Why Self Serve Dog Wash Revenue Heats up When it Gets Cold

Dog-in-SnowSelf serve dog wash facilities do a brisk business when the weather cools down. Both self serve dog wash operators and dog owners might assume that since the ground is frozen and the dirt on the ground is relatively intact, dogs won’t need as many baths during the cold winter months.  To avoid the winter chill, dog owners may spend less time outdoors with their pets during winter months than when the weather is warmer. This is the season, however, when they may tend to bring their pooches to a self serve dog wash more frequently.

 

Cold Weather Warnings

Even if a dog spends less time outdoors during the cold weather months, winter weather conditions can provide more opportunities for messier pups. As the outdoor temperature drops, many dogs actually enjoy the cooler temps and might tend to experience an increase in energy levels outdoors during play time. When Fido is feeling friskier in the winter months, his paws and legs will still pick up dirt from the ground and drool from fellow playmates. When the winter freeze sets in and the snow falls, salt and ice can accumulate on a dog’s paws and cause irritation and even illness if the dog licks their irritated paws. And, while walking and playing outdoors during the thawing periods, a dog’s feet, legs and belly will always pick up plenty of mud.

 

Discover the Convenience of a Self Serve Dog Wash

Did your dog enjoy himself way too much at the snowy and muddy frisbee dog park? Don’t want him tracking mud on your carpet but don’t have time to make an appointment with the groomer to shampoo out the mud from his paws? No problem!  There’s no appointment necessary when using a self serve dog wash facility. Walk in anytime when needed after your wintery, muddy play session.  Dog owners won’t even need to remember to bring pet shampoo and conditioner with them for these spur-of-the-moment baths.  Fido knows there’s nothing worse after a warm bath than being shocked back into reality by having to exit the bath into a cold room! Dogs and dog owners will truly appreciate the warm temperatures in some self serve dog wash facilities, especially during the colder months.

Were you and Fido caught on a slippery, icy slope of ball-chasing? Maybe he doesn’t need a full grooming in this case, but more of a quick rinse of salt and mud from his paws and legs before you bring him back into your home. This is the type of situation where a quick-thinking dog owner would swing by a self serve dog wash facility. With a self serve dog wash, if a quick rinse is all that Fido really needs or has time for, then that is all Fido will get today.

 

Discover the Benefits of a Self Serve Dog Wash

Dog owners appreciate the benefits of using self serve dog wash facilities. With a dog, you never know when you may need a quick trip to get bathed and during the colder months, those trips usually increase in frequency. Owners of more than one dog appreciate the cost savings of using a self serve dog wash. Trips to a full service groomer for baths for multiple dogs really add up during the cold months. Dog lovers agree that their pet is a family member and would appreciate that while at these self serve facilities, their dog stays with them during bath time. No need to stress your pooch and leave Fido with a groomer all day just to be bathed. And for those dog owners who no longer want aching backs from using their home bathtubs to wash their dogs, the waist-high tubs are truly a relief. A happier pup and a satisfied dog owner at the same time!

The cold weather season is the season for convenience and cost savings when bathing your dog with a self serve dog wash from Evolution Dog Wash.  For more information on these revolutionary self serve dog washes, give them a call today at 800-426-0760 or visit www.evolutiondogwash.com.

What to Look for in Pet Friendly Apartment Complexes

pet-friendly-apartmentsIf you are a pet lover, you can often feel like a “black sheep” when it comes to finding a pet friendly apartment complex.  Many management companies require hefty deposits and make it extremely expensive to rent an apartment.  Thankfully there are some pet friendly apartment complexes that understand how much you love your animal and are happy to provide you with a new home.

Before signing a lease for your next home, use the following tips to find your next pet friendly apartment.

Things To Look For in Pet Friendly Apartment Complexes:

Search for Pet Friendly Apartment Complexes

This may seem obvious, but it is important when searching for an apartment that you seek out complexes that rent to owners with pets.  There are entire websites such as PeopleWithPets.com, which cater to pet owners looking for a place to live.  You can also search for apartments on sites like Craigslist, but just make sure that you choose a complex that clearly states that they accept tenants with pets.

