into a bag with a zip. I can still remember the halti collar debacle <shudders>

hahahahaaaaaaaa oh yes, the dog bag... I got one for my GSD and yes when he is in it and it is zipped up it is genius; it is the trying to get him in it and zipped up that is not genius!
I usually end up covered in mud, gob splatter and general yuk so gave up and just use it as a towel.

Might work better on my old, docile lab, but my car is filthy anyway where the muddy dogs do so until it has been valet cleaned I shant bother.

If you are going to use one of these, probably better to introduce as a puppy than trying to get a 30-40kg adult GSD in. wink

skratta Fri 22-Feb-13 12:27:47

I've got that for my LabradorxPoodle. I tried for my vizsla. It didn't work. Poor thing.

My Irish Wolfhound just face plants herself, but really is too large for the biggest one there (not too large as such, but the wrong proportions for it so bits are too large ifyswim) and I can't do the zip up because it gets stiff!

Jax - one of mine is a mental GSD, I just had a feeling it wouldn't work for a giant AND crazy dog but thanks for the money saving confirmation grin

digerd Fri 22-Feb-13 13:57:32

Did nobody have trouble with the enormous stiff zip?
I bought another one from Ebay, but has no zip, in micro fibre. slips over the head and is stretchy, but is like a cloak. Little dog looks calm, if a bit "what's that then?" She can walk in it but as so small she kept tripping up it. She looks proper posh in it and is laid on the floor in it now. No good for muddy paws though as open at the bottom.
Shall use it after a bath.

you are welcome purple ours is in the cupboard and we use it as a towel, not a dog bag. The hassle is just too much!

And my GSD is quite leggy and long and while it fits him, its just a PITA. I can get him dried easier and quicker with a couple of smaller towels, one for feet/legs, one for back/head/tummy. He knows when it is drying time and stands nicely and follows all commands for body parts getting dried.

Floralnomad Sun 24-Feb-13 14:38:13

Mine won't sit still long enough and trashed his . I made a similar type thing out of a coat ( human coat ) to use in the car . Put the coat ,no hood, on back to front with front paws down the arms and zip up the dogs back ( so he can wear his seat belt) , sitting on a blanket on the seat so by the time he's home from a dip in the sea he's dry . Mine doesn't mind being zipped into anything as long as he can walk IYSWIM.

Grockle Sun 24-Feb-13 14:43:50

I love this idea but I cannot imagine persuading a very wet & muddy border collie type into it.

Grockle Sun 24-Feb-13 14:44:40

A human coat is a good idea. I might try that.

digerd Mon 25-Feb-13 09:49:44

Our dog walks here are all dry at the moment, but don't know for how long.

pinkpaws Tue 26-Feb-13 14:57:40

Hi can i just check where do i get one said doggy drying bag and how does it work . Do they come in all sizes.

DystopianReality Tue 26-Feb-13 15:05:39

I've just measured and ordered it!
On another note, any ideas for doggy bad breath? He won't take any of the generic preparations and I put one (small!) dose of BD12 in his water last night in desparation.

digerd Tue 26-Feb-13 17:24:23

What are you feeding him? I gave my dogs dried food and they never had bad breath.

digerd Tue 26-Feb-13 17:28:21

He might need his teeth cleaning?

DystopianReality Tue 26-Feb-13 17:42:32

He has dried food, Iams, always has done and he simply won't tolerate a toothbrush anywhere near him. BTW he is the sweetest natured cavalier, so not aggressive but he just swerves his head away and clamps his mouth shut.

Grockle Tue 26-Feb-13 18:36:12

My dog usually, she eats bones & raw meat & is fine. Her coat is glossy & smooth but when I run out, she has dried/ tinned food & then has smelly breath (& fur). Yuck!

SillyTilly123 Tue 19-Mar-13 19:56:50

Ordered the size 4 today for my 7 month lab x springer but too small, have sent it to be exchanged for size 5.

SillyTilly123 Fri 22-Mar-13 13:54:51

Heres a pic of Tilly in hers not looking impressed smile

[link removed by MNHQ as it inadvertently linked to poster's address - in addition to the pic of the rather lovely Tilly]


Smudgedog Tue 13-May-14 14:34:44

Our dog won't entertain the bag - he is sooo scared of it. But we have an amazing towelling rug dring coat - not cheap but they last for years and it dries our heavy coated dog really fast. We pop it on for car journey home and he is dry by time we get there - also means if he shakes himself ( as he always does!) i don'tt get a mud spattered car. Brilliant! It's from countrymun.com but also on amazon i think. Now i guess we need a paw plunger - hadnt heard of those till i read this thread smile

melaniecassidy Wed 20-Aug-14 16:39:45

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