Have you ever thought of taking one part of your house and turn it into a dog wash station? This may seem like a far-fetched idea to do so, but if you are tired of washing your dog outside or in the garage, you’d better consider an area of your home converted into a dog wash station. Face it – your dog stinks. This comes naturally when you haven’t bathe your dog in a while. You don’t have to feel bad about it since this is natural for them. You may not have noticed it, but your visitors will find that smell since you have already gotten used to your little’s pooch’s smell. That smell can come from anywhere, especially wherever your dog went in the house.
It can be a pain in the neck, but there is a need to watch your dog more often. There are no problems with small dogs that look like puppies, but when you have large dogs, it can be quite a pickle for you to take them into the bathtubs. Just imagine the big shaking they make after they get that water soak into their coat. You can already imagine the ordeal you have to go through when you give your dog some bath.
Now that you have realized this, all the more you need to have a dog wash station build inside your home. Don’t worry about the budget – there are different ways that you can adapt the dog wash station within your premises. As long as your dog has its station to take a bath, it won’t be that difficult for you to bathe them regularly. You might be surprised by some of the ideas below that you already have them in your home.
Dog Wash Station Ideas
The Mudroom. Why not incorporate the dog wash station into your mudroom? The mudroom is the most famous spot for dog wash stations. Dogs love to enter from the side or back door and their paws packed with mud can never make it into the other parts of the house.
Sprayer or hand-held showerhead. This will certainly help get the entire body of your dog clean and fresh. You can even make quick washes targeted only to their paws.
Floor and surround wall. Those who have always washed their dogs know it pretty well that they shake off their bodies with so much energy that they splatter water from their hair all over the place, making them wet. This also includes the person that is washing them. If you make your dog wash station to have a surrounding wall and a floor for them, which the latter is already obvious, it will keep the huge shaking from damaging the floors and drywall.
But when your dog is the type to run around like crazy after they take a bath, the best thing to do is to shut the door to the mudroom until your pooch has dried off the excess water from their hair and have calmed down. You also have the option to let them run around in the garage, too.
Bigger drain. Experts recommend that you should consider getting a 3-inch drain when you build your dog washing station. This will be able to handle your dog’s hair better compared to the standard drain of 1 1/2 to 2inches shower drain. You should also consider putting up a hair filter covering the drain.
Elevated bath. Consider getting an elevated dog wash station for smaller dogs. It will be easier on your knees and your back. If your pooch is willing to be in the sink, you will not have any problems lifting them into the place.
You should also consider how the professional grooming service designs their dog wash station, too. If you have seen them to where you usually send your dog for grooming, you will find ramps or ladders. There are others that combine their dog wash station with gardening. If this is where you rinse your gardening tools from the muck it got from the digging, it is also perfect for your dog to take their regular bath, too.
You can also incorporate your kind of style by putting up a custom dog wash station that uses vintage tiles you have collected for many years.
Building your dog wash station
Who says you can’t build your own? Based on the ideas above and the images of dog washing stations that you’ve seen online, you can combine some of them and build your very own dog washing station.
- Other households have chosen to pick a particular area in their house that they can convert into a dog washing station. Some choose the garage, while others chose an already existing area and combined it with dog wash station. This idea is already mentioned above, so you’ll get the idea that any area of your home can be become your pooch’s washing station. If you have none and just an space to put your dog wash station, you have to consider the tub that you will use for them. Pick a 20x20inch mop sink that is not more than 15 inches deep. This is best for dogs of large breeds. The good thing about mop sinks is that they are deep enough to keep the water in yet at the same time shallow enough to guide the dog inside. Go for one that is made from a scratch-resistant material, such as the terrazzo.
- Make sure that you go for the right height, too. If you go for a floor-mounted tub, it will be difficult for you to wash your dog since you will have to kneel. Consider getting a basin that has an acceptable height that will be easy to lift your pooch in.
- Place the faucet on the wall. This one should easily be reachable at the edge of the tub. Put the sprayer and the faucet high enough so that it won’t bump to your dog’s noggin.
Once you have all these ideas combined, you will have the perfect dog wash station. Both you and your pooch will have the best bathing time ever.