Now you can bring professional dog grooming to your home. The Bissell BarkBath is sure to make your dog bathing experience much easier on you and your dog.
The self-contained BarkBath looks, and pretty much sounds and acts like a dog vacuum. (If your dog is afraid of a regular vacuum cleaner, the BarkBath may not be for you.) It has a central unit with 2 tanks, one for clean, outgoing water, and one from dirty, incoming water. An 11-foot hose extends from the tank, connecting to a shampoo reservoir along the way, and culminating in a nozzle attachment that shoots out bathing solution, slurps it back up through the fur, and then sucks away residual moisture.
The nozzle has a button that you press and hold to release water or a shampoo-water mixture as you guide it along your dog’s fur. When the reservoir is set to “Shampoo” the BarkBath sends soapy water directly to the dog’s skin while simultaneously pulling it–and dirt and residue–back up through the fur, and sending it into the dirty tank. When you release the nozzle’s button, only the vacuum portion continues, pulling out excess moisture.
BarkBath comes with a bottle of “no-rinse” shampoo, but the reservoir also has a “Rinse” setting you can use to be sure there’s no residual gunk left in your dog’s coat.
The BarkBath needs about 48 ounces of water to wash an 80-pound dog. The company compares this to the approximate 19 gallons you’d use in a tub.