Dog Bath Tubs | Canine Cleaning
Dog bath tubs are one of those products that you don’t think you need until you have one, and then you wonder how you ever did without them.
Do you find yourself:
- Cleaning drains stuffed with your pup’s fur?
- Bending and reaching to try to bath your dog in the tub or shower?
- Struggling with holding your pup, and the hose, and the shampoo?
- Fighting with your pooch to get them to turn around so you can wash the other side?
- In need of a doggy bath you can travel with to keep show dogs ready for the ring?
It might be time to consider a specially designed canine bath to solve these problems.
Our review of the top 5 bath tubs for dogs includes a complete explanation of the stand out features of the tubs that made our top 5. In addition, scroll to the bottom to find the best baths ranked cheapest, best value, and top of the line.
Finally, we have included some training advice to help make bath time something that is stress free for you and your canine friend.
Bath Tub Essentials
We have done the research on dog baths and have identified some important features to keep an eye out for when shopping for a quality tub. In some cases, you will have to decide between different features that serve your needs best. Keep an eye out for these specifications as you choose what is best for you and your pet:
Height – One of the most important features of a bath for some owners is that they have height so you do not have to struggle bending over during bath time. If you have lower back problems or just find it inconvenient to stoop down and reach to get your canine clean, this is a feature you want to have.
Drain – It is an easy to overlook feature, but having a drain built into the bathtub is a major convenience. Drain between a wash and rinse to make sure you are getting all of the soap out of your dog’s coat and make clean up much easier. Even models designed for outdoor use can be very difficult to drain, causing back strain. Don’t skimp on this feature!
Value – Everyone has a different budget. We have tried to include a wide range of products in our review of the best. If looking for a bargain is your goal, we have you covered! Be sure to check out our cheapest pick found at the bottom of this review if cost is your priority.
Convenient storage – If you live in an apartment or smaller home, you may want to prioritize how well your pooch’s bath will collapse for easy storage. We have made sure to include a few dog tubs that fit this need in our list of reviews. An additional bonus of collapsible K9 bathtubs is that you can pack them in the car to take with you for traveling with your furry friend.
Attachment points – Professional salons have tubs that have connection points for a reason: safety. If your dog is in an elevated bathtub and suddenly decides to make a run for it, they could get seriously injured. All of the elevated tubs we have reviewed include this critical safety feature.
Size – Pay special attention to the size and weight capacity of your next dog bath, particularly for heavier canines. Elevated tubs in particular can be a safety hazard if not rated to handle the weight of your pup.
Accessibility – This is critical for larger dogs that can be very difficult, even dangerous, to lift. If you have a large or giant breed, this is a feature you will not want to overlook. A few of the products we reviewed have specially designed stairs that help your pooch in and out of the tub.
Skid free floor – One of the most important features to helping your dog feel secure in their new tub is good footing. If your new bath does not come with a skid free flooring, consider buying some non-slip shower treads to add for your pet’s safety and comfort.
Spray Nozzle – One of the most convenient features of high-end dog baths is a special spray nozzle on a flexible hose that lets you get to every spot on your pup with ease. Expect to pay a little more for this extra, but the added convenience is well worth the cost.
Pet Gear Pup-Tub
PYRUS Collapsible Bathtub for Dogs
Flying Pig Portable Bath Tub
5 Highly Recommended Dog Bath Tubs
PYRUS Collapsible Bathtub for Dogs
If you and your pup are on the go often, then this collapsible dog bath is a great option for you. Whether you want to bath your pup for the show ring or provide a nice cool dip on a hot day at the campground, this portable tub is an excellent option.
The folding design of this dog tub or pool makes it perfect to just stuff into a small bag and hit the road. Inflation is a snap, and the construction is solid. You may want to bring a tarp to place under it if you plan on setting it up on rough terrain for a little extra protection from possible punctures.
There is a drain on the side of the tub to make it easy to empty. It comes in two sizes and the extra-large is big enough to accommodate most breeds.
- Folds down to a very small size to take anywhere.
- Drain plug for quick water changes.
- Durable construction.
- Large enough for most canine breeds.
- Doubles as a doggie pool that your pup can get in and out of on their own.
- Requires inflating.
- Shallower than other canine tubs.
- Requires an additional tarp for use on rough terrain.
Flying Pig Portable Bath Tub
Whether you want to give your pup a bath outside, or inside without bending over, this dog bathing tub is perfect for the job. Say goodbye to that strained back!
