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, Uncategorized

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.

How Daycare Benefits Dogs

Posted by: LaVonne Wilson | April 18, 2018 | Posted in Dog Daycare, Dog Health, Dog Socialization

As a pet owner, we know how important it is to you to give your dog the care and attention they deserve! However, if your dog spends a lot of time at home alone during the day while you’re at work, they might not be getting the attention or care they need.

Dog daycare provides mental and physical forms of development. It makes your dog feel like they are included and part of the pack, like they have a purpose and somewhere to be. Dog daycare has many benefits for your furry family member, and here at Central Bark we treat all of our guests with the care and attention they deserve. Here are some benefits of dog daycare:

  1. It provides a routine. Dogs tend to like routine and are creatures of habit. Bringing your dog to daycare will help provide and maintain a daily routine of walks, exercises, and playtime.
  2. Your dog will be calmer when they return home. Your dog will be busy all day playing and exercising with other dogs, so most likely at the end of the day he’ll be really tired! You’ll have peace of mind knowing your dog wasn’t waiting for you to come home all day. Additionally, you’ll know he hasn’t been bored, which is one of the main reasons why dogs tend to misbehave.
  3. They will experience constant interaction. During the day, while you’re at work, your dog will be enjoying the company of our staff all day long! Our staff will learn what your dog enjoys so we can keep them amused and safely entertained all day long!
  4. You won’t have to worry about rushing home from work to let your dog out. When your dog is spending the day at Central Bark, you don’t have to worry about if he’s hungry or if he needs to go to the bathroom. Our trained professionals will take care of all your dog’s needs and will monitor play and the interactions between dogs.

The benefits of dog daycare are endless! Having friends is important to everyone. Here at Central Bark, we can provide a safe and interactive place to play for you dog. Call us today to book a reservation!

two labrador retriever dogs playing outside

The Importance of Dog Socialization and the Benefits it Provides in Daycare

Posted by: LaVonne Wilson | March 27, 2018 | Posted in Dog Behavior, Dog Daycare, Dog Socialization

_MG_2261 (2) As a dog owner, you may be wondering why socialization is so important. It’s your responsibility to turn your hyper little puppy into a well-behaved and obedient adult dog. It’s similar to human socialization. It teaches us to be polite and how to interact with and respect the boundaries of others. It’s important to try and socialize your dog at a young age – if possible.

However, socialization is a process that should never stop! It will determine what kind of personality your dog is going to have, and how friendly they will be around people and other animals. If your dog isn’t exposed to new places, people, weather, objects, sounds, etc. they can develop a fear of anything new.

Taking your dog on walks on a leash is a good place to start in socializing them. Places like puppy classes, dog parks, dog daycare, and stores that allow pets can be good places for supervised interaction and socialization. Just the act of your dog being in public will help build their social skills! An under socialized dog can be timid, fearful, and even aggressive at times.

To be clear, your dog is born knowing how to be a dog. Constant socialization with other dogs as they grow up is necessary to reinforce their learning about the language of dogs – how to listen, how to interpret another dog’s mood, and how to control their actions. Here are few other reasons why dog socialization is so important:

  1. It reduces fear and anxiety. For a puppy, the entire world is new to them. But, as your dog grows older and isn’t exposed to various situations, new experiences can be frightening. If you socialize your dog he’ll learn to enjoy new experiences and will be able to handle them appropriately.
  2. It will make your life easier as a dog owner. Long car rides or traveling with your dog can be really stressful if your dog isn’t socialized. But, if you start traveling with your dog at a young age you’ll find it much easier to take him on long trips.
  3. It will reduce aggression. Some breeds are simply less aggressive than others, but socialization plays a key role in determining how your dog will interact with other dogs they’re unfamiliar with. It’s important to introduce your puppy to other dogs so they can form positive relationships and positive memories of those interactions.

You’ll have the greatest canine companion imaginable if you start socializing them at a young age! Remember, good health includes early socialization. If you have any questions, you can always give us a call or come in and speak to one of our trained professionals!

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.

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…)

Bring a Blanket from Home for an extended stay at Doggy Day Care

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

 

Doggy day care is a great option when you have to leave home–whether you’re away at work or on an extended vacation. Instead of leaving your dog home alone, your pup can play with other dogs and socialize with people all day long. This typically makes for more content dogs, although it can be difficult for some dogs to make the transition at first. Here are 5 ways you can help make the separation less stressful for your canine friend. (more…)

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…)