The Barking Lot Ltd.

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Why grooming your dog is important?

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Regular grooming is extremely important for your canine friend. Not only does it keep dogs’ coats clean and manageable, it also enables you to do a quick health check to ensure your pet stays in tip-top condition.

Why Groom?

There are many benefits to grooming your dog. As well as aerating the coat and ensuring healthy growth, brushing promotes good blood circulation. Grooming helps to keep grease levels down — a build-up of grease in a dog’s coat can block pores and cause sebaceous cysts.

Most dogs live indoors and so moult quicker and more often than their wild counterparts, causing the loose hairs to become matted. If not brushed out regularly, they form into heavy wads which can drag the skin down, causing soreness and skin complaints.

Grooming is also the perfect opportunity for you to check your dog over to ensure he’s healthy. Giving him a once-over also enables you to check for any balls of matted fur between his paw pads, which can sometimes become hard with dirt and grease, causing discomfort.

On an emotional level, grooming reduces stress in both parties, helping dog and owner to relax and build up a close bond. When you groom your dog regularly — start when he’s a pup to get him used to the procedure — you’ll get to know him better, both physically and mentally.

Some dogs will need to visit a professional groomer, depending on their coat type. Long-haired dogs and those with busy, active lifestyles will need a groom more frequently than shorter-haired dogs or those with inactive lifestyles.

There are many benefits to visiting a good groomer. A professional clip will enhance your dog’s coat and the tools and equipment used in a salon are generally better and more high tech.

Our Hot Dogs salon is just what you need! Our professional Groomer, Kim and her apprentice are permanently stationed at The Barking Lot and can bath, clip and trim your dog.

We offer appointments during our opening times of 7.00am to 7.00pm every week day. Why not get in touch and pamper your pooch.

We have the full lists of our prices for gods big and small and often we have great promotions, keep your eyes on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

To make your appointment today call 01642 672229 or email


Howl-O-Ween party – Spooookky!

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Halloween party for dogs, at The ABrking Lot, Stockton on Tees
We can’t resist the chance to hold a Howl-O-Leen party at The Barking Lot Ltd.

Join us on Saturday 31st October between 12.00-3.00


We have lots of ‘Tricks and Treats’ waiting for our great doggy friends, as well as some ‘pup cakes’ no doubt.

Let your dog take part in our ‘Best in Show’ classes, like ‘Cutest Puppy’, or ‘Dog who looks most like its owner’ ( including fancy dress of course!)

Our dog show starts at 12.30 so we hope you can make it along.

Dogs are £2.00 on the day and owners come for free!

We hope you will enjoy our fun afternoon and enjoy a bit of ‘ruff and tumble’ with your dog’s top friends.

For more information or to find out where we are, please call 01642 672229 or 07984455097 or drops us a message on Facebook.

Please note: you will need to responsible for your dogs behaviour on the day!

Dental care tips for your dog

Dental care for your dog, The BArking Lot, Stockton

Dental care is crucial for dogs.

Sources estimates that 80% of dogs have signs of oral disease by the time they are three years old.

In spite of these findings, dental care is not a priority for most pet owners. As few as 14 percent of dogs get dental care at a vet’s office.

What are the signs to look out for?

  • Bad breath is often the first sign of dental disease.

  • Your dog may be less eager to eat or play with their toys.

  • Their teeth may chatter when they try to eat.

  • They may be listless or have bleeding gums or eroded teeth.

Good dental health is essential in maintaining your pet’s good health. The bacteria in a dog or cat’s mouth can enter his bloodstream, causing infections in the lungs, heart, kidneys and liver or even the nervous system.

Dental care for your pet should start while he is still young. If the baby teeth don’t fall out and the permanent teeth erupt under them, it can lead to dental problems such as increased tartar formation, malocclusion problems and gum irritation.

Your vet can show you how to care for your pet’s teeth and gums. If you have a new puppy, talk with your vet at the first appointment about starting good dental care at home. Most vets will show you how to brush your pet’s teeth and many carry brushes and toothpaste for dogs. Please note: Do not use human toothpaste on your pet.

If your dog is more than three years old, schedule a dental checkup with your vet.  If your pet has bad teeth he may be put on antibiotics for a few days to get rid of the infection and lessen the chances for complications. The cleaning is similar to a human dental cleaning. It will include tartar removal, checking for cavities, gingival pockets and growths on the gums or palates. Then the teeth will be polished to smooth the teeth after the tartar removal. A smooth tooth does not encourage tartar formation as easily as a rough tooth.

