Is there a discount for multiple dogs?

Absolutely – all additional family dogs are ½ price for any of our daycare and boarding services.

Can you provide my dog his/her medications? Is there a charge?

We will provide your dog’s medications at no extra charge.

Can I take a tour?

Absolutely! You are welcome to visit our facilities at anytime during regular business hours. However, for the safety of you and our dogs, we require an appointment after hours to view the boarding/sleeping accommodations.

Can any dog come in for dog day care or boarding?

At Barks & Recreation, we do not have breed restriction and all dogs are welcome as long as they have or have completed the following:

  • Assessment
  • Up to Date Vaccinations
  • Spayed/neutered (unless under the age of 9 months)
What is the assessment?

Our assessments are an opportunity for us to make sure that your dog will be safe and a good fit at Barks & Recreation. We ask that all dogs stay a minimum of 4 hours so that the dog has the chance to warm up and we have the ability to get to know him or her and their temperament/personality. When you arrive at Barks & Recreation, please plan on staying 15-20 minutes to complete the necessary paperwork. An appointment – for staffing reasons – is required. We make appointments Monday – Saturday in the mornings.

Do you turn away dogs based on their breed?

Barks & Recreations welcomes all dogs based on their behavior, ability to handle the daycare environment, and safe interactions with humans and other dogs. It is not our policy ever to turn away a dog based on breed.

What vaccinations are required?

All dogs must be current on Rabies, Bordetella and Distemper and confirmation from a veterinarian is required.

Do dogs ever get hurt?

Although we do our best to minimize any injury to your dog, during normal play a dog may get small scratches, nicks, or lose small patches of fur. Although rare, it is possible for more serious injuries to occur.

What do you do in case of illness or injury?

All of our Coaches are certified in pet first aid and CPR and we will take excellent care of your dog. In case of illness or injury, we quickly assess the situation to determine what plan of action to take. Our concern is always what is best for your dog and our team member. Depending on the situation, we will either rush the dog to the closest vet or, in non-emergency situations, we will make the effort to take them to their own vet. In ALL cases of illness or injury – no matter the severity – the owner or emergency contact (if the owner is unavailable) is always contacted.

Why is my dog tired when he/she comes home?

A tired and happy dog is one of the great benefits of a day at Barks & Recreation! You dog has just ran and played all day long – so yes, they are tired when you pick them up and take them home. Often, when you take your pup home, they will curl up and go to straight to sleep. If we notice that your dog becomes overly tired during the day or if you are concerned (due to personality, health or age reasons), our staff will take them to a room and allow them to take a short rest and we will NEVER force a dog to wake up if they are still napping. When we have boarders who stay for an extended period of time, they often choose to take longer naps. Because they are both mentally and physically exhausted, you may even notice a decrease in their activity levels in the days following a daycare day or stay (especially with older dogs or dogs who are not used to this much activity).

Why is my dog thirsty when he/she comes home?

While water is available at all times in all of our play areas and your dogs room, playing hard all day is definitely doggie exercise and can be as strenuous as a work out. Even though water is available, after a car ride home, it will probably be time for your dog to drink some more water to help re-hydrate after a hard day of play.

Do I need to make a reservation?

We require reservations or appointments for assessments – due to staffing needs and to ensure enough time to get to know your dog. At this time, we do not require a reservation for daycare, but if you know in advance, it is helpful and we appreciate it!

How do I make a reservation?

You can call your Barks & Recreation location or request a reservation online. You will receive a confirmation email and a staff member will contact you directly if there are any questions or conflicts.

What is your cancellation policy?

Please check with each location for their cancellation policy.

Is there a specific kind of collar my dog must wear to come to Barks & Recreation?

We do require that all dogs wear a quick release collar. If you do not have one, we’d be happy to provide one for their safety during their stay.

My dog’s paws are very sensitive after his/her stay at Barks & Recreation, did something happen to my dog’s feet?

It is very common concern that a dog’s pads are sore after playing at Barks & Recreation, especially when they first start coming. Since most dog’s paws are not used to playing all day, they can be tender temporarily, but they more they come and play, the stronger their pads will become (just like callouses in humans).

Do you offer baths and grooming services?

We offer baths and grooming services at both locations. Baths and nail trims are available daily so you can pick up a clean and fresh smelling dog after their stay at Barks & Recreation. Additional grooming services will require an appointment and can be made by calling the location or booking online.

We have a dog with white fur – playing with the other dogs and outside – they must get dirty?

At Barks & Recreation, if you have a filthy dog from a day of romping with their friends and rolling in the mud, we will absolutely rinse your dogs and make sure they get into your car and head home clean. However, please note that mud and dirt can stain a white dog’s fur and they will look dingy – even with a quick bath.

What makes you different than a traditional kennel?

At Barks & Recreation, dogs are not stuck in kennels or tied to dog runs. They are out in our indoor/outdoor facilities for daycare all day long. We also offer webcams for you to view your dog at any point throughout the day. And there are no extra charges for daycare, medications, food, etc. or set hours for drop off and pick up.

Is there a discount for multiple dogs?

Absolutely! After the first pup, all additional family dogs are ½ price for any of our daycare and boarding services.

Can you provide my dog his/her medications? Is there a charge?

We will provide your dog’s medications at no extra charge.

Can I take a tour?

Absolutely! You are welcome to visit our facilities at anytime during regular business hours. However, for the safety of you and our dogs, we require an appointment after hours to view the boarding/sleeping accommodations.

Can any dog come in for dog day care or boarding?

