Barking Lounge

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222 Dexter Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109


phone: 206 382 1600
fax: 206 382 1615


Pick-Up & Drop-Off Hours
Mon - Fri: 7am - 7pm (except Holidays)
Sat & Sun: 8am - 5pm (and Holidays)

Voted Best Dog Daycare and Boarding Facility in Seattle

We Are A Proud Member of the South Lake Union Chamber of Commerce

Policies & Procedures

In order to ensure the safety of your pets and our other guests, we require that all guests adhere to the following Policies and Procedures:

Application & Waiver: All dogs must have a complete, up-to-date and approved Application, Waiver of Liability and Medical Power of Attorney on file. See Interview/Evaluation section for fee information.

Behavior: All dogs must be non-aggressive and non-food or toy protective with people. Owners will certify their dogs have not harmed or shown any aggressive or threatening behavior towards any person or any other dogs. Please remember that your pet will be spending time with other pets and the safety and health of the pack is our main concern.

Drop-Off/Pick-Up: Owner must provide written authorization to allow anyone else to pick up their dog, and people who are authorized by you will be required to present valid picture identification to ensure the safety of your dog. Drop-off & pick-up of your pet must occur during our open-to-the-public hours posted on our website NO early drop-offs or late pick-ups are allowed. Dogs not picked up by closing time will be boarded overnight, and overnight fees will apply.

Feeding: If you would like your dog to be fed during their stay, we request that you bring their regular food to avoid causing possible digestive issues (diarrhea, etc). We ask that your dog's food be divided into separate meals and be labeled with your Dog's name and any special feeding instructions (feeding time, adding water, elevating food, etc.). If you forget to bring your dog's food or you don't bring enough for their stay, we will gladly provide our premium house food for $6 per day (please note that changing your dog's regular food will most likely result in diarrhea). Also, we may provide our guests with small treats throughout the day - please let us know if you do not want your dog to have any treats.

Health: All dogs must be clean and in good health, and must not have fleas (we strongly recommend that your dog receive some form of monthly topical flea treatment plan - please consult your veterinarian for more information about flea treatment options).Owners will certify that their dogs are in good health and have not been ill with a communicable condition in the last 30 days. Dogs that have been ill with a communicable condition in the last 30 days will require a veterinary certificate of health to be admitted or re-admitted. Any dog with diarrhea will be removed from daycare and will not be able to socialize with the other dogs until this problem has been resolved. Dogs with excessive diarrhea may be required to have a negative fecal and/or giardia test before being re-admitted to daycare.

Interview/Evaluation: Your dog must complete a one-time screening/ temperament test with a Barking Lounge® staff member to ensure that your dog's temperament is a good fit with our other furry guests (safety is our top priority, and aggressive or unfriendly behavior can be dangerous for both dogs and staff members alike). Temperament tests MUST be scheduled with us in advance - please call ahead for availability (206.382.1600). Most dogs complete their evaluation within an hour. Please be aware that the length of each evaluation varies according to your dog's specific needs to ensure a safe and positive introduction to our pack. There is a non-refundable $25 Application & Evaluation fee per dog which must be paid for in advance with a Visa or Mastercard when scheduling your temperament test. This fee is forfeited if you do not provide us with 48 hours notice of cancellation and do not show up at your scheduled temperament test time. Please note that we MUST have proof of current vaccinations and a negative fecal float test (within the last 90 days) in order to conduct the temperament test with your dog. New clients who have successfully completed their interview/evaluation must complete at least one full day of daycare with us prior to boarding to ensure compatibility with the pack.

Legal Stuff: Our Policies, Procedures, Services and Rates may change from time to time.While we will attempt to notify you of these changes, it is ultimately your responsibility to check back on our website regularly so that you are aware of our most current Policies, Procedures, Services and Rates.We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone at our sole discretion.

Medication: We are happy to give oral or topical medication to your dog, but require the following: all medications must be in their original container and must include your dog's name, the name and strength of the medication, and directions including dosage, number of times per day, how it is to be given, illness to be treated, areas to be treated, etc. Any dog with special needs may incur additional charges.

