Start Your Own
Self-Serve Dog Wash
2nd Edition

A detailed guide to creating and operating
a successful business


Are you interested in starting your own Self-Serve Dog Wash, but aren't sure how to go about it the right way? Do you want to avoid costly mistakes?

Help is on the way! While operating a self-serve dog wash he created himself, the author received many inquiries from prospective entrepreneurs seeking information. He finally decided to put his knowledge and experience to work helping others realize their goal of establishing their own dog-wash businesses. This one-of-a-kind book covers the entire process, and contains the experience-proven help and information you need.

Written by Dave Grass, the author of Start Your Own Professional Pet-Sitting Service, and other books.

There is a lot to know about starting a dog-wash business. This 188 page step-by-step guide provides the information, guidance, tips, and resources needed. There are also 49 illustrations, and even links to Web sites where equipment and business help are available.

The book helps readers create and operate a business the right way:

  • Without making mistakes and having to learn by trial and error.
  • Without having to spend huge amounts of time and energy researching and planning every detail.
  • Without wasting money.
It will be by far the most important purchase you make if you are interested in starting this type of business.

Table of Contents


  1. Why and How?

  2. Some Things to Consider

  3. Finding a Building

  4. Setting Up the Business

  5. Creating the Facility

  6. Tubs and Accessories

  7. Other Equipment & Supplies

  8. Wash and Groom Tips

  9. Cleanliness

  10. Additions/Other Businesses

  11. Animals and Customers

  12. Competition

  13. Advertising

    Final Thoughts


Reader Comments:

"“Wow! Thanks Dave. Your book is very comprehensive. Nice Job!...I sincerely believe you have a good value to offer folks wanting to get in the self serve business.”

"I purchased your online book Start Your Own Self-Serve Dog Wash. I really enjoyed reading it. It was a wealth of information and easy to read."

"The book is excellent. Very helpful....Thanks for the info."

"I'm enjoying your book. It's giving me a thorough insight into starting and operating a dog wash just as promised."

"I am thoroughly enjoying your dog wash book and gathering great ideas from it."

"I've read your book. It has been very informative, providing alot of insight & little things I wouldn't have thought of."

"I am enjoying the book. Thank you for sharing your experiences--I’m sure they’ll come in useful as my son-in-law and daughter begin their venture."

"I just finished the book and it is definitely an excellent resource."

"I have read your book and found it very helpful!"

"You were VERY thorough and gave me 99% of everything I need to know....Thank you very much for all the help your book has given me. I'M GOING TO DO THIS!!!"

"...interesting reading!"

"I have read about half of your book and it is very informative. I am really enjoying it."

"It is really great!"

"I just finished the book and it is definitely an excellent resource."

"I just finished your book.....thanks for the great insight."

"Your book is GREAT!! Thank You."

"Thanks very much for your excellent advice, Dave."

"I am doing research to start my ssdw. Your book is really good by the way. It has been of great help."

"...thank you so much for writing this book. It is going to save me so much valuable time!"

"First let me start by saying your book has been THE best investment I could ever imagine for starting my SSDW! The content was beyond informative and very well written. Your humor is great,I found myself chuckling now and then; which is refreshing as I take on the slightly stressful (and rewarding) task of starting my own business, an aspiration I have looked at doing for over ten years. You answered the many questions and concerns I had in starting my SSDW and I found the pics especially helpful. You are my hero!"

"I found the book to be extremely helpful!...The information contained within was well worth the money spent."

"Dave, great book lots of good advice."

"I just received your book and want to thank you for the wealth of information you provide. You covered so many areas of the dog wash business to make this business venture exciting, well directed and resourced."

"Thanks for the help. I printed out your pictures and description of your plumbing arrangement for our plumber. He finds it very helpful. I'm sure it saved us time and money. Thanks again."

"We have purchased your book and it has great information in it."

"You may recall that I recently purchased your book on starting a self-serve dog wash. Enjoyed the read, and now, I'm more excited than ever!"

"Hi, I just finished reading your book. I thought it was just fantastic! It helped me realize that I am heading in the right direction to open my dog wash. While I felt I have been doing all the right research you helped bring focus and light to so many things I have not yet thought of. We are really trying to find a great location. I just moved from NYC where I was a Broadway dancer, I wish someone would have written a book like this about theater when I got there 10 years ago! Anyway, thank you for all your help. It was like a great friend giving you advice you can trust! I will send along a photo when we get our wash open."

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