DIY Dog Wash: Everything You Need to Know for a Squeaky Clean Pup

Dog owner giving their pup a DIY dog wash

Considering a DIY dog wash solution for your pup? The prospect can sound overwhelming. We get it! Washing your doggo is probably not the most enjoyable thing you can think to do in your free time. But smelly, dirty dogs happen – usually more frequently than we’d like!

More importantly, grooming your dog is actually a powerful experience to improve the bond between pawrent and furbaby. Not only does it give you another reason to shower them with love and attention, it helps them develop a deeper level of trust with you.

From the American Kennel Club:

“Your dog will learn that it’s okay to allow his body and feet to be handled; you will be building trust with your canine companion. As for you, it’s very relaxing and satisfying to spend more time with your dog while helping him look and feel his best.”

At Hounds Lounge, we’ve invested in the tools you need for a self-serve dog wash because we understand how important this time is with you and your pup. And we want it to be a fun, enjoyable experience! In this article, we’ll walk you through the complete experience so you’re fully prepared and equipped to give your pooch some much-needed grooming.

A DIY Dog Wash Designed With You and Your Pup in Mind

We know that your drains take a beating every time your pooch gets in the tub, your back hurts after you give your pup a good scrubbing and, for our apartment dwellers, you may not even have a tub.

Puppy dog wrapped up in a towel at Hounds Lounge

Enter the DIY dog washing station: the perfect place to bring your dirty dog, pay a nominal fee, and reap the benefits of our facilities, a clean woof, and an unscathed home bathroom. We think that’s pretty awesome.

Show up at any time that we’re open with the filthiest furball you can muster.

You don’t need an appointment to use our self-serve dog wash as long as our lobby is open. Simply pay for the hour of washing your own dog and find a tub height that works well for your pooch. We have tubs of all sizes that will fit your Yorkie or your Bullmastiff. For the big boys in the house, we have easy up and down ramps to get your woof into our tubs comfortably and safely – without having to lift them.

You’ll want to choose a tub that you can scrub your pooch while standing up with bent elbows. This will help you take any strain off your back and reduce scrunching down. Washing your dog doesn’t have to be painful or exhausting.

4 Steps to the Perfect DIY Dog Wash

Ready to take your dog bath to the next level? These four steps will make you a pooch pampering pro!

1. Choose Your Favorite Shampoo and Conditioner Scents

Just like a human spa, we offer multiple shampoo and conditioner options so you can choose the one you like the best. We even have a manly scent for the guys (pup or human).

Clean pup after a bath at Hounds Lounge

We proudly offer SPA by Tropiclean because the company uses natural ingredients that are great for your bff’s coat and skin. You’ll find ingredients such as coconut, aloe, and papaya on the back of the bottles.

You can be sure that any dog products in Hounds Lounge are safe, healthy, and luxurious for our four-legged pals. Who doesn’t like to spoil their dog?

2. Splish-splash: Let’s Take That Bath

Now that you’re supplied with everything you’ll need to make your doggo squeaker-toy clean, let’s get started!

If your dog especially despises baths, we have collars to help them stay in place while you scrub away all those layers of dogs-being-dogs grunge.

Hounds Lounge is designed to accommodate plenty of wet dog shakes and hair, so it’s perfectly okay that Fido shook and got water all over the floor. (It’s also okay if you miss your dog with the spray wand and got it all over the floor but still blame your pooch anyway).

3. Towel off and Blow-dry for Glamorous Looks

Use a couple of our abundant spa towels to dry off your furbabe (quick – before they shake again!). Take advantage of our eye and ear wipes for a deep clean, as well as our cleaned and sanitized brushes.

Once you’re done cleaning and brushing, you can use our top-of-the-line blow dryers to dry off your pooch before they go nuts from being wet.

4. Wa-La! One Sparkling-clean Doggo and Your Home Is Left Untouched

You don’t have to feel bad about leaving your dirty dog mess with us. We’ll clean up the tub, do the laundry, and see you on your way. That’s the true beauty of the DIY dog wash spa at Hounds Lounge. It’s designed to be easy on you, your pooch, your wallet, and especially your home!

Sparkling clean golden retriever mix at hounds lounge

Reviews of Our DIY Dog Wash

Do our Pack members love our DIY dog wash stations? You betcha! But don’t take our word for it. These humans love leaving us kind notes and reviews about how much they love it!

“Always have a great experience! The staff is super friendly and their self wash facilities are always clean!” – Ken W.

“We love the self-wash stations at Hounds Lounge, even though our dog, Star, says otherwise. The supplies are always well stocked and the elevated and large tubs with clip-ins and blow dryers are so nice – especially when your dog despises a bath.” – Christine M.

“Einstein Loves the Hounds Lounge and they’re self-wash service.” – HamboneIAm

“I go by there to wash my golden retriever. Staff always greets with a smile. There is always an open tub. My old girl gets a shampoo, conditioner, and even some smell good added in there. Plenty of clean dry towels. And a solid blow-dryer. Raised tubs so you are not leaning over the whole time. Awesome place and old girl gets a car ride out if it. Highly recommend.” – Matthew C.

*Source: Google Reviews

Check out our facilities next time you come in for doggie daycare or stop by any time we’re open; walk-ins are always welcome! Find a location near you today.

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