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!

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.

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.

Advantages of Using a Professional Dog Boarding Facility

Posted by: LaVonne Wilson | July 13, 2018 | Posted in Dog Boarding

If you’re planning a summer vacation or have a scheduled work trip, you’ll need to make accommodations for your furry family members while you’re gone. Here at Central Bark, we provide an environment where your dog can play and socialize with other friendly dogs in a supervised and caring setting. All of our staff members are extensively trained in dog behavior, pet first aid, and are CPR certified. In case of emergency, they will know how to administer medicine and give your pet approved treatments while you’re out of town. You’ll be able to travel knowing your dog is in good hands. Here are some additional advantages of using a dog boarding facility:



• Provides regular exercise to maintain a healthy weight
• Relieves boredom, separation anxiety, and destructive behaviors at home
• Improves socialization with dogs and people
• Enhances quality of life

Dog boarding facilities offer your pet a familiar place for them to relax other than your home. Introducing your pets to new experiences is good for their health, mental sharpness, and will build their socialization skills. As a pet owner, you’ll appreciate the peace of mind you’ll get when you bring your dog to a safe and caring place.
The team here at Central Bark is committed to providing a premium level of service to their customers and their animal companions. Give us a call today and experience peace of mind from a reliable, pet care company.

The Pros of Boarding While You’re on Vacation

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

Summertime is here which means more time spent outdoors and plenty of vacations planned! While you’re planning your next getaway, you’ll need to weigh your options on whether to bring your pet along for the ride or book them a reservation at a pet resort.

 

Your pets are part of your family, so we know you hate leaving them out of the fun, but it’s not always practical to bring them along! By bringing your dog to a boarding facility, you can ensure that they will be in a healthy living atmosphere, interacting with other dogs! Here at Central Bark, your dog will get to play in one of our designated play areas all day, or they can get pampered at our full service grooming salon. Here are some advantages to boarding while you’re on vacation:

 

iStock_000009747003SmallAround the clock care: When you choose a boarding facility, you can be assured that your pup is getting the care they need. When you board your pet with Central Bark, we make sure they get plenty of exercise and play time, and personal attention.

Security: By bringing your dog to a boarding facility, you can be sure that they will be safe and secure while you’re gone. Don’t forget to check out our Webcams as well to watch your furry family member while you’re on vacation!

 

Here are some other reasons why taking your pet on vacation with you can be difficult:

 

–Your pet may get travel anxiety. Traveling can be hard on pets: from flying or long car rides, to being in new surroundings, to visiting somewhere that’s unfamiliar. This can become very stressful for your pet.

–Your pet might become uneasy in an unfamiliar room they don’t recognize, like a hotel room. Dogs love routine, so a new hotel room could be confusing to them. In unfamiliar territory, dogs tend to bark or act strange, which could become a burden for you while you’re on vacation.

–Not all places are pet friendly. While more and more businesses are opening their doors to pets, there are still plenty that are not. Depending on where you’re headed, the pet-friendliness of the locale might limit your travel and sightseeing options.

 

If it is not practical to bring your dog on vacation with you, Central Bark can provide them with a fun vacation of their own while you are away! Visit our Website for more information!

Three Ways to Make Boarding Less Stressful for You and Your Dog

Posted by: LaVonne Wilson | April 30, 2018 | Posted in Dog Boarding

Let’s face it: no one wants to leave their pooch behind when going on a long trip! However, knowing you’ve done everything you can to make their stay as comfortable and stress-free as possible will give you peace of mind while you’re away. You want to make sure you find a dog boarding facility that’s a good fit for your dog. Different facilities offer different boarding amenities that will make your dog more comfortable, such as playtime, one-on-one time with a staff member, dog playgroups, or cuddle time.

You definitely want to situate your dog ahead of time. If possible, take your dog on a tour of the facility so they can get acquainted with the staff and be more comfortable in their surroundings. If possible, consider a daycare visit as a test. As the dog owner, visit multiple facilities, speak with kennel owners and staff, and take a look at where your dog will be sleeping. Before leaving, schedule your dog for shorter stays at a daycare facility to get them used to the idea of staying away from home and being separated from you. To make your dog’s stay less stressful and more comfortable ask if you can bring a blanket or toy of theirs so they feel more at home.

You also want to make sure the facility you choose requires vaccinations. A well-run, credible facility should require all dogs to have updated vaccinations and shots before their stay. This is to ensure the safety and health of all guests that stay at the resort. You want to make sure you always keep your dog up to date with shots and vaccines. Last but not least, make sure to book a reservation at Central Bark in advance! Spots fill up really quickly, so be sure to book before they’re gone!

Guide for Choosing the Right Kennel for Your Dog

Posted by: Pack Leader | December 12, 2017 | Posted in Dog Boarding

When you leave town, choosing who will take care of your pets is one of the most important decisions you will make. Your pup will be safer and you’ll have better peace of mind if you choose a reputable boarding facility with experienced staff members who can make sure your pup has everything he needs. Here are some tips for finding the best dog kennel in Seattle.

Get Recommendations

There are lots of kennels out there, making it hard to pick just one of them. If you have friends with dogs, ask them where they’ve boarded their pets and what they thought about the facility and staff. You can also ask professionals like veterinarians and dog groomers in Seattle. They are sure to know about kennels that they’ll be happy to recommend.

Visit the Facility

A key step in choosing the right kennel is visiting it in person before you leave your dog there. Most kennels offer tours to the public, but be sure to call ahead to make sure you come at a convenient time. While you’re there, pay attention to the following:

Does the whole facility look clean and well maintained?

Are the kennels and fences secure?

Are the kennels set at a comfortable temperature?

