Dog Breed Info

Drying Phase

About Drying the Coat Type
The smooth coat type takes more time than the short coat type due to the undercoat. A towel drying method can be used first to remove excessive water and shedding coat. Dogs with the smooth coat type can be easily towel dried and then placed in a kennel dryer to remove all dampness from the skin and coat. Basically the same procedure is utilized whether you are creating a show or a pet trim. Another option is to utilize the high velocity dryer after towel drying to remove excessive water and shedding coat due to the length and density of this coat type.

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

Drying Tools Pet: Towel; Moisture Magnets

Drying Products: NA

Drying Direction Head: With Lay of Coat

Drying Direction Jacket:With Lay of Coat

Drying Direction Legs: With Lay of Coat

Compare to Know the Difference
The drying procedures on the breeds with the short, smooth, medium smooth and Nordic coat type is the same. The smooth requires more time than the short coat type due to the amount of undercoat and the deshedding procedures required. The medium smooth requires more time than the smooth and the Nordic requires the most time due to the length of coat, density of coat and the deshedding procedures.

Drying Methods for Short, Smooth, Medium Smooth and Nordic Coat Types
Listed below are the various drying methods and the different orders in which they can be utilized to not only dry the coat but to also remove shedding coat. When choosing the method and the order, consider the amount of hair floating in the air and the overall clean up time of the bathing and drying area. No matter the method or the order, you should also use a face mask to prevent inhaling the hair and other debris during these drying procedures.


Option A
Coat is towel dried, then brushed with a rubber brush, a slicker brush or a carding tool, with the lay, to remove as much shedding as possible while the hair is wet. Do not use a slicker brush or a carding tool on a short coated dog.


Next, utilize the high velocity dryer while the dog is still in the bathing station to remove the remainder of moisture and loose coat. The dog is then placed in the kennel dryer or a kennel until the coat is completely dry. After the coat is completely dry, remove the dog from the drying kennel and place on the styling table to complete the brushing phase and to remove the remainder of any loose coat.

By utilizing this procedure, you are removing most of the shedding coat in the bathing station with a brush while the hair is still wet making it much easier to clean up rather than blowing the loose coat all over the room with the high velocity dryer. Caution: Do not use a slicker brush or a carding tool on a short coated dog.

#1 Towel Dry
#2 Brush
#3 High Velocity Dry
#4 Kennel Dry

Option B
A towel drying method is used after the bath to remove excessive water and shedding coat in the bathing station and then a high velocity dryer is utilized, with the lay, to remove any water that is left in the coat and to remove additional shedding coat. After the last amount of loose hair and water is blown from the coat, with the dog in the bathing station, brush with the lay of the coat with a rubber brush, a slicker brush or a carding tool to pull any remaining loose hair. Next, run a chamois or a towel over the coat and place the dog in a kennel dryer until the coat is dry. After the coat is completely dry, remove the dog from the drying kennel and place on the styling table to complete the brushing phase and to remove the remainder of any loose coat.

With this procedure, you blow a lot of coat out in the bathing and drying area creating a bigger clean up because you utilize the high velocity dryer before using a brushing technique to remove as much coat as possible. Caution: Do not use a slicker brush or a carding tool on a short coated dog.

#1 Towel Dry
#2 High Velocity Dry
#3 Brush
#4 Kennel Dry

Option C
The coat is dried with a towel drying method after the bath to remove excessive water and shedding coat in the bathing station. A rubber brush, slicker brush or a carding tool is used with the lay of the coat to remove loose shedding coat. The dog is then placed in a kennel dryer until the coat is dried. After the coat is completely dry, the dog is then removed from the drying kennel and place on the styling table to complete the brushing phase and to remove the remainder of any loose coat.

The high velocity dryer is not utilized with this procedure. This option is often times the first choice for many professionals, especially if all task areas are in the same room, to eliminate the amount of clean up caused by the high velocity dryers. Caution: Do not use a slicker brush or a carding tool on a short coated dog.

#1 Towel Dry
#2 Brush
#3 Kennel Dry

Option D
Coat is towel dried, and then placed in a kennel in a nice warm holding area and the shedding coat is removed during the brushing phase. Place a chamois under the dog in the kennel to absorb any moisture. The chamois will absorb the moisture that is left in the coat within a short period of time and help you to prepare the dog for the brushing phase. After the coat is completely dry, remove the dog from the drying kennel and place on the styling table to complete the brushing phase and to remove the remainder of any loose coat. This order allows for more control of the removal of undercoat and can be the choice when working on a show trim.

By utilizing this procedure, you are removing most of the shedding coat in the brushing phase. Caution: Do not use a slicker brush or a carding tool on a short coated dog.

#1 Towel Dry
#2 Kennel Dry


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

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

Drying Products: Optional

Drying Direction Head: With Lay of Coat

Drying Direction Jacket: With Lay of Coat

Drying Direction Legs: With Lay of Coat
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