How Multi-Family Apartment Communities are Catering to Dog Lovers

Dogs are family. And with dog ownership on the rise, more and more people are seeking apartment communities that not only allow dogs but cater to them. Discerning residents seek amenities such as modern fitness centers, resort style swimming pools, community party spaces, outdoor grills and fireplaces; all things that make life more enjoyable. But what about dog owners? They are looking for a space that will welcome their dogs like family. Dog owners want dog parks on-site, well-designed gathering places for dogs and their owners, and grooming areas where they can safely and easily wash their dog.

One property that does this well is Motif Apartments in Flagler Village in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The property has designated three unique areas that celebrate dogs and their owners. The first area of note is the K9 Clubhouse. It’s an indoor space for dogs and residents to mix and mingle. The K9 Clubhouse is nicely designed with intriguing dog art on the walls, colorful benches and chairs and a bar area with a refrigerator and sink for “yappy hours” and other social gatherings. Plus, geometric tile floors make cleaning up the inevitable doggy accident a breeze.

Motif Apartments in Flagler Village in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

The next area is Motif’s K9 Park, a beautiful outdoor space where dogs can run and get some exercise in a safe fenced-in area. The intricate fence is a masterpiece in and of itself. The main area is comprised of turf, concrete, trees and bushes creating an inviting atmosphere for residents and pets to mingle and enjoy time outdoors. The dog park also includes water fountains for owners and dogs, and of course complimentary doggie bags for dog owners to clean up after their pet. With no detail left untouched, residents appreciate this outdoor space designed specifically for their four-legged friends.

Motif Apartments in Flagler Village in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

And last but not least is Motif’s popular dog spa with a do-it-yourself Evolution Dog Wash. The wash is free for residents and includes everything needed for residents to safely wash their pet. The all-in-one dog wash includes shampoo, conditioner, flea and tick treatment if needed and a blow dryer, plus a disinfectant setting to clean out the tub at the end. The dog spa allows residents to wash their dogs in the community space without the mess of bathing in their own apartment.

Evolution Dog Wash at the Motif Apartments in Flagler Village in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

It’s easy to see why dog owners clamor to apartments with dog-loving amenities such as these, but apartment owners reap the benefits as well. Pet-friendly communities help attract and retain premium renters. This helps increase your ancillary income. By accommodating more pet owners, you are injecting a significant amount of extra revenue year in and year out, increasing the capitalized value of your property. And by offering a pet spa and amenities such as the Evolution Dog Wash, residents don’t have to wash pets in their own apartment, thus reducing overall plumbing maintenance and saving maintenance time and plumbing costs.

Dog-loving communities are a win-win for all. When planning new communities or renovating existing ones, consider going above and beyond to cater not only to human residents but four-legged tenants as well. It’s an investment that pays off. Dog lovers rejoice!

How Dog Parks Add Value to Communities, Cities and Park Agencies

Not surprisingly, dog parks are the fastest-growing segment of municipal parks across the country. According to a 2019 report from The Trust for Public Land, they found the number of dedicated dog parks in the United States has grown by over 42 percent since 2009. As of that 2019 study, 810 dog parks are now scattered across the 100 largest cities alone (and that number has likely grown since the report was published).

 

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) reported an estimated 1,200 dog parks in operation in the United States in 2013 and counting. The NRPA reported in 2018 that more than half (55 percent) of park and recreation agencies currently have at least one dog park. While they vary in size, design and amenities, dog parks provide many benefits to dogs and their owners.

 

According to a poll conducted by the NRPA in 2018, about 91 percent of Americans believe dog parks provide benefits to the communities they serve, and as dog lovers ourselves, we agree! According to the NRPA poll, here are the top three benefits that dog parks bring to a community:

  1. Provides safe space for dogs to exercise and roam freely.
  2. Allows dogs to socialize with other dogs.
  3. Gives owners a chance to be physically active with their pet.

