Great Gift Ideas for Your Pet

Posted by: LaVonne Wilson | December 11, 2018 | Posted in Dog Boarding

You can’t let the holidays pass by without surprising your furry family member with a gift too! In case your dog wasn’t spoiled enough, check out these awesome gifts to bring a little joy into the lives of your favorite pet.


Embark Dog DNA Test. Dig into your dog’s background for the gift of a lifetime with the Embark DNA test. The test results will show you statistics including breed, genetics, traits, and relatives!
• Rope Toys. Rope toys are easy to grip onto and are great to use for tug or fetch. They come in all different sizes, making them great for small, medium, and large sized dogs. They can also be used to help teething puppies by redirecting their biting – but remember to keep an eye on them since they can get ripped apart.
• Heated Dog Bed. As we approach winter and the days continue to get colder, your dog will definitely enjoy a warm bed to cozy up on when it’s bedtime. Most dogs will be able to enjoy the therapeutic heat from a heated dog bed!
Pet Peek Window. Dogs are curious creatures. They want to see what’s going on in the world. Give them their own point of view with this special window for the fence.

The team here at Central Bark truly feels that you and your pets are members of our family, and we value the trust you place in allowing us to take care of your pets. Contact us today to schedule a dog boarding or daycare appointment during the holidays – we’re booking up quickly. Happy Holidays!

How to Recognize Signs of Cancer in Your Pet

Posted by: LaVonne Wilson | November 19, 2018 | Posted in Dog Behavior, Dog Health

You know about the signs of cancer your doctor tells you to watch out for, but do you know the signs to watch for in your pets? Cancer is just as common in cats and dogs as it is humans. Unfortunately, our pets can’t tell us how they’re feeling, so we as pet owners have to be observant. Here are some signs to lookout for:


• Lumps, tumors, or unusual growths: A lump isn’t automatically a cause for alarm because tumors aren’t always cancerous. However, a veterinarian should check any lump you find on your pet to ensure it’s not cancer. You can perform a monthly “lump check” to keep track of any changes.

• Weight loss/appetite change: This is one of the first signs that is important to pay attention to. If there is no change in diet or food, but your pet’s eating behavior has changed, and they aren’t eating their food, have them checked out by your vet. Weight loss can indicate a possible tumor in the stomach.

• New behaviors: Cancer can cause changes in your pet’s behavior, such as coughing or heavy breathing, lethargy, and the like. If you notice your pet’s personality change, take precaution and visit your vet. You don’t want to let something go unnoticed or progress too far before action is taken.


Again, early detection is extremely important. While there is no reason to be paranoid, be sure to stay informed, keep your eyes open, pet your dog and cat all over to check for bumps, and see your family veterinarian regularly for checkups. If you have any questions, call Central Bark today for more information!

3 Things You Should Know Before Boarding Your Pet

Posted by: LaVonne Wilson | November 12, 2018 | Posted in Dog Boarding, Dog Daycare, Dog Socialization

Leaving your pet behind when travelling may make you feel guilty, but leaving them with a credible, professional boarding facility will not! Here at Central Bark, we have spacious rooms for all of our guests and a whole lot of daycare activities to keep your pet busy all day long. Here are three things to consider before boarding your pet.


• Visit the facility. Most dog owners don’t want their pets cooped up for extended periods while they’re away, so visit the facility to see if they offer ample amounts of exercise time. Ask them questions like “How often will you let my pet out for exercise?” or Does your boarding facility have webcam access?” Webcams are a great way to check in and see how your pup is doing!
• Know what to pack. Most boarding facilities require proof of vaccination from your vet. It’s a good idea to show proof of vaccination against rabies, parvo, and kennel cough. Additionally, whether the facility offers food or not, you may want your dog to continue their regular diet. Be sure to pack enough to last your dog for their entire stay. Lastly, pack something that’s familiar to your dog, like their favorite toy, blanket, or t-shirt. The familiar scent will help your pet adjust to the change of being in a new place.
• Know the facility’s hours. Find out when the facility is open and when you can pick up your pet. There’s nothing more frustrating than getting home late on a Saturday night and discovering you can’t bring your furry friend home until Sunday afternoon or Monday morning. Additionally, if you expect to drop your pet off on the way to the airport, you want to be sure you won’t find a “closed” sign on the front door when you get there.

At Central Bark, we treat your furry friends like family, and are dedicated to providing superior service. Give us a call today and experience peace of mind from a reliable, pet care company.

