Can I Use A Leaf Blower To Dry My Dog? (Explained)

by Alex Kountry
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A leaf blower is a tool used to clear leaves from our front yards and lawns when it is autumn.

Blowing leaves is not the only thing you can use your leaf blower for. There are many fun things such as moving snow, blowing your gutter or even drying your car.

Some people have asked if it is okay for them to dry their dog with a leaf blower and the answer to that is not.

It is wrong and a bad idea to use a leaf blower on dogs or other pets.

This article will give an in depth answer to the question as well as identify and explain other cool and non-hazardous ways of drying your dog.

Why Is It A Bad Idea To Use A Leaf Blower On Dogs Or Pets?

Can I Use A Leaf Blower To Dry My Dog
  • Sound

Dogs can perceive frequencies roughly twice as well as humans, and they can pick up and distinguish sounds four times as well.

A leaf blower is not intended to warm and dry water; rather, it is intended to pump out air that moves objects in front of it.

Dog dryers are designed to dry fur effectively and safely, leaving coats full and shiny.

Their engines are designed to produce air that penetrates undercoats and pushes water away from the coat for thorough drying.

Furthermore, they are substantially quieter than a standard leaf blower.

They are made with polyethylene housing rather than aluminum or metal housing, and the motor is designed to be acoustically dampened.

  • Pollution

Many leaf blowers are powered by gasoline.

Inhaling gas is hazardous to humans, and it is even more dangerous for our animal companions, whose lungs and hearts are much smaller than ours.

By using a leaf blower directly on your dog, you are exposing it to a number of noxious gases including carbon monoxide.

  • Health Problems

Leaf blowers collect and disperse a concentrated amount of dust and dirt, which can cause health issues for your pet.

Coughing or respiratory problems, eye problems, snorting or rubbing of the nose as dirt inflames the mucous membranes, and skin issues such as itching and scratching are examples of these health concerns.

Dogs react to leaf blowers on a cellular level because the sudden noise of a blower startles them and causes a large amount of cortisol- the stress hormone- to be released into their bloodstreams.

Here is an article I wrote on the best leaf blowers for rocks

Can I Use A Human Blower For Dogs?

If you don’t want to buy a dog dryer, you can use a human hair blow dryer, but there are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Hold the spout a few inches away from the dog’s fur and move at all times.  If you linger too long, your dog may get burned. Of course you won’t know until it is too late and your dog cries out in agony. 
  • Set the heat to the lowest possible setting as well.
  • Get your pet used to the sound and feel of the dryer gently. You can do this in stages by showing the dog the dryer when it is turned off and rewarding him with treats and praise. 

Then turn it on while keeping it away from him and continue to reward him with treats and praise to acclimate him to the noise. 

  • Finally, you can gradually bring the dryer closer to you, always rewarding with treats and praise, to create a pleasant grooming experience for the two of you. 
  • Positive reinforcement is always more effective with animals, so make sure to reward your pup, and he will learn not to fear, but rather look forward to his time in the dryer.

If you bathe your dog on a regular basis, you should invest in a good dog dryer. This will help to keep his coat looking nice. It will also ensure comprehensive drying of the base coat as well as the top coat.

How Do I Dry My Dog After A Bath Without A Hair Dryer?

If you do not own a dog dryer or even a human hair blower, then the best way to dry your dog after a bath is to wrap it in a towel.

The key to faster drying is to completely wrap your dog. Drape the towel over your dog’s back, then pull one end of the towel under their tummy and the other under their chest.

Tighten the towel and secure it with a clip.

This will help to keep your dog from getting cold especially if it’s on a cold day. Of course the process won’t be as fast as when you are blow drying your dog.

Another fun way is to take your dog close to the heater or fireplace. 

You can provide your doggie with a bone to play with while he gets himself dry. The towel wrapping is however important so your pet doesn’t drip water all over the floors. 

You can as well make use of a quick drying spray to dry your dog. These sprays contain ingredients that push water to drip away from a dog’s coat. 

Can You Air Dry Dogs?

If you have a dog with a short coat, you could always let it dry its wet coat the old-fashioned way, by letting it air dry.

If it’s a clear summer day and your dog is a good boy, you could leave him outside to stay dry.

However, if your backyard has a lot of grass or dirt, air drying is not recommended because your dog could roll in it and ruin all of your hard work.

Air drying is also not advised for dogs with thick, long, or double coats, particularly if the weather is humid.

A wet coat can cause matting and create an ideal environment for skin infections and other conditions like hot spots.

Also check out this article I wrote on the best leaf blowers for flower beds

What Do Groomers Use To Dry Dogs?

Groomers often use cage dryers to dry dogs.

Cage or kennel dryers, which are ideal for short- and smooth-coated dogs, allows dog groomers to attend to other clientele while a freshly showered dog dries off. 

However, the recorded high temperatures can be detrimental to older dogs and puppies.

Keeping the air temperature warm or cool will keep the dog from overheating.  

Also placing a towel at the base of the cage dryer will provide a comfortable place for the wet pet to rest while his coat is being treated.

Grooms also sometimes use human hair dryers as well as stand dryers, and forced air dryers.

The stand dryers work as a finish dryer for dogs with curly coats. They often have a straightening effect on the dogs’ coats.

Using a professional groom for your dog will leave his coat shiny, straight and unmatted.


Our dogs are important parts of our lives and giving them a bath from time to time is good.

Using a leaf blower on a dog or any other pet is tantamount to exposing them to overly loud noise, pollution and health problems.

You can use a hair dryer to dry off your dog. Also, you can allow him to air dry, dry him with a towel or use a quick drying spray on him.

You can as well commit your dog to the services of a professional dog groomer who will leave your dog feeling shiny and super clean. 

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Alex Kountry

Alex Kountry is the founder of HayFarmGuy and has been a backyard farmer for over 10 years. Since then he has decided to write helpful articles that will help you become a better backyard farmer and know what to do. He also loves to play tennis and read books


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