From Our Editors
Barka Lounge eschews cages in favor of 7,000 square feet of open space where dogs can socialize, wear each other out, and nap under the watchful eyes of staff members. Before dogs are allowed in, staff members conduct evaluations with each hound to determine their temperament and opinions about world peace, and then sort nonaggressive dogs into separate play areas based on size and temperament. While they’re at daycare, dogs are given clear boundaries and rewarded for good behavior with pats and praise. Staff members use basic obedience commands throughout the day, but more in-depth training is available separately with a master certified trainer.