By Nicole L. Czarnomski
Photography by Kelvin Andow
Tub time can be messy and stressful for dogs and their owners. Dogs have an acute sense of hearing, so water blasting from a faucet or hot air roaring from a hair dryer can be frightening. Plus, a dog’s paws can’t grip the slick surface of the tub causing them to panic, scramble and splash around in the water. And for humans, it’s a back breaking, knee aching experience.
Then, there’s the “zoomies.” Your wet dog zooms around the house, shaking and rubbing on everything in sight.
If tub time leaves you exasperated, Fluff N Buff Grooming and U Do It Dog Wash, both in Rochester, offer self-service dog washing stations with temperature controlled water. They charge $10 to $20 per dog.
Here are 9 reasons to bypass the bathtub at home and try the self-service scrub.
- Dirty dogs welcome. Darilyn Franko, owner of U Do It Dog Wash, says she has a broad demographic using her self-service dog wash. “Police officers come in after hours to scrub their K9s. We also welcome hunters with their dogs and customers from the dog park.”
- Big or small, we take them all. Fluff N Buff Grooming has two self-service tubs. “We have one tub for small dogs and one tub for large dogs,” says owner Tanya Leyson.
- Leave the dog hair there. There’s less time bathing and drying your pooch when you brush them at a designated brushing station.
- Suds are supplied. Leyson provides a tearless shampoo, a natural argan oil shampoo and an oatmeal shampoo. However, she suggests bringing your own if your puppy prefers a special brand.
- Shake it off at the shop. Franko says she’s happy to have your wet pet shake and shimmy in her shop.
- No clogged drains. “We have a special drain trap that catches unwanted hair,” Franko says. “The dog stands on a non-slip platform, and the hair falls down into the bathtub and into a drain trap. I come in and check at least once a day to clean out the self-service tub.”
- No cleanup. Both businesses run a tight ship. They know it’s important to their customers to have a clean area to brush, bathe and dry their dogs. They keep the bathing stations clean, the drains unclogged and the brushing station free from hair and dander.
- No appointment necessary. The self-service dog wash is open from
6 a.m. to 10 p.m. “You can drop in anytime, seven days a week, 365 days
a year. We’re adding a second station for your convenience,” Franko says.
- No more back-breaking work. “The tubs are shoulder level; therefore no more kneeling over the tub. This takes the stress off you and gives you more time to build a relationship with your dog,” Franko says.