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!

Halloween Costumes, Treats and Safety Tips for Your Pup

Halloween is just around the corner! As you’re planning costumes for you and the kids, don’t leave your four-legged family members out. There’s plenty of fun you can have with your pup this Halloween.

Here’s everything you need to know to make this Halloween extra special with your dog, from costumes to dog treats, we’ve covered it all.

DIY Halloween Costumes for Dogs

Get your dog in on the fun with these DIY dog costume ideas (don’t worry, we’ve linked to the tutorials so you can make one of these super cute, super simple costumes for your dog).

No-sew dog monster costumeNo-sew dog monster costume

No-Sew Ewok dog costumNo-Sew Ewok dog costume

Pupcake costumePupcake costume

Lighting bug dog costumeLighting bug dog costume

Dino dog costumeDino dog costume

Doggy fairy costumeDoggy fairy costume

All business dog costumeAll business dog costume

Latte dog costumeLatte dog costume

Pup candy costume
Pup candy costume

Homemade Halloween Treats for Dogs

Every pup loves a good treat, but not every Halloween treat is good for your dog. Candies and confectioneries can cause serious health problems for dogs, so while you indulge this Halloween, be sure to keep the human treats out of reach of your pup.

Check out these canine-friendly Halloween treats you can make at home.

Skeleton bone treats — These simple, five-ingredient treats are both delicious and safe for your four-legged friend. Get the instructions here.

Peanut butter treats — Peanut butter is every dog’s favorite flavor. Get out your Halloween cookie cutters and roll out some dog-friendly peanut butter treats this Halloween with this recipe.

Pup-friendly candy corn — Your dog will love these all natural candy corn treats made with pureed pumpkin. Get the recipe here.

Pumpkin and cheese mummies — You can’t go wrong with this recipe for pumpkin and cheese mummy treats.

Halloween Safety Tips for Dogs

Not only is candy unhealthy for dogs, but there are some human foods and treats that, in large quantities, can be deadly for dogs. These common holiday treats are some of the most toxic foods for your pets.

Chocolate — This tops the list as one of the most well-known foods that is dangerous for dogs, but this time of year, it’s good to have a little reminder. Chocolate can cause vomiting, diarrhea, irregular heartbeat, tremors and even seizures in dogs. And dark chocolate is the most toxic. There is no amount of chocolate that is safe for a pet to consume.

Nuts — Did you know that even nuts are not healthy for your dogs? The high fat content in nuts can cause an upset stomach and even pancreatitis. Macadamia nuts are the most toxic nut for dogs and can cause weakness, vomiting, tremors and joint pain.

Hard candy — The size, shape and slipperiness of hard candy makes it a choking hazard for pets.

Sugar-free candy — Sugar isn’t great for your pets, but the artificial sweetener xylitol, which is commonly found in sugar-free treats, can be especially dangerous for dogs. Xylitol is known to cause a rapid, severe drop in blood sugar, triggering seizures and even causing liver damage or death. If you suspect your pet has consumed any xylitol, head to the nearest animal hospital.

Mini bags of pretzels and chips — While pretzels and chips themselves may not be dangerous, the plastic bags and wrappers used for these treats can pose a hazard to your dog. If swallowed, they can irritate the digestive tract and obstruct the intestines.

Don’t leave your pet out of the fun this Halloween, but be sure to take extra precautions to be sure your dog stays safe and healthy. And from all of us at Evolution Dog Wash, Happy Halloween!

Celebrating 500 Dog Wash Machines Shipped!

At Evolution Dog Wash, we’re passionate about creating the highest quality dog wash machines that allow dog lovers everywhere to keep their four-legged family members healthy and happy. Since 2013, we’ve dedicated ourselves to top notch service and the attention to detail required to produce the very best in safety and comfort for pet owners and their loyal companions.

After seven years in the business, we’re celebrating a huge milestone achievement — our 500th dog wash machine sold in North America!

Inspired by the sleek, modern look of BMW’s M models, our new design patented DW2 model boasts an attractive and distinct look and feel that rises to the occasion as the centerpiece of any dog wash room or pet area. Whether in a multifamily apartment building, car wash or pet store, property owners are proud to display our beautifully designed dog wash in high traffic locations to attract tenants and customers. And dog owners trust that they are able to bathe their dogs in an environment that is soothing and comfortable for their beloved pet.

Here are some of the trusted features Evolution Dog Wash users have come to love from the leading manufacturer of dog washes in the country:

  • Easy-to-load basin with large door to accommodate dogs of all sizes
  • Secure door latches and pet restraints to keep dogs safely in place
  • Durable, anti-slip floor
  • Shatterproof plexiglass for safety of dogs and their owners
  • Safe and comfortable water temperature for dogs
  • Two-stage, temperature-controlled grooming grade dryer
  • Sealed stainless steel construction to reduce mold and mildew
  • Sanitize mode on all washes to ensure the cleanest environment for pets

Evolution Dog Wash machines are built to wash hundreds of dogs each month. We work hard to ensure our customers are always satisfied, and we are proud of our record. As part of our customer service, we help you through the entire process from set up to installation and beyond with our onsite warranty repair. In seven years and over 500 Evolution Dog Washes shipped we have only had two onsite warranty repairs. Our machines are designed to last and our service and maintenance videos make them easy to maintain even for a first timer.

