Dog Breed Info

Drying Phase

About Drying the Coat Type
The basic procedures for drying the wire coat types are similar to the other coat types with shorter coat on the jacket and longer furnishings on the body and legs.

Head Styles
Many of the wire coat types have longer furnishings on the head and require specific procedures during the drying process to achive the ultimate results.

Round Heads
For the round head trim styles, such as the West Highland Terrier, the furnishings are dried against the lay of coat to create volume. If the dog is placed in a kennel dryer, the force of air can push the head furnishing backward making it very difficult to create the volume required to create the shape, especailly when working on pet trims because of the limited use of products. If the dog must be placed in the kennel dryer, to help create this round appearance, brush the coat forward on the head and then follow up with a wide tooth comb to set the coat before placing the dog in the kennel dryer.

Eyebrows, Mustache and Beards
For the eyebrows, mustache and beard trim styles, the breed requires the head to be styled with eyebrows, mustache and beard, it is critical the eyebrows and beard are dried forward, with the lay, especially on Schnauzers and Scottish Terriers to create the ultimate expressions.


Keep the Coat Flat on Body
When drying the tight wire coat type the main focus is to keep the hair as flat a possible on the jacket and to fluff up the leg furnishings to build volume if the trim style requires column legs. If the trim style requires longer, fuller legs such as the West Highland Terrier or the Scottish Terrier, it is best to dry the coat on the legs and skirt with the lay to prevent a fluffy appearance.

High Velocity Dryer
Always stand near the head of the dog and not on the side when using the high velocity dryer to prevent lifting the coat on the jacket due to applying the force of air at the wrong angle. Take care not to whip the longer coat with the high velocity dryer causing severe matting that is difficult to brush out.

Options To Dry Coat on Wire Coat Types
There are several options to choose from when drying the wire coat types. Listed below are the methods and orders that are typically used with these coat types. You can use one of the options or you can create your own. Keep in mind, when choosing a method and the order it is always important to consider the overall clean up time involved.


Kennel Drying Wire Coat Types
If the kennel dryer is used during the drying process, a sacking technique can be utilized to insure that the coat dries as flat as possible, especially on the jacket. Brush the jacket with the lay and keep the coat as straight as possible following the contour of the body and then wrap with a towel. Also brush the longer coated areas to keep this coat as straight as possible before placing the dog in the kennel dryer to help prevent longer coat from waving and curling. If the kennel dryer is used, brush and comb the entire dog to set the coat to prevent a curly or wavy appearance.


Option A
Dogs with the wire coat type can be towel dried and then the jacket brushed with the lay and then sacked to keep a smooth fitting jacket. The longer coat is brushed as straight as possible and dried with a stand dryer.
No high velocity dryer is used to prevent lifting the coat on the jacket. This is the best option for a handstripped dog.

#1 Towel Dry
#2 Brushed
#3 Sacking
#4 Stand Dry/Line Brush


Option B
A towel drying method is used after the bath to remove excessive water and then a high velocity dryer utilized, with the lay of coat, to remove any water that is left in the coat and to remove the loose hair from the jacket area. When the coat is almost dry, the jacket and the longer coat is brushed with the lay to get the hair as straight as possible. A stand dryer is used next along with a line brushing technique utilizing a slicker brush, to complete the drying process.

#1 Towel Dry
#2 High Velocity Dry
#3 Brush
#4 Stand Dryer/Line Brushing

Option B
A towel drying method can be used after the bath to remove excessive water and then a high velocity dryer utilized, with the lay of coat, to remove any water that is left in the coat and to remove the loose hair from the jacket area. When the coat is almost dry, the jacket and the longer coat is brushed with the lay to get the hair as straight as possible. A towel is placed on the jacket and the dog placed in a kennel dryer to complete the drying procedure. If this drying method is utilized, the longer coat may still have a tendency to be wavy or curly.

#1 Towel Dry
#2 High Velocity Dry
#3 Brush
#4 Sack the Coat
#5 Kennel Dry


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

Drying Tools Pet: Towel; Moisture Magnets; Slicker Brush; Pin Brush

Drying Products: Moisturizing Spray

Drying Direction Head: Against Lay of Coat

Drying Direction Jacket: With Lay of Coat

Drying Direction Legs: Against Lay of Coat
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