Pet-friendly spaces help create a tight-knit community. For dog owners, a trip to the dog park might initiate new connections and relationships as dogs can spur conversation between owners and make it easier to meet new people. Dog-friendly communities provide dog owners common connection and promote outdoor activity for exercise and socialization, which is beneficial for both dogs and their owners.

Dog parks are growing in popularity with younger residents in the US as well. Results from the same NRPA 2018 poll show dog parks are especially popular among millennials and Gen Xers followed by baby boomers who all agree that dog parks benefit the community. Cities looking for new ways to boost the overall health and happiness of their communities should consider investing in dog parks as part of their master development plan.

For public and privately-owned dog parks, there is also an opportunity for ongoing revenue. As the demand for off-leash dog areas increases, more municipal parks and privately owned dog parks are including Evolution Dog Wash in the design of their dog parks. Dog owners love having access to a pay-per-use, self-service dog wash inside a park. That means that when Fido is done running around in the mud, he can be washed and dried before it’s time to load up and head home.

An Evolution Dog Wash is an amenity that generates revenue for any park program. For example, Santa Barbara County Parks have six Evolution Dog Wash machines that generate approximately $120,000 in annual revenue. That’s $2,500 per week! While Santa Barbara County Parks do not keep track of actual washes, it costs $10 per wash, so their six machines do about 250 dog washes per week combined. Three of the units are located at the very popular Arroyo Burro Beach. This is where the bulk (about 90 percent) of the washes happen. Additionally, one machine is located at Lookout Park in Summerland, one at Tucker’s Grove Park in Santa Barbara and one at Waller Park in Santa Maria.

A revenue-generating amenity in a public or private dog park means money that can be added to the department’s budget for parks maintenance and improvement. Most Evolution Dog Wash customers see a full return on their investment within one year.

As more communities are focused on creating pet-friendly atmospheres, consider the Evolution Dog Wash, an amenity that benefits both the community and the parks department or agency. Before you know it, you’ll be the bark of town.

Best Dog Parks in the US

Americans own an estimated 83.3 million dogs as pets, according to statistics from the National Recreation and Parks Association. Dog parks and off-leash dog areas have become increasingly popular as dog owners are looking for safe places to take their dogs for exercise, socialization and play.

Spring break is just around the corner, and as the weather warms up, dogs and their owners are ready to spend some time outside! As you plan your spring break activities, be sure to include plenty of time to spend with your four-legged friends. Here’s a quick look at some popular dog parks in the U.S.

Beau’s Dream Dog Park — Lancaster, PA

Beau’s Dream Dog Park — Lancaster, PA - Photo courtesy: Beau’s Dream Dog Park at Buchanan Park

Photo courtesy: Beau’s Dream Dog Park at Buchanan Park

In 2012, Lancaster resident Angela and her dog Beau won the Beneful Dream Dog Park contest, which provided a $500,000 makeover to the existing Buchanan Dog Park in Lancaster. The park was one of three parks in the country built by DIY network star Jason Cameron, pet expert Arden Moore and Interior Design Star Nate Berkus.

Officially opened August 6, 2013, the park features two dog areas for small and large dogs, both with doggy splash pads.

Montrose Beach Dog Park — Chicago, IL

Montrose Beach Dog Park — Chicago, IL

Photo Courtesy: Montrose Dog Beach on Facebook

Chicago’s first legal off-leash beach, the Montrose Dog Beach is located on the Northwest corner of Montrose Beach. Though the beach was closed for a period of time due to the pandemic, it was recently reopened on Feb. 23, 2021. The Montrose Dog Beach provides a secure space for dogs and their owners to enjoy the waters of Lake Michigan.