Dental disease progresses in stages. If it is caught early, you can prevent the damage from spreading and save the teeth. Your pet should have a yearly routine exam that includes a dental checkup. Ask your vet how you can start and maintain a good dental regimen at home. Good dental care can help your dog lead a long and healthy life.

Of course if we notice any of the symptoms noted above we will let you know.

Please check out our on site shop to see if we have treats, chews and or cleaning products for your dog!

This is pawsitively pawsome!

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We are thrilled to have linked up with Happy Hounds to be the venue for some exciting new puppy training.

Starting on 24th September, we will host six weeks of top quality puppy training ideal for your and your new pup!

The course will cover most of the basics you need to get your get your pup up to scratch.

It will be led by our two training experts Nicky and Heather who both have wealth of dog training experience and are now pooling their resources in this bespoke course just for you.

So what are you waiting for? Get yourselves booked on the course today, we only have 10 places available so don’t miss out!

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We have some ideas for some additional training courses we might start running, if you are interested in any additional courses, please send us an enquiry and we will keep you in touch of our next available course.

What does your dog’s tail tell you?

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Paying attention to your dog’s tail!

So has your dog got a curly tail, a waggy tail or a tucked in tail? Just like our bodies, thye are all different and their body language via their tails, can tell us what your dog is feeling!

If your dog wags their tail don’t always assume they are just being friendly, dog can wag their tails when they are feeling aggressive too.. Likewise a dog who isn’t wagging their tail can be friendly.

As all dog breeds tails differ, some are more restricted than others in how they can use their tail to express themselves.

Most dogs have a natural tail that hangs down near to the joint between the lower thigh and the rear leg, others though such as pugs have tails that curl up and over their backs.

Watch your dog when he is relaxed and they will hold their tail in their most natural position. If he is happy, he may wag it gently from side to side. If your dog is particularly happy, this wag can be more forceful and quicker, usually after they greet you after being apart.

If your dog is feeling nervous or submissive, he might hold his tail down and even tuck it between their legs.

Finally if they are feeling particularly scared he will probably hold his tail tightly up against his belly.


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Thankfully at The Barking Lot, we pretty much mainly see lots of wagging tails as all of dogs have such a good time! If you want to be part of the pack, then please call or email to arrange an assessment appointment with our fave dog Charlie!  Call 01642 672229 or email




Top tips to train your dog!

Dog training, The Barking Lot, Stockton on Tees

Training a puppy can be frustrating, especially when you are just beginning the task. But, if you take a look at the tips below and apply them to your dog, you will build a strong relationship with your dog and understand more fully their needs.

#1 Make sure to get everyone involved in training. If you are the only member of the family training the dog make sure the rest of the family are aware of your methods and use the same keywords and rewards to allow consistency in your dog training.

#2 Establish for the beginning a proper exercise routine, this will help a lot with your dog training when you take your dog out for a walk or run, incentivise them with treats for good behaviour.

#3 To teach your dog to sit, gently push down on his behind as you give the verbal command “Sit!” and make a hand gesture with your palm facing down. Each time your dog sits successfully, even if you have to help him out, give him a treat and praise him. It is important that your dog know how to sit so that you can build on this command and eventually teach him to “Stay!

#4 Your dog needs to know who is boss, so don’t get side tracked by bad behaviour. Make sure your dog knows that bad behaviour will be met with punishment, but always reward good behaviour too.

#5 Getting your dog socialised is a key part of their training, being able to play and intereract with other dogs should be introduced from a young age to allow you to feel confident taking your dog anywhere where other dogs may be.

#6 When you are training your dog, remember to take frequent breaks and not try to teach too much all at once. Your dog will quickly become overwhelmed and refuse to follow directions if the training period is too long.

Finally, make sure you have fun with your dog, they will always be your best friend.

If you would like to know more about the Barking Lot, please call or email to make an assessment appointment for your dog. We make sure your dog is well socialised and learns to play with all of their dog friends.

Call 01642 672229  or email

Astounding dog facts to show off to your friends!

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At The Barking Lot, we think we know lots about dogs, but even some of these facts astounded us.

So we felt we must share them with you, we bet you will raise an eyebrow at a few!

Enjoy (if you have any great dog facts, please do let us know, we are happy to share!)