Kim Taylor, owner of dog wash “Paw Wash Life”, and Hewitt Self-Serve Car Wash installed two Evolution Dog Washes and says the main reason she decided to purchase from Evolution Dog Wash was the high level of customer service. “Before making a large investment like this we wanted to do a lot of research and we had a lot of questions. We feel that customer service is an essential part of any business and it was a big factor in our decision to purchase from Evolution Dog Wash.”

Pet Wash Life, Hewitt, TX

Pet Wash Life, Hewitt, TX

Our quality, durability and demonstrated customer service and field reliability is unmatched. Our latest design maintains the best of our machine’s internal working components with an updated, modernized look with crisp, clean lines.

To learn more about how you can get an Evolution Dog Wash for your property, contact us today.

Budgeting and Planning for Your Evolution Dog Wash

A new budget season is upon us and now is the time to get Evolution Dog Wash into your capital spending budget for the 2021 year. Evolution Dog Wash starts at $14,500 and each machine comes with a complete, two-year warranty. We offer a number of customization options, including personalization with your company’s logo.

As you prepare your 2021 budget to include Evolution Dog Wash, it’s also time to consider the facility preparations that are needed before your dog wash can be installed. Here’s what you need to know.

Planning the Space for your Dog Wash

Evolution Dog Wash is much more than a bathtub for dogs. Our customized, low maintenance machines are made of aircraft grade stainless steel with a triple filtration drain system to protect your facility’s plumbing. This means only having to clean the dog wash tub once a day, compared to other standard tubs which usually clog up after a few washes. Each of our models includes a commercial grooming dryer and product selection for shampoo, conditioner and disinfectant.

Our dog wash dimensions are 79.5-inches wide, 74.6-inches high and 27.7-inches deep.

We recommend at minimum a 100-square foot (10’x10’) space, if possible, for your dog wash. But, the bigger, the better! Keep in mind that this is a luxury amenity you are adding for your dog-loving residents. A larger spa room or outdoor space provides ample room for dogs to exercise and socialize. Many properties have events for the residents around the dog wash to enhance community connections. Yappy Hour has become a favorite as well as adoption events and inviting the local police to wash their K-9 pets.

If you are planning an indoor spa room, we suggest a first-floor space (so tenants won’t be walking muddy dogs upstairs or through common areas, soiling walls and flooring) and near a bathroom or laundry facility for easy access to plumbing to keep installation costs down. Some properties choose to install the doggie spa in the parking garage for convenience when tenants come back from outings with their dog. If your dog wash will be set up outdoors, consider placing it near a clubhouse or in your property dog park, provided there is existing plumbing, such as a dog water fountain.

Although our dog wash can be outdoors in warmer climates, it is made of stainless steel, which can get very hot if not shielded by a shade structure, awning or other covering. An outdoor covered space, or indoor climate-controlled space is ideal for comfort of both the dog and its owner.

Preparing Utilities for Evolution Dog Wash

Evolution Dog Wash can be installed by any qualified plumber and electrician, provided the necessary utilities are in place. Our machine requires:

  • Cold and hot water supply connection (hot water is optional; we offer an internal water heater if needed)
  • ¾-inch incoming water line
  • 2-inch waste drain connection
  • Dedicated 120V 30 Amp hard-wired connection (optional internal water heater requires additional 120V 20 Amp circuit)

Purchasing an Evolution Dog Wash

If you are ready to purchase Evolution Dog Wash for your multi-family property, the first step is to contact our sales team at 888-303-0553. Let our team member know your budget and how many units you are considering. According to a Gallup poll, 44 percent of Americans own a dog, so larger apartment communities may want to consider multiple dog wash units.

Once your model has been selected and 50 percent deposit paid, we will begin the build of your unit. Most orders take eight to 10 weeks to complete. Once finished, the unit will be created and shipped to your location for installation.

Remember, a self-serve dog wash is one of the most commonly sought-after amenities for renters. Including an Evolution Dog Wash in your community plans will make dog owners, and their pets, loyal residents for years to come. For more information on our models, pricing or specs, visit our website. Have questions? Give us a call at 888-303-0553.

COVID-19 pandemic revitalizes Americans’ focus on pets, quality time at home and outdoor getaways

While many companies and small businesses are suffering during the coronavirus pandemic, others are better suited to survival and even getting a boost from the hit. According to CNBC and data compiled by ad-tech company Taboola, home improvement and pet products, among others, have all seen a surge in interest while most of the economy falters. With a reported 50 percent increase in consumer interest in pet products, we expect to see a growing emergence of new pet-related businesses—from the basics of food, toys and grooming, to TV channels and shows geared toward pets and dogs.