Dog Breeds for People with Allergies

Posted by: LaVonne Wilson | October 18, 2018 | Posted in Ask the Trainer, Dog Grooming

Being allergic to dogs doesn’t mean you have to completely give up on owning one! The trick is to choose from the breeds of non-allergenic dogs that don’t shed as much hair and dander. Non-shedding dogs are commonly referred to as hypoallergenic dogs, and they are a great choice for people with allergies. If someone in your house is allergic to dogs, consider getting these adorable hypoallergenic breeds:


1. Bichon Frise: These adorable little dogs are gentle, happy, and playful! Their hair continually grows and doesn’t shed, so regular grooming is important to prevent their hair from matting.
2. Labradoodles: This is a cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle has adorable curly hair that doesn’t shed! Their sweet personalities and friendliness make them a great family dog.
3. Maltese: Lively, gentle, loving, and trusting, Maltese dogs are devoted to those who care for them. They are very intelligent, good at learning tricks, and are great with kids. Most owners keep a Maltese dog’s hair groomed short to avoid matting. Maltese dogs are popular because they love to cuddle, are cheerful, and because they don’t shed.
4. Standard Schnauzer: Schnauzers are known to produce less dander than other dogs, making them an ideal breed for people with allergies. They are also very friendly and smart!
5. Yorkshire Terrier: Also known as yorkies, these dogs may be small in size, but they’re big in personality! Yorkies don’t shed, and aren’t notorious for drooling a lot!

These adorable breeds listed above are known for not releasing as much dander in the air as other breeds making them the perfect dogs for people with allergies. If you have any additional questions feel free to call Central Bark today!

How to Have a Safe Halloween with Your Pet

Posted by: LaVonne Wilson | October 11, 2018 | Posted in Dog Health

Halloween is a fun, exciting time of the year as children dress up and parade around neighborhoods seeking candy. However, it’s also a time to use precaution when it comes to our pets during the commotion of the holiday. To ensure that both your children and dogs enjoy a fun and safe holiday, please remember the following tips:


• Trick-or-treat candy is not for pets. All forms of chocolate are extremely dangerous to our pet’s health, and can even be lethal. Any Halloween candy with chocolate and artificial sweeteners should be kept in a safe place where your pets cannot reach it.

• Be careful with pet costumes. If you choose to dress up your pets, it’s best to go for a simple approach. Try to avoid elaborate, tight-fitting costumes with strings, ties, or belts as pets can become tangled in it and can have difficulty walking.

• Halloween decorations can be dangerous. If you like to decorate your home in the Halloween spirit, take into consideration what you will be displaying and where those decorations will be placed. Easy to reach decorations can easily be knocked over or can potentially lead to choking hazards, so be mindful on where you choose to put your decorations.

• Take the Right Precautions: If your pet tends to get skittish around large groups of people, you’re going to want to do some stress control beforehand. Make sure they have access to a comfortable, quiet place inside if they want to retreat away from the commotion. Inform your guests ahead of time that you have pets, and let them know if your pets are not so keen on lots of attention and cuddling.

If you have any additional questions about pet safety during Halloween, please give us a call and we’d be happy to help!

Tips for Keeping Your Dog Healthy

Posted by: LaVonne Wilson | September 21, 2018 | Posted in Dog Behavior, Dog Health

All pet parents want to keep their furry family members healthy. You may not have complete control over certain health illnesses, but by following these tips below, you can help ensure the long-term health and happiness of your dog.



  • Expert Veterinary Care: It’s crucial to bring your pet to a high-quality veterinarian because this sets the foundation of your dog’s overall health. Routine wellness checkups should be performed by your vet at least once a year. Senior dogs and puppies should visit a vet even more frequently. Routine visits to your vet allow them to closely monitor changes before your dog’s health gets out of your control. Since dogs age much quicker than humans, many subtle changes can develop over a six to twelve month time period.
  • Proper Nutrition: A balanced diet is fundamental in keeping your dog healthy. Like people, diet has a direct effect on your dog’s skin, coat, weight, and energy level. Be sure to research the ingredients of dog food before you buy it, or learn how to make a homemade diet!
  • Consistent Exercise: If you’re feeding your dog a healthy diet, they should have plenty of energy. However, if that energy cannot be released with exercise, your dog might release pent up energy on your furniture, items, or carpet. In general, dogs need at least 1-2 hours of exercise per day, and if you don’t have the time to bring your dog on a walk – consider dog daycare! Here at Central Bark, we’ll provide the proper level of exercise needed for a happy and healthy pooch.


Prevention is the greatest cure, so be sure to follow the tips above to guarantee your dog lives happily and healthily. If you have any questions, you can always give us a call or come in and speak to one of our trained professionals!

Is Your Dog Getting Enough Exercise?

Posted by: LaVonne Wilson | September 17, 2018 | Posted in Dog Behavior, Dog Daycare, Dog Health

Just like us, dogs need regular exercise to keep them happy and healthy. How much exercise your dog needs can depend on breed, age, size, and more. Some dogs are fine with a daily walk, but others need more vigorous activity. Here are three common signs that your dog may not be getting enough exercise:


• Weight Gain: Weight gain is one of the most obvious signs that your dog needs more exercise. If you notice your dog has gained a few pounds, you might want to consider increasing their amount of physical activity every day. It’s also important to take into consideration your dog’s diet to be sure you’re not over feeding either.
• Destructive Behavior: If your dog starts destroying items in your home, or is acting out of character, it may be a sign that they need more physical activity. Specific behaviors to watch out for are chewing on shoes or furniture, getting into the trash, and increased aggression towards other pets and people.
• Hyperactivity: If your dog gets over-excited when you take out his leash or when you’re about to head out the door, it may be a sign that he is restless and needs more physical activity. Excessive leash pulling is also a sign that your dog needs to burn more energy, so be aware of these signs!