Nail Trims & Baths: While we will make every effort to trim your dogs nails and/or bathe your dog at your request, the health, safety and well-being of your dog is our first priority.Some dogs become anxious and overly agitated during nail trims & baths, and we will not perform these services if we feel that the dog's health and/or our staff's safety may be jeopardized.

Nametags & Collars: All dogs must be wearing a quick-release cloth collar with a name tag and must be on a leash upon entry. No metal, pinch, choke, beaded or studded collars will be allowed in the daycare area.

Peak Periods: There is a $5 surcharge per dog per day for daycare and boarding on the following Peak Periods: Thanksgiving (Nov. 26th - Dec. 2nd, 2019); Winter Break (Dec. 20th, 2019 - Jan. 5th, 2020); President's Day/Mid-Winter Break (Feb. 14th - 18th, 2020); Memorial Day (May 22nd - 26th, 2020); 4th of July (July 3rd - 6th, 2020); Labor Day (Sept. 4th - Sept. 8th 2020); Thanksgiving (Nov. 24th - Nov. 30th, 2020); Winter Break (Dec. 18th, 2020 - Jan. 4th, 2021). All Peak Period stays require a minimum stay of two (2) nights, and any stay that falls on December 24th or 25th requires a minimum stay of four (4) nights. For Peak Period stays, a $100 per dog credit card deposit (Visa or MasterCard) is required to hold a reservation, and will be applied to these Peak Period boarding charges. This deposit is refundable only if you cancel your reservations fourteen (14) days or more in advance of your dogs stay; otherwise, the $100 per dog deposit is forfeited.

Reservations & Cancellation Policy: Reservations with a credit card (Visa or MasterCard) are required for all overnight stays. All Peak Period stays require a minimum stay of two (2) nights, and any stay that falls on December 24th or 25th requires a minimum stay of four (4) nights. For Peak Period stays, a $100 per dog credit card deposit is required to hold a reservation, and will be applied to these Peak Period boarding charges. This deposit is refundable only if you cancel your reservations fourteen (14) days or more in advance of your dogs stay; otherwise, the $100 deposit is forfeited. All other boarding cancellations with less than twenty four (24) hours notice will be charged one (1) night's fees.

Risks: Owners understand that supervised off-leash socialization and interaction between our guests is encouraged. Owners also acknowledge that dogs are unpredictable in behavior, and are aware of the risks involved in such play, and assume all risks.

Safety Issues: In order to maintain a safe play environment for the dogs, any dog that misbehaves will be given a time-out from the daycare area. Because excessive barking can escalate the intensity of the pack dynamic, we reserve the right to remove such dogs from daycare and use a citronella collar if we feel it is necessary.

Spay/Neuter: Puppies younger than 6 months may be intact, but all dogs over 6 months of age must be spayed or neutered.

Vaccination Policy: All canine guests must have up-to-date vaccinations and annual negative fecal tests in order to be a member of our pack. Owners must submit written proof of current DHPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus ), Bordetella (kennel cough) and Rabies vaccinations as well as an annual negative fecal float test. For new clients, the fecal test must be conducted within the last 90 days prior to your temperament test. We do accept titer tests provided that they are documented by your veterinarian and are updated annually. You can either bring us a copy of your dog's vaccination & fecal records, or simply have your Vet fax the records directly to us at 206.382.1615. Puppies must be a minimum of 12 weeks of age in order to be admitted. Puppies under 6 months of age are required to have their second set of DHPP and Bordetella vaccinations, and are required to have their Rabies vaccination at 16 weeks of age.It is the ongoing responsibility of the owner to provide verification that vaccinations are current - we will make every effort to remind you before your dog's vaccinations expire.

What to Bring: For daycare, please bring a leash, a quick-release collar, and any food or treats that you would like your pooch to be fed throughout the day. For overnight boarding, please bring all food, treats (no rawhides or greenies, please), medication, toys, bedding that can be laundered in a washer and dryer and anything else that you would like your dog to have when in the kennel area (anything with familiar smells such as shirts, blankets, etc. will help your dog settle in comfortably). Please do not bring food or water dishes as we supply them.

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