A recently installed dog wash facility in a popular Hampshire country park has proved a huge hit with local pooches. Since October 2019 over 1,150 dog washes have been enjoyed at Itchen Valley Country Park, West End.
Itchen Valley Country Park installed a dog wash machine near their Woodland Café in October last year. Since then, dog owners have enjoyed using the new facility that gives them the opportunity to clean their dogs, including their muddy paws. This in turn helps to keep their car clean and saves bath time at home.
The dog wash is provided by Polygon Pets and has a custom-made shelter that gives dog owners the opportunity to give their dog a wash, shampoo and blow dry, for just £3, before returning home.
Chair of Hedge End, West End & Botley Local Area Committee, Cllr Cynthia Garton said,
“Itchen Valley Country Park is a very dog friendly park and a great place for dog owners to enjoy a walk with their dogs. The dog wash has proved really popular especially during this wet winter – it’s a great addition to the dog walking experience at the park and I encourage other dog walkers to come along, enjoy a walk and try this fantastic new facility.”
The Country Park encourages responsible dog ownership and access. Dogs, when kept on their lead, can be taken along the extensive woodland and nature trails, as well as into the visitor centre and café. Only assistance dogs can access play areas. Sensible dogs are allowed off the lead on High Hill Field – the large recreation area at the top of the main driveway.
Itchen Valley Country Park is encouraging visiting dog walkers to post on Instagram using #ParkPoochesIVCP in order to promote this great new service and show how a great a location for dog walking the Country Park is.