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    Hi! Does anyone has one and feedbacks? Price? Which company is good for hydrobath?

    I did some reading and understand that hydrobath is different from normal washing becoz of its high pressure pump, and the ability to mix shampoo into the water. I may be wrong so correct me if I am!

    Thanks!

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    No idea.

    I think you can take your dog into some pet supplies stores like some Pet Stocks have them. And then you can try out. I knew a dog groomer who would do them for about $30 each.

    No idea about cost if you want to buy your own.

    The idea is that hydrobath is better at removing loose fur. I'm really not sure about the shampoo side - as far as I know - the less of that the better. But I'm not sure I'd want to wash my dog with "high pressure" either. At least I don't like it a whole lot.

    I have been desiring a kartcha high pressure gadget for washing the car. But I still think it may be cheaper to go and spend some money at the DIY car washes.

    Hopefully someone will have a better idea.

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    Might have to give them a go one day if it's good at removing the loose fur .. though I'm worried with the amount he sheds it'll probably clog it up

    Hyacinth, the pressure cleaners don't really do much for washing cars .. probably remove a little more than just spraying it with the hose but dired-on dust still needs scrubbing

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    I'm a dog groomer, and I don't have a Hydrobath... nor do I feel like I need one. I have what is called a 'Booster Bath' which has no fancy pumps or shampoo/water mixers... it is just a bath, but I love it, saves my back thats for sure. I find the Booster Bath more comfortable to use compared to a hydrobath. The only disadvantage with a booster bath that i've found, is that really large dogs can't go in it, but thats fine with me, I have a large concrete area with a drain, and I just do the big dogs on the floor.

    My bath is hooked up to our house pump/water, so it has great pressure and lovely warm water.

    Hydrobath's cost a lot of money, so if i'm honest, I wouldn't recommend buying one if you are just wanting to keep your own dog clean and not go pro. In fact, a lot of pro groomers just use their hydrobath as a normal bath anyway, they don't use the shampoo mixer feature...

    If I was to upgrade from my current setup, i'd go all out, and splurge the money for a stainless steel bath similar to this one
    Stainless Steel Groomer's Tub

    I don't remember the brand name, but the one I have used in the past was electric and could actually move up and down at the press of a button to suit any sized dog, which was an absolutely fantastic feature. It was easy to clean, and kept dogs very secure in it.

    But for now, the Booster Bath is fine for me, and i'm bathing dogs VERY regularly!!

    ETA: In terms of high pressure water removing loose fur... You'd get a better result by blow drying the dog. I groomed a couple of huskies the other day, the high pressure water didn't get much out, but the dryer.. oh my goodness... I had to wear eye protection and a face mask because the hair was flying all over the room and made it hard to see and breathe! A decent, high pressure dryer is a groomers best friend! The amount of hair that came out of those dogs from the dryer, filled up my vacuum 3 times... and that was tightly compacted!!
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    I saw the booster bath too and yes, it is so much cheaper as compared to hydrobath. Would really consider one now! haha I have 2 border collies and would love to invest in a proper bath for them. I can't do it in the bath tub especially after beach as the sand gets stucked in the pipe. Shower area is too cramp and outside is just too cold... How does the water get drained? Is it something like washing machine where there is a tube at the bottom?

    Thanks so much!

    Which shampoo do you use? I'm still sourcing for a fairly good one. Have tried PAWS. Pet Barn recommend me Epi-Soothe or Aloveen, my friend uses Epi-soothe on her retriever so I might give that a go.

    Quote Originally Posted by maddogdodge View Post
    I'm a dog groomer, and I don't have a Hydrobath... nor do I feel like I need one. I have what is called a 'Booster Bath' which has no fancy pumps or shampoo/water mixers... it is just a bath, but I love it, saves my back thats for sure. I find the Booster Bath more comfortable to use compared to a hydrobath. The only disadvantage with a booster bath that i've found, is that really large dogs can't go in it, but thats fine with me, I have a large concrete area with a drain, and I just do the big dogs on the floor.

    My bath is hooked up to our house pump/water, so it has great pressure and lovely warm water.

    Hydrobath's cost a lot of money, so if i'm honest, I wouldn't recommend buying one if you are just wanting to keep your own dog clean and not go pro. In fact, a lot of pro groomers just use their hydrobath as a normal bath anyway, they don't use the shampoo mixer feature...

    If I was to upgrade from my current setup, i'd go all out, and splurge the money for a stainless steel bath similar to this one
    Stainless Steel Groomer's Tub

    I don't remember the brand name, but the one I have used in the past was electric and could actually move up and down at the press of a button to suit any sized dog, which was an absolutely fantastic feature. It was easy to clean, and kept dogs very secure in it.

    But for now, the Booster Bath is fine for me, and i'm bathing dogs VERY regularly!!

    ETA: In terms of high pressure water removing loose fur... You'd get a better result by blow drying the dog. I groomed a couple of huskies the other day, the high pressure water didn't get much out, but the dryer.. oh my goodness... I had to wear eye protection and a face mask because the hair was flying all over the room and made it hard to see and breathe! A decent, high pressure dryer is a groomers best friend! The amount of hair that came out of those dogs from the dryer, filled up my vacuum 3 times... and that was tightly compacted!!
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    My groomer does that too. Just thought to invest in one and do it myself since I have 2 dogs. But the cost is really high.... The cheapest I saw was $2350. I would have paid for their grooming easily for years with that! LOL

    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    No idea.

