How to Fluff-Dry Your Dog Yourself

Updated on August 17, 2019
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I am a proud dog owner and like to help others find a dog that works for their family.

Step-by-Step Guide to Fluff-Drying a Dog

There will be times when you want your pet to have that "just came from the groomers" look, but you don't have the time, or the money, to get her to a professional.

There are many aspects of DIY dog grooming that are easy to perform, and learning how to fluff your dog is one of the easiest.

Depending on the size of your dog, and assuming she is on the smaller side, you can "neaten her up" in about half an hour.


The only items you will need are:

  • A tub
  • Shampoo
  • A blow dryer
  • Dog brush

Step 1: Shampoo and Rinse Thoroughly

It is really important to wash him first unless he was just washed in the last week or so. His coat will respond to the fluffing process much better if it is relatively clean.

If you don't normally wash your own dog, the most important thing to remember is that you need to rinse him thoroughly.

Leftover shampoo isn't good for his coat, and will also make the process much harder, if not impossible because the areas of leftover shampoo will feel oily to the touch.

Step 2: Towel Off Excess Water

Once you have thoroughly rinsed the shampoo off your dog, you can towel her off to remove excess water. It is important here to not dry her too much with the towel, as you want the hair damp once you start the fluff drying process.

This is especially true if she has curly hair and you are trying to straighten it out by fluffing.

Step 3: Use a Leash

After you have toweled off the excess water, put the leash on your dog and loop it on a door handle or heavy piece of furniture. The object here is to not allow him an avenue of escape!

Most dogs don't like blow drying; although if they are regular visitors to the grooming shop, your little household blow dryer will seem tame compared to the dryers we use on them.

Step 4: Blow Dry

Now all you do is dry the dog with the hairdryer and brush it at the same time against the grain. If you start at his rear end, brush and blow-dry toward the head.

Basically, you are going to brush up, or towards the top of the dog. Use short, quick strokes, and do this all over his body. In most cases, you can do some of the drying without the brushing, as long as you continue to dry against the grain.

How much heat and force should I use?

The heat and force setting you use on the blow dryer is dependent on the amount of hair your dog has. The more hair, the higher the force setting you should use.

Watch out for the higher heat setting, as you may dry her coat too quickly, or accidentally irritate her skin if she has an extremely thin coat of hair and sensitive skin.

Step 5: Brush All Over Against the Grain

Once you have finished drying, brush him all over, still against the grain. If you find any areas that look out of place, or funny (too fluffy), just brush it back with the grain.

When you finish, your dog will have that just-been-groomed look!

Grooming your dog yourself can save you money, and you will form a closer bond with your dog. Good luck!

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        3 years ago

        Thanks my baby is so handsome ❤

      • HelloKittyCat profile image


        6 years ago

        Great lens with lots of helpful information, well done!

      • Magda2012 profile image


        7 years ago

        Thanks for the tips!

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        7 years ago

        No need to pay a lot of money for other people to groom your dogs. Great lens!

      • balancebydesign4u profile image


        7 years ago from Arkansas

        Loved this lens and so timely, as my groomer broke her ankle and is out of the picture for months! Can't wait to try this. Will be visiting more of you lenses soon!

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        Gloria Freeman 

        7 years ago from Alabama USA

        Hi thanks for the tips on how to fluff dry a dog.

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        Miha Gasper 

        7 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

        This is very useful. Arrrrf:-)

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        7 years ago

        Great lens with nice tips.

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        7 years ago

        Excellent tutorial!

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        Shana rios Chavez 

        7 years ago

        great lens

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        infiniti99 lm 

        8 years ago

        Great lens thank you for sharing.I just grabbed the

        FURminator deShedding Tool with FURejector:-)what a awesome brush for my hounds.

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        8 years ago

        I have got a friend who own a dog saloon, I have saw her doing this many time, and it is really interesting. Thank for sharing! Nice lens!

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        kateclough lm 

        8 years ago

        I just got the first dog I've ever owned that's going to need this level of grooming. After a lifetime of St Bernards, I fell in love with one very special little Shih Tzu! Wonder how that happened! I'm going to need fluffing techniques I fear! lol! Thanks!

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        8 years ago

        Thanks, a great lens. Luckily, I have 2 shorted haired dogs,so drying them off is not too difficult - Adele X

      • RetroMom profile image


        8 years ago

        I love a dog after they have had a bath and they are all fluffy and soft, and I think they smell good too, I like the wet dog smell.


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