Fear and Force Free Doggy DayCare Serving South Portland and Surrounding Areas

How well do you want your dog’s daycare counselor trained?

      How well do you want the person in charge of your dog trained?    At many daycares, staff is barely trained before they lead play groups (sometimes with up to 60 dogs), conduct training sessions, or do enrichment with your dog.   (How do we know this? We hire staff from other […]

How do you know if your dog is enjoying play?

Many dog parents tell us that their dog had a scary experience in a poorly supervised play group or dog park that make them wary of interacting with other dogs. It is CRUCIAL that any play your dog has with other dogs is carefully supervised by someone who is skilled in reading and interpreting dog […]

What IS socializing your dog?

One of your top priorities for your new puppy or young dog should be socialization. However, this is something that we see dog parents misunderstanding ALL the time. I was at the river this weekend watching a man with his very young puppy, trying to get her to “like” the water by dragging her into […]

How do you know a doggy daycare is safe?

Did you know that the doggy daycare industry is an unregulated field? While you DO need a kennel license in the state of Maine to operate, that’s achieved at opening and barely investigated afterwards…and has NO bearing on how the daycare is actually run or how safe it is- for staff OR dogs. Raising the […]

Can dogs who don’t like other dogs do daycare?

This is a question we get a lot. And the answer is…in most places, they CAN’T…because normally doggy daycares serve highly social dogs who like being in large groups of other dogs. This is one place we stand apart… with our Solo Dog program. There are so many GOOD reasons to bring your Solo Dog […]

Pricing changes this fall and BARK TO SCHOOL PACKAGE SPECIAL!

With the mornings getting crisp and cool already, it’s time to focus on the fall! And for most people, even if we’re not IN school, it still feels like back-to-school time. And we have inspired goodies to celebrate fall with you and continue to support your pup while you’re working each day. But first: we […]

3 questions to ask before you leave your dog ANYWHERE….

It’s not common knowledge, but there’s very little regulation for doggy daycare, training, and boarding facilities in Maine, and most of it’s based on health considerations…  …not the emotional or mental well being of your pup.   Here are 3 things I would absolutely need to know before I left my dog anywhere-and the owner or […]

Is your dog bored?!

Here are 10 great ways to bust the boredom and help your dog live a more fulfilled life! 10 Tips for Preventing Dog Boredom: 1. Stimulate your dog’s senses by allowing him to experience different environments each day. Taking your dog around the neighborhood can help mix up his everyday routine. 2. If your dog […]

Dogs are smart cookies.

And mental stimulation is JUST as important for your pup as is social stimulation with other dogs. In fact, many dogs get overstimulated with too much social play- especially in large groups of other dogs. That’s why, at The Bark Yard, your dog has as much mental stimulation as they do social. Playgroups are small. […]

One of our favorite, most useful commands to teach your pup.

Why does your dog need to know the “look” or “watch me” command? Teaching your dog to look to you any time they are anxious, unsure, or afraid can help build your trust and deepen your relationship… Thus reducing anxiety for your pup and teaching them they can look to you for guidance about how […]