Negotiate With Landlords

If you’ve found the perfect apartment or house, but the owner is not willing to rent to you because you have a pet, try to negotiate with the landlord.  Sometimes money talks and if you offer a larger security deposit you may convince the landlord to rent to you.

Have Strong References

Another great way to improve your chances of snagging the perfect rental is by having strong references.  These can help landlords determine that you took great care of your previous residences which should make them feel better about renting to you in the future.  These references should preferably be past landlords so that you can build credibility.

Have a Well-Behaved Pet

Many apartment complexes that accept pets actually require a pet interview.  If this is the case for your apartment of choice, it is important to talk to Fido about being on his best behavior during the interview!  In all seriousness, having your pets complete obedience training can work wonders when it comes to showing others how well behaved your pet can be.

Find an Apartment Complex With a Self-Serve Dog Wash

One of the great reasons to choose a pet-friendly apartment complex is because they may offer amenities unheard of with most apartments.  One of these amenities that you should be on the lookout for is a self-serve dog wash.  While some complexes may offer a simple tub & hose area, finding a company that offers a self-serve dog wash can be a lifesaver.  No longer will you have to wash your pet in your bathtub and we’re pretty sure that your dog will love being washed outside.  These self-serve models are extremely user friendly and even include flea shampoo as well as dryers to ensure that you don’t have to deal with a wet dog lounging around on your furniture.

For more information on self serve dog washes from Evolution Dog Wash, give our office a call today at 800-426-0760.

 

American Made Pet Products – A Positive Trend

American-Made-Dog-ProductsWe feel it’s important to highlight the positive trend of “American Made” in the pet industry.

Currently, 78% of Americans prefer buying American goods when given a choice see:

http://www.petage.com/made-in-usa-pet-products-skyrocket/.

At the Super Zoo Pet Expo last month in Las Vegas, there were pet treats, food, toys and grooming products from all around the world. But this year, more pet advocates, pet shop and pet owners are opting to buy American Made products. Why? For starters, when it comes to pet food and treats, it’s a health concern. American products are just plain healthier because they have to go through stricter guidelines. Whereas those made in China often have no regulation at all. The recent scare of contaminated Chinese pet food and toys has caused people to pay more attention to where the toy their dog is chewing on came from.

Why the recent emphasis on “American Made” grooming and dog wash products?

One reason is that truly American Made grooming products such as a self serve dog wash come from companies such as Evolution Dog Wash that source their materials and manufacture the dog washes right here in the U.S. The money stays here and plus many of the American pet supply manufactures reinvest a portion of their proceeds back into causes that help unwanted animals and the overall pet community. However, not all Dog Wash companies source their materials in the U.S.

Not only is the Evolution Dog Wash the premiere self serve dog wash in the dog wash industry, but it is American Made all the way. This means that the stainless steel and parts used for the wash are American made and the Evolution is manufactured in Houston, Texas.

Bobby Keith, our Production Manager in our Houston manufacturing facility bleeds red white and blue, a military veteran with 25 years experience in manufacturing, engineering and electronic has helped us grow our self serve dog wash business because he and his team care deeply about the quality of the dog wash we manufacture, and our clients care that the dog wash they are buying helps the American economy. When our clients have a question about their dog wash, or need service, they know that they can talk to someone who cares and understands their business. Bobby says, “ I love my work, I love hearing the positive feedback from our clients, and love the reactions of people who use The Evolution Dog Wash for their pets. I’m confident that we build the finest quality self serve dog wash in the world because of that.”

For more information on American Made, see http://www.madeintheusabrand.com/.

Two Great Animal Welfare Groups

Inmate-dog-programBeing a dog lover and advocate for the welfare of animals, I like to recognize different organizations that share the same goals I do: to end the cruelty towards animals and educate society about the plight of neglected animals who have no voice of their own.

These two organizations not only improve the lives of dogs, but also help improve the lives of the people that interact with these animals.

Crossroads Campus is a newer 501©(3) non-profit in Nashville, Tennessee. They bring people from all walks of life to achieve their mission of transforming the lives of people and animals. Crossroads Campus has an outreach program, Caring Connections, which brings together youth in need of healing, enhanced empathy, and the building of their self-worth. They do this with the help of rescued puppies and dogs that need socialization, basic positive reinforcement training, and need to develop trust to be ready for adoption. These youth are typically in state custody or are aging out of it.  With the help of professional dog trainers, veterinarians, and motivational speakers, Crossroads helps empower these youth to be better members of society and helps find these pets a forever loving home.

