Bathrooms for Dogs from Around the World
You may be surprised to know that bathrooms designed exclusively for our four-legged friends are starting to appear across the globe, with models ranging from baths, to toilets and showers.
So, to accompany our ‘12 Dogs of Christmas’ campaign, we did the research and found some great examples of these doggy bathrooms from around the world. In addition, we even took a detailed look at what impression these doggy bathrooms might be making on our shores here in the UK.
Stay. A Modern Dog Hotel – Chicago, USA
Our first few examples come all the way from America. The first, as the name suggests, is something which goes beyond your typical kennel. This fully-functioning hotel made exclusively for dogs comes complete with rooms, lounges and fitness areas. The best part for your dog though is their bathroom, where they can enjoy individual baths and personal washing and grooming services offered by the staff. Take a look at their website to see for yourself.
Dogtopia – USA and Canada
This particular chain of dog groomers can be found across America and neighbouring Canada, and along with their spa-grooming services they offer you a ‘Self-Serve Dog Wash’ bathroom facility. There’s a wealth of bathtubs to suit different sizes and breeds, as well as the cleaning and drying products you need to make your pooch spotless. This being the best choice for dog owners who want to avoid a watery mess in their Utopia bathroom at home.
Standard Pacific Homes – USA
This building company has taken their properties to the next level by offering to build homes complete with ‘pet suites’. These are essentially scaled down, all-inclusive homes made just for dogs that are added onto the main building. The bathrooms are a particularly striking feature though, and their step-in, tiled shower and drying units that can be made to suit your dog’s needs. Also on the tiled walls are clips for owners to attach their dog’s lead, ensuring they stay put when getting a wash.
Delta Airlines Detroit Airport – Detroit, USA
Our final stateside example comes from the Detroit Airport, where they have installed bathrooms for guide dogs and service dogs in one of their terminals. These new facilities feature toilets styled as mock-up patches of grass complete with fire hydrants, meaning their owners don’t have to find their way outside. The thoughtful idea behind these facilities is to offer more convenience and comfort for both owners and their dogs when travelling.
Brisbane International Airport – Brisbane, Australia
If we cross over to the other side of the world, you can find similar canine bathroom services at this airport in Brisbane. The two toilet facilities feature patches of artificial turf for guide dogs and service dogs and as an added benefit for some owners, they are also fully wheelchair accessible. Brisbane are proud to be the first Australian airport to offer these services, which much like Detroit, give the convenience and comfort to ensure safe and happy travels.
Luohu District – Shenzhen, China
In a bid to keep the Luohu streets cleaner, this particular Chinese district has made headlines by introducing public dog toilets in certain areas. Within the Luohu District park areas, you will encounter fenced off squares of turf labelled as conveniences for dogs. While these may not be the most glamorous, they must have been a success as there are plans to install over 1000 of these ‘bathrooms’.
El Vendrell – Spain
In a similar vein to the previous example, this European entry has also seen the introduction of public dog toilets. This town in the north-east of Spain has drastically cracked-down on careless dog walkers by installing toilets designed for their canine companions. They resemble a normal toilet, complete with a folding lid and can be found on one of the town’s main streets. Owners are expected to get their dogs to use these toilets and then flush them afterwards, otherwise they can face hefty fines.
TopCamp Henne Strand – Henne, Denmark
This Danish campsite is the perfect choice if you are looking to take your dog with you on holiday. As you’ll see here, this dog-friendly destination has on-site bathrooms just for your beloved pets and they are spacious enough to accommodate a variety of breeds and sizes. The facilities are neatly tiled, feature a handy detachable showerhead and even have steps to help your dog get up to the washing area.
It is fair to say that some of these global examples of dog bathrooms do demonstrate a great deal of affection coming from owners towards their respective four-legged friends. At the same time, some of the others definitely show a degree of practicality. But, does this mean we might potentially start to see such things catching on in the UK?
Well, it would appear that these doggy bathrooms have already begun to make an impression on our markets. We are a nation of dog lovers after all, so this shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. We too like to pamper our pets and what better way to show them that we love them than by treating them to some luxury bath-based treatment? Here are a couple of examples of some of dog-based bathrooms you can find on our shores:
The Pet Spa – London
This franchise has certainly taken a leaf from America’s book by offering London’s dog owners luxury grooming services. The salon-esqe bathrooms see some of the capital’s pooches being washed, dried, styled and, above all, pampered by trained members of staff.
The Dog Spa, Raithwaite Estate – Whitby, Yorkshire
The Raithwaite Estate in Yorkshire can offer a luxury spa weekend for both people and pooches. The lucky pooches, who have their own dedicated lodge, can be indulged with bath and spa treatments that would rival even the most expensive human equivalent. There are a range of packages available, from basic baths all the way up to premium pampering. Some of their baths can also give dogs a bubble massage to help them relax, while their owners are out enjoying what the estate has to offer.
So there you have it, just a couple of doggy bathrooms you can find here in the UK. If we look to the future, given the success of these examples, we could well see more and more dog bathrooms and conveniences appearing around the country very soon.