Will DIY Dog-Washing Shops Become a Trend?



Watch out, groomers: Some pet parents are looking to cut grooming costs by taking their pets to “self-serve” dog washing boutiques.

Miriam Bourke recently opened up her own self-service grooming shop in Fairhaven, Mass. After experiencing what she calls the “DIY concept” in Boston, she wanted to emulate something similar in her own hometown. Bourke’s dog Simon struggled in “unfamiliar places with unfamiliar people,” she told the SouthCoast Today, making a self-serve grooming experience ideal for Simon to stay calm.

Bourke’s almost two-month-old store Paw Place houses three self-serve wash stations with natural soaps, towels and dryers. According to the Paw Place website, staff are on hand to help guide shampooers through the washing process. Bourke’s store also carries dog food, treats, toys, collars leashes and more products.

For $19, customers can get the “Basic DIY Bath,” which includes tub use, choice of one of four soap options and use of all grooming tools. For $24, one can get the “Deluxe DIY Bath,” which includes everything from the Basic DIY Bath plus a toothbrush and toothpaste, conditioning finishing spray and cleansing ear wipes.

Customers get the perk of saving money plus the ease of less cleanup—and an added bonus bonding time with a pet. On the flip side, with a service like this, pet parents lose the professional grooming experience that some owners with specific needs outside of their capabilities seek out. 


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