Sheron Cardin's Input...: Pet Showers a good idea that is NEW, SMART, PRACTICAL!

I have been an interior designer for over 27 years and I have always taught my clients the principles I used while decorating their home so they may enjoy decorating too. The home staging trend in residential real estate is a great way to reach more people every day and what I enjoy the most is they are learning the basics of good design through staging. It is my dream for every person to know the joy and pride of living in a decorated home.

Pet Showers a good idea that is NEW, SMART, PRACTICAL!

dog shpwer A few months back, a local business owner and  myself were talking about how nice it would be if we had an easy way of cleaning our dogs at home. It led us to talk about a mobile dog wash business. (true entrepreneur spirits) While doing the research and crunching the numbers,  we realized it was not a viable business. With the ideas resting not so quietly on the back burner, we continue to drag our unwilling dogs to the groomers. I don't know about her but my grooming bill for one little house puppy is $1200 a year! These little indoor dogs live long lives, sometimes 14 to 15 years. Now we are talking big money...around $17,000 in just grooming for the lifetime of one little itty bitty dogie!

In an article published in Rismedia November 30th written by Mark Nash titled "What;s in and What's Out with Home Buyers in 2008", he lists some obvious and not so obvious changes but wait...item four in the What's In category is, you guessed it, PET SHOWERS!

For an estimate of about $4,000 you can build a very desirable and fashionable PET SHOWER in a laundry room or garage! With a pet shower I would be saving and estimated $13,000 on the care of one spoiled pup. I too am predicting that the Pet Shower is going to be the HOTTEST new ticket in property assets.

The photo above is taken from a very cool custom tile site by Margaret Licha Designs and it prove that dogie showers are the new buzz word for pet owners.

What do you think?

 

Namaste

Comment balloon 46 commentsSheron Cardin • January 20 2008 11:27PM

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Wow Sharon, That's a lot of moolah you spend on your pooches grooming? Why does she have to go so often?
Posted by Ginger Sala, Wilmington NC Real Estate & Relocation~ (Wilkinson & Associates, Wilmington NC) almost 11 years ago

Hey Sheron

I live in Australia but here I have seen loads of dog grooming business' that have a trailer on the back of their car and I assume is like a portable shower on wheels kind of thing.  I dont have a dog myself so have no personal experience but I guess it must be big business over here as I have seen about 4 or 5 different ones just recently.  So it must be a viable business, I'd get googling on google.com.au and see what you can find.  You know what us Western countries are like for nicking each others ideas but generally if it works in one country it works in the other.   

Hayley 

 

Posted by Hayley Harris (Essential Key Home Staging & Property Styling) almost 11 years ago
Whoa Sheron, how much over the lifetime of a dog, to keep it groomed?  I can't imagine what I've spent.  When I had 5, before I moved to FL I would bathe everyone in the backyard using a hose and baby pool.  When I moved here I found they needed more than bathing so enlisted a mobile dog groomer.  My tab for 5 dogs every 12 weeks was around $200, which isnt bad at all, but over their lifetimes, would have funded me a trip to CA to see my BFF and take her on a cruise!
Posted by Terry Haugen STAGE it RIGHT! 321-956-2495 (Stage it Right!) almost 11 years ago
Sheron - Dog grooming IS expensive, and when you have a pet with skin allergies, regular bathing is a necessity.  In my area there is a place where you can take your dog (like a grooming salon), but you bathe him yourself.  It costs a fraction of what you'd pay a professional groomer to do, but you get to use all of the professional equipment: a tub on tall legs, a waterproof apron to save your clothes, all of the shampoos and skin conditioners, a doggie hair dryer, perfumed spray, etc.  Then you just walk away from the mess and don't have to clean up afterwards.  I do like the idea of a pet shower in the home, though.  That would be even MORE cost-effective.
Posted by Andrea S almost 11 years ago
Sheron, I think it's a good idea but I'd still have to take Skylar in for haircuts.  He thinks the scissor is a toy and I would be terrified to try and cut him myself.  We also have a place not far where you can wash him yourself but I just keep getting him groomed--and yes, it's a fortune!
Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) almost 11 years ago
We have a large walk in shower in our master bedroom with a separate hand held shower head. When the dog needs bathed, my son dons his swim trunks and takes the dog in. It works great--can't imaging installing a separate shower for this purpose.
Posted by Linda Sticklin (Home Staging & Organizing) almost 11 years ago

I do like Linda in the winter with our own shower and in the summer like Terry in the back yard with the hose...fun for the kids!