At Barks & Recreation, we do not have breed restriction and all dogs are welcome as long as they have or have completed the Barks & Recreation New Pup Assessment, they are up-to-date on their Rabies, Bordetella and Distemper (with confirmation from a veterinarian), and are spayed or neutered (unless under the age of 9 months).

What is the assessment?

The Barks & Recreation New Pup Assessment is an opportunity for us to make sure that your dog will be safe and a good fit at Barks & Recreation. We ask that all dogs stay a minimum of 4 hours so that the dog has the chance to warm up and we have the ability to get to know him or her and their temperament/personality. When you arrive at Barks & Recreation, please plan on staying 15-20 minutes to complete the necessary paperwork. An appointment – for staffing reasons – is required. We make appointments Monday – Saturday in the mornings. Click here to register for your Barks & Recreation New Pup Assessment.

Do you turn away dogs based on their breed?

Barks & Recreation welcomes all dogs based on their behavior, ability to handle the daycare/boarding environment, and safe interactions with humans and other dogs. It is not our policy ever to turn away a dog based on breed. Please see the Barks & Recreation New Pup Assessment page for more information.

What vaccinations are required?

All dogs must be current on Rabies, Bordetella and Distemper. Confirmation from a veterinarian is required.

Do dogs ever get hurt?

Although we do our best to minimize any injury to your dog, during normal play a dog may get small scratches, nicks, or lose small patches of fur. Although rare, it is possible for more serious injuries to occur.

What do you do in case of illness or injury?

All of our Coaches are certified in pet first aid and CPR and we will take excellent care of your dog. In case of illness or injury, we quickly assess the situation to determine what plan of action to take. Our concern is always what is best for your dog and our team member. Depending on the situation, we will either rush the dog to the closest vet or, in non-emergency situations, we will make the effort to take them to their own vet. In ALL cases of illness or injury – no matter the severity – the owner or emergency contact (if the owner is unavailable) is always contacted.

Why is my dog tired when he/she comes home?

A tired and happy dog is one of the great benefits of a day at Barks & Recreation! You dog has just ran and played all day long – so yes, they are tired when you pick them up and take them home. Often, when you take your pup home, they will curl up and go to straight to sleep. If we notice that your dog becomes overly tired during the day or if you are concerned (due to personality, health or age reasons), our staff will take them to a room and allow them to take a short rest and we will NEVER force a dog to wake up if they are still napping. When we have boarders who stay for an extended period of time, they often choose to take longer naps. Because they are both mentally and physically exhausted, you may even notice a decrease in their activity levels in the days following a daycare day or stay (especially with older dogs or dogs who are not used to this much activity). To learn more about our philosophy to daycare, please visit our About Us page.

Why is my dog thirsty when he/she comes home?

While water is available at all times in all of our play areas and your dogs room, playing hard all day is definitely doggie exercise and can be as strenuous as a work out. Even though water is available, after a car ride home, it will probably be time for your dog to drink some more water to help re-hydrate after a hard day of play.

Does someone stay with the dogs overnight?

Barks & Recreation is monitored with an ADT security system with motion sensors, security, fire and temperature control alarms that will notify our staff immediately if there are any issues or concerns and they can get there quickly. After a busy and active day of daycare, a good night’s sleep is important and we do everything to ensure that your dog gets exactly that!

In most traditional kennels, where a human is present overnight, the person is not interacting with the dogs or letting them out to use the bathroom. In a kennel that has both indoor/outdoor runs, for security purposes, the outdoor section is closed and locked at night.

If you feel that your dog may require overnight assistance and/or monitoring, the best options may be to look into in-home pet care or medical boarding (provided by your local veterinary or animal hospital).

Should I bring anything for my dog’s stay? Do I need to bring my own dog food?

We strongly recommend bringing your dog’s food from home to keep their stomach from getting sick during their stay. Sudden changes in diet can result in gastrointestinal reactions (like vomiting and diarrhea). Maintaining a consistent diet will help your pup feel their best to romp and play all day. However, if you forget or if you so choose, we will provide Purina or Fromm dog food for your pup.

We will provide treats/snacks (unless you note any dietary restrictions) and provide a cozy blanket in your dog’s room. If you would like, you are more than welcome to bring toys, bedding or anything else that will make your dog feel more at home. Please do NOT bring any items with value – sentimental or monetary – because we cannot guarantee their return in the condition that they arrived.

Do I need to make a reservation?

For overnight boarding, we ALWAYS need a reservation. It would be best to make a reservation as soon as you know you will need one because we do fill/book up during Spring Break and Holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas). We also require reservations or appointments for assessments – due to staffing and timing needs.

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How do I make a reservation?

You can call your Barks & Recreation location or request a reservation online. You will receive a confirmation email and a staff member will contact you directly if there are any questions or conflicts.

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What is your cancellation policy?

Please contact your Barks & Recreation location directly if you need to cancel your reservation.

Is there a specific kind of collar my dog must wear to come to Barks & Recreation?

We require that all dogs wear a quick release collar. If you do not have one, we’d be happy to provide one for their safety during their stay.

My dog’s paws are very sensitive after his/her stay at Barks & Recreation, did something happen to my dog’s feet?

It is very common concern that a dog’s pads are sore after playing at Barks & Recreation, especially when they first start coming. Since most dog’s paws are not used to playing all day, they can be tender temporarily, but they more they come and play, the stronger their pads will become (just like callouses in humans).

Do you offer baths and grooming services?

We offer baths and grooming services at both locations. Baths and nail trims are available daily so you can pick up a clean and fresh smelling dog after their stay at Barks & Recreation. Additional grooming services will require an appointment and can be made by calling the location or booking online.

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