A similar organization, the Prison Trained K-9 Companion Program, which I am personally involved in, was established through the Colorado Correctional Industries. The adoption fees charged for each dog support the program. This program trains dog for a variety of tasks ranging from a regular house pet to a drug-sniffing dog. For most dogs this program was their last chance. These dogs are taught how to act around people and other dogs. They are house and crate trained, taught to respond to commands, and go through confidence building by using agility equipment. This program gives Colorado prison inmates the opportunity to help train and care for the dogs. Working with the dogs helps the inmates learn skills that can help them find jobs when they are released, learn coping skills, work on difficult personal issues and helps build their overall character.

One inmate I spoke with was incarcerated at the age of 17.  He told me , “All I wanted to do was do drugs and cause trouble.”  When I spoke with him when he was age 33, his plans after his release were to find work training dogs.  He said, “My family is proud of me and I have value and a purpose in life now.”

Both programs have the ability of making a huge impact on every animal and person involved – giving them each the opportunity for a better life.  Lisa at Crossroads Campus is also thrilled about the addition of her new Evolution Self Serve Dog Wash which will advance their mission of becoming self-sustaining.  I’m thrilled that my dog wash company can be a part of helping improve the lives both animals and people.

Self-Serve Dog Washes are latest trend at The Car Wash Show

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The Evolution Dog Wash features fully integrated mobile monitoring of the system.

Each year, the International Car Wash Association puts on The Car Wash Show, and 2014 is no different.  This show brings together car wash professionals from around the U.S. and the world to share ideas and to look at new technologies that are emerging in this booming industry.  The Car Wash Show 2014 will be taking place from March 31 – April 2 in Chicago, Illinois.  Picking the Windy City for this year’s show promises to offer a perfect mixture of fun and educational entertainment, all revolving around the car wash industry.

New Dog Wash Technology Featured at The Car Wash Show 2014

Each year, new technology is unveiled at The Car Wash Show, and one of the highlights of this year’s show will be the Evolution Dog Wash.  This dog wash is the most technologically innovative, self-serve dog wash available on the market.  If you are looking for ways to expand revenue at your car wash, you should not look past the Evolution Dog Wash.

 Advantages of Self-Serve Dog Washes

  • Increased Revenue Stream – With car wash owners constantly looking for ways to grow their revenues year over year, a self-serve dog wash offers an affordable way to grow their customer base. 
  • Loyal Customer Base – Pet owners typically treat their dogs and cats as members of their families.  If they were to choose whether to clean their car or clean their animal, chances are that cleaning their animal would win.  Tap into this loyal customer base by adding a self-serve dog wash to your car wash.
  • Real Time Income Analysis – The Evolution Dog Wash features state of the art digital technology which allows owners to look at real time income amounts to see how well their dog wash is doing at any time.  This allows owners to quickly see how well their dog washes are doing out in the field.
  • High Quality Construction – The aircraft grade steel construction of the unit allows car wash owners to use the unit either outside or inside.  A self-serve dog wash from Evolution Dog Wash will last for years due to the high quality construction.

 

Testimonial from an Evolution Dog Wash Owner

Randy Holladay of Del Norte Car Wash recently purchased an Evolution Dog Wash and is extremely pleased with the product.

“My car wash is right next to a dog park, and I have consistent customers that bring their dogs to be washed every single weekend.  If I had to do it all over again, I would definitely purchase another Evolution Dog Wash.  The owners have been great to work with and have been able to help out with parts and supplies as needed.  I think people like the dog wash because I have it outside and they don’t have to worry about washing their dogs in a tub and having to deal with a wet dog shaking to dry off inside the house.  When I installed my first Evolution Dog Wash, I had another set of plumbing connections installed and I’m thinking about purchasing another unit this summer, if things continue to go well.”

As you can see, car wash owners are seeing great returns by purchasing an Evolution Dog Wash.  If you want more information on the product, visit our web site at www.evolutiondogwash.com or check us out at The Car Wash Show 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.

Fundraising for Animal Shelters

In order to raise funds to keep non-profit animal shelters running, many reach out to people who’ve adopt pets from them.

