The main advantage of boarding with The Dog Bark is that during the day your pup gets to play with all of his furry (and not as furry) friends ALL DAY LONG!

This situation provides our customers with a guilt-free trip while your dog is on a vacation of sorts as well.

A typical boarding day begins with breakfast  which you will be responsible for providing. We advise that you include 3 extra meals, just in case.  From 7:00 am to around 6:30 pm, your dog will attend daycare and play with his or her furry friends all day long, with a few rests in the mix.  

Upon closing, your dog will be fed dinner, use the potty one last time and be left with any comfort items you wish to provide.  This could be a piece of your clothing or any favorite tasty treats you wish to provide.  Please do not bring any rawhide as these are a choking hazard. Please feel free to bring anything that you believe will make your dog more comfortable in his or her “home away from home.” After a good night’s rest, your dog will be ready to do it all again the next day!

Due to shortened hours on Saturday and Sunday, after playing during the day from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, the dogs will retire to their abode and be let out for one more hour of play-time and potty breaks at 8:00 pm.

Requirements for boarding :


Please make reservations for Boarding as far in advance as possible to ensure a spot. Reservations may also be made in our store or by phone. Cancellations must be made at least 48 hours in advance. During peak times and for extended stays, cancellations must be made at least 7 days in advance. Please see the cancellation policy found in forms for details.

Drop off / Pick-up

You may drop your dog off for boarding as early as 7:00 am. Please pick your dog up by no later than 12:00 pm if you wish to avoid being charged for a half or full day of daycare. If you drop your dog off after 12pm, you may pick your dog up before we close on the day of pick-up without accruing additional daycare charges.

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All dogs must be spayed or neutered to attend daycare (if over 6 months of age). The minimum age to attend daycare or boarding is after your puppy has received all required vaccinations (typically after the 3rd round of shots). All daycare playmates must also be in good general health and be non-aggressive.

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We must receive written verification from your veterinarian that your pet is up-to-date on required vaccinations which includes Rabies, DHLPP/DHPP (Distemper, Leptospirosis, Parvovirus), Bordetella, and Canine Influenza. Your vet will most likely be happy to fax the information directly to The Dog Bark at (503) 990-6782 or email to

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The Dog Bark accepts all breeds but does require every dog that enters our play area pass a temperament test. This one-time evaluation takes about 10 minutes and simply put, will consist of a series of planned exercises designed to test the dog’s potential for aggressive behavior while determining the current level of social development. We ask that you please make a reservation for this one-time evaluation on our reservations page. Assuming your dog passes this test, you are welcome to leave your dog in our care for daycare. If your dog acclimates well and is not fearful or stressed, we will move forward with our new pack member!

Kennel / Crate Boarding

***If you have credit toward boarding, please enter your personal promo code when prompted***

***We require 48 hour notice for any cancellations or changes to your reservation and 7 day notice for peak times or extended stays (7 days or longer)*** 

Multiple Dog Discount:

10-20% off the cost of your visit when boarding multiple dogs.

2 or more dogs from the same family staying in the same suite will receive a 20% discount during both peak and non-peak times. 2 or more dogs staying in separate suites will receive a 10% discount. To make a reservation for two or more dogs staying in separate suites, please call during business hours or email your request. 

*20% Discount will be automatically applied.
*Only one discount may be used per stay.

New to The Dog Bark?

Did your fuzzy family member pass the evaluation & submit an application?

If not, Please complete those steps before choosing a daycare package.