There has been a lot of discussion on this topic as the self service dog wash business continues to gain ground and popularity. Skilled dog groomers, who have invested time and practice into their craft, are very concerned that this style of business will take a pet grooming fort wayne
bite (sorry about that, could not resist!) out of their pet business. Is there need to worry? In a word, no.
Do you remember the “Flowbee?” This is a personal hair cut system that pairs a set of power trimmers with a vacuum cleaner. The Flowbee allowed someone to cut their own hair at home saving time, money and needing very little clean up. This amazing device was introduced in the late 1980’s, is still for sale, and can be used to cut your dogs hair or fur as well. Did the Flowbee put any barbers, hair stylists or dog groomers out of business? I think not. The hair cuts for dog or human that are preformed by a Flowbee were never going to be done by a professional in the first place. This device simply made it easier for those folks that were going to perform the task at home anyway. It is simply a matter of ease and convenience.
The people that bring their dogs to a self service dog wash are not skipping a full blown dog grooming. They are simply going to that business to make it easier, faster and less of a mess than doing it at home in the tub. As the saying goes, “If you don’t know what soap tastes like then you’ve never washed a dog.” Trying to get your dog into the family tub, and keeping them there, is not an easy or pleasant task. You’ve got the problem of a lot of dog hair in your drain, the problem of your dog shaking dirty or soapy water all over you bathroom and there is also a safety concern. Combine a large dog who does not like getting a bath with wet porcelain and there is a real danger of slips and falls for you and your dog.
A quality pet groomer offers so many additional services beyond a simple wash that they will continue to be the “go to” people for pet care. Nail trimming, gland expression, teeth cleaning, hair/fur cutting and styling are just a few. And let’s not forget the main draw of a professional groomer: The groomer does the work. The pet owner can drop their dog off at a groomer, go shopping or run errands and then return to pick up a fresh smelling groomed dog. When someone goes to a coin operated dog wash they are still doing the physical labor. They have to spary the dog, soap him up, rinse him off and dry him off. It’s work that that same person would have done at home anyway yet, at a dog wash business, they can do it faster, easier and don’t have to worry about the clean up.