How to Choose the Best Dog Day Care Service

Posted by: Pack Leader | October 18, 2016 | Posted in Dog Behavior, Dog Boarding, Dog Daycare

Doggy Day CareDog day care is a life saver for many pet owners who don’t want to leave their pups alone all day long. It also provides dogs with important socialization and gives them an outlet for their boundless energy. Choosing the right dog day care in Seattle is a must in order to provide your dog with a safe place to meet new people and dogs. Here are some of the most important things to look for. (more…)

Reasons to Opt for Dog Boarding Services

Posted by: Pack Leader | October 15, 2016 | Posted in Dog Behavior, Dog Boarding, Dog Daycare

 

A couple of decades ago, boarding your dog meant confining Fido to a crate with minimal time spent outdoors and almost no one-on-one attention. It’s no wonder people were reluctant to leave their dogs when they went away. Times have changed, and dog boarding is no longer something to dread. In fact, doggie boarding in Seattle is something your four legged friend can look forward to. Here are reasons to opt for dog boarding services. (more…)

5 Ways to Get Your Dog Less Shy around Other Dogs

Posted by: Pack Leader | July 26, 2016 | Posted in Dog Behavior


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 Dog Behavior

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 Dog Training

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 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.

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.