Introduction: PVC Dog Washer - Self Standing

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PVC Dog Washer

I was inspired by member zowzow and his/her handheld dog washer. That is a great idea, but I wanted something that was self standing, so I came up with this:

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Have you ever tried to wash a dog and he constantly tries to run away when the water hits him? Or you wish you had a third hand to hold the water hose?

Well here is a great way to wash your dog quickly outside.

This is an easy to build PVC Dog Washer made with all 1/2 inch PVC pipe and fittings.

It is a self standing cube, so you can have both hands on the dog at all times.


Here are the items needed:

- 8 corner connectors

- 4 pipes 24 inches long

- 4 pipes 18 inches long

- 3 pipes 9 inches long

- 2 pipes 4 inches long

- 1 pipe 2 inches long

- 1 T-connector

- Hose adaptor

- Drill and small 1/16 inch bit

- Marker


- PVC Cement

- Tape


Lets first begin with laying out the pipe and drilling some holes. The bit needs to be about 1/16 of an inch.

The 18 and 24-inch pipes will each have 5 holes. Measuring from one end of each pipe, place a small dot with a maker at 3-inch intervals until you have 5 marks. Drill a hole at each mark.

Now using the corner connectors, lets make 2 rectangles with the 18 and 24-inch pipes. Make sure to have the holes facing inward. Also with the 24-inch pipes, you need to place the nondrilled ends at the bottom of the rectangle.

Next, add the 4-inch pipes to the sides of the T-connector and the 2-inch pipe to the bottom. The hose adaptor attaches to the 2-inch pipe.

Finally connect the 2 rectangles together using the 9-inch pieces and the T-connector set with the hose adaptor facing out.

I ended up with 40 holes spraying from all directions. Depending on your water pressure you may be able to have more holes. If you have less pressure, add some tape over a few of the holes. The highest pressure comes from the holes on the bottom, which helps to wash those hard to reach places underneath the dog.

This is a great tool for any dog owner. If your dog is larger or smaller, just adjust the size of the pipes. And if you wish, you can also add an on/off valve just before the hose to control the water easier.

And once you are done washing the dog, you can let the kids have some fun playing in the water too.

Just make sure they don’t get any ideas about washing the cat.


If you like this project, you may want to check out some of these ideas:

PVC Water Gun

Homemade Water Park

Stop Animals Digging Under Your Fence


Nwerd714 (author)2016-04-18

Great project cuz washing my dog in the bath tub kills my back! So i built this today and it works great! Next project, trying to figure out how to get the dog to actually use it =/

RebeccaElle (author)2015-08-07

What a great instructable! I have a bad back and bending over to keep my OEB from running off and spraying her and rinsing her is tough. ESPECIALLY, underneath her! But this is almost like a drive thru car wash for dogs! I could just stand this up on my deck while I'm still on the ground and it'd be perfect.! Thanks so much!

SpecificLove (author)RebeccaElle2015-08-07

You are very welcome.

Max DIY (author)2015-07-21

Great idea I like it very very much even thought I don't have a dog ;)

SpecificLove (author)Max DIY2015-07-21

Thank you

meljackson (author)2015-07-20

Actually this is a great idea in this hot weather for keeping your dog from overheating! I have shared this on facebook vegan groups. Thanks.

SpecificLove (author)meljackson2015-07-20

Thank you

agulesin (author)2015-07-20

Nice project but my dog isn't made of PVC... (sorry, bad joke!)

darklotus (author)2015-07-20

This is quite a clever idea, but I'd put a warning to be careful when you're washing your dog's head. Water coming from all directions, especially those upward facing jets could easily get water in their ears and cause all sorts of problems.

SpecificLove (author)2015-07-19

Thank you

John L (author)2015-07-19

If you have both hands on the fellow, how are you going to grow more hands in order to lather him/her up? Obviously your family addition is easy to control. I would think you still need top make some restraining stakes with leashes.

SpecificLove (author)John L2015-07-19

Very true

DonnH1 (author)2015-07-19

Thank you thank you. I bet my dog would like it and great way to hose down the grand kids before bed.

SpecificLove (author)DonnH12015-07-19

Thank you

fixfireleo (author)2015-07-19

i'm glad to have a chihuahua. i just take him in the shower with me and it's done with no mess.

SpecificLove (author)fixfireleo2015-07-19

That works great for small dogs

Hey Jude (author)2015-07-19

Any chance you can do a V2.0 with compressed air for drying?
Shower 1999, is good inspiration (and a great film if you have not seen it)... I don't even have a dog, and love this!

SpecificLove (author)Hey Jude2015-07-19

I was not planniing on it. A hair dryer would work just as well.

Cochituate7 (author)2015-07-18

Given the pipe dimensions, this is for a smaller dog then what we have. As you adjust the size of the pipe cuts for your actual dog, stay with the same number of holes drilled, because you don't want to lessen the water pressure.

SpecificLove (author)Cochituate72015-07-18

You make some good points. We are not on the city water, so some people may have higher pressure than us. In the worst case, just add some tape over some of the holes to fix any issues.

kooth (author)2015-07-18

How clever! Very useable design! Great job!

SpecificLove (author)kooth2015-07-18

Thank you very much.

amberrayh (author)2015-07-16

I like how the cat got thrown through the washer and then jumped back through it again to escape!

SpecificLove (author)amberrayh2015-07-16

LOL, we thought that was great too, that is why it was included.

AnitaV1 (author)2015-07-16

very clever!

SpecificLove (author)AnitaV12015-07-16

Thank you

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