Tips for Keeping Your Dog Healthy

Posted by: LaVonne Wilson | September 21, 2018 | Posted in Uncategorized

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!

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.

Why You Should Go to a Professional for Dog Grooming

Posted by: LaVonne Wilson | August 17, 2018 | Posted in Uncategorized

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 Uncategorized

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!

The Pros of Boarding While You’re on Vacation

Posted by: LaVonne Wilson | June 29, 2018 | Posted in Uncategorized

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!

Raise Your Paws! We’re Answering Your Nail Trimming Questions

Posted by: admin | September 26, 2015 | Posted in Uncategorized

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As dog owners we always want to keep our dog happy and healthy; one easy way to do this is regular nail trimming. Below we are going to answer some of the most common nail clipping questions we get asked!

My dog’s nails are really long, why can’t you just cut them really short?

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This requires a bit of nail anatomy; dog’s nails have blood vessels that run down the length of the nail called the quick. The quick feeds the new nail growth with nutrients; as the nail grow out so does the blood vessels in order to continue to ‘feed’ the new nail. The length of the quick limits how short you can trim the nails but with regular nail trimming or dremels you can make the quick recede allowing you to get the dog’s nails shorter.

 

How often should I trim my dog’s nails?

The exact time varies on the dog so there isn’t a concrete answer. There are a lot of factors that affect nail growth: nutrition, exercise, health and age just to name a few. Some dogs needs nail trims every 2-3 weeks while some need them only every 5-6 weeks and some rarely need them. Easy way is to ballpark about 4 weeks and then adjust based on how short/long your dog’s nails are.

What’s the difference between getting a nail trim and a nail dremel?

First and foremost, the tools that are used are different. Nail trims use nail clippers while a nail dremel uses a handheld sander to file down the nail. As you can see from the diagrams, nail trims cut the nail up to the quick and you’re left with a flat cut. Nail dremels on the other hand allow you to sand the nail down without leaving a flat cut and get a bit closer to the quick while sanding out any rough edges.

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Which is better a nail trim or a nail dremel?

That’s really up to your dog, nail trimming is important for the health of your dog so either method your dog is comfortable with is going to be the better option. As a heads up, a lot of dogs who don’t get nail trims often are scared of the dremel and it takes some regular use to get them comfortable with it. If you’re unsure, talk to your groomer or pet grooming professional to see which is the best method for your dog.

Help! My dog won’t let me trim his nails, what should I do?

We see this a lot so you’re not alone; plenty of dogs will not let their owners trim their nails. This depends on how dedicated you are to wanting to trim your dog’s nails yourself. You can train your dog to sit patiently for nail trims using positive reinforcement training but it does take some time and you won’t be able to do all four paws let alone all eighteen (twenty if your dog has rear dew claws) nails at once. There are a plethora of dog grooming salons and dog daycares that offer grooming services that will be more than happy to do nail trims for you. Pricing for these are pretty reasonable and usually range from $10 to $20.

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We love answering your pawesome questions! Leave a comment down below if you have another nail care question or dog-related question.

Was Your Dog the Most Popular Dog Breed of 2014?

Posted by: admin | March 16, 2015 | Posted in Uncategorized

There are approximately 83.3-million pet dogs in the United States. It seems we love our dogs. Seattle is no exception to this; nearly 63% of all Washington residents are pet owners. It’s no surprise, considering what great companions our furry friends make.

Studies show that dog owners have lower blood pressure, lower triglycerides, higher activity level, and less stress and anxiety than people who don’t own a dog. There is something about those wagging tails and wet noses that make us happier, healthier people.

All dog breeds have wonderful characteristics and traits but some dogs are more popular than others. You may have noticed a breed trend while visiting your local dog park or dog day care in Seattle. The American Kennel Club compiles an annual list of the 10 most popular breeds. Is your pup on the 2014 popular list?