Arroyo Burro Beach — Santa Barbara, CA

Arroyo Burro Beach — Santa Barbara, CA

Photo Courtesy: flickr @ Damian Gadal

Arroyo Burro Beach Park is a popular destination for dogs to enjoy the ocean views, or take a scenic walk on the bluffs of the Douglas Family Preserve. While the beach is dog friendly, dogs must remain on their leash at all times while in the Arroyo Beach Park. However, dogs may enjoy a run off leash in the Douglas Family Preserve, adjacent to the beach park. Dogs may also be off-leash on the beach just east of the creek. There is also an Evolution Dog Wash on-site to wash off those sandy pups before you head home.

Shawnee Mission Off Leash Dog Park — Shawnee, KS

Shawnee Mission Off Leash Dog Park — Shawnee, KS

Photo Courtesy flickr @ daveynin

Shawnee Mission Off Leash Dog Park provides 44 sprawling acres of off-leash area featuring a dog swim area in the lake, and multiple trails through grassland and wooded areas. If you’re looking for a place to get some exercise for you and your pup, this is the spot. The park is not enclosed, so it is recommended that dogs prone to run remain leashed.

Hugh Rogers WAG Park — Whitefish, MT

Hugh Rogers WAG Park — Whitefish, MT

Photo Courtesy: whitefishdogpark.com

Set against the stunning backdrop of trees and mountains, the Hugh Rogers WAG Park features five acres of free space for pups to roam, an area for small dogs, an agility course and a pond for swimming. It truly is everything you could want in a dog park. The park was voted Top 10 dog park by USA Today and featured as “Leader of the Pack” in O! Magazine.

Bear Creek Dog Park Colorado Springs, Colorado

Bear Creek Dog Park — Colorado Springs, Colorado

Photo Courtesy: visitcos.com

With plenty of space to run, a picturesque creek to splash in, trees, trails and more, Bear Creek Dog Park located in Bear Creek Regional Park is every dog’s heaven. The 25 acres of off-leash area includes an agility training area and a two-acre small dog/senior dog area that separated from the general dog area to provide space for those who wish to keep the dog play to a minimum.

“Soo much better than the bathtub!”

Let’s face it, bathing your dog at home is no easy feat. Not only is it downright messy but making sure you have the right supplies on hand, painfully bending over the bathtub and having dog hair clogging up your drain make the task all but convenient. Not to mention it can be hard to thoroughly dry your pet and having a wet dog running around the house afterwards is less than ideal.

Thankfully there are groomers and self-serve dog washes to turn doggy bath time into an enjoyable experience for you and your pup.

Here’s one groomer that does it right: Belly scRubs in Hurricane, West Virginia. An award-winning groomer, Belly scRubs has been rated “Best in the Valley” and “Best in the Tri-State” for three years running. And they are close to a 5-star customer review average. Belly scRubs is essentially three dog businesses in one:

  1. A full-service grooming shop for large and small dogs as well as cats, open Monday through Saturday, by appointment.
  2. A self-serve dog wash.
  3. A shop with natural and herbal dog products, dog food from Fromm, great treats, collars, grooming tools, dog colognes and much more.

One of the offerings that sets Belly scRubs apart is the self-serve dog wash station. They offer two state-of-the-art Evolution Dog Wash units open 24/7 with herbal dog shampoos built-in, along with complimentary towels and blow dryers. Many of their customers have used the same words to describe it, “Sooo much better than the bathtub!”

Customer Candace enjoys washing her dog Daisy at Belly scRubs in the Evolution Dog Wash machine.

Belly scRubs has been in business for over 10 years. “We originally started out with another brand of self-serve dog wash machines,” Belly scRubs owner, Phil Schenk, explains. “We had two units and they were probably ending their useful lifetimes. We knew that we needed an updated look and operation, so we recently purchased and installed two new Evolution Dog Wash machines.” Schenk says, “Evolution Dog Wash was a logical choice because the ease of use, but we were also sold on the sleek design and improved technology.”

In addition to the sleek, modern design, Evolution Dog Wash offers a high-quality product and good customer service. “I had great discussions with the salesperson, there was no pushiness, and we’ve received great support since receiving the machines,” Schenk said.

