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Dog-o-matic: The doggie washing machine

An entrepreneur in France has introduced the “Dog-o-Matic,” a laundromat-style machine that washes and dries a dog in about a half hour.

Romain Jarry, 31, says the device has been a hit in his home town of St. Max, and insists it’s neither cruel nor harmful to dogs, according to China Daily.

He charges about $20 for a small load, $33 for a medium-sized one, and $47 for super-sized.

“It doesn’t take long to wash the dog – usually a few minutes,” Jarry said. “The longest part is the drying. The dogs don’t seem to get bored. They just sit there and they come out clean. We are really hoping it will take off and that other places will start buying in the machines.”

Jarry said he hopes to make the machines available in England within the next year, but admits it may take time for people to get used to the idea.

Afraid we have to give this one — convenient as it might be — a big paws down.


Comment from alan
Time May 19, 2009 at 8:24 am

A pet store in Atlanta used to have one of these. It always leaked when in use, and the dryer seemed to be totally ineffective, as the employees were always on hand with towels for the dog and for the mess on the floor.
… And the dogs that I saw all seemed to be miserable!

Comment from Anne’n’Spencer
Time May 19, 2009 at 7:10 pm

Paws down is right. I can see Spencer with this. We’d start with the struggle to get him to go in, then follow that with a continuous half-hour howling cycle.

Comment from Pauline
Time May 20, 2009 at 10:53 am

I’m French and used this cabin. it’s wonderful like a shower for us but softer than for humans !
Shampoo is similar of a shampoo for baby adapted to dogs and cats (doesn’t hurt eyes and hears).
You can se the videos on his web: http://www.dogomatic.fr/video.htm
and if you have a big dog you will change your mind!

Comment from Rafael
Time September 17, 2012 at 6:22 pm


Unfortunately this is not new, it has been there for many years now. The one I understand is the “original concept” is from Lavakan in Spain. It has been marketed by them since 2000.