A designated doggie wash station is the latest in bonus extras for renters – everything from self-serve on-site washing and grooming stations to spa-like services with amiable attendants for “pawdicures” to deep conditioning fur treatments.
But if that isn’t part of your everyday rental community lifestyle, there are ways to give your pup some special bath time pampering without causing a big mess in your apartment bathroom.
4 ways to keep your pet and apartment clean during bath time
We’ve got four tips to help you avoid bath time pitfalls, while also keeping your pet clean and happy with Instagram-worthy doggie pride and fluffed fur. Here’s how you too can create a wash and grooming station in your apartment that any luxury pet spa would be proud of.
1. Convert your shower
How about taking a shower with your pup? Just kidding. Although, once your pooch is rinsed off all over, you might feel like you’ve stood under the nozzle, too. Instead, here’s a renter-friendly option that works – shower conversion kits.
Avoid needing way too many towels for post-bath cleanup by converting your shower for canine duty with a detachable 6-foot sprayer. Handheld showerheads are designed to snap easily onto your existing showerhead and could run you less than $30.
Everything you need is in the kit, including a pipe coupler, plumber’s tape and a 6-foot sprayer hose. And since the hose is detachable, you can attach it and put it to work only as needed.
2. Fill the booster bath
Consider investing in a groomer-style bath as an alternative to using your bathtub to shampoo and rinse your dog. A commonly used booster bath elevated pet bathing system might be a workable fix. The cost waivers between $150 and $200 and the product is easily found online or at your favorite pet supply store.
Built for a dog weighing up to 175 pounds, it allows your pup and you to have a more hassle-free bathing experience. It comes with a 3-point adjustable leash restraining system, adjustable collar and a thick, rubberized non-slip mat to help prevent your furry companion from slipping and sliding. There are rubber grips on the bottom of the bath’s legs as well, so the fixture won’t skid when your dog gets in and out. Rubberized booster steps are also available.
3. Create a doggy bath caddy
Be well organized for your dog’s bath time with all of your supplies in one place. The last thing you want to happen is to be all ready to clean up a smelly hound and realize you’re out of your favorite shampoo that gets rid of major dog funk.
Fill a bath caddy that can fit under the bathroom sink or in the linen closet with doggy shampoo, conditioner, brushes and other related accessories. Have a separate basket filled with towels labeled for use for the pup’s bath only.
4. Get a pup tub for small breeds
Specifically designed for small breeds weighing in at about 20 pounds, a pup tub measures approximately 30.5″L x 18.5″W x 9.5″H and is a bath product you can find online or at your favorite pet store.
It can be conveniently placed on a flat surface where the skid-proof grippers on the bottom prevent slipping. A rubberized mat inside the tub keeps your pet from losing his or her balance and sliding in the suds. Adjustable leash restraints help to keep your trusty canine companion secure.
Don’t forget about the shampoo
However you choose to go about bathing your pooch, always ensure his or her comfort at bath time, from water temperature and keeping shampoo out of your four-legged friend’s eyes to how you go about drying off his or her fur.
And as for your doggy shampoo of choice, consider those with vitamin E and flaxseed oil for a clean, shiny and soft coat.