Animal-ShelterAdopters are typically already concerned with the welfare of animals and represent the greatest opportunity for donations.  However, donations don’t always meet the budget needs that most animal shelters must meet each month.  Therefore, many shelters are working to further develop community relations and reach beyond people who’ve supported them through animal adoptions.

To save as many animals as possible, shelters must constantly work to generate funds in order to be “self-sustaining.”   One way for animal shelters to become “self-sustaining” is to provide additional services for pet adopters and pet owners in the shelter’s local area.  A great revenue generator for shelters is having a self-serve pet wash station like EvolutionDogWash.  A pet wash station that is self-serve does not require additional labor from the already stretched staff of the shelter and it provides a steady stream of income (See Self Serve Dog Wash Value) from people who have adopted dogs.  If marketed right, animal shelters can attract other pet owners who have not adopted a dog from the shelter but are looking for a dog wash.  This also exposes more people to the cause of animal sheltering.

 

Stephanie McDonald, Edmonton Humane Society

We interviewed Stephanie McDonald, CEO of Edmonton Humane Society in Alberta, Canada.

Stephanie says,

“The dog wash is a valuable source of revenue.  In the shelter environment, we can’t rely 100% on donations.  We wanted to create a one-stop shop for your animal’s grooming needs.  Initially, we couldn’t find a company capable of realizing our vision to provide an onsite grooming facility, but Evolution Dog Wash stepped forward and made it possible. We raise a tremendous amount of revenue from our self-serve dog wash as a result. This money goes back into the shelter for the benefit of shelter animals and helps us meet our goal of being “self-sustaining.”

Was there any initial resistance by the public to the shelter owning a dog wash machine that makes money?

“There wasn’t any resistance from the public because there were no other self-serve dog washes. The only resistance came from doggy day cares and dog training centers whose staff provided dog wash services and didn’t want to compete. But people in our community know that shelters need creative ways to generate revenue in order to sustain themselves, so the self-serve dog wash was well supported.”

Do you find that you gain new or repeat “customers” who come to use the self-serve dog wash and have never been to the Humane society? 

“Most of the customers for the dog wash are people who have never been to the Edmonton Humane Society, which is great because it exposes them to what we do, and they come back. Also, some people who’ve just adopted from us want to strengthen the bond they have with their new pets, and one way to do that is to give their pets a bath. So they use the self-serve dog wash here at the shelter, they realise what a great service it is, and they become regular customers. It’s great.”

What is the maintenance involved with running a self-serve dog wash?

“There is really minimal maintenance. Our maintenance staff members clean the room on a regular basis and we offer towels- that’s it.”

 

Pet Wash Station Franchises: A Self-Serve Trend in the Dog Grooming and Pet Wash Industry

tub-and-ramp-dog-washDog Groomers are moving from the old ramp and tub pet washes to self-serve pet wash systems.

The main reason dog groomers are now choosing to install self-serve models like the Evolution Dog Wash is that it frees up their time to groom more dogs and it generates additional revenue from more frequent pet wash customers.

For years, many dog groomers have used the old ramp and tub pet wash to wash pets prior to grooming them. However, many dog groomers are now moving away from this system and using the more efficient self-serve pet washes.

Coin-operated pet wash stations allow the pet owner to choose what products they want to use for their dog. According to Erika at Hoboken Dog Wash in New Jersey, “Many of my customers enjoy washing their dog at our pet wash station because it is more convenient that a tub. Even when we end up washing the dogs for the customer, it’s a much more efficient process than using the old tub wash and towels.  Plus, the customers think it’s a really cool system. Customers who have big dogs really like that it doesn’t make a giant mess in their bathtub. This has brought business in from many short hair and shedding breed dogs that don’t normally get grooming services.

Some are considering pet wash station franchises while others are choosing to buy the dog washes outright. There are pros and cons to each.

Choosing a Pet Wash Station Franchise

Buying into a pet wash franchise is great for someone who doesn’t already have a brand or needs help financing a dog wash location. Most pet wash franchises offer at a minimum: marketing help, franchise branding, and branded pet care products. However there are ongoing franchise fees that are subject to change and the franchisee doesn’t have as much freedom.