Since our dogs spend a lot of their time in the house, it’s up to us to make sure they’re getting the daily exercise and play they need to stay healthy. Exercise has many benefits which include:

• Keeping your dog healthy and fit
• Controlling your dog’s weight
• Reducing behavior problems
• Keeping your dog happy
• Reducing digestive issues

You can make sure your dog is getting all the exercise he needs by bringing him to Central Bark! Your dog is certain to have a fun-filled day of activity playing, chasing, tugging or just hanging out with their pals, dogs of all ages will feel right at home in our huge backyard. Contact us today to book your dog’s next visit!

What to Look For in a Boarding Facility

Posted by: LaVonne Wilson | August 29, 2018 | Posted in Dog Boarding, Dog Daycare, Dog Socialization

If you’re going away on vacation or business, you won’t be able to relax if you’re constantly worrying about your dog and the facility he’s staying at. To ease your mind, here are some essential items you should be looking for when picking out a quality dog boarding facility for your pooch:

  • Staff Training: A quality pet care facility should have at least one member of staff on duty that has some sort of officially recognized pet care qualifications, such as being CPR certified. No matter what their position is at the facility, all members of the staff should be trained in doggy first aid.
  • Vaccinations: All pet care facilities missions should be to provide your dog with a fully interactive, healthy, and safe experience. Therefore, make sure the facility you choose requires that all dogs staying with them are up to date with all their vaccinations, including Bordetella. You should be required to show proof of vaccinations upon arrival to the facility to ensure that everything’s in order before your dog’s stay.
  • Recommendations: Research different facilities online and read reviews. Ask friends and family about facilities they have used in the past, or even ask your veterinarian for recommendations. Once you narrow down your list, look online on various social media platforms to see if other guests would recommend the facility you’re considering.
  • Cleanliness: Once you’ve narrowed down your options, visit the facility before sending your dog there to check that it’s up to code. Ensure that it’s well-kept, clean, and safe for your dog.

The team here at Central Bark is dedicated to providing superior service to their customers and their furry friends. Give us a call today and experience peace of mind from a reliable, pet care company.

Why You Should Go to a Professional for Dog Grooming

Posted by: LaVonne Wilson | August 17, 2018 | Posted in Dog Grooming, Dog Health

Dog grooming is essential for both your dog’s appearance and health. While many people try to groom their pet on their own, there are several reasons why you should take your pet to a professional dog groomer.

They Have Better Products

You should take your dog to a professional dog groomer because they will use high-quality products. A dog groomer will have access to some of the best and healthiest shampoos, soaps, and other grooming products on the market. In many situations, it may be too expensive for the average consumer to buy these on their own. However, you will get to take advantage of these products if you take your pet to a professional.

Quality Service

Another reason why you should take your dog to a professional is that you will receive better overall service than if you have to do it on your own. Grooming a dog can be a very challenging thing to do on your own. A professional will know exactly how to keep your dog calm and patient during the process and will be able to effectively clean and groom your dog. Ultimately, this will result in a cleaner and happier pet.

Issue Identification

A professional dog groomer will be able to identify issues and concerns that you may not have noticed yourself. A groomer will be able to notice areas of health concern that you can then discuss with your veterinarian. This could result in catching an illness or other health issue before it develops into a more serious condition.

They Have The Right Tools

You certainly don’t want to use your own electric razors or scissors to groom your dog! Professional groomers have all the right tools to get your dog looking his best, from different nail clippers to an adjustable grooming table.

Here at Central Bark, we create a customized treatment and care routine based off your dog’s individual needs. Call us today to schedule your dog’s next grooming appointment!

Cookouts, Food, and Pet Safety

Posted by: LaVonne Wilson | July 26, 2018 | Posted in Dog Behavior, Dog Health

Summer feels like it’s flying by! It’s a great time to sit back, relax, and get outdoors to enjoy cookouts with family, friends – and pets! While we’re outside enjoying the marvelous weather and our favorite summer foods, it’s important to keep in mind that a lot of our tasty treats aren’t healthy for our furry friends and can pose serious health risks. Even simple ingredients, like onions or guacamole, can be dangerous to our pets’ health. Before you fire up the grill, here are some tips for ensuring a successful and safe cookout with your dog:

— Don’t give your dog too many scraps: It’s easy to fall victim to those puppy-dog eyes, but it’s important to be sure you’re not giving your dog too many “treats” during your cookout. Not only can it upset your dog’s stomach, but it’s possible for your dog to choke on certain scraps like bone-in chicken wings.

— Pay attention to your dog: Pay attention to your dog’s behavior to ensure they aren’t getting too tired, hot, or over-excited during the barbecue. With a lot of people around, your dog can become antsy or aggressive, so you may want to consider bringing them inside for a while. While your dog is outside, be sure to check that he or she has enough water – especially during a hot sunny day.

— Keep the grill away from pets: Be sure your dog is far away from the grill at all times, especially when guests are playing with him or her. One misstep can seriously injury the dog, your guest, or both.

If you have any questions at all, feel free to give us a call or come in and speak to one of our trained professionals!