Why Choose Us?
Bonnie Puppy

The Right Day Care For Your Dog


We love to develop a closer relationship with our family members, so keep our group numbers small.

Our day care models involve an enrichment program including free play, individual activities and structured rest periods.

The Bark Inn has a dog daycare membership for puppies (4 1/2 to 8 Months) on Thursdays.

Our established family members have exclusive daycare membership on Fridays for adults over 8 months.

Family members have the ability to book weekend day retreats.


  • Emotionally healthy dogs
  • Better interaction with staff
  • Quality supervision
  • Closer relationships with members
  • Lower stress on group members
  • Quality play
  • Private Facebook Group



  • Age – Any age small dog, fourteen days after full vaccination.
  • Size – Exclusively for small dogs, standing up to a maximum of 42cm from ground to shoulder when adults. (Sorry no Bulldogs, Bull Terriers or Staffordshire Bull Terriers (Staffies) or crosses of these breeds, or high drive dogs).
  • Social – As an off leash group play environment, all members must enjoy the company of other dogs.
  • Non-aggressive – especially with toys, food, objects, toward people, other dogs and over territory.
  • Males must be desexed by 7 months and no entire females while in season.
  • Health – All dogs must be in good health to attend The Bark Inn. All dogs must be free from any conditions that could put other members at risk. Dogs who have been sick with a transferable condition in the last 30 days will require a vet certificate of good health to attend.
  • All dogs must be up to date on flea and worming treatments.
  • Vaccines – All dogs must be up to date on Parvo, Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis and Canine Cough. Proof of vaccinations or titer test results are required.
  • Council Registration – All dogs must have current registration with the local council and have the strap or disc attached to their collar or harness. All dogs over three months must be registered with their local council as per the Dog Control Act 1996.
  • Microchipped – We require proof of microchipping. All dogs must be microchipped by five months old as per the Dog Control Act 1996 section 36A.
  • Comfort Check – All new clients will require an on site comfort check prior to being accepted. Members who have not attended in over six months  may require another assessment.
  • Application Form & Records – Application form must be completed and submitted with proof of vaccines, microchip number and local council registration prior to a comfort check being booked.


Comfort Check

Every dog is different and enjoys playing in different ways, not every dog thrives in a group or a stimulating environment.

A comfort check is essential to ensure the enjoyment and safety of all members.

This allows us to check your dogs comfort levels, play style, and behaviours.

If for any reason we feel this is not the right environment for your dog we may offer you alternate suggestions.

The Bark Inn is committed to making sure our members have a happy, healthy and safe visit with every effort made to provide a low stress and fear free environment.

A reservation is set for your comfort check after submission of the form and records.  Bookings are made for Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays.

The comfort check costs from $28.00 per dog.

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.