Buying a Pet Wash Station Outright

Buying a pet wash station outright offers a lower ongoing operating cost and in the end you own your own company.  Plus, you can use your own pet shampoo products and market how you choose.  Many companies such as Evolution offer a la carte marketing guidance for your dog wash business for nominal fees.  Financing for the pet wash station is affordable and can often pay for your investment in as little as a year.

Regardless of whether you purchase a franchise or finance your pet wash station, adding it to your dog grooming business will pay dividends over time.

Top 5 Self Serve Dog Wash Locations

Top-5-Self-Serve-Dog-Wash-locationsWhether you are looking to start a brand new self serve dog wash business, or you’ve got an existing business to which you’d like to add additional revenue; here are the Top Five locations for a self serve dog wash installation.  We based this list on traffic potential, existing client base, dog owner density, and actual success of dog wash owners.

These are the top five self serve dog wash locations in no particular weighted order:

1. Car Wash: Adding a self-serve dog wash to a car wash is probably the easiest of all installations due to the water lines already being there.  The dimensions of the self-serve dog wash allow for two or three dog washes to easily fit in one car wash bay.  There is a ready stream of existing customers and many customers stop by the car wash with their dog after a day out hiking, camping or after work.  The Car Wash is now a one-stop for washing the car and the dog.  Aaron Voorhees owns Living Water Car Wash and installed a self-serve dog wash at his location and is planning on adding another. He says, “I build car washes around the country. One of my clients did a bunch of research and was putting it a self serve dog wash at one of their locations. We built a custom outside location with convertible walls for summer and winter heat in the winter. Everybody seems to like the open area. Initially it was the carwash that brought in most of the customers, but we’ve been doing a lot of guerilla marketing at hiking trails, dog parks, signs. etc. and now it’s brought business to my car wash.  People will drive farther for the dog wash. I think it’s the quality and cleanliness of our dog wash. On a Saturday, we’ll do 15 dog washes a day.”

2. Laundry and Dry Cleaning: This location typically has a steady flow of dog owners who live in apartments and tend to be young singles or retirees.  They are on the go and are use to paying for services for convenience.  Being able to wash their dog while doing laundry kills two birds with one stone.  For retirees, the ergonomic design of the self-serve dog wash  makes it easy to wash their dog without bending over like you do when you wash your dog in the bathtub.  Chuck Steininger owns Steininger’s Laundry & Dry Cleaning in Selins Grove, PA and currently owns one Self Serve Dog Wash.  Chuck says, “Some people put their laundry in and then wash their dog, but the majority who use our self serve dog wash in are non-laundry customers.  It’s another tool to market our dry cleaning and laundry as well.  I get a decent amount of people who don’t dry clean or do laundry with us, but they’ll drive a little further to use our dog wash.  Two to five miles is the typical maximum dry cleaning driving distance.  We have a few customers coming from 25-30 minutes away.  One has a dog wash near them but they like how we keep it climate controlled and clean. Our weekends are our biggest time.  We’re probably doing about 14-18 dogs on a Saturday and again on Sunday. I really knew nothing about the business before starting. I got into it not knowing what to expect. About two years prior, I read a magazine article about what people spend on their pets and I said, ‘Wow! I have to get into that market.’ I do a lot of research and it took me probably two years to decide. I had some space and thought why not give it a try?I initially looked at the tub type and the dishwasher type thing, and was curious about the automatic type that Evolution offered.  I narrowed it down to Evolution because the pumps looked commercial type and the quality.  My customers tell me this a great idea.  One lady said, ‘No more on my knees and dirt all over the bathroom.’  Everything has been extremely positive.”

3. Dog Care Facilities: Boarding and “doggie-daycare” facilities are perfect fits for self serve dog washes. A freestanding dog wash facility is the ideal turnkey business.  Having a coin-operated dog wash or better yet, one that takes credit cards allows the business owner to literally run their business from their iPhone.  The Evolution Dog Wash allows owners of their self serve dog wash to view shampoo, water, and real-time income via a convenient app.  A typical 1500 square foot space can fit up to four dog wash systems allowing for up to 20 dogs an hour to be washed at an average of $10-15 per wash.

