Boarding at Barks & Recreation

At Barks & Recreation, we believe in being far more than just a place to leave your pups when you can’t be with them. We believe boarding should be a vacation for your furry kids — it should be a fun and beneficial experience. We also believe that boarding your pup should be easy on you as well. Click the links below to see what makes Barks & Recreation the place for your furry kids (and for you) when you’re away.

Boarding Overview

When boarding with us, your pup will NOT sit in a kennel — we want their experience with Barks & Recreation to be a vacation for them as well (and daycare is included). Learn more.

Our Coaches

Our Coaches are dog fanatics who will love your pup as if it was their own and have completed training in dog behaviors, socialization, and Dog CPR (through Pet Tech). Learn more.

Frequently Asked Questions

We know you have questions — we would too if we were leaving our kids with someone else. We’ve done our best to answer some of our most frequently asked about our boarding. Learn more.

We’re Here for Your Pup (and for You)

We know being apart is not easy on either of you. So we want your pup’s experience with us to feel as close to home as possible and your experience with us to be as easy as possible as well. Learn more.

Our Space

Our one-of-a-kind, open and spacious environment allows your pups to choose where they want to play (outside or inside), when they want to play, and with which of their furry friends. Learn more.


Our standard pricing is already the best value for boarding in Northeast Ohio. And when you add in our multi-dog discounts and advance purchase, our simply can’t be beat. Learn more.

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Boarding Overview

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At Barks & Recreation, we strive to make boarding feel like a vacation for your pups — we believe it should be a safe, fun and beneficial experience. We welcome all dogs (all breeds) and all of our pups go through the Barks & Recreation Assessment to ensure they will enjoy our environment and have safe interactions with humans and other dogs. As a boarder at Barks & Recreation, your pup will NOT simply sit in a kennel. Since daycare is included as part of our boarding service, during the day your pup will be out running and playing the day away with his pooch pals and our coaches with unlimited access to the inside and outside facilities. Our philosophy towards daycare and constant movement of Barks & Recreation ensures your pups will never feel isolated or alone during their stay. Of course, at times when dogs have been there more than a day or two, the sleepovers can catch up with them. So we’ve got beds and cots throughout the facility for them to rest while still getting to be out with the pack.

At meal times and bedtime, your pups will eat, relax and sleep in their own room. You are more than welcome to bring their favorite things (bed, blanket, toys, etc.) to help make them feel more at home. After a very busy day of 12+ hours playing, many dogs are ready to curl up and fall fast asleep — but it’s always nice for them to have something that smells like home so they feel safe and comfortable.

We recommend that you bring your pups’ food for their stay. A sudden switch in food – especially for dogs with sensitive stomachs – can cause them to struggle with digestive issues while boarding with us. But if you forget or if you have a dog that doesn’t mind a sudden change in their diet, we will offer Purina and Fromm brands of dog food for feedings at no extra cost to you.

We also know that you’ll miss your pups when you’re away — and we understand that there may be a moment where you just want to see how they’re doing. All of our parents have access to our live webcams through their computers or smartphones. We want you to be able to check in on your pup as often as you’d like.

Our goal is to make your pups’ stay with us feel like a vacation. We want them to do as much or as little as they want each day while still being around other dogs (and humans). And we want you to rest assured that when you trust Barks & Recreation for your boarding, your furry kids will not only be cared for, but that they are happy, loved, and having a blast.

We’re Here for Your Pup (and for You)


    When you board your pup with us, daycare is included in the boarding price. So your pups will be free to play wherever, whenever, with whomever they choose. Our facility features two different areas for your pups to play with friends their own size. The Little League room is for pups 12 lbs. or smaller and the Big League area is for all pups 20 lbs. or larger — dogs between 12-20 lbs. can play in whichever area mom or dad says is OK. And since we know some of your smaller pups love to run with the big dogs, we’ll let the Little Leaguers play with the Big Leaguers so as long as mom or dad are OK with it. And if the sleepovers start to catch up with them after a day or two, we’ve got beds and cots throughout the facility for them to rest while still getting to be out with the pack.


