Barbara Bird, Author

  • Barbara Bird, aka BBird, has been grooming since 1971 and opened Transformation Pet Center in Tucson, Arizona in 1977. In the salon, BBird specializes in Bichons and scissored trims, hand stripping of Terriers, and cat grooming. She has been writing and speaking to groomers for over a decade, and received the Cardinal Crystal Achievement Award as Grooming Journalist of the Year for 2006 and 2007. A regular contributor to Pet Age magazine, Barbara also writes for The Bichon Frise Reporter. She has authored and self-published three books, including Beyond Suds and Scent - Understanding Pet Shampoos and Conditioners. She has also developed a line of aromatherapy products, The Scented Groomer, and conducts online extended education classes at


December 28, 2009



It is also a good thing to visit an audiologist to have your hearing tested to see what level of loss you may have, or if any. They can make custom fitted ear plugs to ensure maximum benefits and comfort.


This was a useful article. I have been looking into solving noise issue myself.

Numatic makes vacuums that are much quieter than your typical hardware store shop vac. They are a lot more expensive but they are well made, and quiet.

A force dryer can be put in a sound proof closet or enclosure. This helps to reduce the sound from the dryer itself. Unfortunately the noise from the nozzel is the bigger challenge. We want lots of airflow and pressure to get the job done fast but this means lots of loud hiss. Whats the best way to get them dry fast but without the noise?


Barbara Bird

Hi Derek! We use flat nozzles more than cone nozzles. The flat nozzle is considerably less noisy. Sometimes less noise is worth a few minutes more time. I use the cone mostly for larger dogs, and then just to knock off the loose water. As soon as I stop getting spray, I switch to a flat nozzle. Speaking of spray, you can speed up drying by holding a small towel to catch the spray as you are force drying. This keeps the spray from settling back on the dog, or saturating the air around the table, which slows down drying.

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