Dog Breed Info

Drying Phase

About Drying the Coat Type
The tight curly coat is considered determined, therefore it sheds in a mosiac pattern, therefore, there is very little undercoat that is blown from the coat during the drying phase. The objective during the drying phase for the show trim is to leave as much undercoat as possible to maintain the texture and to create volume. The opposite applies for the pet trim. The more undercoat that is removed, the easier it will be for the pet family to maintain this coat type.

The drying technique on the curly coat type requires specific procedures to be completed at specific times in order to achieve the ultimate appearance with this coat type whether you are creating the show or pet trim. Your objective with this coat type is to also get it as straight as possible during the drying phase. In order to do this you must be good and fast with your drying techniques. If you start drying an area you must complete it. If this coat type sets for any period of time it starts to curl and it is very hard to remove this wave or curl after it has set in. If this coat type dries and has too much wave or curl, you can mist the coat with water, however, in order to dry this coat as straight as possible and for the coat to fall in the same direction each time you comb it, this task is best accomplished drying the coat immediately after the bath.

The towel drying method can be used to remove excessive water and then the high velocity dryer to remove as much water and moisture as possible and to blow the coat as straight as possible in the bathing station. The coat must then be quickly brushed, using the line brushing technique with a slicker brush for pet and a pin brush for the show trim, with the lay to prevent the coat from curly. The coat can then be brushed and comb against the lay to assist in creating volume.

After the towel drying and the high velocity drying is completed, a stand dryer can be implemented with this line brushing technique to help dry and brush the coat as straight as possible during the drying procedure. The force of the air from the stand dryer separates the coat for you so that you are able to line brush from the base, near the skin, to the tip.

If the dog objects to the high velocity dryer, towel dry the coat as much as possible and then use the stand dryer and line brushing technique, especially on pets with special needs.

Still another option, but not always the best, but can work with pets with special needs, is to towel and then force dry the coat on a low volume to get it as dry as possible. Next brush the longer coat on the topknot, ears and tail with the lay and then the body and legs to set the coat with a slicker brush and then place in a kennel dryer to finishing drying. By brushing the longer coat before placing the dog in the kennel dryer will help you to achieve a straighter coat to work with during the finishing phase.


Drying Technique Pet: Towel Dry; High Velocity Dry; Brush Dry


Drying Tools Pet: Towel; Moisture Magnets; Slicker Brush


Drying Products: Moisturizing Spray

Drying Direction Head: Against Lay of Coat; Tail to Head

Drying Direction Jacket: Against Lay of Coat

Drying Direction Legs: Against Lay of Coat
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