TOP 5 SELF SERVE DOG WASH LOCATIONS

Whether you are looking to start a brand new self serve dog wash business, or you’ve got an existing business to which you’d like to add additional revenue; here are the Top Five locations for a self serve dog wash installation.  We based this list on traffic potential, existing client base, dog owner density, and actual success of dog wash owners.

These are the top five self serve dog wash locations in no particular weighted order:

1. Car Wash: Adding a self-serve dog wash to a car wash is probably the easiest of all installations due to the water lines already being there.  The dimensions of the self-serve dog wash allow for two or three dog washes to easily fit in one car wash bay.  There is a ready stream of existing customers and many customers stop by the car wash with their dog after a day out hiking, camping or after work.  The Car Wash is now a one-stop for washing the car and the dog.  Aaron Voorhees owns Living Water Car Wash and installed a self-serve dog wash at his location and is planning on adding another. He says, “I build car washes around the country. One of my clients did a bunch of research and was putting it a self serve dog wash at one of their locations. We built a custom outside location with convertible walls for summer and winter heat in the winter. Everybody seems to like the open area. Initially it was the carwash that brought in most of the customers, but we’ve been doing a lot of guerilla marketing at hiking trails, dog parks, signs. etc. and now it’s brought business to my car wash.  People will drive farther for the dog wash. I think it’s the quality and cleanliness of our dog wash. On a Saturday, we’ll do 15 dog washes a day.”

2. Laundry and Dry Cleaning: This location typically has a steady flow of dog owners who live in apartments and tend to be young singles or retirees.  They are on the go and are use to paying for services for convenience.  Being able to wash their dog while doing laundry kills two birds with one stone.  For retirees, the ergonomic design of the self-serve dog wash  makes it easy to wash their dog without bending over like you do when you wash your dog in the bathtub.  Chuck Steininger owns Steininger’s Laundry & Dry Cleaning in Selins Grove, PA and currently owns one Self Serve Dog Wash.  Chuck says, “Some people put their laundry in and then wash their dog, but the majority who use our self serve dog wash in are non-laundry customers.  It’s another tool to market our dry cleaning and laundry as well.  I get a decent amount of people who don’t dry clean or do laundry with us, but they’ll drive a little further to use our dog wash.  Two to five miles is the typical maximum dry cleaning driving distance.  We have a few customers coming from 25-30 minutes away.  One has a dog wash near them but they like how we keep it climate controlled and clean. Our weekends are our biggest time.  We’re probably doing about 14-18 dogs on a Saturday and again on Sunday. I really knew nothing about the business before starting. I got into it not knowing what to expect. About two years prior, I read a magazine article about what people spend on their pets and I said, ‘Wow! I have to get into that market.’ I do a lot of research and it took me probably two years to decide. I had some space and thought why not give it a try?I initially looked at the tub type and the dishwasher type thing, and was curious about the automatic type that Evolution offered.  I narrowed it down to Evolution because the pumps looked commercial type and the quality.  My customers tell me this a great idea.  One lady said, ‘No more on my knees and dirt all over the bathroom.’  Everything has been extremely positive.”

3. Dog Care Facilities: Boarding and “doggie-daycare” facilities are perfect fits for self serve dog washes. A freestanding dog wash facility is the ideal turnkey business.  Having a coin-operated dog wash or better yet, one that takes credit cards allows the business owner to literally run their business from their iPhone.  The Evolution Dog Wash allows owners of their self serve dog wash to view shampoo, water, and real-time income via a convenient app.  A typical 1500 square foot space can fit up to four dog wash systems allowing for up to 20 dogs an hour to be washed at an average of $10-15 per wash.

4. Apartment Complex: Many apartment owners average 5-10% vacancy rates.  Why not dedicate one room to steady income by converting it into a dog wash facility.  Not only does this add a conversion tool and more value to your leasing agent’s pitch, but just five dog washes a day pays for your expense.  In today’s competitive upscale rental market,  one more amenity often makes a difference.

5. Dog Park: Many public dog parks are looking for funding to help with maintenance.  Having a self-serve dog wash at the dog park is a no-brainer.  No one likes to take a dog drool covered dog home after a day wrestling with a dozen other dogs.  A dog wash creates a healthier environment for the dog park and encourages better hygiene for the local dog community.  Many municipalities cover their expenses through the dog wash system’s revenue.