1. Labrador Retriever

The Labrador retriever is America’s favorite dog and has been for the last 23 years. The lab, in its various colors, was originally bred to assist fisherman with fetching ropes and hauling nets. They are a muscular, athletic, and friendly breed and are often used as police dogs and assistance dogs because of their loyalty and intelligence. Their warmth and obedience makes them a wonderful family dog but not the best guard dog.

2. German Shepherd

German shepherds are herding dogs with high energy. Because of their strong sense of smell, fearless nature, and dependable personality, German shepherds are the leading police, guard, military, and search-and-rescue dog. They also make a loving family dog but are happiest when kept mentally challenged and physically occupied.

3. Golden Retriever

Golden retrievers were originally bred as hunting companion dogs and are most recognized for their flaxen coats. They are intelligent, hardworking, good natured, and playful. They often retain their puppy-like playfulness even into old age. Golden retrievers are pack animals and will look at their owner’s family as their own; it is important to involve them in family activities.

4. Beagle

Beagles have been gaining popularity over the past few years. They love the outdoors and often have their nose to the ground, looking for a new scent. Beagles are spunky, playful, and cheerful, and they make a great family pet. With their size and gentleness, they are fine for apartment living, as long as they get plenty of exercise and outdoor time. Beagles love to eat and can become obese if their feeding isn’t monitored.

5. Bulldog

Bulldogs were originally bred from mastiffs and were used to fight in bull-baiting tournaments. Today, they are extremely affectionate and kind. Bulldogs are very gentle but are fiercely protective of their families and won’t hesitate to use their muscle when threatened. They are people lovers and can often be found close to their owners. Their gentle demeanor and loving nature make them an ideal family dog.

6. Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire terriers, or “yorkies,” were once used to hunt rats in clothing mills and later became a status symbol for English high society. They are considered a Toy Group dog in size, rarely exceeding 7 pounds. Yorkies are a consistent favorite in the U.S. and are known for their long, silky coat and brave, energetic nature.

7. Boxer

Boxer dogs were bred for hunting large game and fighting. During war time they made excellent couriers. Today, they are known for their intelligence, powerful build, and love of people. They are naturally protective of their families and make good guard dogs. Boxers are gentle with their human companions and love to please.

8. Poodle

Poodles, known for their distinct curly fur, come in 3 different sizes and a variety of solid colors. They were originally bred in Germany as water retrievers for hunters and have been regarded throughout history as a status symbol. Poodles are exceptionally smart and excel in obedience training.

9. Rottweiler

Rottweilers are confident, hardworking, and intelligent, and they have high endurance, making them great police and search-and-rescue dogs. Despite their muscular build and aggressive appearance, rottweilers make loyal companions. They are innately protective of their territory and their family, so proper introductions are crucial.

10. Dachshund

Dachshunds have a low, long body and excellent sense of smell, making them ideal hunting dogs. They are friendly, confident, eager, low maintenance, and a great household dog. Dachshunds come in standard and miniature sizes and can have short, long, or wiry fur.

It’s clear why dogs are such popular pets. They offer love, protection, and companionship. If you have questions about grooming or boarding your pet contact Central-Bark to find out more.

Looking for the perfect food for your dog?

Posted by: admin | March 14, 2014 | Posted in Uncategorized

I often get asked about dog food; which ones do I recommend, what do I feed my pack, what is best for dogs with allergies? All good questions! First let’s cover how to choose a high quality food. Can’t you just picture yourself standing in the aisle at the pet food store trying to read that tiny type on the side of the bag?
(Label pictured is for Kirkland adult dog food.)
Let’s start with looking at the first ingredient. The first ingredient should ideally be the main protein that you intend to feed (such as chicken, lamb or white fish). I like mine to be whole chicken….no chicken meal or chicken byproduct. But I will offer a word of caution, most dogs that are allergic to a protein source it will be chicken. I’m just lucky and my three dogs all do just fine on a chicken based food.
Next I look at the grains used in any perspective food. I avoid soy, corn and wheat. These are the top three dog food allergens. I am usually looking for things like brown rice, millet, barley or quinoa. These are higher quality grains with more fiber. Always avoid all foods that contain sugar or salt! There is no reasons to have these non-nutrient ingredients in you pups food.
Lastly I’m looking for things flaxseed for good omegas and fruits and veggies for taste and natural nutrients.
If you find a food with these basic components you will likely have found a good quality kibble for your best friend. Also I like to think you should be able to find food with quality ingredients and a agreeable price.
If you are looking for a limited ingredient or customized food there are more choices out there now than there has ever been! I was pleasantly surprised by some of these foods that can be made to order based on your dogs breeding, age, weigh and exercise levels! Here are a couple fun sites that have interesting concepts. I can’t vouch for their products as that I have not tried either of these but I love the idea.

