Benefits of dog daycare and boarding at Barks
Active, exercised dogs make happy companions. Pet parents often have busy schedules, with little time for regular play and interaction. At BARKS, we focus on maximizing supervised off-leash play time, and we are committed to the safety and well-being of every dog entrusted to our care.
We aim to provide a luxury canine boarding and full-service daycare, equipped for indoor and outdoor play, social interaction and pampering. Supervised off-leash play has long been our focus, but over time we have come to enjoy the one-on-one interactions with our more mature guests. All our guests happily expend energy or revel in pampering while their owners are away at work or play. Our ultimate goal is to improve the bond between pet parents and their dogs by providing a worry-free, off-leash, stay and play experience.
We are staffed 24 hours per day, 7 days per week to ensure the safety and comfort of all our boarders. Our lobby hours for check-in and check-out are as follows:
|Monday – Friday:||7am – 7pm|
|Saturday:||8am – 6pm|
|Sunday:||Closed (check-outs by appointment only)|
While we are staffed to accommodate our boarders, our lobby will close in observance of the following holidays:
New Year’s Day, Memorial Day Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Daycare, grooming, check-in or check-out services will be unavailable during these holidays.
Your dog must be between 4 months and 13 years of age.
Spaying & Neutering
All dogs enrolled at BARKS must be spayed or neutered by nine (9) months of age if participating in play-group.
Vaccination RequirementsAll dogs in our care must be current on the following vaccinations:
- Rabies – required annually.
- Distemper (DHLPP, DHPP or DHLP-PV) – required annually; 3-year vaccine acceptable for dogs aged 6 years or older.
- Bordetella – required every 6 months (intranasal).
Flea & Tick ControlYour dog must be on a veterinarian-approved topical flea & tick control product. Acceptable products include:
- Frontline Top Spot or Frontline Plus
- Advantage or K-9 Advantage
BARKS is a cage-free environment, where dog interaction and play are encouraged. It is a social model and not ideal for all dogs. Staff must be able to safely handle our guests in all situations. Dogs are pack animals and they naturally observe a social hierarchy. One poorly socialized dog in a play-group can easily disrupt the order of the pack and create unsafe situations for dogs in our care and our staff. Although we accommodate dogs of all energy levels, our facility is not an appropriate setting for socializing aggressive dogs. All dogs must pass a Temperament Test prior to enrollment; eligibility for play-group will also be assessed at this time.
Temperament Tests are conducted by appointment only, Monday through Friday 10am-5pm and Saturdays 10am-4pm. The test typically takes 30 minutes and incurs a one-time, non-refundable $25-fee. Please call during business hours to schedule testing and to discuss the enrollment process. Enjoyable, safe, stays for each of our guests is our goal. Anxious and shy dogs may need more gentle orientation. Therefore, even after passing the temperament test, we may recommend shorter stays prior to overnight boarding, to slowly acclimate some dogs to the environment and staff. We discourage scheduling the temperament test and boarding on the same day. Please plan accordingly!