Dog Boarding Kennel in Colorado Springs - Central Bark
Boarding at a dog daycare facility can be a fun vacation for dogs who enjoy interaction with dogs and people. We encourage new boarding clients to take advantage of our free "introductory daycare" day. This helps your dog to be comfortable here before a longer-term stay. Unlike many other facilities, we do NOT charge for this day which is an evaluation day. If you are unable to do the free introductory day, your dog may still come to board with us (but may be more anxious while here, or may not be able to socialize). We do not charge for this service because we really want our new clients to take advantage of it whenever possible - but sometimes "life happens" and last minute boarding reservations are accepted (space permitting).
What to Bring:
Required items are your dog's food and leash. It's best not to change a dog's diet when it is already coping with a different environment. Optional items include your dog's bedding from home, and extra toys and treats. We want your pooch to feel at home at Central Bark. Also, remember that your dog must be current on vaccinations - Rabies, Distemper/Parvo/etc, and Bordetella.
Drop-Off and Pick-Up Times:
Monday thru Friday, dogs may be dropped off or picked up ANY TIME between 6:30 am and 9:00 pm.
On Saturday and Sunday, dogs may be dropped off or picked up between 8:00 am and 9:00 pm. On Saturday and Sunday EARLY DROP-OFFS from 6:30 - 7:59 am are available for a $5 additional fee. On holidays, drop-off and pick-up times are usually limited to 8-9:30 am and 4-6 pm - chec our Contact and Hours page for details. When a holiday falls on Saturday or Sunday, holiday hours will be in effect. On holidays, the early drop-off fee is $10.
Typical Schedule for Boarding Dogs:
On weekdays, the dogs are let out at 6:15 am to do their business. After that, they return to their individual kennels for breakfast. The playtime usually begins no later than 7:00 am. There is a short rest period 10-10:30am. The dogs play again until about 12:30 pm. Naptime ends at 3:00 pm. The dogs have another playtime until 6:00 pm, when dinner is served. Play resumes at 6:30 pm and continues until 8:30 pm.
On weekends and holidays, the schedule is slightly different to provide more rest time. They play from 6:30-10 am and again from 3-6 pm. Dinner is from 6-6:30 pm and the final playtime is 6:30-8:30 pm.
During playtime the dogs are free to do their own thing, as long as it is socially acceptable! Some dogs are active players, while others prefer to watch or get attention from the handlers (at least 1 handler per 15 dogs). The large dogs play on a rubber floor that is easy on their joints. They have indoor turf areas as well. The small dogs play in their own group. We can divide the dogs into as many as 5 groups when necessary, but usually we have 2 groups - one for the large dogs, one for the small dogs.
Someone is here until at least 9:00 pm every night. It is not unusual for staff to be present much later. Also, we do have an alarm system. Dogs from different families are never housed together overnight. Most dogs are exhausted from the day's activities and sleep soundly. In fact, we have sent home many unchewed rawhides and many Kongs still stuffed with treats, because many dogs are too tired to chew on stuff after playing all day.