Roker Beach introduces self service dog wash station for mucky pups

Suki and Prince getting a clean in the self service dog wash station at Roker Beach
-Credit: (Image: Creo Comms)


Roker Beach now has a self service dog wash station for the region's mucky pups. The station in Marine Walk car park is operated by NE Dog Wash, a self-service dog wash company that provides facilities for pet owners.

With six sites across the North East, the dog wash units have become increasingly popular with the region’s dog owners in recent years. Having discovered the K9000 dog wash units while on holiday in Spain, entrepreneurs Sarah Canham and Robert Irving decided the units would work perfectly in their home town of Blyth.

The K9000 Dog Wash was first installed in Australia in 2005, paving the way for a new market of DIY dog washing ever since, with businesses across the globe investing in the units. The self-operating units offer a hassle-free experience for dog owners, featuring a bathtub with an easy access door and user-friendly controls.

The cycles available include rinse, shampoo, herbal shampoo, conditioner and a choice between high or low mode for a warm blow dry. Designed to accommodate dogs of all sizes, the units can allow for up to two medium-sized dogs to be washed simultaneously in a 10-minute cycle for £7.

With their first unit opening in Blyth in May 2021, the units have gone from strength to strength, with five more units opening within two years in the North East. The decision to expand the dog wash unit offering to Roker had stemmed from the overwhelming demand and feedback from customers across the region.

Suki getting a clean in the self service dog wash station at Roker Beach
Suki getting a clean in the self service dog wash station at Roker Beach -Credit:Creo Comms

Sarah said: "There are thousands of K9000 Dog Wash units across Australia, so we knew how popular they were, and they have a long record of people loving them in Australia, so we thought why not bring it to the North East. We’ve seen first-hand the convenience it brings to dog owners, from those with mobility challenges to those with more anti-social pets, it’s given owners a stress-free way of keeping their dogs clean."

Prince getting a clean in the self service dog wash station at Roker Beach
Prince getting a clean in the self service dog wash station at Roker Beach -Credit:Creo Comms

Robert added: "The public reaction to our first dog unit was amazing, it went so well and the feedback from customers was incredible so we decided to look for other sites that we thought would be useful for dog owners. Roker is an ideal location, there’s a lot of development there and it’s a lovely place.

"You go down and look across the beach and see all the dogs and you think this is ideal, we think it’s a great addition to the area."