Most Fequenetly Asked Quetions

We are open to any question, so If you don't find your question here don't hesitate to call and ask us.

What does a typical day look like for Boarding Pets?

A typical day at Bark Central starts first thing at 6am letting the boarding dogs outside to go potty. While they are going potty we are cleaning and sanitizing cages, washing bedding, and prepping for breakfast. Also all throughout the day, daycare dogs are also being dropped off to play with our boarding pets. Then breakfast is served to the dogs about 7am. After breakfast the dogs are socialized together in play groups according to size, personality, and age. All threw out the day they can go inside or outside, take naps, snuggle, and play play play! All of our pets are friendly with one another. We are not set up for trouble maker dogs. At about 4:30 pm we prep for dinner for the boarding dogs and at 4:30pm they get fed. Then the dogs get another chance to play and go potty before bed. At 6:30pm the dogs go to bed in there assigned space and kept individual unless they are from the same family, so we can keep everyone safe at night. There is someone on the property at night and at about 8pm to 9pm the dogs get let out to go potty one last time. Then the day starts over again. This routine for the boarding dogs is done 7 days a week. Come anytime during our business hours to have a tour of our facility

Can I bring my pet's bed, blanket, or toys?

We ask that you leave all beds, blankets, and toys at home. Not having these items makes less of a hassle for you and us. It’s one less thing for you to remember to bring before your big trip and we don’t have to worry about your items getting misplaces or destroyed. We supply all bedding for each pet that is washed daily. Plus, far too many dogs can be possessive over personal items or toys. We also do not need your pet’s food or water bowels. We have size appropriate feeding bowls that are sanitized after each feeding. Fresh, clean water is always available and bowls are washed daily.

What Shots does my dog need?

We require three vaccines. Rabies for dogs over 6 months of age and are done every 1 year or every 3 years. Bordetella also known as kennel cough Vaccines which is done every 6 months or 1 year. And Distemper /Parvo (DHPP) which is a 5-way vaccine which is given every 1 year or 3 years.

Can I bring my pet's own food?

We highly recommend bringing your pet’s own food from home. Switching your dog’s diet can give them an upset tummy or diarrhea. Bring their food in its original dog food bag, zip lock baggies, or container with your pets first and last name. It’s not a bad idea to bring a day or two extra just in case your trip is longer than you planned. Any extra food left over will be given back. We measure out food amounts twice a day per owner’s instructions. If there is an emergency or your dog runs out of food we have premium dry dog food to feed them.

Are the dogs caged all day when we are closed and after hours?

No they are not. At 6:30 pm we put the dogs in their beds but they get to go out again at about 8 to 9 pm for a 20 to 30 minute potty break. During the day they play for 12 hours straight with a few naps here and there, so when it is time for bed time they are wiped out and tired. On holiday days we are closed, they pets staying with us get the same care as if we were open. They still get to play and socialize, run and swim, and have naps and snuggle time.   We are closed on holidays because we have higher volume of dogs and being closed makes it easier for us to take care of them without interruptions. If you pick up your dog before 11 am the next day you are not charged for that day except on Sunday full day charges apply. See our contact page for  holidays we are closed.

What do I need to bring my pet's first day?

For your pets first day of daycare all you need is our application paper work filled out and your pets shot records. You may bring a lunch if your pet is under 6 months of age. Otherwise most adult dogs will eat in the morning at home and the even after you pick them up . For boarding pets all you need to bring is Application paperwork, Shot records, and your pets own food. See requirements page for more information.

How long can my pet stay?

​Your pet can stay as long or as little as you want or need. We have had dogs come for daycare for only an hour so their owners can go shopping and we have dogs stay for months at a time because they are deployed military. We are workable with you and your schedule.   Discounts are available for half day daycare or long boarding stays.

What age can I bring my Puppy?

We recommending bring puppies in that are at least 12 weeks of age or have had their first two sets of puppy distemper/ parvo shots and bordetella. Young puppies are at higher risk for getting sick if not vaccinated and bring exposed to other pets. We don't require your puppy to have rabies until they are 6 months of age. We also require your puppy to be spayed or nurtured at 7 month of age.

Is there someone sleeping with the dogs over night?

There isn't someone sleeping with the dogs at night, but there is an on sight apartment on the top level of the building where one of our team members lives. They are there to evacuate the building in an emergency and come down and do nightly checkups on the dogs.

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Monday - Friday

6:00 AM - 6:30 PM


8:00 AM - 6:00 PM


4:00 pm- 6:00 PM

205 118th Street South

Tacoma, WA 98444

Tel:  253-535-9400

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