Washing a dog can be an exhausting experience. And a very dirty one for yourself, particularly if you need to carry your dog to the tub or shower that’s far away from the door where the dog came inside. Having a dedicated dog-washing station can ease some of the burden — and mess — of keeping your dog clean.
Location is critical unless you want to track dirt throughout your home. What area in your home is closest to the entrance most frequently used by your dog? The closer the washing station is to the door, the less potential mess for you.
An accessible area with an easy to clean tile floor near the entrance is ideal. Depending on how much of a fight your dog makes while being washed and (at least somewhat) dried, being close to the washer may also be highly beneficial.
If you live in a more temperate area where snow and freezing pipes aren’t an issue, the best place might even be directly outside the entry door.
Designing and installing a washing station is similar to installing a bathtub or shower, though your design footprint may be significantly smaller depending on the size of your dog. A Chihuahua certainly doesn’t require the same amount of space as a Great Dane.
Height and Access
Height and access impact both the dog and the dog washer. Ideally, your dog should be able to get into the tub or shower himself.
The shower or tub, however, should also be located in such a way that you aren’t hunching over unnecessarily or straining your back. These pull-out steps with non-slip treads are fantastic for your dog and the configuration allows you to comfortably stand while washing.
Is your dog patient enough to sit still while you wash and dry her?
Or is she more apt to try to escape or constantly shake the water off her coat? If the latter, create a barrier that will ease some of the stress of dog-washing and keep her in place until you’ve completed your task.
As with most tasks, having everything in one place allows for a more functional space and your efforts will be completed more efficiently, which will probably keep your dog happier.
When designing the space, be sure to have shelves or storage close at hand for shampoo, tools, treats, brushes, and anything else you might require.