TOP 5 DOG-FRIENDLY SENIOR LIVING COMMUNITIES

As the baby boomers begin to slow down and even retire, senior communities around the country are rolling out the red carpet to entice this huge infusion of new individuals.  One requirement that many of these seniors have is a safe and comfortable place to live, not only for themselves but in many cases for their furry friends as well.

 

Senior Living Communities Becoming More Pet Friendly

Just a few years ago in 2005, very few senior living communities accepted pets.  Fast forward to today and a recent New York Times piece pointed out that an estimated 40% of senior communities welcome pets.  This is largely due to the huge shift in many seniors’ affinities towards pets that has caused a seismic shift in the marketplace.

 

Not only are these senior communities becoming more accepting of pets but they are also adding a variety of amenities that pamper pets, which in turn pleases their owners.  Some of the amenities that are being added to senior communities around the country include dog washing stations, dog parks, agility courses and much more!

 

Top Dog-Friendly Communities for Seniors

We’ve put together a list of 5 of the top dog-friendly communities for seniors across the country.

 

The Palace Suites, Royale, and Renaissance

11355 SW 84th Street

Miami, FL 33173

 

The Palace Suites in Miami offers both accommodations for active seniors as well as options for long-term care if necessary.  These wonderful senior rental communities are all extremely pet friendly and offer a continuum of care for both the residents as well as their family members.  The various communities have specialized staffing in place to handle the ever-changing needs of a senior community.

 

Atria Hacienda

44600 Monterey Avenue

Palm Desert, CA 92260

 

Residents of Atria Hacienda are able to enjoy luxurious living including a movie theater, fitness center, a full-service grill and even a luxurious spa.  Atria Hacienda caters to seniors with pets and will welcome both residents as well as their furry friends with open arms.

 

The Village at Duxbury and Allerton House

290 Kingstown Way

Duxbury, MA 02332

 

This lifestyle community is a full service senior center dedicated to individuals aged 62 and over.  Opened in 1994 the 38-acre campus offers a beautiful, wooded backdrop that is a favorite among the many residents that call this great community home.  Full pet care is available as well.

 

The Taylor

3100 Carlisle Street

Dallas, TX 75204

 

The Taylor offers luxury living in Dallas at its finest.  Some seniors are not quite ready to move to a senior-only community and would rather just live somewhere that offers full amenities and maintenance-free living.  The Taylor is in the heart of Uptown Dallas and even has a dedicated Evolution Dog Wash to keep your furry friends clean year round!

 

Brookdale Skyline

2365 Patriot Heights

Colorado Springs, CO 80904

 

Brookdale Village offers a senior living community focused on independent living.  With a full calendar of special events as well as luxury amenities, seniors will undoubtedly fall in love with their new home at Brookdale Village.  Both dogs and cats are welcome as well.

 

Pets Will Continue to be Welcomed At Senior Communities Across the Country

As more seniors begin to transition toward senior living communities, there is little doubt that pet friendly communities will continue to grow.  This is good news for the droves of pet loving seniors across the country.

TOP AMENITIES FOR LONG-DISTANCE DRIVERS AT TRUCK STOPS

In the age of “Cyber Monday” and virtual coupons, online shopping has slowly begun to edge out the drudgery of shopping in-store. We tend to see online shopping as easier, faster, and a welcome respite from the crowds during the season. Rarely do we think to peek behind the scenes…but there they are anyway, perhaps Santa’s most tireless helpers, the professional truck drivers who haul gifts from warehouses in droves for holiday shoppers.

It can’t be easy driving a truck around at all hours, for extended periods of time. One source of comfort and companionship for professional drivers is a pet, usually a dog…but with a dog, drivers have to contend with caring for him or her, even when they’re traveling. Luckily, there are systems like the Evolution Self Serve Dog Wash to ease some of the stress of caring for a pet on the go.

Lisa Markham, the Director of Marketing at White’s Travel Center, a popular stop for drivers, spoke with us about the key amenities White’s provides for road-weary travelers—including the Evolution Dog Wash.

Is there an increase in long-distance drivers at White’s during the holiday season?

No, or at least, not much. Truck drivers are on the road, typically—it’s their job. We’re not a vacation or holiday destination. We don’t see an increase.

What kinds of amenities does White’s provide for travelers?

