Washing your dog can be a big chore. The actual process often includes getting wet, having your dog try to run off, forgetting the shampoo, and then you have to figure out how to rinse him after he is all soapy. The worst part of giving a dog a bath is that you have to clean up the entire room and tub when you are done, often clogging up the tub or wash sink. YUCK! If you live near Akron, you are in luck. Wash Wag is close to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Tow Path, and many dog parks, in Merriman Valley. They offer self and full serve dog washes.
Hands On Review of Wash Wag
Our dog, Arnold is a good dog, a bit hyper but good. We’ve tried taking him to a groomer before but he got too nervous and couldn’t stay. I wasn’t sure how he would react at Wash Wag.
From the moment we walked in, Arnold was just fine. I think the intimate atmosphere made the difference. I spoke with Ramsey about this and he said many people have come in with similar experiences. People can stay with their dogs at Wash Wag or leave them with their certified groomer. The groomer only takes one dog at a time which gives the dogs a more relaxed time.
Wash Wag offers Self and Full Serve options. We decided to go with the Self Serve. We were each given a waterproof apron, they even had kid-size ones. Wash Wag can really be a fun family bonding time washing the family dog. Kids can get right in the HydroSurge tub with your dog to help.
First, we were given clean brushes with de-shedding blades to brush our dog. I have a top name-brand dog brush that is suppose to brush away the dog’s undercoat. Wash Wag brushes worked soooo much better. My kids and I brushed our dog for a while and collected a lot of hair! Arnold is a fluffy, shedding dog! I love that the dog hair was going to be left there, not in my house!
All Natural Dog Shampoo and Conditioners used at Wash Wag
You won’t find cheap dog shampoo at Wash Wag. Liz is co-owner of Wash Wag, she explained how all of their dog specialty grooming products are all natural and high quality dog shampoos and conditioners. You can choose from a variety of shampoos to use depending on your dog’s needs.
My dog didn’t mind the the gentle sprayer at all. He seemed to enjoy the warm water. My kids loved it too. The walls, aprons, and surrounding areas got wet to but it’s all designed to get wet, unlike our homes, so it was just fine!
Here we are massaging in the speciality brightener shampoo for dogs with light color fur. I had never heard of a brightener shampoo before. That was one of 3 shampoos that we used on Arnold for his doggie bath. My dog has never, ever been so bright and white before!
Best Place for Dog Facials in Akron
I’m not one to pamper my dog too much. We love him, play with him, give him treats, take him on walks, brush him, etc but I’ve never given my dog a facial. The thought never crossed my mind.
At Wash Wag, you can give your dog a blueberry facial for a couple extra dollars, some packages include it. So, why give your dog a facial? Well, if you are like me, you are very careful when using regular dog shampoo on your dog’s face. I’m always worried that I will get it in his eyes, nose, or mouth. I neglect this area because of it. Well, it is your dog’s face that is going to be up to you licking you, so it should be clean! This tear-free, all natural blueberry formula smells great and from Arnold’s reaction, taste ok too!
So, we’ve established that dogs do need facials with specially designed formulas that won’t hurt their eyes. Now, do they like it? Tell me what you think from the picture above! My doggie is lovin’ it! I never knew my dog would enjoy a facial – NEVER! lol
Get your dog to love bath time at Wash Wag too
My dog usually tolerates a bath at best. He has never reacted the way he did at Wash Wag before. Check out the below pictures to see just how relaxed and happy he is! My dog is a happy dog at Wash Wag! This is the same dog that wasn’t allowed to stay at a local chain groomers because he was too excited!
How to dry dogs after bath at Wash Wag
Wash Wag offers the use of super absorbent towels to dry off your dog. Each towel can hold a gallon of water which is sure to speed up the drying process. This sure beats the old, thin towels that I reserve for my dog at home!
Take your time to blow dry your dog with their quiet dog blow dryer. Your dog won’t mind. Seriously, I’ve tried to blow dry my dog at home and it did not go well! My dog didn’t mind the blow dryer at all, it is not silent but it is quiet.
One of the best parts about Wash Wag is NO Clean up after giving your dog a bath! This is the worst part of giving a dog a bath. If it is summer, we usually wash our dog outside but in the cooler months we have to wash him inside. This means that I have to mop, scrub, and clean the entire bathroom before I can even clean myself off. I love that I won’t ever have to do that again, plus it saves a lot of time!
Best Dog Wash in Akron
I was very pleasantly surprised with my entire experience at Wash Wag. My dog was very agreeable to it and seemed to like it even. My kids had a fun time too. My dog has never been so clean before. He smells clean, looks clean, and is brighter white than ever before. After the final brush through, they gave my dog a doggie treat and our choice of colors for a bandanna. My dog has worn his bandanna proudly since his bath and looks so cute! My kids even want to snuggle with him more!
1562 Akron Peninsula Road, Suite 116
Akron, OH 44313
Buy Wash Wag Treatments
Stop by Wash Wag and give your dog a bath the easy way. You can self serve and wash your dog starting at just $12 for unlimited time in the HydroWash tub. Or, let Wash Wag give your dog a bath starting at just $23.95. They also offer Spa Packages and many special treatments Ala Carte.
If you are visiting Akron dog parks, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, or the Tow Path, bring in your muddy dog for a quick 10 minute $10 bath! They also offer daily specials, check them out!
Win Wash Wag Spa Day Treatment (Closed)
Updated: 8/28/10 Winner Announced: Congratulations, Marissa Slocum, entry #60. Thanks to all who entered. Please stop by Wash Wag soon, don’t forget their coupons and specials online!
Wash N Wag is giving one lucky dog a free Spa Day Treatment with a Blueberry Facial, Shampoo & Conditioner, Eye, Ear, and Teeth Cleaning, 15 Minute Brush-Out, Nail Trim and Professional Grooming.
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