I've been seeing advertising for dog-groomers who have a trailer and come to your house lately. Also I'm seeing grooming shops with doggy showers where you can bring your pet; you do the work, they provide the towels, shampoo and an assistant...for a great price.

I have to know...what breed is your little pooch? That is one high maintanence little doggy!

Posted by Toronto's 2 Hounds Design: Decorating + Staging (2 Hounds Design + Home Staging) almost 11 years ago

Hi Sheron - I love the idea of a dog shower. We are planning to have a dog room in the next house we build - somewhere for them with access to the back garden but NOT into the house ( I have a couple of swimmers) this room would also store their food and leashes etc. A shower would be a cool addition and I love the dog tiles in your picture - one of them looks like a golden retriever:)

In the meantime - when it is warm enough - I tie the dogs to the horse's wash rack next to the barn when they need a bath:)

Stephanie

Posted by Stephanie Heron, Weeber - Dressing Rooms (Dressing Rooms LLC) almost 11 years ago

Wow, a lot of questions! Ok I will take one at a time:

Ginger ~ Shih tzu's have hair like people and it grows and grows and gets matted. Even brushing him everyday we cannot get the matting out. I am considering making a table like the groomers to comb him. It is unbelievable how expensive these little guys are...and $17,000 is just the minimum in grooming. I walked in to pick Buddy up 2 weeks ago and saw an absolutely beautiful Shih tzu with long smooth hair flowing down and I asked her "Wow, why doesn't Buddy look like that?" and she replied "This guy comes in every week!". Last night Buddy was chewing on a black marker...after washing his face and cleaning up the carpet and rugs, here is what he looks like 3 days after his day at the groomers: If he were a stuffed dog I would throw him in the washing machine!

 dirty buddy

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 11 years ago
Hayley ~ exactly what we were looking into. There are these tanks that turns cold water into hot water as it runs through it. The seniors really need this service but I personally do not want to do it. It is very much like the trucking business...you can make a little money if you drive your own truck but if you have to hire someone to drive it...forget about it!
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 11 years ago
Terry ~ I have never ever taken any of my dogs to the groomers...ever! I thought it was over the top just to buy special dogie shampoo...until Buddy! He goes every 2 weeks and am considering every week...look how messy he is in just 3 days!!! Boys will be boys :0
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 11 years ago
There are mobile groomers in my area who have been in business for a while-they must be making money.  Although we didn't put in a dog shower when we built our house we made sure the guest bathroom had a full size tub with a hand held shower sprayer so we could bathe the dogs easier. 
Posted by Jennifer Esposito (JenRan Realty, LLC) almost 11 years ago
Andrea ~ We do have Pet Smart who offers that but the matting is unbelievably hard to get out and they must be combed out before he gets wet. My sister has 2 and she keeps their hair very short and does run them to pet smart. I am getting closer to the short hair thing even though Buddy looks funny, I may have to do it out of desperation.
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 11 years ago
I had a client who built a multi-milion dollar home near Lake Travis, and they installed a very expensive dog grooming room, complete with a shower.  I guess this is a trend.
Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) almost 11 years ago

Sheron

I have seen these in some of the more expensive homes in my area, the idea is cool but in reality the owners would much rather have someone else do the dirty dead.

Posted by Gary J. Rocks (Juba Team Realty) almost 11 years ago
Carole ~ that is right...the hair cuts! I just may go to grooming school :) Buddy thinks his brush is the funnest toy he has and looks forward to it every night! I looked at the tables at the groomers (because they have to hold still) and they look really simple to make. Am going to give it a shot. Between the table and the pet shower (raised for smaller pets of course) I could go on that cruise with Terry and invite you to go with us!
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 11 years ago

Linda ~ dog hair drives me nuts. I have found hair in the light fixtures...that is why I have never had dogs indoors until Buddy...they don't shed.

Dane ~ Buddy is a Shih Tzu and I am in shock too.  

Jennifer ~ Buddy still fits in the sink and have tried to give him baths but it is really hard on my body so am looking for other avenues.

Stephanie ~ Sounds good. I don't have horses anymore...that is another story :) 

Jason ~ I used to have a dust free Christmas Room at the top of my wish list but now it is a Pet Grooming Room!