Due to COVID-related stay-at-home orders issued across the nation, consumer mindset has changed. People are most focused on what’s in front of them—their family, home and pets. More Americans are spending time gardening, working on home improvement and taking on DIY projects. In the rental market, the demand for single family rentals has increased, and multi-family apartment buildings must consider new ways to stand out and improve amenities to retain residents long-term.

There has been an unprecedented surge in pet adoption with shelters and rescue organizations reporting increases in adoption and fostering. In late March, New Yorkers had already adopted 10 times more pets than usual. Similarly, Los Angeles has seen a 70 percent increase in adoptions from shelters. Now that they’re spending more time at home, pet owners are able to provide even better care for their pets, and the companionship pets provide plays an integral role in their owners’ lives, perhaps now more than ever. A recent study from Banfield Pet Hospital® reveals 84 percent of pet owners feel more attuned to their pet’s health, with 67 percent planning to make changes to how they care for their dog or cat. As pets play a more central role in our lives, companies should consider ways to support this pet-friendly demographic.

Summer vacation plans look different this year with a growing number of people avoiding hotels and airline travel. People are spending more time with their pets at parks, campgrounds and hiking local trails. Families are looking for accessible and affordable outdoor getaways. RV and camper rentals have increased with astounding numbers as a way to travel, social distance and enjoy the great outdoors. An article in Car and Driver reports, “rental company RVShare, was claiming a 650 percent increase in rental traffic since early April.” And it doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon.

The market is ripe to attract pet-friendly guests. Companies should consider ways to make their businesses more pet-friendly and attract dog owners. The Evolution Self-Serve Dog Wash is a great amenity for not only “pet focused” businesses such as groomers, veterinary clinics, pet stores, dog-parks and dog-beaches, but also multi-family apartment buildings, car washes, RV parks and campgrounds. Offering pet-friendly amenities is a great way to differentiate yourself from the competition.

“Dog owners love their dogs and will go out of their way to seek out dog-friendly locations to ensure the best experience for them and their dogs,” says Matt Ogden, owner of Evolution Dog Wash. “We’ve seen an increase in calls lately with people looking to incorporate an Evolution Dog Wash into an existing RV Park or as they build out a new location.” Catering to dog-lovers makes them more loyal customers and gives them a reason to visit again and again.

The Evolution Dog Wash is not only a great way to attract people with pets but it’s a great way to generate more revenue for your business. The investment not only pays for itself, it continues generating profit for years to come. Whether you’re building a new destination or improving an existing location consider adding a pet-friendly amenity with perks for you and your guests.

Dog Socialization for Happy, Healthy Dogs

You have a social life, your dog should have one, too!

Socializing your dog from an early age can help your pet be more confident and less fearful in unfamiliar situations. Socialization begins with the breeder through specialized programs, such as Puppy Culture, and continues with the owner. By introducing your puppy to new situations, different people, places and things in a safe and positive manner, your puppy will grow into a friendly, healthy, happy and well-adjusted dog.

How to socialize your puppy

When your puppy first comes home, follow these basic suggestions from the American Kennel Club to help socialize your puppy:

  • Introduce your puppy to new sights, sounds and smells.
  • Make it positive, with the appropriate amount of treats and praise.
  • Involve the whole family, including the kids.
  • Avoid doing too much too fast by introducing your puppy to a few family members and introducing new strangers slowly.
  • Take your puppy into the public, such as the pet store or on a puppy play date.
  • Enroll in puppy classes to teach basic obedience.

Get more info on how to socialize your dog during social distancing here.

How apartment managers and property owners can provide a dog-friendly environment

Dog ownership is growing among single people as well as apartment renters. By providing opportunities for tenants to socialize their dogs, property managers can provide a pet-friendly environment that is attractive to renters with dogs.

Here are a few ways property managers can play a role in promoting a pet-friendly atmosphere with social opportunities for pets and their owners.

Provide a dog washing station on property. With the increased development of pet-friendly buildings, a self-serve dog wash is one of the most sought-after amenities. After working with hundreds of apartment properties that have purchased the Evolution Dog Wash to attract and retain tenants, we’ve learned some of their most popular social activities revolve around pets.

Promote pet-friendly social events to benefit both pets and their owners. Just like people, dogs who spend time interacting, exercising and socializing with other dogs lead healthy and happy lives. It’s a great way for dogs to meet other dogs, and dog owners to meet other dog owners. Here are a few ideas to get you started

  • Host “Yappy Hours”, a happy hour playdate for dogs and their humans.
  • Hold a “Walk and Wash,” a walk or doggie playdate where tenants and dogs can get some exercise while socializing and finish with a dog wash in the Evolution Dog Wash.
  • Plan a costume party, and not just for Halloween. Many pet lovers enjoy dressing their dogs to celebrate different themes and holidays throughout the year.

Dog socialization is an important part of a happy, healthy life for any dog, young or old. Differentiate your property from others in your area by creating a unique, pet-friendly environment for pet lovers.