Grow Your Dog Park
Dog parks have become tremendously popular throughout the United States, and it's no wonder. The ASPCA estimates that there are approximately 78 million pet dogs across the country. People love to get out to play with their furry friends, and dog parks provide an opportunity for their pets not only to get much-needed exercise, but also to socialize with other dogs. What's more, building a dog park is relatively simple. Most include the basics: fencing, a bench and a pet waste station. But you can grow your dog park—and revenues—by offering something more to dog owners.
Q: We'd like to grow our dog park by providing additional amenities, but are concerned about our budget. What should we consider?
A: In addition to the standard fencing, seating and waste receptacles, you can expand your dog park—and your revenues—by providing a place for owners to clean up their pets when playtime is over. Self-serve pet wash stations are available that can be placed virtually anywhere. These attractive amenities make bathing dogs easy for owners, and will bring revenues to your park.
No staffing is required, so your pet wash station can be open any hours you choose. The system is coin-operated and simple to use. Customers can operate the units from start to finish with no need for assistance. What's more, they'll love not having to make an appointment at the doggie salon or make a mess at home.
Q: A pet wash station sounds like a great solution for our dog park. What should we know about safety, and how much should we charge?
A: Look for pet wash stations that are designed with safety in mind. A restraining leash will keep the dog in the tub, so they don't jump out and get hurt. Blow driers should blow room temperature air to keep dogs' skin from drying out.
While safety is always a top concern, you also should be aware of accessibility. Be sure to look for pet wash stations that comply with ADA requirements, so people of all abilities will be able to use the new amenity you're adding.
You can charge pet owners whatever you think is the right fee for using your pet wash equipment. The average price for a 12-minute, self-service dog wash is $10. Considering that the national average cost of a dog grooming appointment is $65, you'll be saving pet owners money while earning revenue to support your dog park.
Q: Does a pet wash station require a lot of upfront site work?
A: Installation is easy. Pet wash stations will arrive fully assembled. You simply need a flat surface and the necessary utility hookups. This includes a drain, electric and water.
Q: Can we customize a pet wash station to fit in better with our site?
A: Absolutely. You can choose your own color preference, and can even include logos and URLs or other marketing information. Dimensions can also be customized.
In addition to aesthetic customizations, you can also add functionality to your pet wash station with a splash guard and door, instant electric water heater, credit card swiper, and even a vending machine with treats, special shampoos and more.
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