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Best Dog Towels for 2020

Whether they have just been for a long muddy and wet walk, or you have just bathed them, all dog owners will probably agree that washing and drying their pup is one of the worst parts of being a dog owner.

If you dry them with a regular towel, this gets very wet yet still doesn’t do the full job, and then both the towel and the pet give off a bit of a wet dog whiff. But if you don’t dry them at all, you have a very messy (and smelly) car, home or dog bed on your hands.

There is a solution, however – if you dry them with a dedicated microfibre pet towel, not only is the job quicker, but they will actually be fully dry at the end, and won’t smell damp.

To see our picks of the best dog drying towels and why, read on below.

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    Henry Wag Microfibre Cleaning Glove
    • Helps you to keep your dog still
    • Quick drying
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    Henry Wag Microfibre Pet Towel
    • Quick drying
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    Ruff and Tumble Burgundy Drying Dog Coat
    • Velcro fastening for ease
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    Top 6 Best Drying Dog Towels Reviewed

    1.
    Henry Wag Microfibre Cleaning Glove

    Did you watch the BBC show Customer Is Always Right? Well then, you will have seen the winner – this Henry Wag Microfibre Noodle Glove Towel.

    Not only does this glove set allow you to properly dry and clean your dog, while holding them still and getting to reach those awkward places like under their belly and chin, but the noodle design also causes less pulling on their fur. Brilliant for long-haired breeds.

    It will also remove dirt, and will itself dry quickly after use. When it gets to the point where it is starting to be a bit unusable, you can pop it in the wash.

    Features

    • Helps you to keep your dog still
    • Quick drying

    Specifications

    • Size: 80 x 35cm
    • Material: Microfibre

    2.
    Henry Wag Microfibre Pet Towel

    Luxurious, soft and able to absorb more water than a regular towel, this microfibre option will get your pooch back to their normal dry self in no time.

    Once it has been used, it will also dry quicker, so that wet dog scent won’t be lingering around for ages. It gets rid of dirt just as well as it soaks up water, and is washable at 40 degrees with a little detergent. Once your dog’s fur is dry, you can rub the towel in the direction of the coat and it will produce a sheen.

    To finish, it is a nice enough size to cope with larger breeds as well as little ones who need an awful lot of drying.

    Features

    • Quick drying

    Specifications

    • Size: 100 x 150cm
    • Material: 80% Polyester, 20% Polyamide

    3.
    Ruff and Tumble Burgundy Drying Dog Coat

    Your dog has got a bit wet but you still have to walk to the car or home. To ensure they don’t get even wetter and to dry them as they walk, a towelling coat is a great idea.

    It prevents them from shaking when they reach the car or home, and also works to both dry and clean them. Because it fastens around their neck and belly, it will remain secure.

    There is a choice of sizes, and the coat should ideally be able to wrap around the dog’s neck area and reach the start of their tail.

    With faux leather trim, it has the perfect country look, and the soft cotton will also keep them nice and warm when they start to dry as they’re sitting still.

    Features

    • Velcro fastening for ease

    Specifications

    • Size: S, M, ML, L
    • Material: Cotton

    4.
    Towelling Dog Bag

    You dry Henry as much as you can before he inevitably has to get back into the car or come through the living room after a long muddy walk. It is at this point that you realise you didn’t quite fully clean his paws.

    He then goes into the nice clean living room, has a shake before jumping up on the sofa. Just to make some more mess. But if you can carry your dog, wouldn’t zipping them up into a bag to contain all of that dirt be a better idea?

    It isn’t as malicious as it sounds. Made from 100% cotton, the towel bag doesn’t only keep all of your dog’s mud and dirt contained, but also helps with faster drying without you having to lift a finger. It would also help after bath time if they tend to run through the house soaking everything.

    From tiny terriers to labradors, the size choices are generous. It is also able to keep them warm, which could really benefit them in the winter, especially if they are wet. A choice of colours is available if you’re fussy about that kind of thing, and just bear in mind that it can get quite heavy after it soaks up the water.

    Features

    • Colour options

    Specifications

    • Size: 26.2 x 25.2 x 10.8 cm
    • Material: Cotton

    5.
    Dolphin & Dog Dog Towel

    It can often be hard to navigate rubbing a towel over your dog, especially if said towel is large and your dog is even larger. The towel gets wet if on the floor or in the bath, and they can become agitated if their face is covered.

    This is where a pair of drying gloves can come in handy instead. You can get right under the belly, clean their legs and their head without making them feel a little bit overwhelmed or missing vital bits.

    The two hand pockets also mean you can keep your pet still, which is great if being dried isn’t exactly high up on their favourite experiences. Covered with loads of microfibre fingers which work right into the fur, there is a great chance you won’t have to rub too hard.

    They dry quickly so can be used quite a few times before needing to be washed, and it means no awful smell. It is machine washable when the time comes, however. When it comes to drying, a hook will keep it safe.

    Features

    • Gloves to keep them still

    Specifications

    • Size: 91.4 x 30.5 x 7.6 cm
    • Material: Chenille microfibre

    6.
    3 Peaks Microfibre Travel Dog Towel

    3 Peaks are one of our favourite brands when it comes to tough products for adventurous dogs. Specially designed to perform in that must-need moment, it offers superfast drying and will make light work of mud too. It is also proven to reduce the likelihood of split ends on long hair, and of your dog’s fur going all fuzzy and knotted.

    It is also nice and lightweight so can be popped in a rucksack with no fuss, making it a much better option than an ordinary bath towel to take on a long day out. Able to roll up small, it could even strap onto your rucksack if you don’t want to have to try and fit it in when wet.

    Features

    • Large size
    • Lightweight

    Specifications

    • Size: 160 x 80 x 0.334cm
    • Material: Microfibre

    Buying Guide

    Materials

    The majority of dog towels are made from some form of microfibre material such as a cotton mix or polyester. This soaks up water easier and also is quicker at drying so you don’t get that wet dog smell which often comes from damp towels.

    What Else To Look For

    The towel should be lightweight, which helps it to dry and air out easier but also makes it easier to pack if you are going on a trip. They’re also better for drying your dog with, as you can move the towel around with ease and your dog won’t become stressed with a heavy item swaddling them.

    Hand pockets could also come in handy if you have a bit of a Houdini dog who you need to hold and dry at the same time, and they also allow you to get under their belly, around their face and their legs easier.

    Machine Washable

    The vast majority can be washed in your machine. This is vital to keep the towel clean and bacteria-free and is also easier than washing by hand. Double-check that the towel isn’t too sensitive for this though, and also check whether you can use detergents and softeners.

    Other Buyers Ask...

    How Do I Use A Dog Towel?

    Gently rub your dog’s fur with the towel to remove dirt and water. Try to apply as much force as possible to get close to the skin and right into their fur.

    Once clean and dry, run the towel in the direction of the fur to produce a sheen. Take care to clean the legs and paws thoroughly to remove all dirt carrying potentially harmful bacteria, and to remove other potential hazards such as salt from the road.

    How Do I Care For A Dog Towel?

    You don’t want to buy something which is difficult to look after, so double-check washability and care tips before you purchase.

    In general, shake after use to remove any loose hairs, wring it out if it has got very wet, wash it often when needed to keep it clean and ready for the next adventure, and always air dry it thoroughly before using again. Some may be able to be dried in a tumble dryer, which is good if you are always out and about.