If you’ve ever had to wash a dog, you know it can be quite the ordeal. There’s nothing easy about hauling a muddy dog into a sink or bathtub, then awkwardly maneuvering the hose or faucet to get a good rinse. Then there’s toweling the dog dry so it doesn’t drip all over the place—not to mention the dreaded dry-off shake.
When all is said and done, you still have another mess to clean: the soggy, muddy sink or tub.
If you know you’re going to have a canine companion for many years to come, installing a dog washing station into the design of your home is one way to make the whole process drastically easier. Here are some of the benefits of a dedicated built-in dog wash station.
A CLEANER DOG WITH HALF THE HASSLE
You’ll get a cleaner dog with less effort, and who wouldn’t want that? The mess stays in one space—when you’re done, simply rinse out the tub and you’re good to go. A glass partition creates a contained, easy-to-clean area for your dog to shake off water.
THERE’S MORE SPACE
A built-in dog wash station is much larger than a normal sink, giving the dog more space to move around and making it easier for you to give them directions and move them as necessary. Both you and your dog will feel more comfortable.
IT’S THE PERFECT HEIGHT
The height of a built-in dog wash station is just right for your four-legged friend to get in and out. This keeps the dirt in the tub rather than on your clothes.
WHAT IF YOU DON’T HAVE ROOM FOR A DESIGNATED SPACE TO WASH YOUR DOG?
Looking at this bathroom, you would never know it does double duty. It has beautiful encaustic tile flooring, matte black fixtures, an egg shaped tub, a freestanding custom vanity, and shiplap accents. But the homeowners took advantage of this recent bathroom remodel and made space for adults, kids, and the dogs!
The bathroom is designed to be a partial wet room with a glass partition separating the walk-in shower, tub, and dog wash. By installing a low handheld shower fixture on a separate valve, the dogs—and kids—can walk into the shower area and be clean in no time!
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