Why Choose Us?
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Our environment is personally tailored for dogs

A calmer, happier place for your best friend

Dogs that are more anxious in large groups, who enjoy a small group of dogs to play and relax with, will find a welcoming environment at The Bark Inn, Small Dogs Country Retreat.

We undertake an intensive inquiry into your dog’s nature and needs before we even meet your dog. For example, we look at their likes, dislikes, and preferences and the breed of your dog (or dominant traits for mixed breeds) to better understand your dog’s play style, personality, and instinct. It is important because two dogs put together (but different in personality and bred for different purposes) may not be a compatible mix.



Above and beyond to create a loving environment for your dog

Where else would you find an environment designed with plants and features that cater particularly to dogs? A Zen Den for quiet activities?  A Nature Garden perfect for Sniffaris? And over two acres of Wonderland Play Park perfect for fun and games?

At The Bark Inn, Small Dogs Country Retreat, your dog will find a calming environment, personal care and attention, and a luxurious, secure and comfortable place to relax and have fun.


The Bark Inn, Small Dogs Country Retreat is dedicated to helping dogs have a calm, relaxed and fun environment

Owned and operated by Certified Fear Free Professional Jo Williams, The Bark Inn, Small Dogs Country Retreat is the only facility of its kind in the Taupo region. Here to help your small dog to enjoy a calmer and more relaxed visit in the company of other small dogs.

  • Play.
  • Comfort.
  • Small social group.
  • Enrichment filled environment.
  • Individual activities.
  • Structured rest periods.

At The Bark Inn, dogs are family members who are treated with respect and understanding. Our staff are passionate and dedicated to building a bond with every dog through love, care, and personal engagement.

Reviews from previous customers

  •  Mary C

    I cannot recommend The Bark Inn and Jo too highly. I do not trust just anyone to look after my little dog. He is safe and enjoys himself so much having fun in the various areas, naps when he wants and makes lots of friends. The chauffeur service is wonderful. Jo is amazing with the dogs, and you can tell how much she loves her little charges when you talk to her.

  •  Vicki W

    I recommend the Bark Inn 100% I trust Jo with my sweet girl, it’s her second home and she love’s the retreat and is so excited to see Jo every time I drop her off. Jo is so supportive and has so much information to give when you have a hundred questions to ask when it comes to a new puppy, love taking my girl to The Bark Inn. You are doing an amazing job.

  •  Tracey C

    I highly recommend Jo and The Bark Inn. Jo takes exceptional care of my boy when he stays with her, from entertainment and runs in her paddock, to treats, cuddles and nap time. I never have to worry that he is being over aroused or put with dogs that are not suitable for him, as Jo focuses solely on small breeds. Plus, she limits her numbers, so I also know there will never be overcrowding. If you have a small breed dog, and want a home away from home, then this is definitely it.

  •  Cheryl H

    Highly recommend Jo!! Ollie thoroughly enjoyed his time with her. Incredible facilities, so well-kept and can just see what great care Jo takes of her fur boarders. Just loved seeing photos and the interactive feedback which gave us total peace of mind that Ollie was happy and having a great time. Ollie will definitely be back !!!!!!!!!! thanks again Jo, you are amazing!!

  •  Sandra F

    Highly recommend Jo to look after your dog. They will have so much fun and be very well cared for. Jo is very knowledgeable and has the best facilities I have ever seen.

  •  P McCash

    I highly recommend Jo as she is a loving and caring dog person and cares for your dogs while they are in her care. My four dogs had a fabulous time while they were there. I want to say thank you for looking after my babies so well.

  •  Michelle A

    It was good to find a place that takes a limited number of dogs and they get more individual attention. Thanks Jo, Charlie was tuckered out on the way home.

  •  Kirsty W

    There are not many places I can trust with my best friend, Koda. But I have complete trust in Jo. Her extensive knowledge and care for dogs puts my mind at ease. Booked Koda in for the weekend and got photos and updates on how he was doing, fantastic service! He had a blast! Thanks!

  •  Kay M

    I loved the retreat, so safe and secure and I loved getting regular photo updates and the activities that you had for Freddie throughout his stay. You were so caring of Freddie - he really got the deluxe treatment! Many thanks.

  •  Jo L

    Had a fabulous weekend away. Love seeing all the photos and activities Mo got up to. He not only had physical stimulation but mental as well. Thank you for looking after him so well. Definitely personal service. No hesitation recommending to others.

  •  Catherine P

    Our Cavoodle Bertie had an amazing holiday at The Bark Inn. He was very happy and well looked after. From the amazing dog playground, sandpit and paddling pool Bertie had a blast. Jo was great keeping in touch via Facebook updates and we knew Bertie was in good hands. The Bark Inn is a fabulous place to leave your small dogs. Thank you Jo for taking such great care of our very special furry friend.

  •  TC

    Jo is amazing and the dogs she looks after are cared for so well. It is so nice to be able to go away and know your dog is truly looked after. Jo spends so much one on one time with her visitors and explores all sorts of engaging techniques with them to keep them stimulated. They have so much space to play and the facilities are amazing. They are also spoilt with a heat pump on cold nights. This place is truly a retreat for dogs. Great work Jo and thank you. I doubt there is a better facility around.