How big are the kennels?

How much supervision do dogs have throughout the day?

Do kenneled dogs have access to an outdoor run or exercise area?

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Skye sacked out after a long day of play

Ask Questions

While you’re taking a tour of the facility, be sure to ask the staff members questions about daily kennel routines such as eating and potty breaks. If your pet is on medications, make sure there are staff members who can administer them as needed.

It’s also important to ask questions concerning the safety of your dog. For example, find out if staff members are certified in canine first aid and learn what their policies are in case of an emergency. Ask what vaccinations are required for your dog to board–these prevent your pet from picking up diseases during his stay and are required by any reputable kennel.

You can also find out what other services the kennel offers. Most offer basic services such as dog grooming in Seattle, so your pet can go home smelling fresh and clean. Many kennels also offer Seattle dog training. This allows a trainer to work one-on-one with your dog to master basic obedience or overcome problem behaviors.

Bring Your Dog

If you like what you see during your visit, schedule an appointment to bring your dog to meet the staff. This meeting is often required and usually includes a temperament test to make sure your dog doesn’t display any aggressive behaviors. If your dog will be attending doggie day care in Seattle during his boarding stay, this initial visit will also include a meet-and-greet with some of the daycare dogs to make sure everyone gets along.

Bringing your dog to visit the kennel is also a good way to get him used to the new environment before leaving him for an extended period of time. If your dog has separation anxiety or has never been away from home before, consider dropping him off for a half day of daycare before you leave in order to see how he does and reassure him that his stays at the kennel are only temporary. Ask the kennel staff if there’s anything else you can do to make his stay as easy and fun as possible!

What is the Purpose of Daycare?

Posted by: Pack Leader | September 18, 2017 | Posted in Dog Boarding, Dog Daycare

I am fortunate enough to have the chance to meet many first time daycare clients, enthusiastically bringing their dogs in for their first day of daycare play with the excitement that their dog will play and they will get a much needed break when their dog returns home tired and happy.  Most people know they’re making the right move with daycare, but they’re not always sure exactly why.  The idea of their dog home alone all day or stuck in a kennel for long periods is certainly not appealing, but with so many options for dog care now “why daycare?” is a legitimate one.

And of course, like most things when it comes to your dog, this is a personal issue and depends a lot on your individual dog and lifestyle.  However I would like to explain why I believe in dog daycare and how I think it benefits the dogs that come here from the perspective of someone who is a veteran to the dog daycare and boarding world as a dog trainer and manager of almost 15 years.

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Building and maintaining social skills

This is the most obvious one as dog daycare usually evokes an image of a group of dogs exuberantly playing.  And while that certainly happens here, play is only one part of a larger picture when it comes to social skills.  Some of the other social skills that transfer nicely from daycare to home life are…

  • A dog’s ability to read and respond to another dog’s communication, in and out of play.
  • How to approach and greet other dogs smoothly, through casual, indirect, and fluid movements.
  • Learning to accommodate for size and power differences. This is especially important for dogs that have younger human beings at home and involves a dog learning how to adjust their strength, power, and intensity to the individual they are interacting with.
  • A gentle mouth. This is one of the most overlooked aspects of dog-dog interaction but is arguably the most important. A dog’s ability to use their mouth gently even when upset determines whether a dog is safe in and out of the home and in dog-dog interactions.  And this is a skill that must be practiced to maintain.
  • Overall comfort level around other dogs. Time spent in a group setting prevents strong or inappropriate reactions to other dogs from developing.
Fulfilling the needs that home care can’t

For your dog, time spent at home can be a good thing, but it can be lacking in fulfilling some core requirements for your dog, namely…

  • Physical stimulation – an obvious one. In daycare your dog moves around, runs, and plays.
  • Mental stimulation – engaging in play, greeting new dogs and people, engagement from staff
  • Environmental management – most daycare facilities are, hopefully, built with the well-being of the dogs in mind. This means stressful, unpleasant, overstimulating, or risky experiences are carefully structured or prevented entirely.  Unlike peering out a window at home, which can be a frustrating experience and build unwanted behaviors like barking or reactivity, those type of experiences are controlled in daycare so that they build better emotional control and better behavior for your dog at home.
Creating a comfortable environment

Not all dogs that benefit from dog daycare are dogs that play all day.  For some dogs daycare or boarding in a group environment provides a low-stress home away from home, free from the isolation that many dogs feel alone at home or in a kennel environment.  This is why dog daycare boarding is such a frequent choice for older dogs who no longer do well in a traditional kennel environment.

So there you have it: why daycare might be a good fit for your dog and why I support daycare for a wider range of dogs than might meet the eye initially.

4 Reasons Why Boarding Your Doggie Is a Great Option

Posted by: Pack Leader | December 20, 2016 | Posted in Dog Boarding

Most dog owners have to go out of town from time to time, and it isn’t always possible to take the family dog. What do you do with your beloved four-legged family member when you can’t watch him yourself? Choosing someone to care for your dog is an important decision that can have a huge effect on him, so it’s important to choose your dog boarders in Seattle wisely. Here are 4 advantages of boarding your dog at a kennel.MG_5756 (more…)

3 Easy Ways to Ease Your Dog’s Anxiety at Daycare

Posted by: Pack Leader | October 31, 2016 | Posted in Dog Behavior, Dog Boarding, Dog Daycare, Dog Health

 

If you have to start taking your dog to doggy daycare in Seattle–either on a daily basis or just for a few days while you go on a trip–you should avoid just dumping them and leaving. You need to prepare your dog for this new environment so they don’t experience extreme anxiety. Here are a few quick tips for doing just that. (more…)