5 Ways to Get Your Dog Less Shy around Other Dogs

Posted by: Pack Leader | July 26, 2016 | Posted in Uncategorized


Does your dog growl, hide behind you, or display other nervous reactions when other dogs approach? Does he whine or refuse to leave when you try to drop him off at day care? With most dogs, this is caused by a lack of socialization with other dogs. Luckily, it’s often possible for your dog to get over his fears with a little help from you. Here are 5 things you can try. (more…)

5 Things You Need to Know about Separation Anxiety

Posted by: Pack Leader | July 16, 2016 | Posted in Uncategorized

Owner Dropping off Dog at KennelSeparation anxiety is a problem affecting many dogs who are bored, lonely, or afraid when their owners leave for any amount of time. Some dogs react by pacing, drooling, barking, or more destructive behaviors like chewing the furniture. Others may stop eating or try to escape the house. Learn more about this common issue so you can help your dog feel less stressed when you leave the house. (more…)

Why Take Your Puppy to a Dog Training Workshop

Posted by: Pack Leader | May 18, 2016 | Posted in Uncategorized

Puppy Chewing on a Book

Puppies are a lot of fun. Cute, cuddly, and playful, they are the perfect companion—until they start biting, chewing, digging, and pooping on everything they can get their little paws on. We all love older well-behaved dogs, but why can’t your puppy be that way? If you are wondering why it’s important to take your puppy to a Seattle puppy training workshop, here are 3 reasons why. (more…)

The Top 4 Best Indestructible Dog Beds

Posted by: Pack Leader | April 27, 2016 | Posted in Uncategorized

At Central Bark, we care about your dog’s well-being, even when they’re not at our doggie hotel in Seattle. If you’re looking for a comfortable, durable dog bed for your pet, we have a few recommendations that will keep your dog comfy while standing up to any wear and tear Fido might put on the bed. Here are our top 4 recommendations. (more…)

Are Your Yard and Garden Toxic to Your Dog?

Posted by: Pack Leader | April 20, 2016 | Posted in Dog Health

 

 

The sun is finally shining, bees are buzzing and flowers are blooming. Our incredibly wet Seattle winter has turned into spring and here at Central Bark we could not be more excited for the warmer weather. Spring also prompts us to spend more time in our yard or the outdoors but this also exposes some unexpected health risks to our dogs if they ingest plants. With April being National Pet First Aid Awareness Month as well as Lawn and Garden Month, here’s a list of common toxic plants to keep an eye out for in your yard and gardens.

Plants Toxic to DogsPlants Toxic to Dogs

Flowers are beautiful to look at but they can be toxic if ingested by our dogs, here’s a list of toxic plants that might be in your yard or garden:

Buttercup
Calla Lily
Chrysanthemum
Daffodil
Daisy
English Ivy
Gardenia
Geranium
Heavenly Bamboo
Hyacinth
Hydrangea
Lavender
Lily of the Valley
Peony
Pothos
Rhododendron (Azalea)
Sweet Pea
Tulip

Do you have a fruit trees or vegetable/herb garden? Below are some of the toxic (if ingested) plants to look out for:

Apricots*/Plums*/Peach*/Cherry* (stem, leaves and seeds)
Apples*/Cranberries (stem, leaves and seeds)
Fig
Garlic
Mint
Onion
Oregano
Parsley
Rhubarb
Sweet Potato Vine
Tomato Plant

*These fruits do contain pits/seeds; in addition to being toxic they can cause intestinal obstructions if ingested depending on size of pit and dog.

This isn’t a complete list of all the toxic plants to dogs, if you want more check out ASPCA’s extensive list which includes pictures, the toxic component and the scientific name of all the plants.

Top 10 Questions to Ask a Doggie Daycare

Posted by: Pack Leader | April 2, 2016 | Posted in Dog Daycare

You’d spend every minute of the day with your pup if you could, but that’s just not possible. When you can’t be with your furry friend, how do you know which dog daycare in Seattle to send Fido to?

Here are 10 questions to ask potential doggie daycares.

1. Can you get a tour? Any reputable doggie daycare will allow you to tour the facility. This allows you to look at the cleanliness and get an overall sense of the atmosphere, whether the dogs are having a good time or whether there’s tension.