Installing an Evolution Dog Wash is a win-win for customers and store owners alike. Customers love the affordable do-it-yourself option and ease of use, and store owners appreciate the additional revenue. For Belly scRubs, Schennk explains “we gross between $3,500 and $5,000 a month from the two machines total. Grooming and professional bathing are still the financial base for us, but that extra money is very helpful in making our profit.” And beyond revenue, Evolution Dog Wash helps drive traffic and promotes a fun, healthy atmosphere. “Perhaps as important is the good advertising and good-will that the self-serve provides.”

Evolution Dog Wash is a great way to increase store traffic, drive additional revenue and make bath time a breeze for our four-legged friends and their owners. For more information on Evolution Dog Wash, visit EvolutionDogWash.com.

9 Ways to Celebrate Love Your Pet Day with your Dog

Dogs shower us with unconditional love all year long and with Love Your Pet Day just around the corner (on Feb. 20), it’s the perfect time to show our four-legged friends a little extra love.

If you’re looking for some ways to show your furry friend lots of love, we’ve got you covered. Here are 10 ways to celebrate Love Your Pet Day with your dog.

Give your pup a special treat. Every dog loves a tasty treat! Just remember, chocolate isn’t safe for dogs, so keep that box of chocolates out of reach and treat your pup to a pet-friendly treat from a local dog bakery, or one you make at home!

Gift your dog with a new toy. Spice up playtime with a new chew toy or ball and then, spend some time playing with your dog. Not only will your pup love their gift even more, but playing together is a great way to strengthen your bond with your dog.

Treat your pooch to a spa day. Yes, doggie massages and facials are a thing! There are special techniques that can be used to help dogs relax, so do some research up front, or make an appointment at your local dog spa and let the pros handle it!

Give your dog a bubble bath. Start with a nice bath at home, or at an Evolution Dog Wash near you! Bathing your dog should be a regular occasion, but if your pup is especially fond of baths, a nice warm bath is the perfect way to show some love and keep your pet clean and healthy.

Spend some time training your dog. Dogs thrive when they have structure and they love to learn. One way you can say “I love you” to your dog is by spending some time training and offering plenty of positive reinforcement.

Read your pup a bedtime story. Yes, even dogs love to be read to! Invite your dog to join in on storytime with your kids, or, if you don’t have kids, curl up with your dog in a comfy spot and read a short story aloud, using plenty of animation with your eyes and a soft, soothing tone in your voice.

Pet your pooch. This may seem like a no-brainer, but sometimes we can forget to slow down and take time just giving our dogs some human touch. Whether it’s a back massage, belly rub or ear scratches, physical affection can go a long way in telling your dog just how much you care.

Have a conversation. Did you know the average dog understands 165 words? Dogs make the best listeners, so whether you have something on your mind, a presentation to rehearse, or simply want to let your dog know you love them, don’t shy away from having a conversation with your furry friend. Talking to your dog can be beneficial to you and your pup. Studies have shown that spending time talking to and petting your dog can contribute to lower blood pressure in humans.

Take an extra-long walk. If you must, pencil time for a long walk with your dog into your calendar on Love Your Pet Day. While short walks are still beneficial for our dogs, our canine friends enjoy long, leisurely walks where they can take their time to sniff around and explore new sights and sounds.

February is the month of love with Valentine’s Day and Love Your Pet Day. While you’re planning how you’ll celebrate Valentine’s Day with the people you love, take some time shower your four-legged friend with an extra dose of love. You won’t regret it!

Ready to clean up – literally and figuratively? Consider a self-serve dog wash.

With the pet industry continuing to boom and an increasing number of dog owners each year, groomers, pet stores and vets should all consider new ways to cater to their customers, attract more traffic and increase revenue. Adding a self-serve dog wash is a great way to enhance your business. Here’s why Pet Spa Splash, a groomer in Wichita Falls, TX, made the decision to install an Evolution Dog Wash in their storefront.