The legs for this stand are narrow enough to fit right inside most tubs, so you can take advantage of your shower nozzle without having to crouch in uncomfortable positions to reach your pup.
Or, the drain system comes with an optional flexible drain tube so that you can set this bath tub up outside of the tub for 360° easy access to your pup while bathing.
The hard-plastic construction is durable and it can accommodate up to 150 pounds (although dimensions of 37.5"L x 19.5"W x 35.5"H may be too small for large breeds). You will need to assemble this tub, but it goes together and comes apart easily for storage and travel.
- Rated for canines up to 150 pounds.
- Comes in three colors.
- Breaks down for travel.
- Fits into most standard bath tubs for convenience.
- Elevation is perfect for bend-free free baths.
- O-Ring for securing your dog inside.
- Dimensions are a bit too small to accommodate large and giant breeds.
- Assembly required.
- You will have to lift your dog in and out of this tub.
Booster Bath Elevated Pet Bathing X-Large
If you have a large canine, this dog bathing tub is likely your best bet. This washing station can accommodate dogs up to 175 pounds with dimensions of 50" x 21.25" x 15" for large pups (smaller sizes are available too!).
A special nozzle flattens the water stream and lets you adjust the water volume for your dog’s comfort levels. Caddies on the side are convenient for keeping the shampoo in easy reach. Flexible drain pipe makes it easy to set this up for inside use as well.
Safety features on this model are the best we found. It has nonskid bottom which will give your pup confidence in the tub since they won’t be slipping around. It also includes a three-point adjustable harness system to keep your dog safely put so you can have your hands free to focus on bathing.
If you have a large breed, consider the combo selection which includes a handy set of stairs for your dog to easily get in and out without any lifting.
- Several sizes, including extra-large which is big enough for very large K9s.
- Many safety features to help your pup feel secure.
- No more bending over and full 360°access.
- Thoughtful features like a shampoo caddy and adjustable flow nozzle included.
- Doggy stair system gets large dogs in the tub without any lifting.
- Pricier than some other models.
- Large and bulky. You will need a dedicated space to store this tub.
Mustee 28CF Combo Utility Tub
Many breeds require frequent bathing and primping to keep their coats in top condition. Show dogs and pampered pups need enough time in the tub that you may be considering a dedicated installed dog bath. If that is the case, we recommend the Mustee.
Sturdy construction with a durable polypropylene basin and heavy gauge adjustable steel legs gives this tub a long life. The faucet includes a 24” flexible pull out nozzle for the ultimate in water control. Consider pairing with this fancy shower nozzle made just for canines.
The dimensions are 24W" x 40L" which will accommodate most large breeds.
You will need to have this canine bath tub professionally installed. An advantage to this option is that you will find plenty of uses for this large utility sink including gardening, canning and craft projects.
- Sturdy construction and large dimensions to safely accommodate larger breeds.
- Long flexible pull out nozzle to get every spot on your dog easily.
- No more bending and crouching to get your pup clean.
- Deep sided basin will keep the mess to a minimum.
- Getting large breeds in this tub will require lifting.
- Requires professional installation.
- You may want to add skid free pads to help your pup feel secure.
Pet Gear Pup-Tub
If you have a small dog then you may not want to spend money or space on the larger canine bath tubs. This tub is perfect for canines up to 20 pounds. Set it up next to or above your kitchen sink and use the spray nozzle for no-bend washing.
This bath tub has a rubberized floor that will keep your dog from slipping around. There are also two tethers included with this tub so that you can make sure your little guy doesn’t try to make a break for it. The bottom has rubber grip pads so it won’t move, adding safety.
There are storage trays for your shampoos which add convenience and a quick drain in the bottom for easy emptying.
- Perfect for small breeds without taking up much space.
- Very inexpensive option.
- No installation or assembly required.
- Light weight and easy to move around.
- Nonskid surfaces and safety tethers included.
- This bath tub will only work for small dogs.
- You will need some counter space near the kitchen sink to use this bath tub.
Review and Ranking.
In order to help you pick which tub is right for you, we have ranked the best choice according to some deciding factors that you might be most interested in.
Cheapest: Pet Gear Pup-Tub
If you have a small breed, there may not be any reason to go any fancier than this simple design which will work for most people with toy breeds. You will need a little counter space to make this option work, but it is the best bargain for the thrifty shopper.
Best Value: Booster Bath Elevated Pet Bathing X-Large
In terms of bang-for-your-buck, we think the Booster line of dog baths is the best choice. A ton of great safety features, durable construction, and the ability to accommodate large breeds gives it the edge. The design is well thought out, and although it is a little pricey, it will serve your needs well for years to come.