    At Barks & Recreation, we have no specific check-in or check-out times. If we’re open, you’re welcome to pick your dog up or drop them off for their stay with us. You can pick up your pup as late as 8pm and you will only be charged for the night.

    When you bring your pup in for boarding, we do recommend that you arrive by 6:00pm. This is simply in the best interest of your furry kids — we’ve found that they get off to a far better start on their visit when they’ve had some time to run, play, and get acclimated (or re-acclimated) to Barks & Recreation before bedtime.


    When you board your pup with Barks & Recreation, he’ll have his own room to eat and relax in. That room is just for them and you are more than welcome to bring anything to help that room feel (and smell) like home (bed, blanket, favorite toys, etc.)

    We understand that families with multiple dogs have their routines when it comes to sleeping arrangements. Some family dogs sleep together, some separate. We also understand that while some pups are perfectly fine sleeping in the same room, one might gobble up the food faster than their sibling — so they may need to eat separately. These requests are absolutely no problem for us — we are happy to accommodate and your price will not change.


    We know not all pups have the same needs — and we won’t charge you for making sure your dog’s needs are met. Do you have an older dog who has to have a nap? We’ll take care of it! Do you have young pups who don’t know when to quit playing hard? We can arrange a snack and rest for them too. Medications? All staff are trained to give medications including subcutaneous shots such as insulin or allergy shots. Special feeding instructions? We have a refrigerator-freezer and microwave so we can accommodate any special feeding instructions.

    Again, our goal is to make sure your pups feel at home and loved — and to make working with us easy and hassle-free for their parents. Just let us know how we can help!

Boarding Pricing

  • $35.00





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  • After trying other daycares that just did not give our Great Danes the love and care that they deserved, we began looking for alternatives and found Barks & Recreation. After talking with the owner, Amy, our Great Danes were invited to come in for a visit to play with the other dogs and make sure that they were comfortable in their environment and played well with the others. After seeing (and feeling) how much they truly love all the animals, we were sold and we’ve been with them ever since. The Staff is top notch and always take the best care of our kids. They are loving and kind and we know that our dogs are getting the best care possible. We also love that we can watch them play on the cameras and the daily report cards are really cool. Our kids have spent overnights there as well and are sad when they don’t get to go at least once a week. I would highly recommend using Barks and Recreation as your home away from home for your hairy kids.

