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.