Having a dog can be messy business. If your pooch gets muddy or they're just due for a bath, and you just don't have time to visit your groomer, it's helpful to have a home dog wash station. Luckily, you don't have to invest a ton of money into equipment to create one. Use these tips to make your own DIY dog washing station to keep your pup fresh and clean.
Outdoor Home Dog Wash Options
If you're in a warmer climate or looking for a seasonal dog wash station, consider ways your outdoor space can become an easy place to clean off your dog after a trip to a muddy park or beach.
1. Gravel Floor Home Dog Wash Station
I love this option because the gravel stops your outdoor wash station from collecting mud. This way, you can rinse your doggo off before they even step foot (or muddy paw) in the house. Follow the easy DIY instructions to make one of your own.
If you don't have the tools you need and aren't ready to invest in some, consider renting instead. Stores like Lowes and Home Depot rent out power tools.
2. Repurposed Trough Dog Washing Station
A repurposed metal trough can live a second life as a dog wash station. Christina and Trevor from Thermaland Oaks outline exactly what you need for this easy project and how to make it.
3. Outdoor Kiddie Pool
For an easy outdoor home wash station, simply purchase a plastic kiddie pool to use as a tub. Just as you would in the bathtub, place a grip mat or towel on the bottom to keep your dog from slipping. Use the hose to rinse your pup off if the water temperature is acceptable, or bring a bucket of warm water from indoors.
In-Home Dog Wash Stations
If you're looking for a station that works year-round or one that uses indoor plumbing, there are several great ideas out there.
1. Luxury DIY Dog Wash Station
You do need experience with plumbing and carpentry to create this DIY masterpiece, but the final product will be well worth it. The pull-out stairs make this a great option for large or senior dogs, and the design makes it an attractive addition to your home.
2. Bathtub or Shower Station
Using your bathtub or shower is one of the easiest ways to wash your dog at home. First, make the tub safe by placing a non-slip bathmat in the bottom, or simply place a towel down in the tub to keep your pooch from sliding around. You'll also want to place towels in the bathroom to prevent your dog from slipping once they're out of the bath. Use a detachable shower hose to get to tough-to-reach spots.
3. Utility or Laundry Sink
If your pup is small enough, you can use a utility sink for bathing them. Protect your pipes by placing a strainer basket in the sink to catch any hairs and protect your dog's joints with a towel in the sink for some traction. A utility or laundry sink is preferable over a kitchen sink.
4. Collapsible Pet Bathtub
Collapsible dog tubs are great for owners who don't have much space in their homes. You can simply pull the tub out, pop it open, and bathe your dog. Just be cautious with overly excited puppies or dogs because if they lean on the side of the tub with too much force, they can force it to collapse and spill water. Find one with a drainage plug for easy draining.
- Portable bathtubs created specifically for pets are an excellent option.
- Most run between $100 and $200.
- They feature an elevated tub, and many come with a non-slip rubber mat, shampoo caddy, and drain holes.
Dog Wash Station Equipment for Home
The best thing about an at-home dog wash station is you can customize the features to suit your needs. Here are some must-have items and optional upgrades for your setup.
- Buckets for rinsing
- Non-skid mat
- Dog shampoo
- Dog coat conditioner
- Water-resistant storage containers
Considerations Before You Set Up
You'll need to customize your station based on several factors. Take these into consideration when planning your dog wash station.
Will your dog fit in your sink or even in your bathtub? Some locations may not be possible based on the size of your pet. If you have a very large dog, you may need to build a special washing station for them or bathe them outdoors where there's more room.
If you live in an area where it's relatively warm year-round, it may be possible to set up your dog wash station outdoors. However, in many places, it won't be possible to wash your dog outside in the winter. Consider the climate in your area during various times of the year.
Think about how much money you'd like to invest in this dog washing station. You can easily produce something with household items you already have or spend quite a bit on a custom-built dog bath in your home.
Consider how big your home is and whether you have enough space for a permanent washing station or something that can collapse and be stored away.
Make Dog Washing Easy
Dog washing doesn't have to be uncomfortable for you or your special pup. With the right tools, you can create a dog washing station that makes bath time a breeze to set up and break down. Get creative with what you have in or outside of your house, or find a product that can ease the load.