Article by Jennifer Adams
Dealing with tracked-in mud and dirt from yourself and your family is
hard enough. Add in your dog, and it gets even harder. A floor mat at the door
helps a lot, but can’t contain all the dirt and water in the wettest seasons.
Hardworking laundry rooms often double as mud rooms. Many of
us enter our homes through a back door or garage through a laundry room, rather
than the front door. While not always very welcoming, a certain amount of
utility is pretty necessary.
A fun and very useful recent trend that deals with dirt and
dogs is a dog shower. Like this one at right, as seen in Coastal Living Magazine,
and built into a laundry room, garage, mud room or even
outdoors, it’s a space where you can easily bathe your dog, your kids, rinse
off sports gear, tend plants, fill mop buckets, dry boots and much more. Tile,
fiberglass or stone, dog showers look like half height regular showers and are
fitted with handheld showerheads mounted low. Some even have raised floors so
you don’t need to bend over so far.
Make it big enough for your dog.
If you have a small dog, up to
miniature Schnauzer or a Westie, a standard shower size with a 36 inch square
floor will be plenty of space to get your arms in there and allow your dog to
move around. If you have a larger dog like a Lab or Retriever, a tub-size
shower will work much better. Giant breeds may need an outdoor space.
Plan an easy to clean drain and use a drain strainer.
you opt for a fiberglass pan or a fully tiled floor, use a proper size drain
with sturdy pipes. You will need to clean it often. Ask your plumber or
contractor for assistance selecting the proper equipment.
Use water resistant finishes at the floor and walls. You will
have a lot of water splashed around! Talk
with your contractor for more information. Not only the finishes need to be
waterproof, the subfloor and walls themselves need to be more durable than a
typical laundry room wall or floor.
A handheld showerhead will be useful for washing not only your dog but
the shower itself.
You can use a standard fixture that you would use in
any shower. Your dog will appreciate having warm water! Match the finish to the
plumbing throughout the rest of your house for a consistent and upscale look.
Look to your kitchen or other bathrooms for tile ideas, or,
have fun and shop for some cute dog themed tiles like these.
Dog owners usually have some great ideas. Let us know what
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