Henry Hernandez has been the owner/operator of Paw Spa groomers for more than a decade. A popular groomer with long time customers, they offer traditional grooming services and a doggy bakery complete with mini doggy birthday cakes and bonbons. He had the idea to add a self-serve dog wash one day when he was saw a man at a car wash hosing down a German Shepard in a car wash stall. “Something like that could be devastating to a dog, physically and emotionally,” said Hernandez.

Hernandez started researching options for self-serve dog washes and discovered Evolution Dog Wash. “I was impressed with their American-made, advanced technology and good customer service.” In 10 minutes for $10, customers can bathe and dry a dog with all the supplies included (shampoo, conditioner, flea & tick treatment if needed, and a blow dryer) without the mess of bathing at home. And as dogs age, many become uncomfortable and stressed going to a groomer. Rather than lose loyal customers, many groomers choose to add a do-it-yourself option in a comfortable, controlled, quiet environment. “We have calming blue walls and music.” The Evolution Dog Wash offers the perfect water temperature for dogs, 77 degrees, and a waist-high bathing area so no stooping over a tub. “They let the machine do the work. There’s no need to scrub. People are impressed. It’s better than trying to bathe them at home and dogs get a treat after their bath.”

Plus, the self-serve machine is a less expensive option than the full-service packages grooming salons typically offer, yet the stores still profit. For example, if customers wash four dogs per day, that generates close to $13,000/year. The Evolution Dog Wash is a great revenue generator that can produce income for grooming salons, pet stores and veterinary clinics they otherwise wouldn’t have received. Evolution Dog Wash has a revenue calculator on their website to see how long it would take to pay off your Evolution Dog Wash and start turning dog washes into profits.

Some customers supplement the self-serve wash in between appointments, and others just prefer the lower cost DIY method year-round. In addition to the ease and price savings for customers, washing and caring for your pet also gives pet owners a special bond with their pooch while helping with their overall well-being and health.

Pet Spa Splash is open seven days a week, from 8:00am to 7:00pm. Customers can come in at their convenience, pay by cash or credit card, and start the automatic system. For safety, customers can lock the door behind them, and Pet Spa Splash has video surveillance at all times. Evolution Dog Wash fits all sizes of dogs, from small to large.

By adding an Evolution Dog Wash, Pet Spa Splash has filled a void that was missing in their service portfolio, plus it’s the city’s only self-serve dog wash which gives them an edge over other pet businesses. When considering new service lines and revenue streams, consider Evolution Dog Wash.

Evolution Dog Wash offers a variety of models and customized options to fit your needs and budget. For more information on Evolution Dog Wash, visit www.EvolutionDogWash.com or call 888-303-0553 today.

8 New Year’s Resolutions for You and Your Dog

It’s a new year, and that means setting new goals and resolutions for the next 12 months. While you might be focused on resolutions that help better your life, your pet could benefit from some New Year’s resolutions, too!

Here are eight New Year’s resolutions for pet owners (and their pets).

Schedule an annual exam. This goes for you and your pet. Preventive checkups can identify and treat health concerns before they become big problems. Just like their human owners, pets can suffer from conditions including heart disease, diabetes and arthritis. Give your furry friend the best shot at a long, healthy life by keeping up with routine exams with your vet.

Eat healthier. If you’re like many Americans, you’re probably trying to eat a little better in the new year. While your pet may not need a strict gluten-free diet, take a look at the nutrients in your pet’s food to be sure they’re getting all the essentials based on weight, age and health conditions. Measure your pet’s food accurately to prevent overeating. Read the instructions on the food bag to know just how much your pet should eat each day.

Lose weight. You might be surprised to learn that nearly more than half of all dogs and cats are overweight, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention. As is true for people, excess weight can cause serious health problems for your pet. Making diet adjustments and getting plenty of exercise is key in helping your pet maintain a healthy weight.

