Should you Board Your Dog for Summer Vacation?

Is summer vacation about to start? For most families, this is an exciting time that leads to some much-deserved relaxation and hopefully some amazing memories. But for dog owners, it can bring a little bit of anxiety. Especially if your undecided about boarding your pet. Should you board your dog for summer vacation? Here are just a few reasons why an overnight stay at Central Bark is a great choice for the both of you.

At Central Bark we offer two types of boarding services: Sleepovers and Stay-n-Play.


Sleepovers at Central Bark are for puppies and dogs already enrolled in our Enrichment Day Care. They provide your dog a calm, relaxing sleepover in a place they can feel comfortable and loved. Because they’re in a familiar place, they can feel less stressed about being away from home. They must have completed a behavior assessment and attended day care at least three times before their first sleepover reservation. This policy helps us ensure their safety and comfort during their stay. Sleepovers include cozy, private rooms, daily exercise in our indoor and outdoor play areas, splash pools, naptime and more.


Our Stay-n-Play program offers boarding for dogs that have not enrolled in our day care program. Each overnight guest gets a restful night’s sleep, followed by a day of play, exercise, and plenty of TLC from our staff. Stay-n-Play guests sleep and play (indoors and outdoors) in their own designated areas.  

What You Should Bring

No matter which service you choose, when your dog is spending the night at Central Bark, you should make sure all required forms, including proof of vaccination, are either uploaded to your online account or submitted before your scheduled visit. Here’s what you should bring.

  • Food: Should be pre-measured in baggies and labeled for each meal.
  • Food containers: Individual meal baggies should be stored in a larger air-tight plastic container (Tupperware) and clearly labeled with dog’s first and last name. 
  • Comforts from home: You may bring a blanket or towel from home if you like. Just make sure it can fit in a standard washer and dryer so we can keep everything fresh and clean during your dog’s stay.  
  • Medication: Must be pre-measured in a pill reminder (original medicine containers must still come with the pet in case of emergency).
  • Toys: You can bring up to two safe toys with you. Don’t bring anything you wouldn’t be comfortable with your dog having unsupervised at home. 
  • Please label all your dog’s belongings with a permanent marker.

What You Shouldn’t Bring

  • Dog beds: Large dog beds that cannot be washed easily in a standard washer and dryer. 
  • Tennis balls: We have plenty! 
  • Food or water bowls from home: We provide stainless steel bowls that can easily be sanitized and washed daily. Ours also attach to your dog’s crate to help us keep everything clean and dry.    
  • Old, broken or unsafe toys: The most important thing to remember is not to bring anything you think your dog could chew up or swallow. Safety is our priority.  

* For a full list of guidelines, rules & regulations, and risks, please see our Client Agreement and Rules & Regulations Forms.

Should you board your dog for summer vacation?

We understand that dogs and their pet parents can feel stress when they’re apart, even for just a few days. If you’re still wondering whether you should board your dog for summer vacation, rest assured Central Bark will provide them with a safe and secure place to stay. Our staff will go above and beyond to make sure your dog gets plenty of attention to make them feel at ease and comfortable until you return. Our spacious dens are perfect for dogs who need a little extra room to stretch out and relax. Also, our dens are in a quiet area of the facility so your dog can get some rest and relaxation when needed.

Contact Information

For more information on your nearest Central Bark and about our Sleepover and Stay-n-Play options, visit


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