I am Nicola Hopley and I am the founder and owner of The Newcastle K9 Group which includes Newcastle K9 Hydrotherapy, Newcastle K9 Day Care and Newcastle K9 Nutrition.

Founded by Nicola Hopley in 2009 the aim of Newcastle K9 was to to provide dogs and their owners with a bespoke, friendly, professional and reliable service helping to bridge the gap between a dog owner’s work and holiday commitments and their need for a high standard of dog care. After all dogs are a part of our families, and we all want the very best for them.

We currently have two female German Shepherds Lila (Impranah Hazy) & Izzy (Dahlmann Isabella) who are extremely active and healthy and thoroughly enjoy life to the full.


We are all experienced dog owners with over 40 years living with dogs and we have even been fortunate enough to also have experience with cats, horses and a range of small animals such as guinea pigs etc.

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All of us are interested in all aspects of canine welfare including psychology, evolution, training, nutrition, health and rehabilitation. I have a PhD in human psychology and I’m currently acquiring accredited qualifications in canine psychology and nutrition. I am a fully qualified canine hydrotherapist holding an accredited ABC level 3 certificate in hydrotherapy for small animals.

All of us and our staff are certified first aiders and we only employ force free, positive reward based techniques when training or dealing with both our dogs and yours. Many of our staff have also completed training in agility, scent work, sledge pulling, healing and the trust technique. 

Newcastle K9 Day Care is licensed with North Tyneside Council and has received the highest five star rating. We are also fully insured with Pet Plan Sanctuary. Our dedicated daycare center is the epitome of dog luxury with its comfortable sofas, chairs and dog beds, toys, and mental stimulation games, it’s the ultimate in dog daycare, combining physical and mental activity with all the comforts of home. It’s a very special place to us and we hope you will find it a place to leave your dog(s) knowing that they are safe and well cared for by our dedicated family team. On top of this you can also follow your dog’s day via our social media on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.  Our main aim at Newcastle K9 Day Care is to provide your dog with a positive experience ensuring you return home with a happy, healthy and content dog.

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