If they get dirty you've gotta bathe them but like everyone said, use conditioner down to their skin. It's good to dilute conditioner and just pour it on them or use a squirt bottle that you can get from Sally's beauty supply to dilute conditioner and squirt it on them. Maybe instead of drying him with a hair dryer you could let him go curly? Just be sure to brush him out good after he's dry. I could be way off here so I hope some groomers comment on letting puppies air dry. I've let Mia air dry a couple of times and she's been fine.