Hoboken Dog Wash – Update

Hoboken Dog Wash now at 211 4th Street

The Hoboken Dog Wash made it’s move a block west last week – and is now enjoying their new expanded space – with five grooming tables to make your pooch look awesome!

Hoboken Dog Wash expands, moving to new larger location

7/18/2011:

Good news for the Hoboken Dog Wash! They’re moving on August 1st, from 163 4th Street, a block west to 211 4th Street (former home of Capello Studio hair salon).

The new location is well more than double the size – with bonus perks!

For one, they’re keeping the two K9000 robotic dog wash contraptions (with potential space for a third if necessary). And since dog grooming is a much sought-after service in Hoboken, they’ll have space four or five groomers now! “Head Groomer” Erica Li will get the featured table near the front window (with a special surprise coming there), and space for several more tables in the back room.

Additionally, a convenient “staging area” for dogs to chill while they wait for their owners to pick ’em up. The space in the backyard has also been cleaned up – and the pooches (and their owners) can even go outside on nice days. Overall, a fantastic upgrade to the super popular canine salon!

Covered on Live Well HD

2/20/2010 Update:

Hoboken Dog Wash was covered on Live Well HD recently! (after the first segment on the “WiFi Cap”)

Have you tried the Hoboken Dog Wash yet?

1/14/2010 Update:

Here’s a little video update for the Hoboken Dog Wash at 163 4th Street.

Featuring cute canines getting cleaned up in this futuristic and safe self-service bathing system! And don’t forget – you can also get expert grooming from Oscar’s groomer Erica Li there as well!

All the customers I’ve seen have been thrilled. Have you given it a shot yet?

Phone: 201-795-5111

Hoboken Dog Wash this weekend!

9/24/2009 Update:

Stopped by the Hoboken Dog Wash (163 4th Street) this week, as they put final touches on the new self-service dog-bathing facility. I got a brief demonstration of how this dog bath contraption works, and have to say it’s pretty cool! $15 for 10 minutes. Soap, rinse, Frontline-compatible flea rinse, conditioner, and blow dry. You can even sanitize the machine when complete. A fully self-contained device. On top of the self-serve aspect, the Hoboken Dog Wash will also offer optional full service washes done by one of two groomers that will be on staff (including Oscar’s groomer Erica Li!)

From what I saw – area residents were excited the Dog Wash was opening soon, as at least five dog owners came by in the 15 minutes I was there.

Owner Fran expects to be open by Saturday.

Hoboken Watch closed, Hoboken Dog Wash to open

8/5/2009:

Speaking of the now closed Hoboken Watch Company – the Hoboken Dog Wash is taking over the space!

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Stop the presses – The future has arrived!

The Hoboken Dog Wash features this scary “K9000 Dog Wash” machine. I have a feeling lots of dogs might get the heebie jeebies and have an “accident” in this industrial contraption! I know the Hoboken411 Mascot Oscar would get super-canine strength and eat through the metal chain and leap through the glass window and high-tail it back home. (Trust me – I have the Doggie Dream Analyzing Machine – I know what he’s thinking.)

Not sure how much it’ll cost – and I vaguely recall that there might be some kind of grooming available too.. because sometimes a bath isn’t enough. Who knows. Will find out more when they open. But a business where you require no staff is quite genius!

Meh, maybe it ain’t that bad…

Description: Futuristic coin-operated Dog Bathing system. Buttons, switches, options, 12 month Return on Investment! Too bad standard laundry isn’t available too… (Hmm.. business idea!!!)
Address: 163 4th St, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Telephone: 201-795-5111
Website: TBD

60 Responses

  1. escaped68 says:

    I have a 130 lb. akita, I dare anyone to try and put her on a dog washing machine.

  2. Furey says:

    I think that one plus of washing a dog here, versus home, is that there will be less dog hair in your tub to clog your drains. I like that they use a good shampoo. I’m fairly sure I can wash my dog in 10 minutes.

    I kind-of-sort-of agree that $15 per wash is a bit rough, but I realize that cost of business in this area is more expensive.

    I’m going to give the business a shot, and then criticize or praise. :)

    • plywood says:

      Furey: “I’m going to give the business a shot, and then criticize or praise.”

      I agree, thank you!

      Imagine if one met some one for the first time at a party and said “Hello, you’re fat, short and ugly. I’m entitled to my opinion.”. That’s basically the way many posters treat businesses that are featured here. It’s a double edged sword that posters realize that the comments they make they will never be held accountable for. But imagine if you were trying to get a business off the ground………

      In response to Furey who said:

      I think that one plus of washing a dog here, versus home, is that there will be less dog hair in your tub to clog your drains. I like that they use a good shampoo. I’m fairly sure I can wash my dog in 10 minutes.

