“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.

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.

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.

Meet Parker, Evolution Dog Wash Intern

At the beginning of the summer, Evolution Dog Wash had the pleasure of hiring Parker Skiles as an intern. In the past three months he’s been with the company, Parker has learned to build dog washes from the ground up and assist on the business side with database management and marketing. Here’s his story.

Parker grew up in Golden, CO not far from the Evolution Dog Wash headquarters. As a family friend to Evolution Dog Wash owner, Matt Ogden, he knew Parker would be a great addition to his team for Parker’s hard work, dedication and drive for excellence.

Over the summer Parker learned how to assemble and build Evolution Dog Wash machines to custom specs and make variations per customer’s requests. “At first, I was intimidated to build something so high tech and substantial, I didn’t want to let anyone down. But I quickly learned step-by-step and with the support of the build-out team and high-tech experts, I could actually put together a high-grade, stainless steel dog wash that would pass all our final inspection tests before being shipped out perfectly to the field. It was a pretty rewarding experience,” says Parker.

In addition to building dog washes, Parker was also able to assist on the business and marketing side, gathering research and data to help build and grow the company. He will soon be reaching out to all our Evolution Dog Wash customers to collect photos of our dog washes in the field being used and enjoyed by dogs all across the country. If you are a customer and have a photo to submit and share with others, please send it to Parker at customersupport@evolutiondogwash.com.

Parker is currently a senior at the University of San Diego, studying business and finance. After college, Parker hopes to pursue a career in corporate finance. In his free time Parker likes to play golf, travel and spend time with his family and friends. Parker has one dog, a pug named Einstein, who loves treats and going to his local Evolution Dog Wash.

SELF SERVE DOG WASH PERFECT AFTER BEACH

After a good and tiring walk, followed by a swim in the sea – or even an optional muddy puddle – it’s always good practice to wash your dog after a dip. Rather than take your beloved pet home to clean it why not use a self serve dog wash by Evolution Dog Wash?  This clears any salt or muddy residue, leaving your dog’s fur soft and fluffy.  It’s well known that canine’s adore them, so what better way to completely delight your beloved pet after a swim than a wash in a facility that’s designed specifically for your dogs’ pleasure?

Using a self serve dog wash is not only enjoyable for your animal, but it ensures any pests don’t get transported home. To doubly ensure protection then the medicated shampoo at a dog wash will rid your pet of any recent unwanted visitors, while recommended spot-on treatment provides more long-lasting protection.

It’s well known that most dogs love swimming no matter what the weather, particularly in the sea. Not only does your pet find this enjoyable but it’s also a great exercise for them. It builds stamina, and tires them out while also cooling them off when they’re all hot and bothered.

Throwing a ball, stone or stick out into the waves is considered a great hoot by your pet, and you’ll immediately see it bounding off into the waves trying to retrieve whatever you’ve thrown. Dog owners love seeing their pets enjoy themselves and a play in the water is a treat enjoyed by both canines and their human companions. Safety of your pet is paramount and one should always be aware of strong tides and whether your animal can exit the water safely.

One concern with sea water is that the salt can make your pet’s skin itchy. It can really irritate your pet, and you may find your dog scratches until it eventually bleeds. Consequently pets should always be rinsed off after a swim to alleviate this. If hosed off afterwards then swimming in the sea can be highly beneficial to your dog. They love being in the water and their excitement shows the instant they realize where they’re going.

Many people are convinced that sea water kills fleas and other pests. It’s unlikely that the cause of this is the salt itself but simply that the pests drown. Should your pet have fleas then the most important thing is to consider where they came from. It could be that your dog has just picked these vermin up from long grass during your excursion, but it’s also possible that they could be an already existing problem, and if so are likely to be in your dog’s bed and even your carpets.

If indeed those pests didn’t originate from your home then the medicated, anti flea shampoo available from dog washes ensures you don’t take these creatures home with you – enabling them to infect not only your dog’s bed but the entire house in no time at all. All flea shampoos are a short term solution to a centuries old problem, so the best option is a regular spot-on flea treatment recommended by your vet, such as Advantage or Frontline. Should your house become infected then a full spray of your entire abode, or other treatment such as flea-bombs, will be required.

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.

PET WASH STATION FRANCHISES: A SELF-SERVE TREND IN THE DOG GROOMING AND PET WASH INDUSTRY

Dog Groomers are moving from the old ramp and tub pet washes to self-serve pet wash systems.

The main reason dog groomers are now choosing to install self-serve models like the Evolution Dog Wash is that it frees up their time to groom more dogs and it generates additional revenue from more frequent pet wash customers.

For years, many dog groomers have used the old ramp and tub pet wash to wash pets prior to grooming them. However, many dog groomers are now moving away from this system and using the more efficient self-serve pet washes.

Coin-operated pet wash stations allow the pet owner to choose what products they want to use for their dog. According to Erika at Hoboken Dog Wash in New Jersey, “Many of my customers enjoy washing their dog at our pet wash station because it is more convenient that a tub. Even when we end up washing the dogs for the customer, it’s a much more efficient process than using the old tub wash and towels.  Plus, the customers think it’s a really cool system. Customers who have big dogs really like that it doesn’t make a giant mess in their bathtub. This has brought business in from many short hair and shedding breed dogs that don’t normally get grooming services.

Some are considering pet wash station franchises while others are choosing to buy the dog washes outright. There are pros and cons to each.

Choosing a Pet Wash Station Franchise

Buying into a pet wash franchise is great for someone who doesn’t already have a brand or needs help financing a dog wash location. Most pet wash franchises offer at a minimum: marketing help, franchise branding, and branded pet care products. However there are ongoing franchise fees that are subject to change and the franchisee doesn’t have as much freedom.

Buying a Pet Wash Station Outright

Buying a pet wash station outright offers a lower ongoing operating cost and in the end you own your own company.  Plus, you can use your own pet shampoo products and market how you choose.  Many companies such as Evolution offer a la carte marketing guidance for your dog wash business for nominal fees.  Financing for the pet wash station is affordable and can often pay for your investment in as little as a year.

Regardless of whether you purchase a franchise or finance your pet wash station, adding it to your dog grooming business will pay dividends over time.