Do I Need To Dry My Dog After Bathing Them?

Do I Need To Dry My Dog After Bathing Them?

Sep 21, 2021
5 min

Do I Need To Dry My Dog After Bathing Them?

When it comes to dog grooming, one of the most daunting tasks can be drying. Depending on the pet, you may have to use a variety of tools to get the job done. If you have a wet dog, either because you washed the dog or because your dog got him/herself wet somehow, you will want to dry the dog. There are a number of methods to choose from. It all just depends on what suits your environment, time, and the dog’s needs. If you have a very fearful dog or one with other serious behavioural issues, you should consult a veterinarian or a dog behaviour specialist before attempting to bathe or dry the dog.

Various Ways To Dry Your Dog


1. Drying Your Dog with a Towel

You can use the towel dry method. There are several different products available for towel drying. They all have the same functionality. It would just be a matter of preference for your dog. Place a soft, absorbent bath towel over the dog’s back and gently rub the dog’s coat to absorb the water. You can rub quickly and vigorously, but do not rub too hard. Replace each towel as it becomes wet. The larger the dog, the larger the towels you will need. After drying the dog’s back, move to its stomach, then its chest, and finally its paws.


2. Drying Your Dog with a Blow Dryer

This method works best for dogs with very long or thick coats, such as Siberian Huskies, golden retriever etc. whose double coats take a very long time to dry using the other method. However, a blow dryer should only be used on a dog that is not afraid of the dryer. Before using it on the dog, just turn on the dryer while the dog is in the room, and then gradually work your way up to blowing it on the dog once the dog seems comfortable with the noise. This may take several days to weeks before your dog is comfortable with the equipment.


Use the dryer on the lowest heat setting and on the lowest blowing speed. Never hold the hairdryer directly against or very close to the skin. Always keep the nozzle at least 10 to 12 inches away from his body. Move the dryer quickly back and forth over the dog’s coat, avoiding the face and feet. Do not hold the dryer on one spot for more than a few seconds so that you do not burn the dog’s skin. If your dog is fearful, stop using the dryer and use the other method instead.