Thursday, December 31, 2015

10 New Year's Resolutions for Dog Owners

We always set New Year's Resolutions for ourselves, but how often do we do it for our dogs? Or rather, for us to be better dog owners? This is Bark City's top 10 Resolutions for Dog Owners:

  1.  Weight Management-- Obesity in dogs can trigger a whole slew of health problems. Diabetes, arthritis and cardiovascular disease are just a few. You should be able to feel your dog's ribs, but not see them. If you see them, Fido may be too skinny. One way to keep your dog's weight under control is to minimize the human table scraps and keep them on a healthy dog food. Read labels and opt for a higher quality dog food that is easily metabolized by your dog. One website that I use regularly is The Dog Food Advisor . This website has extensively researched a multitude of dog foods and rates them based on ingredients and health. 
  2. Grooming -- Keep up on matted fur, parasites, dental hygiene, toenails, ear infections and hot spots. All of these (and more!) can  lead to health problems and more vet bills if not kept under control. A regular washing of bedding is also a must. 
  3. Good Manners-- Bad habits in dogs can lead to safety issues for you, others and your dog (or other dogs!). Food aggression, Toy hoarding, leash pulling, aggressive fence running/barking at walkers are just a few common bad habits. Please be conscientious. 
  4.  Play!! -- Bonding with your dog is a must! Make time in your busy day to work on training, play tug-o-war and other mentally stimulating games. 
  5. Organize -- Microchip your dog, have adequate ID on your dog's collar, keep all vet records easily accessible and keep your dog license up to date. 
  6. Regular Walks -- Let's face it, it's important to slow down and take a break from our busy lives to just walk around and notice our surroundings. Walking your dog can be very stress relieving for you and your dog. 
  7. Keep up on your vaccinations and heartworm medication.  'nuff said.
  8. Help Others-- Consider donating time and/or money to your local animal shelter.
  9. Start a pet savings fund -- Set aside a small portion of each paycheck for a pet savings fund. All those pennies may eventually save the day when a big emergency pops up. 
  10. Learn Canine Body Language -- Dogs don't communicate the way humans communicate. We speak different languages. Please don't attribute human emotions onto your pets. This leads to behavior problems and a lot of frustration that can be easily avoided. Dog's are wonderful animals that deserve to be understood in the language nature gave them. 
We at Bark City hope your New Year brings you joy, slobber and lots of wagging tails!!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Price List For Bark City Services

Here is an official price list for services. Please keep in mind that I have not made the price list for "amenities", yet. That will be coming soon! The Enrichment Gym standard price will be included in the amenities list. So, don't panic! You will still be able to use the Enrichment Gym even if you don't have a Club Membership.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

New Prices and Club Membership

Before I get into the gritty details of our new prices, I want to first introduce something more exciting than the rest of the exciting stuff I have introduced:

THE ENRICHMENT GYM. This gym will not only be new to Bark City, but also to the whole Valley! Montana can get really cold in the winter... too cold... to do anything. We found a solution to this problem: We will have a new indoor gym! You will now be able to come exercise your dog(s) without fear of frostbite on your nose or your dog's paws.

Ok, now for the Nitty-Gritty....

With all the new programs and services we will be offering, some of our prices will be changing... by a minimal $2. Staring February 1st, 2016 prices will be $22 for full-day daycare, $16 for half-day and $28 for overnight. This will keep us competitive with other daycares in the area. Our VIP Membership will no longer be available, though we will still honor the current VIPs. Instead, we will be offering a "Club Membership". The Club membership will be a HUGE SAVINGS for clients that use us a lot. It equals a little over $20/ month or more depending upon which package you purchase. Plus, you get a bunch of perks:

12-month Annual Membership: ($250)
Discount on all Daycare programs
Access to all Daycare packages
Access to the Enrichment Gym (by appointment)
Discount on all boarding programs
10% off all amenities including spa
10% off all enrichment classes (coming soon!)

3-month Membership: ($75)
Discount on all Daycare programs
Access to all Daycare packages
Access to the Enrichment Gym (by appointment)
Discount on all boarding programs
5% off all amenities including spa
5% off all enrichment classes (coming soon!)

The details:

  • Daycare Programs: The membership will offer discounts to our current program and our new enrichment program. We will be changing some of our daycare packages and some will only be available to Club Members. The current daycare program will still offer full-day and half-day daycare. The Enrichment program will only be available in full-day (Monday-Friday). The enrichment daycare will also have some package choices, but those will only be available to Club Members. 
  • Boarding Programs: The Club Membership will be offering discounts to our current boarding program and the new enrichment boarding. If you currently have Luxury boarding, that option will now be the Enrichment boarding. The new Enrichment boarding will offer the same things as Luxury boarding, PLUS enrichment activities during the day. The enrichment activities will be tailored specifically to what your dog likes best and fun activities with a small group of friends. We will also have our new puppy program to get your dog's boarding experience off the a great start.
  • Amenities: Club Members  will receive a discount (5-10% depending upon your package) off  all extra amenities during their dog's stay. This includes: extra walks, training, treats, spa services and more! Plus, you get your dog's nails trimmed for FREE. 
  • Enrichment Classes: These will be coming very soon! Club members will get a discount (5-10%) off of any classes we will be offering. We have some fun things up our sleeves, so stay tuned!
  • Priority Boarding: I know, this sounds like we are an airline. But again, it's a big perk for Club Members. All members will get notification when our Hotel is starting to fill. For those of you that have had to be on our wait list during holidays, you know that this notification will be nice!

With all that said, stay tuned for a Membership Deal we will be offering this month!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

What Your Dog's Sleep Position Communicates

I've been pumping out a lot of information these past weeks on our expansion. Last week, I wrote a lot about why sleep is important for your canine. This week, I have decided to keep it short and simple with a few fun facts about a dog's sleep position and what it communicates: