Day Care

Dogs can potentially get themselves into trouble when boredom or anxiety sets in, but when they come to Bark-Shire Park rest assured that they will have plenty of opportunity to burn off that extra energy, if they need to or maybe they just enjoy and need the company of other dogs and human contact during the day.

Our doggy day care has similarities to a child’s day care in that there is some structure to the day. You drop your dog off in the morning and collect them in the afternoon or early evening. We offer a fully supervised service where dogs are grouped on their personality, size and energy levels through-out the day. They have plenty of time for play and learning as well as rest time, not forgetting loads of cuddles and attention throughout the day.

Dogs are naturally very social and generally enjoy being around other dogs and people. A younger dog will benefit from mixing with well-adjusted older dogs, learning respect, manners and other social skills needed in a dog’s world. An older dog will benefit from hanging out with like-minded friends who don’t necessarily want to play vigorously but just want to take it easy and play at a slower pace.

Our day care is not only about a fun place to play with the other furry friends but stimulation of the active canine mind. We offer games and activities ensuring a happy, tired dog goes home at the end of the day.

Our environment is about rewarding good behaviour with uninterrupted play, a treat or a toy acknowledging this. So please let us know if your dog is a little sensitive to certain treats and we will accommodate. We only use 100% natural NZ made air-dried or dehydrated products. Safety is important to us so we ensure that we only provide safe, durable toys.

We are constantly watching everyone’s body language and behaviour, and re-arrange groups through-out the day to suit. Any behaviour issues are picked up before they have a chance to potentially flare up and defused by various methods of distraction. A safe time out area for anyone who is getting a bit over excited and not playing nicely is available.

A typical day (Tuesday - Friday) with us looks like this. Monday Closed.

  • 7.00am – 8.30am Drop off time zone
  • 7.00am – 1.00pm Supervised play time/activities
  • 1.00pm – 2.00pm Quiet time - nap time on the comfy doggie beds
  • 2.00pm – 4.30pm Supervised playtime/activities
  • 4.30pm – 5.00pm Wind down time
  • 3.00pm – 6.00pm Pick up time zone

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