FAQ's

Let your pup experience the joys of socialising and stimulation at daycare. Just like us humans, dogs need a break from the monotony of daily life and crave interaction with others. They’ll get the chance to stretch their legs in our various indoor and outdoor themed play areas, catch up with their furry friends, and expend their excess energy. With plenty of love and attention from our daycare teachers and other dogs, your four-legged companion will return home with a wag in their tail and a smile on their face.

While we offer outstanding daycare services during our regular hours of 6.30am to 6.30pm, Monday-Friday, unfortunately, we do not offer overnight accommodations for our furry guests.

Absolutely! At Barkley Park, we believe that your furry friend deserves the best, and we want you to be confident in choosing us. That’s why we invite you to stop by and take a tour of our facilities. We also have cameras live streaming our facility in reception so you can see what our dogs are up to anytime you’re in. We post daily across our Instagram page too if you’d like to check us out in the meantime. Otherwise, just give us a heads up and plan to visit between 9am and 10am or 12pm to 2pm, when we have a little more time to give you a warm welcome and show you around. We look forward to meeting you and your four-legged companion!

At Barkley Park, we believe in providing a safe and enjoyable experience for all dogs, big or small! Our playgroups are carefully crafted to cater to the energy, size, temperament, and play style of each furry friend. We even encourage dogs to overcome their fears and anxieties through positive reinforcement. We run small dog groups every day and on Tuesdays and Thursdays we run our Tiny groups where we conduct extra confidence building and exposure activities for our smaller dogs and more shy types.

And don’t worry about your small pooch, as all groups are monitored by our diligent crew members, who are always on hand to ensure maximum safety. With at least one crew member in every area at all times, you can rest easy knowing your dog is in good hands. So let the good times roll!

We have a variety of fish based treats on hand to reward good behaviour and training success. We can provide puppies up to 9 months old lunch time meals, provided by the owners, where requested. We don’t encourage lunch time meals for our non puppy daycare dogs due to the risk of bloat (GDV) and upset tummies since our day care dogs are so active. To ensure your pup’s well-being, we recommend feeding them breakfast no later than 45 minutes before transportation and serving dinner in a calm setting after a fun-filled day of play.
Barkley Park has two large indoor areas complete with climbing structures and platforms. We have three large themed outdoor yards (Farm, Beach (complete with pool and sand) and Running yard). Your dog will never be bored as we aim to rotate the groups around these areas at least 4-5 times a day so your dog experiences everything. We have shelter and conduct activities in all of these yards too. We don’t supply toys to our daycare dogs due to possessiveness or risk of ingestion. Our dogs experience so many natural play areas throughout the day that they will not require toys.
Unfortunately, bringing along your furry friend’s beloved toys, blanket, bed, etc. is not permitted. This is to ensure a clean and sanitary environment for all dogs, and to prevent any unfair advantage or increase in possessiveness over personal items. To maintain fairness among all canine guests, we kindly request that all of your dog’s personal belongings remain at home.
At the heart of our approach is the well-being of all dogs under our care. If a situation arises where a pup becomes over-stimulated and is displaying heightened energy we have established a designated “time-out” space where they can be promptly taken out of play. This space is still within eyesight of our day care attendants so the dog is never left unwatched. This helps to ensure the safety of all dogs, and also allows us to provide rest for any pup that may be over-stimulated.If a dog displays any dominating or aggressive behaviour we will call you as the owner of the dog and request the dog be brought home as soon as possible. We can not allow any dominant or aggressive behaviour at our daycare facility as it impacts the safety and enjoyment of the other dog guests.
Your furry friend’s potty habits at home will remain the same, our dogs spend a lot of time outdoors in our facility and the indoor areas are made to look and feel like natural settings with a lot of wood and artificial grass. We do not have any areas that would resemble a home environment therefore your dog will not associate our facility with an indoor home environment.
We take animal handling very seriously. Our expert team is knowledgeable and experienced in providing the best care for your furry friend. Our staff members are handpicked for their dog handling skills, energy, passion for animals, and most importantly, their unwavering patience. We expect the highest standards from our team, giving you complete peace of mind that your dog is in good hands with the best of the best in the industry.
Our facility is over 2,000m2 with themed indoor and outdoor areas. We are the largest, and in our opinion, the best dog daycare facility in Brisbane! We have no need to take your dogs for walks as our facility has ample space for running, sniffing and bathing. We can guarantee you a happy, tired and relaxed dog after a daycare day at Barkley Park.
Bringing your furry friend to daycare is a big step, and we want to make sure they’re fully protected! We only accept pups that have completed their full vaccination regimen. This usually involves three rounds of vaccinations, with the final one typically around 14-16 weeks. Once your pup has received its shots, it can take up to 7-14 days for the vaccines to take full effect. If you’re uncertain about your puppy’s vaccinations, we suggest chatting with your trusted veterinarian to ensure they’re ready to romp and play!

Our Initial days are held every Monday and provide a full day of playtime and socialising. Our team will get to know your pet and see what their likes and needs are, so we can provide the best care possible. At midday we call you to let you know how your pup is doing and then at the end of the day, we will give you a rundown of how they did and together, we can determine if they are a good fit for our daycare.

For a successful Initial day, we suggest dropping off your fur baby before 7am or after 8.30am and picking them up before 5pm. Arriving early helps them acclimate to the group without feeling overwhelmed, and arriving a bit later lets us take our time introducing them to their group. An earlier pick-up on the first day allows us to chat about their day and make plans for the future. If your pet isn’t having a good time, we will call you to let you know and may need to have you pick them up, but please note that we can’t refund their trial day spot as our staff spend a lot of time settling in new dogs and planning our day care day around our newbies.

To ensure a fun and safe time at daycare, your fur baby should arrive sporting a collar or harness and a name tag with their first name and your last name on there. The name tag is vital for your dog’s safety on pick up and ensures, along with a password set by you, that only you (or your designated listed persons) can pick up your dog.

We keep energy levels below a certain threshold by creating distractions through activities, movement and constant interactions.

We plan our movements and activities at the start of the day, and we match the dogs’ energy levels carefully in our groups.

We ensure that we give all of the dogs in our care a chance to relax and recharge.

We have 2x one hour rest times during our day at 10.30am and 2pm during which we can crate your dog which ensures maximum recharge or your dog can choose a bed on the floor. We play calming music to help them relax and a daycare teacher sits with your dogs while they rest.

Rest times are paramount to your dogs continued enjoyment of the daycare day. Dogs need regular rest periods to recharge so they can continue to play nicely together. Once they have had a rest, it’s time for more activities, running, sniffing and water play.

Still have questions?

Don’t hesitate to reach out to the Barkley Park team for any further queries. We’re available to assist you Monday to Friday, from 6.30am to 6.30pm. Simply drop us a message on our many platforms or give us a ring on 0416 306 434. Our goal is to ensure that every dog parent understands why Barkley Park is genuinely the best environment for their furry friend. We look forward to hearing from you!

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