    I think you can take your dog into some pet supplies stores like some Pet Stocks have them. And then you can try out. I knew a dog groomer who would do them for about $30 each.

    No idea about cost if you want to buy your own.

    The idea is that hydrobath is better at removing loose fur. I'm really not sure about the shampoo side - as far as I know - the less of that the better. But I'm not sure I'd want to wash my dog with "high pressure" either. At least I don't like it a whole lot.

    I have been desiring a kartcha high pressure gadget for washing the car. But I still think it may be cheaper to go and spend some money at the DIY car washes.

    Hopefully someone will have a better idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magicyn View Post
    I saw the booster bath too and yes, it is so much cheaper as compared to hydrobath. Would really consider one now! haha I have 2 border collies and would love to invest in a proper bath for them. I can't do it in the bath tub especially after beach as the sand gets stucked in the pipe. Shower area is too cramp and outside is just too cold... How does the water get drained? Is it something like washing machine where there is a tube at the bottom?

    Thanks so much!

    Which shampoo do you use? I'm still sourcing for a fairly good one. Have tried PAWS. Pet Barn recommend me Epi-Soothe or Aloveen, my friend uses Epi-soothe on her retriever so I might give that a go.
    Yeah the drainage is just a pipe coming out the bottom, the drainage of mine isn't set up too fancy, i just have the pipe sitting with the end near the sloping drain I have. Its kind of hard to explain what it looks like, but it works great for me, and looks neat too.

    I have the Deluxe Groomer's Booster Bath by the way. The main reason I got the deluxe one is because it is slightly bigger and I believe it is more stable. The ramp that comes with it is absolutely useless, I've never managed to get a dog to walk up it, so I don't even keep it in my grooming area. I see that they've now got steps available... Perhaps I could give that a go... but still...very few dogs are willing to get in a bath themselves!

    I've used various shampoo's over the years. The one's you've listed are all great gentle shampoos. I particularly like PAW and Aloveen, but Epi-soothe is great too I use a whitening shampoo on my Aussie, the one I use is actually made by a horse company, but it is perfectly safe for dogs as well as plenty of other animals. Lately I've been using the new Joseph Lyddy pet range because they sent me a whole box of their products for me to test and give my opinion on. I need to read up on the ingredients in them to see if there is anything harsh in them, but so far, I love their products! They small amazing and make the dog's coats beautifully soft and shiny

    I've also heard that the Plush Puppy range is really good, but I haven't tried them myself yet

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    Think I need the pressure cleaner just to get enough water onto my husky to even get the shampoo to foam up - I reckon he puts on at least 5kg when he's wet

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    I've always wondered what shampoo groomers use coz they always come back smelling so nice for days! Haha. Thank you for the information, it really helps alot!

    Quote Originally Posted by maddogdodge View Post
    Yeah the drainage is just a pipe coming out the bottom, the drainage of mine isn't set up too fancy, i just have the pipe sitting with the end near the sloping drain I have. Its kind of hard to explain what it looks like, but it works great for me, and looks neat too.

    I have the Deluxe Groomer's Booster Bath by the way. The main reason I got the deluxe one is because it is slightly bigger and I believe it is more stable. The ramp that comes with it is absolutely useless, I've never managed to get a dog to walk up it, so I don't even keep it in my grooming area. I see that they've now got steps available... Perhaps I could give that a go... but still...very few dogs are willing to get in a bath themselves!

    I've used various shampoo's over the years. The one's you've listed are all great gentle shampoos. I particularly like PAW and Aloveen, but Epi-soothe is great too I use a whitening shampoo on my Aussie, the one I use is actually made by a horse company, but it is perfectly safe for dogs as well as plenty of other animals. Lately I've been using the new Joseph Lyddy pet range because they sent me a whole box of their products for me to test and give my opinion on. I need to read up on the ingredients in them to see if there is anything harsh in them, but so far, I love their products! They small amazing and make the dog's coats beautifully soft and shiny

    I've also heard that the Plush Puppy range is really good, but I haven't tried them myself yet

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    If your dogs coat is that thick, you need to get out the collie comb and start stripping........Speaking from many years of newfie grooming experience. I strip my dogs every spring, it is very tedious and takes a long time. The hydrobath will not fix the problem. great to get flea rinse through, but not stripping.

    I also have a bath, second hand, that is at a nice height for me..it has a rubber mat inside from bunnings and hubby made some great steps that help getting the big guys in and out. We did a lot of clicker training for in and out. We also use the same steps to get on the 3'x8' table which is just table height...all great for grooming. I can actually sit on the steps too. they are quite heavy and sturdy made out of timber.

    In Summer we also have a solid timber table for the dogs near the garden tap..we use this as a training table and to wash them when we do not hot and cold water, again easier on our backs
    6 dogs take a bit of doing.

    the only reason I would like a hydrobath is because i could move my washing dogs area to our barn....away from our hot water tap here on our verandah. A new hydrobath can cost anywhere from $2500 to nearly $3800. But sometimes you could get lucky on line at E-bay or Gumtree
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