  • Fifty-eight percent of dog owners include their dogs in their annual holiday photos.
  •  Dogs are not colorblind. They are able to detect color in their vision, just not as vividly as humans.
  •  Puppies are born without teeth and eyesight. They’re also born deaf.
  •  For running purposes, the shoulder blades on dogs are not attached to the rest of the skeleton.
  •  A typical dog has the same brain aptitude level as a toddler. Dogs can comprehend about 250 words and count up to 5.
  •  Dogs who live in cities tend to live, on average, 3 years longer than dogs from the country.
  •  In Moscow, some stray dogs learned to use the underground transit system to navigate throughout the city in search of food.

  • Dogs’ sense of hearing can reach four times the distance of humans.
  • Some dogs can identify the smell of lung cancer from sniffing a person’s breath.
  • Eighty percent of dog owners shower their pets with gifts on special occasions like birthdays and holidays. On holidays, over half of these pets are included in the signature of family cards.


If you love your dog as much as we love your dogs, then arrange an assessment appointment for you and your dog and everyone can enjoy the summer having fun. To find out more about our services, please call  01642  672229 or Email

Want to teach an old dog new tricks?

Dog tricks, the barking lot, stockton

Tricks to teach your dog #1


Twist and twirl

Teach your dog to spin around on command in either direction. Once he can do this you can try variations, such as spinning together as you walk! Begin with your dog in front of you and bend forwards slightly, holding a treat next to his nose. Slowly lure his head round towards his tail. You can click and treat if he moves his front feet just a single step. Keep practising until you can lure him in a full, tight circle. Click and reward when he is back in the starting position.

Eventually he will do this in one movement. Add the word ‘Twist’ for one direction and ‘Spin’ for the other. Soon you will be able to do this standing up and without hand signals.

If you manage to do it, send us a video clip, we will share on our Facebook page.


To book a place for a day or half day session, please email or message us on our facebook page.

Keeping cool in the sun!

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At the Barking Lot, we are lucky to have a great indoor and outdoor facilities so your dogs have an opportunity to enjoy the good weather if they wish or some much needed shade.

The care of your dogs is our primary concern and we always make sure there is fresh clean water on hand to quench their thirst.

When the weather is good, we love to get our our paddling pool out for our dogs as they LOVE it, chasing invisible cats  and jumping at their shadows.

We also wanted to let you know some other ways you can make sure your dog stays cool during the summer and prevent them from the stresses of heat stroke and dehydration.

If the weather is super hot, the best place for your dog is indoors, but like us they like to enjoy the rays. We would suggest if your dog is a long haired to  remove their heavy winter coats and let their skin breathe a little.

Also available are cooling wraps or blankets, these come with freezable liners which will help lower your dogs temperature.

Another tip is to provide cool water and frozen treats. Easy to make your own at home and or freeze a chew bone for a refreshing afternoon treat.

So be vigilant for your dogs needs and don’t let them become a ‘hot dog’


For more information on our services at The Barking Lot, please call 01642 672229 or email for prices, opening hours and special offers.

Being social matters for dogs

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We believe socialisation should early in life, and is a process that can never stop. Dogs enter certain periods of their lives when hostile or fearful behavior can manifest, even if they have been well socialised before.

Adolescence is the first such period; around the age of four and a half months (the beginning of adolescence for most dogs), they can go through sudden personality changes, becoming willful and aggressive – just like human teenagers. This is one reason why puppy school should be started after the age of three months, so that your dog will still be there when he enters adolescence and there is the opportunity for skilled trainers to help him get past his anxiety and uncertainness.

Many dog owners have experienced these kinds of personality changes when their dogs are between the ages of eight months and two years. The important point to realize is that the process of socialization must be ongoing. You should take your dog into public places, like parks, where he can be exposed to new dogs and people each and every day if possible. You might even want to arrange play dates with other dog owners to make sure your dog continues to have rewarding and fun contacts with other dogs throughout his life.

At The Barking Lot we can encourage this socialisation even further, by introducing many dogs together in play, on walks and in out vast indoor and outdoor space, with our trained staff always on hand we can see our the dogs interact and improve their social skills as they play.

Socialisation is important because it will determine what kind of personality your dog is going to have. You want him to be welcoming, friendly, and trusting; this means you will have an animal companion who is a pleasure to be around, for everyone in the family. It also means you won’t have to worry about getting sued because your dog has been attacking people or their pets. And most importantly, it is what is best for your dog, because a well-socialized dog is a happy dog, and that is what any dog owner should want most of all.

Our dogs are walked every day in the local area and we encourage healthy play with both staff, fun toys and each other.

We love your dogs as much as you do, which is why many of clients bring their dogs back to us regularly rather than leaving then ‘unentertained’ and ‘unsocialised’ at home or work.


To find out more about our services, flexible hours and fantastic rates, please call 01642 672229 or email