      I kind-of-sort-of agree that $15 per wash is a bit rough, but I realize that cost of business in this area is more expensive.

      I’m going to give the business a shot, and then criticize or praise. :)

      • JJB says:

        You’re right . . . and then they complain about getting another nail salon or chinese restaurant. Hey everybody that complains its your fault! Midtownauthentic is one of the worst offenders at that.

        In response to plywood who said:

        Furey: “I’m going to give the business a shot, and then criticize or praise.”

        I agree, thank you!

        Imagine if one met some one for the first time at a party and said “Hello, you’re fat, short and ugly. I’m entitled to my opinion.”. That’s basically the way many posters treat businesses that are featured here. It’s a double edged sword that posters realize that the comments they make they will never be held accountable for. But imagine if you were trying to get a business off the ground………

      • midtownauthentic says:

        im not complaining i said in previous posts that these machines are costly and expensive to maintain. Im merely looking out for the owner with my input. My remark about time travel does not put up or down the business, its a mere laugh. Regardless of what everyone else says about you JJB, i think you’re ok, just a tad hair triggered.

        In response to JJB who said:

        You’re right . . . and then they complain about getting another nail salon or chinese restaurant. Hey everybody that complains its your fault! Midtownauthentic is one of the worst offenders at that.

  3. plywood says:

    Went in and got a demo from the owner over the weekend. Seems pretty cool as the soap, flea treatment & water all come out of the same hose with the twist of a dial. Basically the kind of hose they have in a commercial kitchen for rinsing dishes etc. I imagine this is a big time saver for lathering up and hosing down a large dog. Also has a blow dryer of similar description which may be the biggest advantage of all – no long haired dog “shaking out” the water from a shower all over your bathroom or entire home. I didn’t even have a dog with me when the demo was offered. At $15 a pop obviously it’s not something one would care to do too often, but it does have it’s advantages.

    • midtownauthentic says:

      Does it have a time travel option for people?

      In response to plywood who said:

      Went in and got a demo from the owner over the weekend. Seems pretty cool as the soap, flea treatment & water all come out of the same hose with the twist of a dial. Basically the kind of hose they have in a commercial kitchen for rinsing dishes etc. I imagine this is a big time saver for lathering up and hosing down a large dog. Also has a blow dryer of similar description which may be the biggest advantage of all – no long haired dog “shaking out” the water from a shower all over your bathroom or entire home. I didn’t even have a dog with me when the demo was offered. At $15 a pop obviously it’s not something one would care to do too often, but it does have it’s advantages.

  4. annielough says:

    I brought my Goldendoodle Teddy to Church Square today and needless to say he got filthy so I figured I would try this place out. I had a great experience! The owner, Fran, was very helpful and made it very easy for me. My dog was good until I had to use the blowdryer but he remained fairly calm. He is 85 lbs and has alot of hair and he was 95% dry when I left. I normally have him bathed at Unleashed and I probably will do that in the future but in a pinch and for $15 Hoboken Dog Wash gets a gold star.

    • lhoward222 says:

      I agree w annielough. This place is GREAT in a pinch!! Like annielough, I took Trin to Ramapo today which was a bad decision after yesterday’s rain — dog was muddy/smelly/filthy. And like annielough, I usually take her to Unleashed for baths every other month or so. Only $30, no fighting with dog (aside form getting in the place), and she comes out smelling sweet and looking pretty though it usually takes half a day.

      Yet today, with no time or appt for Unleashed, the self-do place was TERRIFIC! The guy on site (owner?) was very helpful providing clean bills to make machine work, explaining machine, reminding me to wear a smock. I had doubts that 10 minutes would be enough time, but it more or less was. Dog was still pretty wet when we left, but she HATES being bathed and wriggled a lot wasting time.

      If you have a dog that likes baths, you’ll love this place! All in all, the $15, 15 minute stop was TOTALLY worth it!! And owner has baskets of nice treats for when it’s all over.

      In response to annielough who said:

      I brought my Goldendoodle Teddy to Church Square today and needless to say he got filthy so I figured I would try this place out. I had a great experience! The owner, Fran, was very helpful and made it very easy for me. My dog was good until I had to use the blowdryer but he remained fairly calm. He is 85 lbs and has alot of hair and he was 95% dry when I left. I normally have him bathed at Unleashed and I probably will do that in the future but in a pinch and for $15 Hoboken Dog Wash gets a gold star.