Get more exercise. Why not include your pet in your resolution to move more in 2021? Resolve to take more walks/jogs with your pet. A game of fetch can be beneficial not only in giving your dog some much needed exercise, but it may also help prevent destructive behaviors and anxiety.

Socialize your pet. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in isolation for all of us. While there are still precautions to be made, plan some time for your dog to get in some positive socialization in a controlled setting. Take a hike with a friend and fellow dog owner. Visit your neighborhood dog park. Pets who are socialized tend to be more comfortable in a variety of situations, though some pets simply prefer to spend time alone. Pay attention to how your pet responds to the socialization and watch for signs of anxiety or stress.

Clean up your pet’s environment. Take some time to wash your dog’s bed, collar and food bowls. Clear out old, well-used toys and replace them with new ones. Use allergen-free detergent to wash your dog’s bed, and be sure food and water bowls are getting cleaned a few times each week. A clean environment helps reduce transmission of bacteria and viruses for people and pets alike.

Invest time into training. A well-trained dog is more obedient, more responsive and happier. This means your pet will be easier to manage in a potentially dangerous situation. And, ultimately, spending time training your pet results in a closer bond between you and your four-legged friend.

Groom your pet. A good wash and brush helps remove excess fur from your dog’s coat, which means you’ll find less pet hair around your house. Washing and brushing your pet regularly also helps distribute oils from the skin to the fur so your dog’s coat will be healthy and shiny. Most pets enjoy being groomed and it can be another bonding experience for you and your dog. Prefer not to use your own bathtub or shower? The Evolution Dog Wash machine makes bathing your pet a breeze. Click here to find a dog wash near you!

Whatever your New Year’s Resolution may be, we wish you and your pet a happy, healthy year in 2021!

Holiday Gift Guide: Best Gifts for Dogs and Dog Lovers

2020 is almost a wrap! While this year hasn’t been much to brag about, one thing that gets us excited is the fact that pet adoptions have skyrocketed as more people are spending more time at home! That’s certainly something to celebrate!

As you finish up your holiday shopping, don’t forget something for your four-legged family members, or the dog-lovers in your life! Here are 11 of the best gifts to give your dog or dog owners.

  1. SmartPetLove Snuggle Puppy Behavioral Aid Toy
    Nobody likes to be alone, even our pets. If your pup suffers from separation anxiety, this soft snuggle buddy with a pulsing heartbeat and heat pack is the perfect soothing toy. 
  2. Veken Water Fountain
    Worried your dog doesn’t drink enough during the day? This ceramic dog water fountain, complete with a filtration system encourages your pet to drink more water (and not from the toilet!) 
  3. Little Dove Pet TeePee
    Every pup needs a cute and cozy place to retreat! This adorable pet teepee for small dogs isn’t just comfortable for your dog, but it won’t be an eye sore in your living room! 
  4. Crown & Paw Custom Pet Portrait
    Turn your pet’s picture into a Renaissance masterpiece! Just choose your costume, upload a photo of your pet and place your order! 
  5. Personalized Food Bowl
    Add a little flair to mealtime with a personalized ceramic dog bowl. Choose your size and design and customize with your pet’s name. And this bowl is dishwasher and microwave-safe! 
  6. GoBone Interactive Smart Bone
    Playtime has never been more fun than it is with an interactive smart bone! Designed to help dogs get plenty of exercise, and be sure they’re having fun, this durable, robotic smart bone keeps dogs engaged longer and can be controlled by your phone on the GoBone app. 
  7. “Hope You Like Dogs” Doormat
    Welcome guests (particularly other dog lovers) to your home with this funny flocked doormat.The durable natural fiber is easy to clean and perfect for outside your front door, or anywhere in your home. 
  8. Face Masks and Matching Bandana Sets
    It is 2020, after all. Get a dapper new bandana for your pup and a matching mask for you! The handmade bandana and mask sets from The Foggy Dog are too cute to pass up. 
  9. Whistle Go Health & Location Tracker
    If your dog has a tendency to go on the run, you can have peace of mind with this dog collar attachment with a real-time location tracker. The Whistle Go also provides insight into your dog’s behaviors, such as licking, itching, drinking and sleeping. And, you can even stay on top of your dog’s activity with the health tracker! 
  10. Pet House Candle
    If you’d like it to be a little less obvious that there’s a dog living in your house, try this all natural soy wax candle. The non-toxic candle freshens pet-loving homes, with more than 20 scents to choose from. 
  11. Dog Wash and Shammy Towel
    And last but not least, don’t forget all dogs need a bath. Take your pup to the closest Evolution Dog Wash and for an extra dry pup bring along this Dog Gone Smart Dirty Dog Shammy Towel. It’s an absorbent microfiber towel that soaks up 20 times the amount of water and mud than the average shammy towel can. And it dries eight times faster than cotton towels.

