What to Look for in a Self Dog Wash

Before I left on a trip a few weeks ago, I had took Wil and Alice to Petco. For $10 they provided a nice clean tub, soap, towels and a drier. Our grooming was incomplete as they did not have brushes and I did not thing to bring any along. The water sprayer was one of the best I’ve ever used. I was able to get the dogs clean and leave the mess behind.

When I got home from my trip, I had a panic attack: Had my dogs picked up fleas?! I set a course for a closer self-dog wash: Burlington Dog Works.

I found only one flea on Alice. R.I.P., Mr. Flea!

I found only one flea on Alice. R.I.P., Mr. Flea!

Now this place has me spoiled. Their facility is clean. The groomers do outstanding, professional work. They are knowledgeable about a vast array of dog-topics.

The tubs at Burlington Dog Works are outfitted with a Hydro-Surge bathing system that pumps soapy water into a surge-washing head. The water is massaged deep into the coat. They told me that the pulsing of the machine exfoliates dead skin and really scrubs out the dirt. Their hair brushed out and when we left, they even looked as though they had been freshly groomed.

We went for the “full Monte”– shampoo, cream rinse, Egyptian Mineral Salts. The dogs were happy and sparkling clean — and flea free– when we left.

So, all Self Dog Wash facilities are not created equal. And we’ll be making a regular pilgrimage to Burlington Dog Works henceforth!