http://www.chefk9.com/gourmet-dog-food.html
and
http://petbrosia.com/
Happy chomping!

Healthy treats and snacks for your best friend!

Posted by: admin | March 7, 2014 | Posted in Dog Health, Uncategorized

It seems like everywhere we turn these days there are fun looking treats made just for our canine best friends. They are in every grocery store, farmers market and in mass at every aisle of your local pet store. We all love our pets nearly more than ourselves so it’s terribly hard to say no to them. But as with us, too many empty calorie treats equal bulging waists. Did you know your dog is supposed to have a waist? Well, let me tell you, they are! They should have a intent at their waist and you should be able to feel their ribs (not see them just feel them).

So with this bit of information the question is what can I give my buddy to eat that’s both delicious and healthy? Well, I’m so glad you asked! There are lots of great options of healthy delicious snacks for your pups! Some of them are so simple, inexpensive and likely already in your kitchen you’ll be shocked! Things like apples, carrots, lean cooked meat, plain yogurt, cooked sweet potatoes, bananas, cooked green beans, peanut butter (in limited amounts) and scrambled eggs. Here are a few more fun options; pineapple, Popcorn, oatmeal, peas, rice and pumpkin! Just make sure there isn’t any added sugar or salt. So with all these great options why buy expensive store bought junk food? I love giving my dogs a apple slice with a dab of peanut butter on it (also one of my favorite treats) as a treat for good behavior. This brings up a good point, one of the best things you can do for training a happy dog is make him or her work for you. What kind of work? How about a nice sit, stay or down? Dogs like to be praised and get treats, you like a well behaved dog, let’s call it a win win! :)

Here are some fun recipes;

Yummy Oat, apple, peanut butter treats
2 mashed bananas
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup of unsweetened apple sauce
1/2 cup of natural peanut butter

In a large bowl mash up two bananas with a fork until smooth, mix in the other ingredients. Mix until oats are moist and everything look consistent.
Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.
Put one large spoon of the mix in your hand and roll it like a meatball. Put them on a lightly oiled pan (pan or olive oil work well). Put them in rows with about 2 inches between them. Cook them for about 10 minutes or until they look slightly brown on top. Let them cool then treat that good dog!

Cool apple sauce, yogurt treats
2 cups of unsweetened apple sauce
1/2 cup of low fat PLAIN yogurt
1 chopped apple (whatever you have)
Put into a 1/2 cup single serve dish/bowl/cup and chill in the fridge until you’re ready to serve. Let your dog enjoy this yummy fun to lick treat.

Happy snacking!

Another Sucessful Valentine’s day party!

Posted by: admin | February 26, 2014 | Posted in Uncategorized

This years Valentine’s day social was a wonderful success again this year! Of course only because of all the wonderful dogs who brought their fantastic owners! There were treats for all, everyone seemed to especially enjoy the applesauce cups. The raffle made a good amount of money that was then donated to the Seattle Animal Shelter and the shelter was very grateful for all the great food donations! We can’t thank you all enough for coming and making it so fun!
Here is a link to the photo booth photo’s http://lokidayophotography.shootproof.com/event/479751/view#a_all-mason. They are available for purchase at a small fee on the website. There are also some pictures that I took for viewing on our facebook page go check it out!

THANK YOU ALL!