Every dog owner knows the struggle of muddy paw prints after going for a walk or playing outside.
Rinsing off Rover with a hose outdoors isn’t always possible because of location or climate. Wiping off Winnie with a rag is a short-term solution at best. Using your regular shower or sink generally gives you a clean Coco at the expense of a dirty space — dog hair, that wet dog smell, and water everywhere once she shakes off.
It’s no wonder that the New York Times listed dog showers as an upcoming trend in design and architecture. These showers are usually slightly elevated to make washing your dog more comfortable (less bending over) and include handheld shower heads to help you rinse thoroughly.
Dog showers are great additions to rooms that you can access directly from outside to avoid tracking dirt throughout the house (such as mudrooms and garages) but are also commonly added to laundry rooms, kitchens, and even bathrooms. Plus, they can also be used for rinsing off dirty boots and other athletic and outdoor gear, helpful for home projects and crafts, and handy for gardening and canning activities — making them a smart multipurpose investment.
A final perk of dog showers: They’re adorable and give you the opportunity to showcase your favorite ceramic tile style. Here are a few of our personal favorite dog shower designs for you to consider.
Gray Tile Grid Dog Shower
We spy with our little eyes one dog shower in a clean gray tile grid, flooring in a white octagon and dot tile pattern, a conveniently located yellow dog bed, and a brown pooch begging for our attention (he has it).
The best thing about this space, besides the beautiful design, is that you can throw dirty towels directly in the wash and your dog can nap until they’re dry.
Wood-Look Tile Dog Shower
The wood-look tile in this dog shower matches the flooring, and the beautiful tile pattern on the wall adds a cute and creative touch. Another under-the-counter dog bed proves that this is a great way to maximize space in small rooms.
White Subway Tile Dog Shower
It’s black and white — white subway tile is obviously a popular look for dog showers and we couldn’t choose our favorite. Pairing white with black accents or black ceramic tile flooring creates a crisp, timeless look.
Gray Subway Tile Dog Shower
Gray subway tile is another trending choice for dog showers, whether you go with a hue closer to greige (above) or charcoal (below).
These dog showers also showcase different size options. While the first dog shower above is likely best suited for a small pup that you can lift, the other two dog shower examples have space for multiple large canines and are designed so that they can climb into or walk in themselves.
Blue Patterned Dog Shower
Patterned tile is another great choice for dog showers, adding an opportunity for a playful feature or to use a special tile design to coordinate with other features of your space, such as how this lovely blue floral pattern compliments the laundry room cabinets.
Black Subway Tile Dog Shower
Bella the lab (scroll right to see her on Instagram) gets to enjoy this lavish dog shower with slick ebony subway tile and red mosaic tile accents. For added convenience, the bottom drawer pulls out to serve as a step.
Black Stone-Look Dog Shower
Dark stone looks great on just about anything, including dog showers. This black stone-look dog shower is a classic design, and the copper fixture and vintage decor make the perfect complements.
Don’t forget to swipe right to see a post-bath pic of @ReadyFreddieDoodle!
Ceramic Tile — Dog Showers’ Best Friend
Ceramic tile designs clearly make for stylish dog showers. Did we mention that ceramic tile is also easy to clean as well as water-, stain-, scratch-, and bacteria-resistant?
When it comes to making life easier, the addition of a ceramic tile dog shower is the ultimate in multipurpose convenience and easy maintenance.
We hope we’ve showered you with enough dog shower design ideas, but if you need more ideas (or more puppy pics to warm your heart), visit our Dog Wash Stations Pinterest board.
Where to Buy Tile
Use the search tool at the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA) to find a ceramic tile showroom in your area for a more individual, one-on-one shopping, design and education experience, or visit a home improvement or flooring retailer.