Why Choose Us?
Bonnie Puppy

The Right Daycare For Your Dog

The Bark Inn offers small dogs that enjoy being with others an environment where they can have fun outside together or relax in our guest lounge.

We know that complete exhaustion of your dogs is unhealthy which is why our daycare and sleepovers involves more enrichment and structure – with regular rest periods and individual activities.

Sending your dog to daycare more than three days in a row has been found to be too much mental and physical activity for them and can increase their stress as well as creating overtired and over stimulated dogs, so The Bark Inn has structured our format to allow your dog a sufficient amount of rest and family time alongside daycare.

The Bark Inn has dog daycare options mid-week (Tuesday to Thursday) by membership and casual weekend bookings to allow flexibility.

We take up to 7 dogs a day for daycare, keeping our overall numbers low so we can pay attention to the details, and develop a closer relationship with our group members.

Every dog is different and enjoys playing in different ways, not every dog thrives in a group or a stimulating environment, which is why an assessment is important to ensure the enjoyment and safety of all members. An assessment for your dog will allow us to assess their comfort levels with various aspects of our space, their play style and behaviours.

 

Benefits:

  • Emotionally healthy dogs
  • Better interaction with staff
  • Quality supervision
  • Closer relationships with members
  • Lower stress on group members
  • Quality play
  • Private Facebook Group

 

Requirements

  • Age – A minimum age of 5 months.
  • Size – Exclusively for small dogs, standing up to a maximum of 42cm from ground to shoulder when adults. (Sorry no Bulldogs, Bull Terriers or Staffordshire Bull Terriers (Staffies) or crosses of these breeds).
  • Social – As an off leash group play environment, all members must enjoy the company of other dogs  and must have the ability to play in groups.
  • Non-aggressive – especially with toys, food, objects, toward people, other dogs and over territory.
  • Males must be desexed by 7 months and no entire females while in season.
  • Health – All dogs must be in good health to attend The Bark Inn. All dogs must be free from any conditions that could put other members at risk. Dogs who have been sick with a transferable condition in the last 30 days will require a vet certificate of good health to attend.
  • All dogs must be up to date on flea and worming treatments.
  • Vaccines – All dogs must be up to date on Parvo, Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis and Canine Cough. Proof of vaccinations or titer test results are required.
  • Council Registration – All dogs must have current registration with the local council and have the strap attached to their collar or harness.
  • Assessment – All new clients will require an assessment prior to being accepted. Members who have not attended in over two months  may require another assessment.
  • Application Form & Records – Application form must be completed and submitted with proof of vaccines, microchip number and local council registration prior to an assessment day being booked.

 

Assessment

An assessment for your dog will allow us to check their comfort levels, play style, and behaviours.

If for any reason we feel this is not the right environment for your dog we can offer you alternate suggestions.

All dogs are individuals and as such not all are suited to our environment. The Bark Inn is committed to making sure our members have a happy, healthy and safe visit with every effort made to provide a low stress and fear free environment.

A reservation is set for your assessment date after submission of the form and records. This can be booked for a week day or weekend.

The assessment costs $28.00 per dog.

Reviews from previous customers

  •  Cheryl H

    Highly recommend Jo!! Ollie thoroughly enjoyed his time with her. Incredible facilities, so well-kept and can just see what great care Jo takes of her fur boarders. Just loved seeing photos and the interactive feedback which gave us total peace of mind that Ollie was happy and having a great time. Ollie will definitely be back 💙💙 thanks again Jo, you are amazing!!

  •  Sandra F

    Highly recommend Jo to look after your dog. They will have so much fun and be very well cared for. Jo is very knowledgeable and has the best facilities I have ever seen.

  •  Abby O'S

    Our 6-month-old puppy has just finished his first ever retreat, and he had such a great time. Jo looks after the dogs in her care so well, we have been very impressed. We highly recommend The Bark Inn.

  •  Michelle A

    It was good to find a place that takes a limited number of dogs and they get more individual attention. Thanks Jo, Charlie was tuckered out on the way home.

  •  Kirsty W

    There are not many places I can trust with my best friend, Koda. But I have complete trust in Jo. Her extensive knowledge and care for dogs puts my mind at ease. Booked Koda in for the weekend and got photos and updates on how he was doing, fantastic service! He had a blast! Thanks!

  •  Kay M

    I loved the retreat, so safe and secure and I loved getting regular photo updates and the activities that you had for Freddie throughout his stay. You were so caring of Freddie - he really got the deluxe treatment! Many thanks.

  •  Jo L

    Had a fabulous weekend away. Love seeing all the photos and activities Mo got up to. He not only had physical stimulation but mental as well. Thank you for looking after him so well. Definitely personal service. No hesitation recommending to others.

  •  Maria C

    Would definitely recommend, our dogs loved their time at the retreat.

  •  TC

    Jo is amazing and the dogs she looks after are cared for so well. It is so nice to be able to go away and know your dog is truly looked after. Jo spends so much one on one time with her visitors and explores all sorts of engaging techniques with them to keep them stimulated. They have so much space to play and the facilities are amazing. They are also spoilt with a heat pump on cold nights. This place is truly a retreat for dogs. Great work Jo and thank you. I doubt there is a better facility around.

  •  Maree Green

    I had the pleasure of first meeting Jo many years ago at our local dog club where I am a volunteer trainer. Jo came on board after I noticed her kind and clear way she had with her own dogs. Together we helped many owners build better relationships with their dogs and train them well. Jo truly loves dogs (of all shapes and sizes) and I would totally trust her with my own (I don't trust just anyone with my fur children). Now she has moved away from Auckland I will miss seeing her at dog club and out walking her own dogs and other people's dogs at our local forest. Best of luck Jo (not that you need it, you are awesome).

  •  Dan and Ann

    The first meeting with Jo impressed both of us. The time she spent getting to know our dogs and us was very important and the whole experience was a big jump for us, especially entrusting a stranger with Tui and Maggie. But the way they both react when they see Jo is enough to know the decision to use her was correct. We would have no reservation in recommending Jo to anyone.

  •  Kay M

    Jo was part of my dogs' lives for more than 18 months as their daily dog walker while I was at work. She did so much more than walking the dogs and took a lot of care of them on their daily walks. She had enrichment games for them every day, suggestions for weight management and sourced food that would be helpful. She did lots of her own training, so I felt like the dogs benefitted from her knowledge and techniques. Jo noticed possible health concerns and I know she was giving my dogs the same care that she gives to her own. They were always happy with her. I absolutely trust her with my dogs. Totally recommend Jo.