How to Dye Your Dog's Hair

By Elle Di Jensen


The great thing about having a dog with white or light colored hair is versatility. A white dog is beautiful, but to change things up a little if you get bored with the coat, the light tone of her hair allows for easy coloring. For best results and to assure that the color medium you use is entirely safe, it’s best to entrust your dog’s dye job to a groomer. You can do the job yourself at home, though. Be sure to have plenty of rags on hand and wear clothing that you can discard if the dye stains it.

Step 1

Apply a bit of hair dye to a small patch of your dog’s skin, preferably on the neck or somewhere she can’t reach to lick or rub it off. Allow it to work for the amount of time recommended on the dye package — usually around 30 minutes.

Step 2

Rinse the dye off thoroughly.

Step 3

Observe the test-patch over the next 24 to 48 hours to determine whether or not your dog will have an allergic reaction to the dye.

Step 1

Wash your dog with her regular shampoo, making sure to thoroughly rinse all the shampoo out.

Step 2

Towel your dog’s hair to remove excess water; her hair will still be damp.

Step 3

Put the latex gloves on to protect your hands from the dye.

Step 4

Pour approximately half of the container of dye into the bowl.

Step 5

Apply the dye to your dog’s hair with the tint brush, starting on the crown of her head, working down under her neck and continuing down the body to her tail.

Step 6

Comb the color through your dog’s hair to assure even coverage.

Step 7

Allow the color to process for the recommended amount of time — usually 30 minutes.

Rinse the dye out of your dog’s hair with cool water. Rinse thoroughly, making sure the water runs clear before you’re done.

Step 8

Towel-dry your dog and either let her finish air-drying naturally or use a hair dryer to blow her dry.
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