Gary ~ I am not that rich (yet)...and I don't like leaving Buddy at the groomers most of the day in a cage. However, having someone come to the house is a fantastic idea!!!

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 11 years ago
there are mobile dog grooming businesses.  I have 5 dogs, 3 of them in show coat which is a labor of love.  I have a portable raised dog tub that is hooked up to the washer and ryer connections.  Very easy to move.  If one wanted a more permanent solution try PetEdgedotcom.  They have dog tubs starting around $400 and sprayer hoses with trigger spray are also available.
Posted by Gayle Balaban, E. TN Waterfront Real Estate (The Best Spot Realty/Waterfront Real Estate/Ooltewah Real E) almost 11 years ago
BFF, I just noticed your comment about dog hair.  Be prepared, be very prepared when you come to visit me, I have 5 cats.  You think dog hair is a nightmare?  Fortunately for you the cats are not allowed in the guest room and neither is the dog or my husband :-)
Posted by Terry Haugen STAGE it RIGHT! 321-956-2495 (Stage it Right!) almost 11 years ago

Gayle - that sounds very doable...thank you...will check that site out.

Terry - I am so glad you said the guest room is off limits...very glad :) I used to have a cat that slept with me and her hair stuck so badly to my comforter...I had to throw it away! Yuk!!! 

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 11 years ago
I absolutely love the dog tiles!  Something like this would be so nice - I have added it to my portfolio of ideas for when I get around to building my houe.  Thanks for the great ideas.
Posted by Barb Hutchinson, Fruitland Idaho - Payette County homes and real estate, www.BarbHutchinsonHomes.com (Silverhawk Realty) almost 11 years ago
Sharon:  Gosh, this is just the best idea!!  I have 3 dogs and yes, it does get expensive.
Posted by Dianne Barody, Pensacola Florida Real Estate (Century 21 AmeriSouth Realty) almost 11 years ago
I would have loved to have this when my kids where little!
Posted by Kristina Leone (Lionheart Home Staging, LLC) almost 11 years ago

Barb ~ I believe having a pet grooming center in a home will put it at the top of the list of desirable features! You will be one of the lucky few.

Dianne ~ I have a total of 3 dogs right now and with food it comes to $2,400 a year and that does not include toys, goodies, or vet and medicines. Just being able to cut down on the grooming makes it more palatable. I am new to the grooming needs of a dog. Owning pets is becoming a high end luxury :0

Kristina ~ I can see it now...throwing all the kids and pets into the shower at one time. Now we just need a car wash style blower and we might have some time (and money) left over for ourselves...! 

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 11 years ago

Sheron, When you are talking about the prediction of the home doggy showers are you meaning "built in'? It makes sense to me. I also see an after-market product of a "portable" doggy shower which could be placed in an existing space. 

In the doggy story side I will add my own. Our fat little Pug Doxie mix used to run when we said bath to her. I mean she would run to the bathroom and on more than one occasion actually jump in the tub. One time she jumped in the tub after it had been used by a person and had people soap, shampoo, whatever in it. She was so sick after that experience. Now when we say bath she still runs -- as hard and fast as she can to get away from us.  

Posted by Yvonne Root, Home Stager - Northern Arizona (rooms b.y. root) almost 11 years ago

Yvonne ~ I am in love with your pug :) How cute is that!

In answer to your first question, yes, built in. What a selling feature! I would imagine most people have never thought of it and would jump on it. We will see how important it will become in 2008 

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 11 years ago
WOW!  Great job!
Posted by First Last almost 11 years ago
Michelle...nice to meet you and thanks for stopping by :)
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 11 years ago
Always entertaining Sheron...and I know only partly kidding.  T:-)
Posted by Terrylynn Fisher, HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CSP Realtor, Etc. (Dudum Real Estate Group - BuyStageSell.com) almost 11 years ago
I try to please ma'am!
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 11 years ago
If you need to build a pet shower you can find many of the components online.  One example is the Kitchen and Pantry web site (http://www.kitchenandpantry.com/)  thirr pet shower section is: https://www.kitchenandpantry.com/ProductList.asp?ProductCategoryID=2026
Posted by Doug Geniesse almost 11 years ago

Sheron,

Since I have 2 dogs my grooming bill is over $2400 a year. Thank God I don't have to send them to college! 

