Outdoor Shower for Your Dog

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Hello everyone!

In this instructable, I am making an outdoor shower for my dog.

I have struggled at times when it was shower time. My dog is pretty good when she needs a shower. If the water stops for a split second though, she is ready to walk away. Making this shower helps free up both hands and pretty much wet her entire body at one time.

If this seems like something you'd like to make, follow the steps I took to make this shower. Be sure to check out the video for more details. No glue was used for this; it’s all dry fit. This way you can break it down and store it.

Step 1: Parts List

Parts for my dog wash

42.5 W X 33.5 H X 33.5 W

(8) three-way elbow http://amzn.to/1WPUT3w

(1) 3/4-hose swivel adapter

(1) 3/4-45 elbow

(1) hose cut off

(3) 3/4-tee

(5) 10-foot PVC

- 8 cut to 31 inches

- 3 cut to 40 inches

- 1 cut to 39.5 inches

- 1 cut to 36.5 inches

- 1 cut to 2.25 inches

(1) cut to 1.75 inches PVC Cutter http://amzn.to/21b4q5y

Step 2: Assembling the Form

For this step you need

- (8) 3-way elbow

- (8) PVC pipes cut to 31 inches

- (1) PVC Pipe cut to 36.5 inches (this piece will take the hose adapter)

- (2) PVC pipes cut to 40 inches

The pictures are self-explanatory.

Step 3: Attaching the Water Inlet

1. Insert your 2.25-inch cut PVC into the 3-way elbow.

2. Add the 3/4-inch tee.

3. Add the 1.75-inch cut PVC, facing up.

4. install the 45 elbow.

5. Add the swivel hose adapter.

6. Last, add the hose adapter.

Step 4: Adding the Middle Water Dispenser

Parts

- (1) PVC pipes cut to 40 inches

- (2) 3/4-inch tee

Mark, cut and install this pipe in the top. Place it in the center.

Step 5: Making the Water Dispenser Holes

I used a chalk line to make a straight line on the pipes.

To mark where the holes are going, I went three inches from the ends. Then I made my first mark. From the first mark, I made every mark two-inches apart.

Step 6: Drilling Holes

I used a small drill bit to make the holes. I have a drill press, so I made a quick jig to hold the pipes as I drilled.

You can use a hand drill, however all your holes may not be as straight. For the use of this rig, it's not too critical for the holes to be perfectly straight.

Step 7: Testing

Hook up the water hose and turn it on.

Since the pipes are not glued, it make it easy to swivel and aim the dispenser where you prefer.

If there is any leak, make sure the joints are tight.

Step 8: Using It

This worked as I envisioned it.

1. Turn on water and wet your pet

2. Turn off the water. Then soap and wash.

3. Turn the water back on when it is time to rinse

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    cowens75

    4 months ago on Step 8

    I Love this! I'm in the process of making right now.
    What size drill bit did you use for the shower holes??

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    DeannaLK

    4 months ago

    What a wonderfully simple idea! And man that is one co-operative pup you have!
    Great job!

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    sylviahamilton

    4 months ago

    So if I also make some longer corner posts so that it is taller, the grand dtrs can use it too. And perhaps hook it to the solar shower...thanks!! On my to-do list

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    drohm

    4 months ago

    Love this, thanks for sharing! Defintely going to make this for our pup.

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    x-wing-pilot

    4 months ago

    This is why I love Instructables so much. Brilliant, low-cost engineering at its finest. Bravo!

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    MKernan

    11 months ago on Step 8

    I always enjoy watching your tutorials. Thank you for sharing another one! Mike

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    Scomstock55

    1 year ago

    great idea and great job of presentation. I like how your dog is very calm and compliant....I hope my dog reacts half as well :)

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    bjyou

    1 year ago

    I'll never get my dog to leave it! :) Thank you for great descriptions and photos and simple steps. Makes me want to build this!

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    LFAngeloro

    1 year ago

    AWESOME design! Gonna build one this weekend!! THANKS!!

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    denaldorich

    2 years ago

    This is great! My girlfriend and I have a rottie and I'd like to make this for us to help with his baths. Thanks for the instructable!

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    the_mad_rshn

    2 years ago

    Very clever. Great job, man!

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    audreyobscura

    2 years ago

    Awesome idea! Cute pup too!

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    fatkitkat

    2 years ago

    thats just awesome and simple. Top bloke.

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    Jobar007

    2 years ago

    This looks perfect for my children dog!

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    swaldo

    2 years ago

    thanks for sharing that's awesome

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    Komadin

    2 years ago

    this is sweet haha!
    I appreciate your imagination!

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    rafununu

    2 years ago

    Simple and clever. Very fresh as well !

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    Mjtrinihobby

    2 years ago

    Excellent work bro! I love it. You got my Vote.