Top of the Line: Mustee 28CF Combo Utility Tub
If you spend a lot of time washing your pups, or have a multiple dog household, you may be ready to invest in a top of the line model. This large baths installs right in your home and it will always be there when you need it - no worries about getting it out of storage or setting it up.
Plus, this tub will serve you well for all the things that a large utility sink comes in handy for. If you are an avid gardener or like to do messy projects, this investment will serve all of those needs.
Dog Training Tips – How To Make Bath Time With Your Dog Fun!
If you dread bath time with your canine, chances are they do too. Often this can become a negative feedback loop that just gets worse over time. Not to worry…no matter how much drama bathing has become, you can improve the experience with some patience and basic training principles.
If you buy a new bathtub, you have a wonderful opportunity to “reset” the bathing experience. Make sure to take advantage of your new investment to change baths for the better.
Here are some pro-tips for turning a wash into something you and your pal can look forward to:
1. Desensitize your pooch to bath triggers individually.
There are many components to the ritual of washing your dog that you can recondition to a positive association for your pooch. By giving each of these items a new meaning for your dog, you can start training them to look forward to a bath.
Here are examples of things that might be triggering for your pup’s bath anxiety:
- The sound of running water.
- The location of the bath (bathroom, basement, laundry room, etc).
- The smell of shampoo.
- Being inside the tub.
All of these triggers can be treated as separate things that you can help your pup get more comfortable with. The key is to work with where your dog is at, and rewarding them repeatedly and often.
The main principle of this method, known by trainers as “desensitization” is to keep your pup under the reaction threshold. For example, if your dog starts to get nervous as soon as they enter the bathroom, then give them some treats for giving you calm behavior just outside the bathroom. Slowly get them closer to the bathroom, then transition to just inside the bathroom.
If your pooch has a negative reaction because you went too fast, just back up to the last step and try again. The same technique works for approaching and entering the bathtub, getting out the shampoo, or running water.
By treating triggers individually, you will have more luck working towards a stress-free dog wash.
2. Practice entering and exiting the tub without water.
Many folks think that their pup hates a bath because they hate water. This is actually rarely the cause of bath related anxiety. Rather, a sense of being trapped, or being unstable on a slippery surface are likely to be causing your pet stress.
By practicing entering and exiting the tub without running water or other bath time triggers, you are giving your dog confidence that the space they are entering is safe. Do several dry runs, and reward often when your pal goes in and out of the tub calmly.
It is better to just work with getting in and out of the tub calmly before adding the other elements of the bath. You may find that this step alone is enough to completely solve your canine’s fear of getting washed.
3. Check your own anxieties and bring a fresh, patient attitude to the experience.
Dogs are sensitive to the energy that their owners bring to any situation. If you have had a hard time bathing your furry friend in the past, chances are you may be unwittingly contributing to a negative and stressful experience.
If you take the time to work on steps 1 and 2 above, you may find that your own levels of anxiety start to decrease. Give your dog a real chance to reset the bathing experience to one they enjoy and try to give yourself permission to bring a new attitude to the process as well.
4. Never physically force your dog to take a bath if they are struggling.
If your pooch is feeling stressed about the bath, and you respond by becoming frustrated or physically rough with them, you can expect things to get much worse.
If they seriously panic when it comes time to get washed, then it may be a good idea to take them to the groomer for a bath until you are able to work the first three steps above at home. This will keep your home bathing environment one that feels safe for your dog. Over time you can make bathing fun for your pup and decrease your visits to the groomer.
5. Reward often!
Have a treat bag or bowl of treats your dog loves accessible during bath time, even after you get your pup more accustomed to the experience. This will ensure that your pet has a reason to not just tolerate getting clean and fresh, but actually look forward to the experience.
If your pooch has a history of panicking during a wash, this is a particularly important practice since a relapse into panic can happen if you don’t continue to associate that bath with things your dog loves.
Likewise, praise your dog nearly constantly during their wash as long as they are giving you behavior that you like. Try not to use harsh tones and corrections since that will undermine your efforts to make it a fun experience. Instead, ignore the behavior you don’t like (unless it is unsafe) and look for lots of opportunities to praise what you do like.
Summary and Review
We hope this review and guide for the best dog bath tubs and the basics of training your canine to enjoy a bath has been helpful. We would love to hear from you about you and your dog’s experience with bath time in the comments section below!