Winter Weather Safety Tips For Your Dog

Posted by: LaVonne Wilson | December 18, 2018 | Posted in Dog Grooming, Dog Health

Winter is quickly approaching, which means temperatures are dropping below freezing. While some dogs have thick coats designed to withstand cold temperatures, others have thin coats that don’t keep them very warm. When it comes to spending time outside this winter with your pup, use your best judgment. Take into consideration the thickness of your dog’s coat and his age, as puppies and senior dogs have a harder time regulating their body temperature. Remember these tips to keep your dog safe this winter:


• Keep an eye out for rock salt and antifreeze. During winter walks, your dog’s paws can pick up all kinds of toxic chemicals that are used for snow, including salt, antifreeze, and deicers. Be sure to wipe down your dog’s paws when you return from your walk to prevent them from licking it off and becoming sick.
• Be mindful about dog grooming. If your dog is long-haired, it’s best to trim the hair to minimize clinging ice balls, salt crystals, and de-icing chemicals that can dry on skin. A longer coat will provide more warmth in the winter, so don’t shave your dog down to the skin. If your dog is short-haired, consider getting a coat or sweater for winter wear.
• Protect their paws. Massaging Vaseline or other paw protectants into paw pads before going outside can help protect your dog’s paws from becoming flaky, dry, or itchy.
• Limit your dog’s time outside. Of course we love seeing our dogs play in the snow, but too much time outside could cause frostbite, especially on delicate earflaps and tail tips. Be mindful of how much time your dog is spending outside during the extreme cold, and try to limit time in extreme temperatures.

A good rule of thumb is if it’s too cold for you in your winter coat, it’s too cold for your dog! If you have any additional questions, please contact Central Bark.

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!