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…)
You’ve decided to bring a 4-legged friend into your home, and you likely have a lot of questions. How long should you wait until you begin training? Is a dog ever too young or too old to for training? What method of Seattle dog training should you employ? How long does training take? Read on for the answers to these questions and more. (more…)
Dog day care is a great way for dogs to socialize and play while their owners are away at work or on vacation. And it isn’t just for young pups! Dogs of all ages can enjoy playing with their canine companions. (more…)
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…)
Separation 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…)
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…)
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…)
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.
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:
Lily of the Valley
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)
Sweet Potato Vine
*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.
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.
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.