Many homeowners have special places for four-legged family members throughout the home, from beds and climbing towers to playpens and “catios” (small screened-in patios for cats that are installed in windows). Why not kick it up a notch with their own bathing station, as well?
While a pet washing station is made specifically for the dogs and cats of the family, it could be very beneficial to all who live there. For example, people and animals no longer share a bathing area! It is cleaner than bathing the pet outside, and there is no need to worry about inclement weather on bath day.
Install the station in the mudroom to eliminate muddy paw prints throughout the home. This is a perfect location to catch disaster by the collar and rinse the mud, grit, and other undesirables from their fur before they have a chance to leap onto the couch or someone’s clothes.
Whether this is the next DIY project or built by a professional, homeowners should make sure this area includes everything they will need to bathe their pets: a detachable showerhead, a wide drain, hooks to hang collars and towels, shelves to hold shampoo, and possibly stairs to allow pets easy access if it is raised. Many bathing station options resemble elevated showers, allowing people to stand straight instead of hunched. Some might leave the shower with open walls, while some may need to protect the house around it with raised or glass walls.
Consider all the fun details that can make this room perfect for the critter of the house! Perhaps hang up towels with a cute dog pattern, have a bathmat with pawprints, and keep a jar of treats nearby. Though your pet may only care about the treats, the other options provide unique ways to personalize this part of the home, as well.
A trip to the groomer is still worthwhile, but a pet washing station allows people to have a grooming day at home with their pet. An in-home shower is perfect for that quick, unexpected rinse off or special bonding time with the furry family member.