How To Build A Dog Wash Station

By Robert Robillard on How To

Installing the Dog Wash:

When all of the plumbing was ready we pushed the platform in place and secured it to the rear existing 2×6 wall.  The shower base drain was connected and it was time to start making the shower walls water proof.

How To Build A Dog Wash Station

I shimmed out the wall studs with strips of Luan and installed 1/2″ Durock tile underlayment.

Shimming the studs allows the Durock to pass easily over the shower base lip.   I also used 3/8″ Luan shims to keep the Durock off the shower base shelf  but made sure it overlapped the self lip.


Once the Durock was installed I taped the two corners and coated the corners with modified latex thin-set cement.  The next day I applied two coats of HydroBan waterproofing  product.

Hydro Ban is a thin, load bearing waterproofing/crack isolation membrane that DOES NOT require the use of fabric in the field, coves or corners.

How To Build A Dog Wash Station

Hydro Ban paints on in a green color and is a single component self curing liquid rubber polymer that forms a flexible, seamless waterproofing membrane and bonds directly to a wide variety of substrates.  Read why it is important to waterproof showers.


Installing the Tile

I purchased simple subway tile at a local big box store and applied it to the waterproofed walls with thin-set.  I butted my tiles together and kept them 1/4″ off the shower base shelf so it overlapped the Durock. Once the tiles dried I used a sanded white grout to fill the joints.

To cap off the shower walls I used 5/4″ pvc and cut it to overlap the wall by 1/” on all sides, then I routed a bull nose for aesthetic appeal.  A Simple molding applied to the sink side of the wall hides the seam at the pvc topper.   The tub side is caulked.

How To Build A Dog Wash Station

1/4″ AC plywood was applied to the bottom of the shower base stand and 1/2″ AC plywood applied to the wall adjacent to and behind the slop sink.

Final Touches:

The plumber set the shower valve temperature for 100 degrees which is cooler than a human shower but more than warm enough for dogs and your hands.

All of the American Standard Reliant 3 shower trim was applied and I added a few towel hooks to the right side wall.

I also bought and installed a hook to the floor joist above and tied an old dog leash [cut to fit] to it to attach to the dog while showering.

How To Build A Dog Wash Station

SAFETY WARNING:  If you install a permanent leash – It’s important NOT to leave your dog unattended when attached to this leash because if then try to jump off in your absence they can choke and injury  themselves or die.


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Robert Robillard

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Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzz As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising the bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob If you have a building or remodeling question you can have rob respond to your answer via video. Click here for more information. Invite code: x22r2

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