  5. Furey says:

    I took my dog, Rocco, here last night after a long play at Church Square Dog Park.

    Fran, the owner, was on site with his dog. He demonstrated the machine and I put my 3 month old puppy in there and he mostly was OK with the experience, it was a bit overwhelming for him since it was his first time.

    No complaints about the service, it works really well, only issue was that the air dryer’s air was a bit cold at first and took about a minute to warm up.

    I will go back again, maybe every other month or so. I’d rather bathe my dog here than in my tub. I don’t even own a hair dryer, lol.

    • pawzclawz says:

      Furey: You have a dog? “Congratulations!” What type of dog is it? Where did you get it?

      In response to Furey who said:

      I took my dog, Rocco, here last night after a long play at Church Square Dog Park.

      Fran, the owner, was on site with his dog. He demonstrated the machine and I put my 3 month old puppy in there and he mostly was OK with the experience, it was a bit overwhelming for him since it was his first time.

      No complaints about the service, it works really well, only issue was that the air dryer’s air was a bit cold at first and took about a minute to warm up.

      I will go back again, maybe every other month or so. I’d rather bathe my dog here than in my tub. I don’t even own a hair dryer, lol.

    • pawzclawz says:

      Furey: Rocco is adorable. “All the best!”

      In response to Furey who said:

      I took my dog, Rocco, here last night after a long play at Church Square Dog Park.

      Fran, the owner, was on site with his dog. He demonstrated the machine and I put my 3 month old puppy in there and he mostly was OK with the experience, it was a bit overwhelming for him since it was his first time.

      No complaints about the service, it works really well, only issue was that the air dryer’s air was a bit cold at first and took about a minute to warm up.

      I will go back again, maybe every other month or so. I’d rather bathe my dog here than in my tub. I don’t even own a hair dryer, lol.

  6. koru.wedding says:

    I took my dog to Hoboken Dog Wash yesterday to be groomed by Erica. As always, Erica did a great job grooming with such skill & patience for my elderly dog. My dog didn’t mind the machine bath at all. The owner was friendly & accommodating for the grooming & for people asking questions about the machine bath. I’d recommend dog owners checking it out!

    Not to mention, the owner’s dog Rufus is great!!

  7. kooky kat says:

    I have known Fran a long time – I stopped in here a couple of times, thinking about what it might do to my 11 year old animal, not to mention the fact he is very sensitive to anything but an oatmeal soap. Fran gold me I could bring my own soap and just use the hose and the dryer. I will probably TRY to get him in there one day, but I fear it could kill him he is such a baby. I figure I will try it once, spending 100 bucks a month to get him bathed is quite the expense on top of all the other expenses (dog walking, food, meds).

    Good luck Furey, pure-bred dogs are expensive, I hope yours doesn’t have the problems my adopted pure-bred has had over the years.

    • Furey says:

      Thank you! I have VPI pet insurance for my little pooch, just in case.

      In response to kooky kat who said:

      I have known Fran a long time – I stopped in here a couple of times, thinking about what it might do to my 11 year old animal, not to mention the fact he is very sensitive to anything but an oatmeal soap. Fran gold me I could bring my own soap and just use the hose and the dryer. I will probably TRY to get him in there one day, but I fear it could kill him he is such a baby. I figure I will try it once, spending 100 bucks a month to get him bathed is quite the expense on top of all the other expenses (dog walking, food, meds).

      Good luck Furey, pure-bred dogs are expensive, I hope yours doesn’t have the problems my adopted pure-bred has had over the years.

  8. Gary says:

    To all who are commenting about Fran’s new K9000 dog wash business……I would like to introduce myself, Gary is my name, and my partner Erik….We are the exclusive North American Distributor of the K9000……If any of you have questions or would like to direct comments to us, please feel free…….You can find us here or at TMCdogwash.com. Fran, we wish you continued success and hope that the great community of Hoboken continues to support you.

    Best, Erik and Gary

    • Michael G says:

      Would like some info on the K9000–sounds like an interesting business and I would like to explore. e-mail me at
      mgastlaw@gmail.com

      Thanks,

      Michael

      In response to Gary who said:

      To all who are commenting about Fran’s new K9000 dog wash business……I would like to introduce myself, Gary is my name, and my partner Erik….We are the exclusive North American Distributor of the K9000……If any of you have questions or would like to direct comments to us, please feel free…….You can find us here or at TMCdogwash.com. Fran, we wish you continued success and hope that the great community of Hoboken continues to support you.

