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Brushing when wet/damp is fine! That's half the reason behind show dogs having a grooming spray when being brushed. ;)

Generally I keep the feet shaved short as much as possible to minimise the mud trodden about. But Paris has several inches of hair on her legs (5 inches on the inside of her hocks!) which turns into inches of MUD over winter (thank goodness it's spring here now!!)
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I'd get a bucket of warm water at the back door and dunk & swish each leg to get the mud off, rub with a towel, and come in and down-stay on a towel for 10 mins or so to stop the drips. I didn't usually bother brushing her out cos I keep her brushed out otherwise and I'd get to it when I did our normal brushing out anyway!

If she was muddy before work, I'd rinse her legs down and dry them off mostly at work (groomers).

If we've been out walking and it's all dried, I'd brush it off with a slicker.
 

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lol, that was a day that Paris was scheduled for a bath anyway, as normally I avoid dog parks in winter for that very reason!!! But I figured she was having a bath anyway, so why not just let her go for it!!! heh. Luckily that dog park has a stream running through it, so after a good run I could just point her over to it and 90% of it rinsed right out in the river, and a bit of a walk on lead in the sun dried her out enough to get into the car without soaking it.
This is all she had left by the time we got back in to bath her:


and after:

(note, she was growing out for the grooming competition at the time, hence so MUCH hair!!)
 

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I have an oooolllld one, that I can't remember what brand it is, and besides it's been re-modeled so many times it probably makes no difference (new motors etc!) but that competition she was growing out for there, we WON, and the prize was an *awesome* ezycoat dryer, so now I have two force dryers that I use at the same time on her, and the ezycoat one doubles as a stand dryer if I take the hose off. :)
 
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