Well, quite a bit! Some of the many amenities we offer:

  • Free parking (with a shuttle between the distant parking lots and the Travel Center)
  • Paid parking
  • Showers
  • Restaurants, including Iron Skillet; White’s Deli; Popeye’s; Caribou Coffee; Subway; and Burger King.
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • A pharmacy called The Medicine Shoppe®
  • A doctor on premises—Raphine Medical Associates serves professional drivers, as well as the public at large.

We also have some very exciting announcements for the 2016: We’re adding 300 more parking spots, a campground—not necessarily a driver’s amenity, but an amenity nonetheless—and a walking path, “StayFit”—which will be close to our pet exercise area. We’re very in-tune with drivers and their pets. “StayFit” will be nice for drivers who want to stretch and walk around, especially with their pets! Read more about White’s Travel Center News here. 

Wow! And do many long-distance drivers travel with dogs or other companion animals?

According to Road King—keep in mind that the article is from 2013; it’s two years old—over 45% of American households have dogs. More than 60% of truck drivers report having pets; more than 40% report traveling with them in their trucks.

How has the EVOLUTION Dog Wash benefited truck drivers and other long-distance travelers?

We have! It just opened on September 16th of 2015. We think it will really pick up and continue to grow—it already is growing. Many locals are also coming to wash their dogs. It’s beneficial to the community—not just the driver.

THE TRAVELER’S GUIDE TO ROAD TRIPPING WITH YOUR DOG

So you want to take a road trip with your dog? A trip to the beach might go a long way in keeping your pup cool, so a road trip might not be such a bad idea.

Traveling with your four-legged friend will prove a bit more challenging than hitting the road with one of your human pals, though, so you’ll have to plan accordingly. Here are some tips to help make your journey a success.

Download Apps for Road Trips

There’s an app for everything nowadays. Road trips are no exception to that rule, and  there are at least three programs you’ll want to download:

  • DogParkFinder (Helps track down dog parks)
  • BringFido (Locates pet-friendly accomodations)
  • Pet Tech PetSaver (First aid for pets)

There are, of course, plenty of other apps that might catch your eye, so be sure to peruse the options carefully.

Create a Packing List

You wouldn’t want to forget anything important when you hit the road. Make a list of the essentials so you bring them along:

  • Leash, collar, and ID tags
  • Water and food bowls
  • Treats and toys
  • Doggy poo bags
  • Medications
  • Proof of vaccinations
  • Microchip registration
  • Pet insurance

Be sure to double check that list before you head off, and you’ll have everything you need for the voyage.

Keep Their Head and Paws Inside the Vehicle at All Times

It might not be obvious, but flying debris and objects can pose a hazard on the road. Keep your pet safe by keeping their head and paws inside the vehicle at all times.

Get a Car Harness for Your Dog

In the interest of safety, you should use a car harness for transporting your pup. In the event of a collision, a “loose” dog would be subject to serious injury.

Having a harness will help provide some protection, and increase the likelihood both you and your dog make it to the end of your trip in one piece.

Take Frequent Stops

It’s likely you already know not to leave dogs in hot cars that are stationary. Did you know that you should also avoid leaving them in the car too long when you’re in motion?

Your dog might be the type that gets anxious or carsick. Alternatively, they might need to get out, stretch their legs, and relieve themselves. In both cases, we recommend frequent stops (about every two hours or so).

Book Pet-Friendly Accommodations

If you need to stop along the way, make sure to book pet-friendly accommodations beforehand. It might be difficult to locate suitable places to stay mid-trip, so taking care of it in advance can help relieve a potentially stressful scenario.

Bring Entertainment for Your Dog

You wouldn’t want your dog getting bored during your trip, would you? Luckily, providing entertainment in the form of treat-filled Kongs, toys, and puzzles, is an easy thing to do.

Find a Hike or Lake

Another diversion you can provide to your dog (and yourself) is a quick jaunt to a hiking trail or lake. There are few joys greater than exploring the wilderness with your dog. Just remember, if they get dirty, a pet wash station helps take the hassle out of bath time. Find an Evolution Dog Wash nearby to get them clean quickly.

Hitting the open road with your pup holds an amazing potential for fun. Make sure to start your adventure prepared, and contact us to learn more about how the Evolution Dog Wash has helped pet owners on the go.