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Waterhouse is going to the dogs...

Posted by Amy Siders on September 13, 2022 0 Comments

No, really.

We are LITERALLY going to the dogs.

Let's talk about pet wash stations.

You may be surprised to learn that 69 million households in the U.S. own at least one dog.
That's a LOT of fur and muddy feet!
 
How do you currently bathe your dog at home?
Does your terrier take a garden hose shower in the backyard?
Are you straining your back lifting your Doodle into the bathtub?
Are you spending $50-100 (or more?!) taking your pup to the groomer?
All that time and money adds up.  Fast.
 
There's a better way.
Let Waterhouse show you...
What does Waterhouse have to offer your furry children? We're not just for people anymore...
 
Have you thought about adding a dog washing station to your mudroom, laundry room, basement, back entryway, or garage?
 
How nice would it be to bring your pooch directly in from a muddy walk right into a dedicated shower to rinse them off? Or your dirty boots?  Or your kids from head to toe?
 
So. Darn, Nice.
Pet Wash Stations 101 with Waterhouse
 
3 things to consider when building a pet wash station in your home
 
Splash Control
Dogs shake.
You'll want to be sure your dog wash station has waterproof surroundings.
 
Hot and Cold Water Supply
Dogs like warm water better than cold so you’ll need a faucet with a hot and cold water supply. No WONDER they never like standing still under the garden hose.
 
Drainage and Plumbing
You'll need to connect your dog wash station to your main drainage line. Also, it’s recommended to use a larger drain than a standard shower drain to handle more dirt and hair. 3" minimum is a good rule of paw.
Where should you put your new pet wash station?
Waterhouse suggests your laundry room or mud room, especially if your new shower will be used for more than muddy paws.
If you don’t have enough space to add a shower in the mudroom or laundry room, you can also consider the garage.
Out walking your dog in downtown Perrysburg this morning?
Perhaps you and your furry companion should stop in to chat about having Waterhouse create one of these for you...
Luxury knows no boundaries.  
You can devote an entire room to your playful pooch or you can carve out a small niche in a corner of your entry or laundry room. There's no right or wrong way to do this.  You have to do what works for you, for your dog, for your space, and for your budget. Adding a pet wash station can increase your home’s value up to 19%. If you are looking to sell in a tough housing market, a pet wash station will definitely set your home apart from the rest. 

According to our research, a pet wash station can cost anywhere between $2,500-$5,000 depending on the plumbing needs of the space as well as the materials you choose. If you decide to go the DIY route, the cost can be as low as $1,700.

The weather is gorgeous today but chilly autumn days are right around the corner.
Then there will be mud.
And leaves.
And snow.
Wouldn't it be nice to have a space like this ready to shower off your furry pal (and your kids, too!)
To elevate or not to elevate?
You have a choice on the height of your station. If it’s elevated to hip-level it will be easier on your back and shoulders. If you are using this space as a dual purpose, such as watering flowers or rinsing clothes, this height would be ideal. This would be exclusively for smaller breeds that can easily be lifted, unless you have a large dog that is comfortable walking up a ramp.

A floor shower also has some benefits. If the design is a walk-in plan, it can double as a human shower. Another bonus of a floor level/zero clearance shower would be placing their feeding bowls in the shower area to keep spills off of the floors in your home. If you have a large dog, this choice would be ideal for their safety as well as yours. 

There are some elements that are helpful to incorporate into your pet washing station design.

1. A hand held shower that’s comfortable to use as well as having different pressures and streams. 

Check out the Hansgrohe Pet Shower!
Three spray modes for gentle care and efficient cleaning
Soft nozzle jets use water to brush and massage at the same time
WaterBoost: Increase water flow individually at the touch of a button

2. A towel bar nearby as well as shampoo shelves built into the space. You will have your hands full, so a pump action shampoo dispenser hung on the shower wall would be ideal.

3. Don’t forget to add an eye hook to the wall of your shower to tie your dog to if he or she is prone to bolting when the water turns on. 

AND, if you are already investing in this new area, it would be a great idea to also add storage space for dog toys, medicine, food, and leashes. So convenient to have all of these items in one place.

You can use a standard shower pan, shower base and walls, a traditional laundry sink, a small alcove bathtub, or choose custom tile for the project.
You can add tall walls, plexiglass or glass doors, zero clearance tile floor with a linear drain.
There are as many options for creating a pet station as there are recognized dog breeds.
Waterhouse can help. Just ask.  Or bark.

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