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Australian Maker of DIY Dog Washing Stations Launches U.S. Operations


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Australia’s Tru Blu K9000, a do-it-yourself dog wash manufacturer, has opened its U.S. headquarters in Wilmington, N.C., to better serve North America’s growing pet industry, said company officials. At Global Pet Expo in Orlando, Fla., this month, the K9000 will take orders at a special price celebrating the company’s North American launch. 

“Since our founding in 2005, Tru Blu has sold more than 1,200 K9000 machines worldwide and all remain in service today,” Paul Baron, the company’s U.S. CEO. 

Today’s market demand for the K9000 is driving the company’s U.S. launch, officials added. Already sold out through April, Tru Blu K9000 is now taking advance purchase orders for May delivery.

Pet owners are busier and have less space at home to bathe their dogs. The K9000 DIY dog-washing stations aim to meet that need, according to the company.

The K9000 build traffic and new revenue for pet stores, groomers, kennels, doggie daycare businesses and veterinary practices, officials said. Dog washing is an added service that contributes to the customer experience, creating repeat customers and improving word of mouth referrals, according to K9000 owners.  

With its sturdy stainless steel construction and high security features, businesses can place the K9000 indoors or outdoors. The K9000 is designed to function flawlessly and unattended, indoors during normal business hours, or outdoors for a 24-hour revenue stream that can extend customer service and attract new customers well beyond typical hours of operation.  

At a minimum of two washes per day, the K9000 turns a profit; at fewer than 12 washes per week, the K9000 is breaking even, according to company officials. 

“When one does the math, and considers our reputation and reliability, it’s easy to see the profit potential the K9000 offers,” Baron said.

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