2. Is there a temperament test, and what does it entail?

3. What are the health requirements? Which vaccinations does my dog need in order to enroll?

4. What is the cost? Are there any discount packages available?

5. What is the ratio of staff to dogs?

6. What training and qualifications does the staff have? This would include things like animal CPR or animal behavioral degrees or certifications.

7. How are dogs separated? Is it by size, temperament, or activity level?

8. What is the schedule like? How much time do the dogs play, and how long are they kept in kennels? How much time is spent indoors versus outdoors?

9. Is there a webcam where I can view my dog at play throughout the day?

10. What other services does the daycare offer? Is there grooming or training available?

All doggie daycares are not created equal, so be sure to do your homework before deciding which one is right for your four-legged best friend.

Tips for Making Dog Bath Time Safe and Fun

Posted by: Pack Leader | April 1, 2016 | Posted in Dog Grooming


Bath time for your pooch can be stressful for both you and your dog.

Here are 6 tips to make it a safe and fun experience.

 

1. If the only time your pooch is in the bathroom is when it’s time for a bath, she may associate the room as a scary place. When playing indoor fetch with your pup, throw a toy in the bathroom, or do some training in there. This can help your pet think of the bathroom as a place where fun things happen.

2. Use bathmats on the floor to make walking on linoleum more comfortable for your pooch. Try a gripper mat in the tub to prevent him from slipping.

3. Use a gentle shampoo specifically made for dogs so that it does not irritate their skin. Also, avoid getting shampoo in Fido’s ears as this could lead to an infection.

4. Never schedule bath time when you’re in a rush. Taking your time will keep both you and your pup relaxed.

5. If your dog exhibits symptoms of anxiety, be mindful of your tone. Cooing that “it’s okay” can sound like whining to a canine’s ears. Dogs respond better to a happy, singsong voice.

6. Seek out dog grooming in Seattle if the experience continues to be stressful for your dog. Professional dog groomers know the tricks of the trade to keep your pup safe and comfortable.

Bath time needn’t be a scary venture for you and your pup. With practice and patience, you can learn to enjoy the experience together. Otherwise, seek out a professional who has the know-how to make the experience as enjoyable as possible for your furry friend.

Why Daycare Rocks for Puppies!

Posted by: Pack Leader | March 10, 2016 | Posted in Dog Daycare

 Puppy in Daycare Picture

Daycare isn’t for every dog but a lot of dogs benefit from the extra playtime and mental stimulation that they receive at daycare. Puppies especially benefit from daycare and here are the top 7 reason daycare rocks for puppies!

 

1.Learn good play behavior

Just like any kid, puppies need to learn proper social etiquette. Having the exposure to different play styles and ages of dogs while at daycare will help you puppy learn appropriate play

2.Burn that puppy energy

No one will argue that puppies are bundles of energy! They quickly recharge after a nap and are ready to go again. The awesome benefit of daycare is that they can burn some of the puppy energy throughout the day rather than having it pent up for when you get home from work.

Puppy in Daycare Picture

3.Reduced potty accidents in the house

It’s no surprise puppies have accidents in the house. A 8-hour work day is a long time for a puppy to hold its bladder, especially if they are still figuring out potty training. At daycare, they are able to relieve themselves when needed so no need to worry about your four-legged pup soiling on your carpet.

4.Emergency dog care

Life is never predictable, emergencies come up: work runs late, last minute trips, etc. If your puppy is already evaluated and a regular at daycare, it makes those emergencies less stressful and a tad bit easier to handle. Knowing your puppy is happy, comfortable and safe while you’re away is the greatest piece of mind.

5.Enforcement of training outside the home

One of the major benefits of daycare is reinforcement of training done at home while the dogs are at daycare. Ask the staff at your daycare facility to reinforce the behaviors you are working with at home.

Puppy in Daycare Picture

6.Makes lots of dog friends

This plays into the dog socialization part but a lot of dogs find their doggy best friend while at daycare or make friends with everyone and play all day long!

7.Freedom!

If you haven’t already figured it out but puppies take up a lot of time and work. It’s sometimes nice to be able to drop off your four-legged kid at daycare for a couple hours so you can run errands, clean the house and then come back to pick up a tired puppy ready for a long nap.

We want to hear from you! Have you tried daycare with your puppy? What was your experience?