He looks amazing for an air dry!!! What a cutie.I have a SPOO I have always groomed at home, do not own a dryer. He is always air dried. I bathe the day before I clip so that I know he is completely dry. I may not get as even a clip as those who blow dry, but I think he looks pretty good. If you are just going to brush her out (not clip), I wait until he is mostly dry, still a bit damp, and then brush with a slicker or pin brush first and then comb. Areas that are harder to brush you can use a detangling spray and that should help considerably. I use Chris Christiensen Ice on Ice Ultra. There are no skin problems from not using a dryer.
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It takes shampoo to get water down to the skin! If you bathe your dog at home, you'll notice that when you try to get them wet the water just runs of the top layer of coat. I can tell you from years of experience it's hard to get a poodle who has more than 1/2 inch of coat wetted down. I showed standard poodles in the days when the more coat the better. Bathing a big male in those days was quite a job!Maybe one of you can help me with this: If poodles were bred to retrieve in water, why would their coat require this type of dedicated drying time and energy? Is it because the breed standard has evolved over time, and they're no longer quite so "waterproof"?
Or maybe because baths, by necessity, soak right down to the skin, whereas a brief trip into shallow water would only penetrate superficially?