If you live with a dog, you know that dogs can get dirty fast. Especially, if you like to spend time outside with them. But, bathing your pup at home can be a back-breaking experience. Not only do you need to spend a lot of time bent over a tub, but then you also need to clean up the mess once you are done. Of course, all this is assuming that your dog can fit in your bathroom. But now, you have another option to get your dog clean. That is going to a self-serve dog wash right here in Spokane, Washington.
Most self serve dog wash stations provide an elevated tub and all the supplies need to get your dog clean. But, there are only a few do-it-yourself dog washing stations in Spokane and finding one can be difficult. To help you, we have done the research for you.
In this post we have listed out the best self-serve dog washing stations we could find in Spokane and the surrounding area.
Information in this post is subject to change without notice. While we strive to insure accuracy on Happyoodles.com, accuracy cannot be guaranteed. Also, the mentioning of a business in this post should not be viewed as an endorsement.
How often should you wash your Dog?
How often you should wash your dog depends on their fur type and activities. Long haired dogs require regular grooming and should be bathed every 4 to 8 weeks. Medium and short haired dogs can go longer, unless they are outside often and get dirty.
How much does it cost to use a self-serve dog wash station in Spokane?
The cost to use a self-serve dog wash in Spokane is between $10 and $22. While many businesses charge a flat rate some places charge by time. In addition to the self-serve pet wash, some places offer other add-on services like nail trimming and ear cleaning. Add-on services come with an extra fee.
Selecting a Self-Service Dog Wash Station in Spokane, WA
While Spokane has relatively few self-serve dog washes, you still need to decide which one is the right one for you.
While going to the nearest DIY dog wash may be convenient, you might be better off checking out a few, then deciding which one is best. Self washing stations are not all alike and will differ from one business to the next.
When checking out the store make sure to leave your dog home. This way you won’t be distracted by them. If you have questions make sure to ask.
Here are a few suggestions on what to look for and ask about.
- Are the tubs cleaned in between use?
- Are there walls or dividers between the tubs?
- Look for safely features like non-slip mats or flooring in the tub and on the floor outside of the tub
- How do dogs enter the tub? Is there a ramp or steps to get into the bath? If so, will your dog be able to use them safely? Ramps are easier for large and older dogs to use.
- Are there tub restraints? Ideally there are at least two so you can position your dog to clean both sides easily.
- How much time do you get in the tub and at what cost? Can you add extra time if you need it?
- What supplies are included with the price? Typically, shampoos are included, but not all places provide towels.
- Do they allow walk-ins or do you need to make an appointment in advance?
- Do they offer other services? Some stores may offer services like nail trimming and ear cleaning for an extra fee.
- If you have a large dog like a English Goldendoodle make sure the tub is big enough for them to comfortable turn around.
- What form of payment do they take?
How to Use a Self Serve Dog Wash Station in Spokane, WA
After you have chosen the place that works the best for you, it’s time to bring your dog to get washed. Here are some tips based on our own experiences. They may or may not apply to you. Please use your best judgement when using a dog washing station.
- Make sure to gather all your supplies before you go. Items that might not be included are; a dog brush, face wipes, preferred shampoos and conditioners.
- If you have a reactive dog, go early in the morning or during the week when the store is less crowded.
- If you have an appointment, make sure to arrive on time (maybe even a few minutes early). This way you will not lose time in the dog wash.
- A tired pup is easier to clean then one bursting with energy. If you can, take your dog for a walk or a romp in the dog park before going to the store.
- Thoroughly brush your dog’s coat before going to the dog wash. This is an important step if you have a long or curly haired dog, like a Toy Goldendoodle or F1B Mini Goldendoodle.
- Use the provided tub restraints. This will prevent your pup from getting out and possibly getting hurt.
- Check the water temperature to ensure it’s not too hot or too cold for your dog.
- Start washing your pup. Begin by rinsing them. Make sure you don’t get water in their ears, as it may cause an infection.
- Next, apply the shampoo and lather up. I prefer to start at the base of the neck and move down towards their backside. Don’t forget to wash underneath.
- If your dog has a thick coat, a rubber dog bath brush will help you get down to their skin
- When you are done washing make sure to rinse them thoroughly. Any shampoo that is left behind may irritate their skin.
- If you choose to use a conditioner this is the time to apply it. Rinse it out if necessary.
- Now it’s time to dry your pup. Squeeze out as much water from their fur as you can. This will shorten the drying time.
- Next, if towels are available, towel dry them before using the air blower.
Where to Find a Do it Yourself Pet Wash Station in Spokane, WA
There are a few self-serve dog washing stations in and around Spokane. You may need to leave the city to find one that best fits your needs.
1. The Yuppy Puppy
The Yuppy Puppy is a natural pet food supply store that also offers professional grooming, a doggy day care and of course a self-serve dog wash.
To use the self-service dog wash you must make an appointment in advance. Appointments can be made via email. All DIY dog wash appointments are 45 minutes long. You can wash another dog for a reduced fee during the same 45 minutes, but you must finish washing them before time is up.
For more rules and information check out their website.
- Address: 9511 N Newport Hwy. Spokane, WA 99218
- Phone: (509) 467-8221
- Email: [email protected]
A Yuppy Puppy self-serve dog wash includes:
- All-natural shampoo + conditioner
- A washcloth
- Variety of brushes and combs
- A shammy
- High-velocity blow dryer
- Ear cleaner
2. Pawsitive Image Dog Salon
Pawsitive Image Dog Salon is a grooming salon that also offers a self-service dog wash during specific times of the day. Please visit their website for up-to-date times. Walk-ins are allowed if the tubs are available.
- Address: 5507 North Alberta Street, Spokane, WA 99205
- Phone: (509) 327-2188
A Pawsitive Image self-serve dog wash includes:
- Elevated tubs
- Face wash
- A dog drier
- Ear cleaner
3. Julia’s Jungle
Julia’s Jungle is part of the Mountain Empire Veterinary Services. Mountain Empire Veterinary Services & Julia’s Jungle provides a wide range of veterinary and pet care services in Spokane, WA including: Pet boarding, grooming and a self-serve dog wash. You may even find a new friendly for your pup at their adoption center.
- Address: 12619 E Sprague Avenue, Suites 1 & 2, Spokane, WA 99216
- Phone: (509) 922-6191
You will find 6 stations here. Each one has its own:
- Ear cleaner/cotton balls
- Blow dryers
4. Unleashed Academy
Like many of the other DIY dog washes on this list. Unleashed Academy does more than just provide self wash stations. They also offer dog training and grooming.
Unleashed Academy used the Evolution Dog Wash, which is an all in one dog washing station. The shampoo and condition are dispensed from the same nozzle as the water. All you need to do if move the lever to the option you need. There is even a separate air dryer built into the station. Call to make sure a station is open before heading down there.
Know of a Self-Service Dog Wash Station in Spokane, WA that is not on this list?
Please let us know about them in the comments.