    Larry and Bonnie Napora
    Silver Lake, OH
  • Our two husky’s — Remington and Colt — adore the crew at Barks and Recreation. They love the time they spend there at daily “playcare” and have made many friends in the process. When we have to leave them for boarding, we feel confident they are in the best hands possible while we are gone. The girls treat the boys like family and we love the staff there like family!
    Kelli Bard
  • It is important to me as a dog owner to socialize my dog & my dog loves playing with other dogs – at Barks & Rec my dog gets both! My husband & I are both full-time workers with crazy schedules. The hours of operation are great with our schedules and we don’t have to feel guilty that our pup is stuck at home anymore. The bonus is our little guy is so tired from playing at Barks & Rec! I could not imagine my life as a dog owner without this place!
    Desiree Meister
  • Barks and Recreation has been an amazing place for Maxwell (10 month Golden Retreiver). He gets so excited when we are on our way there. He has made many human and dog friends. Barks and Recreation has provided Max the opportunity to socialize with other dogs and people — he is always worn out when we bring him home. The staff is very loving to the animals. As Max’s mom I feel the staff’s true passion is working and playing with all dogs. We are very grateful that Barks and Recreation exists so that Max has a wonderful place to play and stay when we are away from home. I highly recommend Barks and Recreation.
    Jennifer McKinley
  • Our Cavapoo, Cooper Gene, has been spending weekdays at Barks & Recreation Tallmadge, for just about two years now. We were thrilled to find a place that cares about Cooper as much as we do and that helps us work the long hours we do without guilt and knowing he is having a great time and getting plenty of exercise. It brings us comfort to see his excitement as soon as we turn onto the road towards daycare and the staff’s warm greeting when he enters the front door. He has made many furry friends along the way and is always content and tired when we bring him home at the end of the day! Their boarding service has been a life-saver as well. We can relax and enjoy our vacations, knowing that Cooper is well taken care of and is comfortable in his surroundings. It’s like spending the night at school for him! We are grateful for a staff who feels like family and appreciate them providing a safe and fun space for our Cooper!
    Justin & Joni Fitch
  • Our dog actually jumps for joy when we tell him he’s going to “school” to see all his friends!! He loves it here and we love the fact that he’s safe, cared for, and benefits from the socialization and exercise. We have boarded him and were able to bring his bed and blanket to make him even more comfy. When he needs grooming, Stephanie always makes him look so handsome! The staff is very friendly, knowledgeable, and total dog lovers! We highly recommend Barks and Recreation!
    Lisa & Tim Heineman
  • Doggie day care – aah, what a wonderful concept! My husband and I “adopted” our son’s dog back in 2008 as he was no longer able to have pets at his home. His name (the dog) is Kashmir and he is truly a joy to have in lives — and he has a lot of energy! He loves to play fetch and tug of war, run around, get treats, and cuddle up at the end of the night. A few years after we got Kashmir, Barks & Recreation opened very close to our home. So, one morning we packed up and went to the day care to get some information. We were very impressed with the facility, the set-up and Amy Beach, the owner. She took the time to show us around and explain how the day care operates. We were sold on the concept instantly and Kashmir has been going to Barks & Recreation since 2011. He goes to daycare a few times a week and he has boarded there while we were on vacation. It is a great place for Kashmir to burn off some energy and play with other dogs. He especially likes the treats he gets when he leaves. We are committed attendees at Barks & Recreation and we are very happy to have such a facility close to our home. Dogs, like humans, need exercise. What a great way to give them room to run especially if they are cooped up in a house all day.  We love Barks & Recreation and so does Kashmir!

    Bruce, Eileen, and Kashmir Ponting
  • Hey dog lovers! Ditto has been a regular here at Barks & Recreation for about 5 years now. It makes me happy to see how excited he gets when I am packing his lunch for the day. He runs to the door and waits impatiently to be loaded into the car. He knows he will have a fun filled day at play and plenty of human attention too. He has  also been boarded on many occasions. They have always taken such good care of him, I even left him under their care 1 week after he had reconstructive surgery on his knee and I had to go out of town. He needed to have restrictions on activities and medication to keep him comfortable. When I got back he was doing great and his incision was beautifully healed. They take care of your pets as if they were their own! I recommend them to all my family and friends.
    Jill Sciko
  • I have been taking my dogs to Barks & Recreation since my last dog was about 3. My last dog Rockne (a huge Goldendoodle) loved everyone and was very mild mannered. My current Goldendoodle (Rudy) also loves everyone but has more energy than he knows what to do with! Both my dogs were so excited at even the mention of going to daycare that I would have to wait till right before I was about to leave to tell them or they would drive me crazy with their excitement. They were so happy to get there and so happy and TIRED when I picked them up. We also have used their groomers for many years who are also wonderful. Both of my dogs have also boarded there and I love that they get to play in daycare all day instead of sitting in a kennel most of the day. Even if we moved out of the local area, I can tell you we will always bring our dogs here, to them it’s like Disneyworld!!!
    Tracey Regan
    Northfield Center, OH
  • The staff at Barks & Recreation is phenomenal! I wouldn’t trust my dog with anyone else. Ziggy is so well cared for and loves being here!
    Jill Allard
  • I am so grateful for Barks & Recreation! I use their daycare and boarding services for my dog Lilly! The reasons why I love it there are Lilly gets extremely excited when we pull into the parking lot, every time I have been in either facility it has been extremely clean, the staff is friendly and caring, and I get to watch Lilly on camera while I am at work or on vacation. I have had nothing but great experiences here and would highly recommend it!
    Kristin Dowling