Happy Holidays from all of us at Evolution Dog Wash!

2020 Evolution Dog Wash Highlights

While 2020 was a challenging year for all of us, we still have a lot to be thankful for – our health, family, friends and pets. At Evolution Dog Wash we are proud to manufacture top quality dog wash machines and provide a high-level of customer service to all our partners. Here are some highlights we wanted to share from 2020.

Evolution Dog Wash has reached a few milestones.

After seven years in the business, we recently celebrated a huge milestone achievement — our 500th dog wash machine sold in North America! Out of all 500 units, we have only had two onsite warranty repairs. That’s a testament to quality and durability that speaks volumes. Our machines are built to last and our service and maintenance videos make them easy to maintain, even for a first timer.

Of those units sold, we have now shipped over 100 units of our new design! Inspired by the high caliber, modern look of BMW’s M models, our new design patented DW2 models have a much sleeker look and feel that fit into almost any setting. Whether in a multifamily apartment buildingcar washvet clinicpet store or dog park, owners are proud to display our beautifully designed dog wash in high traffic locations to attract pet lovers. And dog owners trust that they are able to bathe their dogs in an environment that is soothing and comfortable for their beloved pet. The new designs are a big upgrade and are turning heads all across the country. The first DW2 model was shipped to Greenville, South Carolina and we now have DW2 models in 26 from California to the New York islands.

Some wonderful and talented people joined our team.

Our latest addition is Dustin Osello. He’s been with Evolution Dog Wash for the past four months. His primary role is manufacturing dog washes to the highest standards to ensure a quality product. He also helps out with data management, identifying marketing niches and providing customer support. Dustin is always ready to take on new projects and help make the company run efficiently and effectively. Dustin graduated from Lindenwood University with a BA in Business administration. He was also a four-year student athlete, playing lacrosse as a midfielder.

When asked what his favorite part is about working with Evolution Dog Wash, Dustin says, “It’s the pride aspect of the machines I build. I know that we have the best product out there, made with the best parts, to ensure the end user has the best results. I have used competitors’ machines and they do not compare to our product.” 

In his free time, Dustin enjoys spending time outdoors camping, fishing, and going to Red Rocks concerts. Dustin also has a dog named “Ace” who is a Golden Doodle. Please join us in welcoming Dustin to the Evolution Dog Wash family!

In addition to Dustin, we also welcomed Troy Bell, our new Production Manager with over 20 years of experience in process engineering. Read his blog here.

Some more good news, Parker Skiles, our summer intern, has joined us while he’s back in town over winter break to help customers looking to start a retail dog wash location. More on Parker can be found here.

We’re proud to give back to local causes. 

Evolution Dog Wash is proud to donate a percentage of sales to the Colorado Pet Overpopulation Fund. CPOPF’s mission is to grant funds to shelters and rescues throughout the state in under-served areas that desperately need financial support in order to spay and neuter animals, microchip them and provide emergency services, all in an effort to make the shelter animals more adoptable into a loving home. We also support local youth athletics and have sponsored motocross athletes, soccer and lacrosse players, three sports near and dear to our hearts.

