The founders of Starr Barks launched their self-service dog-washing operation because they were tired of the mess and discomfort caused by scrubbing their pups at home. Rather than viewing bath time as a chore, owners can bond with their four-legged friends while Starr Barks staffers provide them with shampoo, conditioner, towels, and dog treats. To prevent sore backs and knees, bathtubs stand at waist height and accommodate canines of all sizes. Large dogs ascend to watery bliss by way of a ladder, which saves owners the hassle of lifting them or training them to jump at the smell of soap. A safety line prevents dogs from leaping out of the tub and injuring themselves or other pets. Tidy aprons keep humans dry, and a professional dryer ensures that pets leave fluffy and water-free. Throughout the entire cleaning process, the Starr Barks coffee bar stands at the ready so dog owners can reinforce their own good behavior with coffee and snacks.