Yes, you read that right: Dog showers. The popularity of these pet-only bathing stations is growing, and the concept is actually pretty smart.

By Lauren Phillips
Updated March 07, 2018
Golden retriever in the shower
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In bathroom renovations—or any home update—it’s important to consider practicality and usefulness before you decide to add a major fixture to your space. Consider soaking tubs: They’re beautiful, sure, but would you actually use one enough to make it worth the cost? The same goes for outdoor showers—they seem supremely luxurious, but if your property is just feet away from your neighbors’ (and their windows), it might not be a worthy add-on.

Still, people love soaking tubs and outdoor showers, and they continue to be top home trends—though others are constantly popping up as people looking for comfort and convenience look for new ways to update their homes. This latest shower trend isn’t for people, though: According to a recent New York Times round-up of design and architecture trends, people are adding dog showers to their homes, and the popularity of these pet-only bathing stations is growing.

According to the article, people are including dog showers in their plans to build new homes, or even having them added to existing mudrooms, powder rooms, garages, or laundry rooms (for an estimated $5,000 and up, depending on what kind of tile is used).

These showers are slightly raised, to make washing and rinsing a dog of almost any size comfortable for the owner, and include faucets (or shower heads), towel rods, and more. They can also be used for other purposes, such as rinsing off outdoor gear (like sandy beach chairs or muddy boots), so even future owners of the home can appreciate the addition.

Yes, you can wash your dog in a regular shower, or use a hose outside. But if you don’t have an outdoor faucet, live in a cold climate, or want to keep your pet-washing space separate from your people-washing space, a dog shower offers a neat, organized solution that keeps dog hair (and that wet dog smell) out of your bathroom. A dog shower in a mudroom or garage also allows you to rinse your dog off without tracking mud, dirt, salt, or whatever else your dog has picked up through the house.

A $5,000-addition to your home is a steep price to pay, but there are always ways to bring the cost of adding a dog shower down. This Old House has a guide to planning a dog cleaning station and estimates that the project can cost as little as $1,500—though the savings on carpet cleaning, as the article points out, may make it worth it.