4. Apartment Complex: Many apartment owners average 5-10% vacancy rates.  Why not dedicate one room to steady income by converting it into a dog wash facility.  Not only does this add a conversion tool and more value to your leasing agent’s pitch, but just five dog washes a day pays for your expense.  In today’s competitive upscale rental market,  one more amenity often makes a difference.

5. Dog Park: Many public dog parks are looking for funding to help with maintenance.  Having a self-serve dog wash at the dog park is a no-brainer.  No one likes to take a dog drool covered dog home after a day wrestling with a dozen other dogs.  A dog wash creates a healthier environment for the dog park and encourages better hygiene for the local dog community.  Many municipalities cover their expenses through the dog wash system’s revenue.

Self Serve Dog Wash featured in Car Wash Trade Publication


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You know that the self serve dog wash industry is really taking off when you see an article in a recent trade publication read by many car wash owners.

At Evolution Dog Wash, our sales team is reporting many more inquiries from car wash owners looking for a coin-operated or self serve dog wash to get more sales from a wash bay that isn’t being used.

Part of the reason, the new self serve dog washes are so popular with car wash owners is because, unlike typical tub dog washes, there is no need for a regular attendant.  Customers can wash their dog using a credit card or coins and they can dry their dog with the completely safe blow dry system that is built in.  There is no need to keep towels around that constantly need washed and replenished.

Another reason for the popularity of self serve dog washes with car wash owners is that they can fit three or four dog washes in a typical wash bay.  See the possible dog wash layouts here.

The real reason that car wash owners are adding dog washes to their properties is that they can quickly recoup their investment by generating new customers who may wash their car at home, but don’t like washing their dog in their bathtub.  Of course, they also pick up more business from their current car wash customers who will now bring their dog along.

No matter the reason, it’s great to see the car wash industry starting to realize that they can increase their profits by adding a self serve dog wash to their business.

See our recent post about the growth of the self serve dog wash industry here.

 

Self Serve Dog Wash Rapidly Expanding

Evolution’s Self Serve Dog Wash is rapidly attracting owners of car washes and garages, who see it as a way to improve and expand their business.

Of particular interest are the designs for the Self Serve Dog Wash Equipment specs, which not only shows suggested dog wash layouts but also demonstrates how you can easily convert an existing car wash into a dual dog wash.

Given the current harsh financial climate people the world over are more reluctant than ever to part with their hard-earned money, particularly when there are so many important things that it could be spent on. It makes sense, therefore, for businesses to diversify and consider the idea of converting a car wash that isn’t proving as profitable as one might like into a new enterprise that can provide serious money each month.

And when I say ‘serious money’, I mean it. To buy an Evolution Self Serve Dog Wash will only cost $16,400.  Check out the value proposition.  If you only have 5 customers a day paying $10 a time that’s $50 a day, or $1500 a month/$18,000 a year – which is more than enough to easily pay off the Self Serve Dog Wash Equipment within those first 12 months.

There’s also great news for those who prefer to finance the Self Serve Dog Wash Equipment. Financing is available. Additionally there’s nothing to stop you having more than one Dog Wash, and as a nation of dog lovers, you’ll be astonished at just how many customers you can get – and how quickly. To illustrate this many of Evolution’s customers have over 75 customers on a weekend alone, and when clients realize just how much money they can make it’s not uncommon for them to decide to buy another one, because once the cost is paid off then (apart from approximately $1 per wash costs on shampoo and electricity, etc) it’s pure profit all the way.

Evolution’s cunningly provides both credit card and cash facilities in their Self Serve Dog Wash Equipment. This means that if customers don’t have cash on them at the time, to pay for their pooch pampering, they can pay instead with their credit card. The low cost compared to the services offered by pet parlours means that delighted customers will come back time and again to use the Self Serve Dog Wash Equipment. Before you know it that inquisitive customer quickly becomes a regular one, the end result being that more and more people will be visiting your premises and naturally drawn to any other services and products you offer.

Evolution’s Self Serve Dog Wash can be used as a stand-alone idea that needs little maintenance or as a new and exciting addition to an existing business. All you need is a facility to house it, plus access to the necessary amenities. Evolution’s list of potential customers for their Self Serve Dog Wash Equipment is staggering and includes the apartments, garages, car washes, pet stores, superstore and animal charities.

All that’s needed is a customer with vision and a desire to succeed.

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