Dawson is hoping his loan spell at Bolton will give him the experience he needs to get more regular first-team football on his return to The Hawthorns.
"To keep developing I've got to be playing games," said Dawson to the WBA website.
"I've not been able to quite get a first-team spot here because Jonas [Olsson] and Gareth [McAuley] have done really well.
"So, hopefully I can get some games at Bolton. It's not going to be easy to get into the team there either. It's a squad full of experienced Premier League players.
"It's going to be a tough task but one I can hopefully do well.
"You've got to be playing games to improve and hopefully I can do that at Bolton and come back here and play games."