The Top 4 Best Indestructible Dog Beds

Posted by: Pack Leader | April 27, 2016 | Posted in Dog Boarding

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.

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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.