Posted by Susan Peters, The Better it Looks the Better it Sells (Dove Realty Inc.) almost 11 years ago
Saw that one, very interesting what we have to spend our money on.  I think survival mode in our country is quite different from most other places in the world.  When we have the kind of discretionary income that allows a nail salon on every corner, we know we're not really hurting too badly.
Posted by Terrylynn Fisher, HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CSP Realtor, Etc. (Dudum Real Estate Group - BuyStageSell.com) almost 11 years ago

Doug - great links...thank you!

Susan - thank goodness LOL

Terrylynn - I decided to have Buddy shaved yesterday and I think this is the way to go. He only needs to go to the groomers every 4 weeks now. I can live with that! I was uncomfortable with the grooming expenses and as my mother always said "There's more than one way to skin a cat!"

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 11 years ago
I knew somebody who out fitted their house with a doggie shower and an out door dog run with a disposal on a cement pad years ago. Paid off big time. Helped to sell the house later too.
Posted by Dena Stevens, Putting The Real Into Realtor Since 2004 (Rocky Mountain Realty ) almost 11 years ago
Dena - no doubt...but a disposal??? Brilliant.
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 11 years ago

A disposal sounds ineresting, but best placed in a sink so you can control what goes down it.  Kohler has a sink that is like a shower pan, so I guess you could combine both.  Should be designed carefully though.

https://www.kitchenandpantry.com/Product.asp?CategoryID=1057&ItemID=7038 

https://www.kitchenandpantry.com/ProductList.asp?ProductCategoryID=858

 

Posted by Doug Geniesse over 10 years ago
Oh my, this is just great. My husband is not going to be happy as I have just added this to my Honey Do List :) Love it!!!!  AMERICANS SPEND 41 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR on their pets. Do I think its a viable item for property - you bet I do.  I am a little ashamed to say that I spent $700.00 in September/October on our new puppies Petey and Tootsie's clothes, leashes, and toys.  That did not include the vet visits.  I spent just $85.00 on clothes for my daughter during the same time. Maybe I should turn her shower into our pet shower:)
Posted by Kym Hough, Staged to Sell East Bay - Danville, CA (www.Staged-to-Sell ) over 10 years ago
Sheron, When my wife and I built our vacation home (on a small lake) we designed in one bath specifically to be the "dog bath".  It is located right next to the door where the dogs enter and exit and has a walk in shower set up with a hand held nozzle for showering the dogs when they come in all muddy and smelling like the lake !  You are right on the mark !
Posted by John Grant (E Z Home Ownership Realty, LLC) over 10 years ago

Sheron:

Wow, what a fabulous idea! This is the greatest invention since the napkin!!

Posted by Nora Marek, Melbourne Home Staging - (321)795-8761 (Home Stager Brevard County, Florida) over 10 years ago
Leslie Bloss just posted in my blog about Crufts a link to a boutique that offers a gift registry for pets much like a wedding registry.  Neat!
Posted by Gayle Balaban, E. TN Waterfront Real Estate (The Best Spot Realty/Waterfront Real Estate/Ooltewah Real E) over 10 years ago

Doug - thank you for the links. I like the height too...a real back saver.

Kym - LOL! Sometimes we should avoid adding things up :)

John - I had never heard of doggie showers until recently...I love the idea of every new home including them even if they are a simple warm/cold faucet with a drain in the corner of the garage. I am still bending over the bathtub :(

Nora - yes, yes, yes!

Gayle - amazing! Rachael Ray had a show on yesterday about her dog and gourmet living/food for dogs. I Tivo'd it and will post the recipes when I write them down. Rachael even makes a dog smoothie. 

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 10 years ago

I think this is a fantastic idea!  so many committed pet owners in Hawaii would be into this concept!  I would also venture to suggest that positioning a coin-op pet bath near the local dog parks might prove a viable business!  What a concept.

Posted by Donna Shefcheck (Century 21 Liberty Homes) over 10 years ago
Donna - a friend of mine and I talked about the coin operated dog wash and came to the conclusion vandalism and mis-use would/could eat up any profits to be made. Then we talked about a building like a Tuff Shed with 2 to 4 dog washes inside and an attendant. That could work!
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 10 years ago
I have a friend who is putting one into her laundry room presently...Very cool but not as fancy as the one you have pictured...
Posted by Patrice Estess (PB APPRAISALS) over 10 years ago
Patrice - It would be nice to see what you are talking about. Can you send us a photo?
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 10 years ago

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