Building a bespoke pet shower costs around £2,000 – quite an expense considering I can wash Rudy perfectly with a bucket of warm water and a back door brush. But Chau reminds me that our dogs aren’t just dogs anymore. Your comfort is paramount, which is why owners are also willing to shell out staggering sums for orthopedic mattresses and hand-carved oak beds with pillows. “Dogs are like people; They have different sleep needs at different stages of life,” she explains.
“Burrowing breeds like dachshunds and terriers love to be covered, as do short-haired breeds like whippets and Italian greyhounds, while dogs with thicker coats don’t like to be overheated. Some dogs like to stretch out; some like to rest their chins on the edge of the bed; older dogs need a firmer surface to help them stand up.” In addition to duck feather mattresses, her company now sells antimicrobial memory foam mattresses to protect older dogs from bruising on the floor when they stand up, as well as sleek rattan raised frames . “A dog mattress is big—covered in the wrong fabric, or left unceremoniously on the floor, it spoils the look of a room,” says Chau.
Another popular option is to create specially designed compartments for dogs in kitchen islands or closets. Jo Ashwin of Hill Farm Furniture designs kitchen and shoe room cabinets with dogs in mind, creating cozy nooks under worktops. “I was recently asked to design an entire dog room with a bed and drawers underneath,” she says. The most popular colors for dog cabinets are practical deep blues and greens with muted grays, soft blue, fawn on all upholstery, and terracotta or limestone on the floor or ceramic tile to resemble natural stone. However, both Chau and Field have noticed that bright colors are creeping into dogteriors: bright oranges, plum pinks, and Yves Klein blues. “Changing the colors of your dog’s mattress covers can refresh the entire look of a room,” says Chau.
Where you feed your dog — and with what type of bowl — is also a design choice, Field adds. She suggests setting aside a dedicated dining area for them, with a non-slip wooden tray and the kind of bowls you want on your own table, rather than the standard metal bowl that slides across the floor as you eat or drink. Your pointer eats from a hand-thrown pot by Studio Ranj; Hempel’s dogs, on the other hand, eat their dog croutons and oxtail stew from Goyard bowls stored in a sturdy wood and leather tray.