4 Ways to Dry a Dog

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4 Ways to Dry a Dog
4 Ways to Dry a Dog

You need to dry your dog if he's wet, whether it's because you gave him a bath or because he got wet in some other way. There are many methods to do this. It all depends on your puppy's environment, time and needs. Some puppies are very scared or have other serious behavioral problems. If this is the case for your dog, before trying to bathe or dry him, you should consult a veterinarian or dog behavior specialist.


Method 1 of 4: Letting Your Dog Dry Outdoors

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Step 1. Allow your puppy to dry naturally outdoors

This is the easiest and most fun way to dry for your dog. When getting wet, the dog's most natural reaction is to shake itself vigorously from side to side to release the water. In less than 4 seconds of shaking, the dog can get rid of more than 70% of the water in the fur.

Step 2. Stand back and let the dog shake the water off his fur

It is recommended to do this outdoors or in a room that you don't mind getting wet. Be prepared if the dog decides to splash water on you too. Wear clothes you don't mind getting wet.

Step 3. Let the dog finish drying in a place that is comfortable and not too hot or too cold

Usually the best thing for the dog is outdoors, in the sunlight.

  • If you let the dog dry outdoors, provide him with water and shade.
  • Dogs prefer natural odors as opposed to man-made odors such as the odor of shampoo. This makes freshly bathed dogs likely to want to roll around in the dirt or mud. Prevent your dog from ending up dirty and smelly. Do not leave the dog in environments that have dirt, mud, or any other strong-smelling material until he is completely dry. An outdoor terrace or a comfortable living room indoors are great options.
  • The dog may roll on the rug if you let him in to dry off. This is a natural reaction. Let the dog enjoy it or take him to a room that has no carpet if you don't want the dog to roll on the carpet.

Method 2 of 4: Drying Your Dog With a Suede

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Step 1. Wear a suede skin

Suede skin is a cloth traditionally made from the leather of a suede, European antelope. Currently, suede skin can also be made from goat or sheep hide, or non-animal synthetic material. Suede fur is ideal for drying dogs because it dries quickly, in addition to being absorbent and soft.

  • You can find suede to buy online directly from the factory, or on sites like eBay or Mercado Livre, or at automotive supply stores. Many people use suede skin to dry their car.
  • The natural oils found in natural suede fur will help make your dog's fur shiny.

Step 2. Rub the dog's fur with the chamois

Gently press excess water into the dog's fur before rubbing it with the chamois if it has long fur. You can rub quickly and vigorously, but don't rub too hard.

Step 3. Twist the suede

Wring the water out of the suede fur occasionally, before continuing to dry the dog's fur. When wrung out, suede skin will become almost dry, so it can continue to absorb water.

Step 4. Be kind

When rubbing, be gentle, especially on areas such as the dog's chest, neck, ears and paws.

Method 3 of 4: Drying Your Dog With a Towel

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Step 1. Dry the dog with a towel

Drying with a towel is more work than using a suede skin, as the towel becomes heavy and soaked as it absorbs water. Anyway, this method works, and you probably already have towels available.

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Step 2. Have several towels available

Replace towels when they get wet. The bigger the dog, the bigger the towels have to be.

Step 3. Rub the dog's fur

Place a soft, absorbent bath towel on the dog's back and rub the fur gently to soak up the water. You can rub quickly and vigorously, but don't rub too hard.

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Step 4. Replace the towel

When the towel becomes too wet to continue absorbing water from the dog's fur, replace it with a dry towel.

Step 5. Dry all parts of the dog

After drying the dog's back, dry the belly, chest, and finally the paws.

Step 6. Be kind

When rubbing, be gentle, especially on areas such as the dog's chest, neck, ears and paws.

Method 4 of 4: Drying the Dog with a Hair Dryer

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Step 1. Use a hair dryer

This method works best with dogs with very thick or long fur. Siberian huskies, for example, have a double coat that takes a long time to dry using other methods. However, this method should only be used on dogs that are not afraid of the dryer.

Step 2. Get your dog used to the hair dryer

Before using, just turn on the dryer in the same room as the dog. Gradually try using the blow dryer when you notice the dog is used to the noise. It may take a few days or weeks for your puppy to get used to it.

Step 3. Aim the wind at the dog's fur

Use the dryer at the lowest temperature and power. Never hold the dryer directly against or too close to the skin. Always keep the mouthpiece at least 25 centimeters away.

Step 4. Keep moving the dryer

Move the dryer quickly back and forth over the dog's fur, avoiding the face and paws. Do not keep the dryer in the same place for more than a few seconds to avoid burning the dog's skin.

Step 5. Praise the dog

A good idea is to give the dog a treat, thus making the drying experience positive for him.

Step 6. Know your puppy's limits

If your dog is scared, stop using the blow dryer and use one of the other methods mentioned. You should make the dog associate the drying experience with something positive.


  • Brushing your dog during and after the methods described above helps with the drying process.
  • If your dog has long hair, it is recommended to buy a specific hair dryer for dogs. This type of dryer only blows air at room temperature.
  • Giving your puppy praise while drying will help him enjoy the process, no matter which method you choose.


  • Your dog may think it's playtime when you're drying him. So be prepared to deal with the dog rolling on the floor and generally acting with too much excitement.
  • Never force a scared dog into anything. This can traumatize the dog and end up hurting you if, for example, the frightened dog bites you to try to escape the towel or the dryer. Always be careful and try not to exceed the limits of your puppy's comfort zone.

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