      Best, Erik and Gary

  9. pawzclawz says:

    I was going to Empire for something to drink last week. I happened to catch The Hoboken Dog Wash open. I am not a dog owner. I am a petsitter. I walked in. I met the owner. He is a great guy. He told me all about the business. He told me about the products he uses. He told me price. He showed me how the machine works. He said when he fully gets going. The groomer will be there full-time. His hours will probably expand. He was kind enough to allow me to drop off some of my business cards. I wish Fran all the best.

  10. whineanddineinhob says:

    Always had the greatest respect for those who cared and tended to animals. Wishing them all the best.

  11. sookie says:

    I’ve taken my lab mix there twice now, she’s around 50 pounds and doesn’t love the bath. We tried bathing her in my apartment once, and it was just a disaster – she wouldn’t stay still, she ran out and was all wet and shook off, the hair was so gross to clean, overall something I would never do again. Usually we get her washed at Unleashed, but took her to the Hoboken Dog Wash one day when she was all dusty from Church Square. The owner is super nice, and really helpful. The tubs have leash clips, so I can hook her up and not worry about her squirming or trying to jump out. Now they have frequent customer cards that you get punched every time you go in, and you get your 10th wash for free. It might take a long time for me to go there ten times, but I’ll definitely be back. My puppy smells great when she comes out, she gets treats from the owner and he’s always sure to ask if I need any help when I have her in there. It’s well worth the $15 for all the convenience it affords me, I wish the business all the best!

  12. plywood says:

    Great customer service here, and yes, when you are pressed for time (particularly around the holidays for example) this is a great convenience. The last time I was in I saw a sign up that said “soon” they were going to start $10 Tuesdays. That is about 5 week old information, but if true they will be seeing plenty more of me. If there’s no line you leave in about 15 minutes with a clean, dry, peppy and fluffy pooch!

  13. mooshu says:

    I love this video!

    Hey, does Erica Li still work uptown, too?

  14. DEADMAU5 says:

    The beginning of the video before the dog part the gal talks about the wifi hat, when the red light goes on you know there is wifi. My question is if that hat is on, how can you know if the light is on? Bad invention

  15. escaped68 says:

    I just realized that when I went to demarest,a real long time ago,that location was a dirty little candy store called”polio pete’s”.

  16. Stabone130 says:

    Funny this was posted today — I went here for the first time this afternoon after going to Church Square Park which is currently a giant puddle of mud & the pooch was covered after running around.

    Definitely worth the $15 for a wash. I never really considered going here since I just wash him in my shower stall but this is so much easier on the back, no clean up — and is completely simple to use.

    The owner was there and showed me how to use the machine which was simple — the whole thing took 15 minutes.

    highly recommend.

  17. mooshu says:

    Um, I don’t like to give negative reviews here, much less on September 11th, when people should have a little more sense and compassion for others. But I’m afraid I have to regarding this place, as I really need to let off some steam. I’ve never encountered rudeness from folks who work with animals, so this is a first:

    Thank you for letting me fiddle with your gate forever, Hoboken Dogwash. I couldn’t figure out how to open it, and it really meant a lot that while one of you wasn’t doing a thing in your establishment but talking, you couldn’t help me inside.

    Thank you, groomer, as well. I understand that you don’t accept checks, but you didn’t have to yell that at me with your back to my face. I wasn’t intending to give you a check, nor would I have committed any form of deceit when it came to paying you. I don’t pull a fast one on anybody. I’d never been to your establishment, and wasn’t aware of what kind of payments you accept, so I politely asked if you accepted credit/debit card payments. One of you said checks and cash. Another rudely yelled “CASH ONLY”. Then you mouthed something else, and, needless to say, I decided I was done there.

    I am not yelling in response… Simply saying that you’ve lost my business and that of all the dogs I walk. They’ve never been to your establishment either, and you could have had a nice group of new customers based on my experience. But it was pretty sour, and now there is no way in heck I will rave about you.

    Not sure how I rubbed you the wrong way by being nice to you the entire time I was in your place. But goodbye, and good luck in staying open for business in this climate with your attitude.

  18. Stabone130 says:

    Glad to hear they are doing well and expanding! I really like going here. Its a nice treat to yourself, especially when trying to give a pitbull a bath in a shower stall that kills your back. The staff is extremely friendly….especially the owner. Machine is super easy to operate. And you get a free wash after 10 washes! Good luck in the new space!

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