On behalf of the entire Evolution Dog Wash team, thank you to our customers and partners for allowing us to do what we love. May your holiday season and 2021 be filled with love, laugher and prosperity.

Safe and Healthy Thanksgiving Foods for Dogs

Thanksgiving is just days away! While the coronavirus pandemic still rages, keeping many of us from seeing loved ones this holiday season, we’re feeling especially grateful for the companionship of our four-legged family members. As you plan your intimate Thanksgiving Day feast, be sure to include your furry friend in the festivities!

But first, a word of caution. The holiday season tends to coincide with an increase in visits to the vet as dogs may be fed unsafe human foods, or overindulge on the feast (just like their owners!) If you’re planning to let Fido enjoy some Thanksgiving treats of his own, here are a few things to keep in mind to ensure your pet’s Thanksgiving doesn’t end with a trip to the emergency vet.

What not to feed your dog on Thanksgiving

  • Skip the bones. If you’re tempted to toss the turkey bones to your dog while you’re carving the bird, don’t. Turkey bones can cause damage to your dog’s digestive tract. Be sure to keep the bones out of reach, especially if your pet is able to reach the table or counter.
  • Don’t feed raw meat. Raw or undercooked turkey may contain salmonella bacteria, so be sure the turkey is well cooked to an internal temp of 165° F before you or your dog enjoy a bite of meat.
  • No bread dough. Raw yeast bread dough is also dangerous for animals. If your dog or cat eats raw dough, the yeast causes a release of carbon dioxide gas and alcohol, which can lead to a drunken, bloated pet. This condition can be life-threatening for animals.
  • Keep Fido’s nose out of the cake. As you’ve likely heard, sugar, raw eggs and chocolate can be harmful for dogs. Be sure to keep sweet treats, including the batter, away from your pets.
  • Use caution with artificial sweeteners. Sugar substitutes can make your Thanksgiving meal a bit healthier for humans, but those artificial sweeteners can be extremely dangerous for dogs. If you’re baking with a sweetener that contains Xylitol, use caution and be sure your dog doesn’t get even a taste.
  • Avoid onions, scallions, garlic and seasonings. While these ingredients make human foods extra delicious, they should be avoided in anything you plan to serve your pet. As you’re cooking, set aside some cuts of meat and vegetables for your pet before adding seasoning or butter.

How to make a healthy Thanksgiving feast for your dog

While there are several foods and ingredients that can make your pet sick, there are plenty of fall favorites that are both delicious and safe for your dog to enjoy this Thanksgiving.

  • Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of dietary fiber and vitamins for your dog. Just be sure they don’t contain any added ingredients.
  • Boiled or baked potatoes with no butter, sour cream, salt or pepper can be a delicious treat for your pet.
  • Apples are another rich source of vitamins for dogs, but first be sure to cut out the core as apple seeds can be toxic for dogs.
  • Turkey with no bones or skin. It’s also important to be sure your dog doesn’t get turkey with seasonings, so be sure to remove the skin before feeding turkey to your pet.
  • Green beans contain fiber, vitamins and manganese which are all healthy for dogs. As with other dishes, be sure they are served plain.
  • Peas are also good for dogs, but avoid creamed peas that contain added fat that could upset your dogs stomach.
  • Pumpkin is a healthy snack or treat for dogs and is good for their skin and coat. If you’re feeding canned pumpkin, be sure it isn’t a spiced pie blend.

Be sure to keep any full trash bags out of reach of your dog as well, as the smell of discarded foods may be too tempting for your dog to avoid. If your pet does get into something or eat something they shouldn’t, err on the side of caution and contact the Pet Poison Hotline or your local vet for good measure.

The Evolution Dog Wash team wishes you and your furry friends a safe and happy Thanksgiving!