Let’s face it, some dogs stink. For large dogs, it can be challenging to bathe them in a traditional bathroom setting and bathing small dogs? Well, that’s even worse, with pet owners often resorting to the kitchen sink. For many dog owners like myself, bath time at home translates to big backaches, cramped spaces, and lengthy clean-up.
Many dogs do not need to be bathed often, but some dogs like to roll in the mud (let’s be honest, much more offensive things), while others have fur that requires more maintenance. So, wouldn’t it be nice to have a dedicated area for dog washing where clean-up is easy, and big splashes are okay?
For dog owners looking to skip the groomers and have a dog washing station at home other than the tub, here are a few quick tips.
Dog Wash Station for Home
Before you get too deep in design, determine where your dog washing station should go. If you have a mudroom, we recommend designing your dog washing station in your mudroom but if not, consider the laundry room or an even outdoor unit. Outdoor pet washing stations allow more flexibility and fun when it comes to design. What’s great about adding a pet washing station is it can also double as a utility sink. They can be an excellent accessory for gardening areas too.
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1. Make clean-up easy: Be sure that the washing area is waterproof—remember the big shake at the end of a bath? A tiled surround is a must-have.
2. Go elevated: For people with small to medium-sized dogs, consider adding an elevated dog washing station. It’s easier on the back and knees than bending over on the ground level.
3. Walk-in Shower: For larger dogs or seniors, consider an accessible walk-in pet shower.
4. Handheld sprayer: Another crucial tool to make bathtime more comfortable for your back, plus it’s an excellent tool for paw cleaning.
5. Get a bigger drain: Builder Vincent Longo recommends going with a bigger 3” drain. It works better with dog hair, but you’ll probably still need a hair filter to protect the plumbing pipes.
6. Towel racks: Be sure to add a couple of handy drying racks and hooks for easy access to the many towels you’ll go through.
7. Think storage: When designing your dog washing station, go big or go home when it comes to storage—it is a must-have in any washing area. Add storage for soaps, shampoos, brushes, and towels.
Puppies are an exciting and amazing animal to own, but they can also be very demanding and hard to train. Because of their stubbornness, it can be very difficult to train them but it does not have to be impossible. Even if you have never owned a puppy before, there are many puppy breeds that make great companions. Here are a few tips to help you start training your new puppy:
Puppy Breeds – Before you begin training your puppy, you should determine which breed you will have as your pet. The different breeds include the German shepherd, the toy poodle, the bulldog, the Yorkie, the toy Pomeranian, and the Maltese. All of these puppy breeds can be a great companion, but you must take the time to research and find out which one is most suited for you and your family. While some people choose one of the smaller breeds, there are actually larger breeds of puppies that make great pets. Just be sure to choose a breed that is going to match up well with the amount of space you have available in your home. Also, keep in mind that smaller breeds may need more human contact in order to become friendly, so if you have smaller children, it might not be a good idea to get a puppy that is hyper or over excited.
Puppy Training – Once you have narrowed down which breed you want to get, you should begin discussing the appropriate training methods for your puppy. Puppy bites can be very painful for children, and many people do not want to subject their children to puppy biting just because they don’t understand it. Many puppy breeds learn bite inhibition through negative reinforcement, and you should use this type of training method with your puppy as well. Simply place the puppy in a room with an object that it can bite and then yell at it until it stops its biting.