With more than 60 million families across the nation owning at least one dog, it’s no surprise that the latest home remodeling trend caters to dog owners.
An at-home dog washing station not only makes caring for your furry family member much easier but also provides the dog with a safer, less stressful environment. Mudrooms or laundry rooms are great places to consider as many already have the necessary plumbing for a shower.
How much does a dog washing station cost?
Installing an at home dog washing station is similar to installing a shower or tub. You’ll need to contact a plumber if the water line and drain are not already present and a contractor to install the actual wash area. Costs vary from roughly $1,000 for a freestanding tub while a custom design can cost much more.
Shower, tub or freestanding wash basin
A walk-in shower works best for larger dogs, while an elevated tub is best suited for smaller dogs that can easily be lifted into the washbasin. A freestanding washtub is a less expensive option as it requires no tile work, but you still need a plumber for installation.
- Elevated tub: Steps or ramps can be installed with an elevated tub. If you choose a tub, keep the depth no greater than 15 inches so you don’t have to learn over constantly.
- Walk-in shower: The walk-in shower can be framed with an elevated lip around the base of the shower to prevent water from running into the floor. A hinged door can also be added if desired.
- Freestanding washbasin: This option is the least taxing on your wallet and is an easier feature to remove if you desire a change.
Whether you choose a shower or tub, tile is the recommended material for easy clean-up and water damage prevention.
Best dog washing station features
As you plan out the installation of a dog washing station in your home, be sure to include these helpful features:
- Hand-held showerhead: Make the shower head mobile so you don’t have to force your dog into one corner of the bath to be rinsed.
- Leash clip: Create stability by having a clip you can use to tether your dog to the wall.
- Shelf: Create an easy-to-reach area where you can set your supplies during bath time.
- Storage: Keep your dog washing area organized while it’s not being used with sufficient cabinetry and shelfing.
- Rubber grip mat: The American Kennel Club says dogs can become stressed on slippery surfaces. Use a rubber grip mat in the bottom of the shower or tub to provide a stable surface.