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Dog shower cost guide

If you have a dog, you’ll know the pain of muddy paws traipsing through the house all too well – especially during wintertime!

But with the rise of Instagram influencers, a new trend has emerged that we think you’ll love (pups and pawrents alike): the dog shower.

Gone are the days of muddy paws in the bathtub. And gone are the days of flooding the kitchen floor as your pup splashes around in the sink. You can now keep the mud away from the rest of the home with a designated doggy shower.

Olivia Bowen (Olivia Buckland) from Love Island is just one home influencer who’s taken the plunge. And we just love the results. So, how much will a dog shower like hers cost you?

Build your own dog shower like Olivia Bowen

Olivia Bowen designed and built her pups’ dog shower from scratch, and we have to say that it’s definitely one of the most stylish we’ve seen.

It’s raised off the ground and features a detachable showerhead, drainage system and slick tiles by Ca’ Pietra – the perfect combination of pretty and practical.

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The Dog Shower 🐶 🚿 Swipe to see the process it took! Ok so I’ve secretly been most excited for the doggies shower & it has NOT disappointed – I mean look how cute that is, may I point out we still don’t have our en suite but the pups are gonna be living the life belting who let the dogs out into the shower head. There’s still a few touch ups to be done & theres no flooring in the utility yet but I couldn’t help myself, Also both styles of tile are from @ca_pietra_. I can’t wait to accessorise this area with shelving, their shampoos, little plants… & a portrait of the pups we had done. Crazy dog lady? Completed it mate.

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Where to build your dog shower

If you have a utility room, why not take a leaf out of Olivia’s book and build your dog shower there? Tucked away from the rest of the house and without the need to traipse your muddy dog upstairs, it might just be the perfect spot.

Other great options include your kitchen or a downstairs bathroom. Ultimately, you’ll want to choose somewhere:

  • Spacious
  • Easy to wipe down (eg. with hard flooring)
  • That already has plumbing installed (to save costs)

If you’re not sure where to build your dog shower, don’t worry. A qualified tradesperson will be able to advise you on the best space and designs for your home.

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ItemMaterials (range - low)Materials (range - high)Average cost of labour
Electric shower£60£200£200
Mixed shower£50£150£150
Power shower£100£500£350
Thermostatic shower£120£200£200
Digital shower£350£600£300
Tiling per hour--£35
Tiling per day--£200
Carpenter per hour--£25
Plumber per hour--£50

Cost to build the dog bathing station

The cost of your dog shower will vary depending on its design. To build it like Olivia’s, you’ll need to factor in:

  • Building a custom frame: A joiner is likely to charge around £25 per hour.
  • Fitting a shower and drainage system: You’ll be looking at around £50 per hour or £347.50 per day for a plumber.
  • Buying tiles: Prices average at £75 per m2 for mosaic, stone or marble tiles, or £100 per m2 for Victorian patterned tiles.
  • Getting the tiles fitted: Expect to pay around £35 per hour for a tiler, or around £200 per day.
  • Any other materials needed.

Cost to fit a shower for the dog bath

A handheld showerhead is a must if you’re hoping to get those muddy paws clean. But its cost will depend entirely on the shower you choose to go with it.

If you’re on a tight budget, a mixed shower could be a good option. These tend to range in price from £50 to £150. Or, if money isn’t a barrier, you could go for a digital shower. These usually cost between £350 and £600. Of course, there are lots of other options in between.

Don’t forget to factor in shower installation costs as well. These can range from £150 to £350, depending on what kind of shower you’re installing.

Building the dog shower

If you’re toying with the idea of leaving the dog showers to the celebrities, don’t worry. Building a dog shower isn’t much different from getting a regular bath or shower installed. So, it’s super achievable.

Here are a few tips and ideas:

  • Remember to factor in fixtures, such as tiles, shelving and a showerhead.
  • Save time by using a bathtub or sink rather than building your dog shower from scratch.
  • Choose cheaper materials to save on costs.

Dog shower styles

Every dog is different, so consider what style of dog shower would best suit your pup.

If you have a big dog, why not opt for a step-in shower? Or, if you have a small dog that can be easily lifted, perhaps an elevated tub would be more practical.

If you really want to pamper your pooch (or make your life that little bit easier) we love the idea of building stairs or a ramp to help your dog make their own way up. The options are endless!

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How will I know what size to build?

There are two main factors to consider when you’re measuring out your dog bathing station:

  • The size of your dog
  • Your height

Remember, the last thing you want is to strain your back leaning down (or reaching up!). To be sure, just ask a professional plumber and bathroom fitter for help with sizing.

What type of shower should I choose to install?

Don’t forget that a dog can’t let you know if the water temperature changes. That’s why we’d recommend a thermostatic shower if you have the option. These use a system of internal valves combined with a sensor to detect changes in water temperature so you don’t have to worry about scalding.

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