Summer is over, and your kids aren’t the only ones who wish it were longer. Your pets have adjusted to spending more time with your family, going on outdoor adventures and getting lots of attention. So before you cram your calendar full of new activities, consider ways you can help your pet ease into the new school year. 

Give Your Dog a Day Out

Let’s face it - your dog’s ideal day is not sitting at home alone. Treat your dog to a day of play with furry friends at our doggie daycare. Our daycare packages not only help your budget, but help your dog consistently stay active and practice socialization skills.

Keep Your Dog Busy

Surprise your pup with new special toy or treat. When choosing a new toy, opt for something durable like a Kong, rather than a plush or plastic toy. If your dog is a chewer, never leave them unsupervised with an easily destructible toy.

Don’t Forget to Exercise

All dogs need exercise, though the amount of needed exercise depends on breed, age and health. Take a walk around the neighborhood, visit the dog park or toss a frisbee in the backyard. If you have your own workout routine, try these 7 moves you can do with your dog.


The key to transitioning your dog to a new schedule is balancing your pet’s time spent alone and time spent with people and other pets. Bringing your dog to doggie daycare even a few days per week could drastically help your pet maintain a healthy level of physical and mental activity. Plus you won’t feel that all too familiar feeling of guilt on your way out the door every morning.

Posted by Ark Crew  | Category: Pet Heath + Wellness

Chattanooga is home to food lovers, outdoor enthusiasts, socialites and most importantly - dog owners. And thankfully in the Scenic City, those categories can overlap at more than fifty local dog-friendly restaurants, cafés and breweries. That’s why the Ark Pet Spa & Hotel has some helpful tips for the next time you dine with your dog.

Tip #1 - Work out before you go out.

Before you can expect your dog to sit calmly at a restaurant, make sure he has a chance to expel his energy beforehand. Take a hike or stop by your local dog park. Once your pup is worn out, he is more likely to listen well and take it easy.

Tip #2 - Don’t let him wander.

Secure your dog with a short, non-retractable leash to ensure he doesn’t wander away or become a nuisance to staff and customers. If the restaurant is small, get your dog to tuck under the table or your chair so that no one trips over him.

Tip #3 - Keep cool.

Most dog-friendly eateries will provide your pooch with his own water bowl if you simply ask. On hot days, choose a table in a shaded area and keep a close eye on your dog for signs of overheating. Stay educated on how to keep your dog cool.

Tip #4 - Cut back on begging.

Be sure your dog is well fed before you bring him to a food-filled environment so he isn’t as tempted to beg. If your dog is food-aggressive or lacks table manners, you may want to brush up on some training. Before you sneak your pup a few bites from your plate, read our quick list of foods to NOT give your dog.

Tip #5 - Watch body language.

Not all dogs feel comfortable or safe in a busy restaurant. Stay attuned to your dog’s behavior and watch for signs of anxiety, stress, fear or aggression. If your dog isn’t ready to go out, don’t force him. Socialization doesn’t happen overnight.

If you aren’t sure whether a restaurant is dog-friendly, always call ahead. If it turns out that your four-legged friend isn’t welcome, bring your dog by your local Ark Pet Spa & Hotel for a fun-packed day of play. Our free play environment is proven to increase socialization skills while providing your dog with plenty of exercise.

Posted by Ark Crew  | Category: In Your Local Community

Dogs know how to get what they want. One look with those puppy eyes can get them a night in the big bed, an extra belly rub or that last bite of steak. Our crew is all about spoiling your pup every once in a while, but we also know that not every kind of treat is safe for dogs to eat. That’s why we’ve provided a convenient list of human-grade foods that you should never share with your pup.

DON'T LET YOUR DOG EAT:

• Grapes and raisins
• Chocolate
• Macadamia nuts
• Onions
• Garlic
• Avocado
• Coffee and tea
• Xylitol (ingredient found in candy, gum and baked goods)
• Alcohol
• Nutmeg
• Lemons and limes
• Raw yeast dough
• Almonds
• Cinnamon
• Ice cream

Like humans, dogs can have food allergies or intolerances, so what’s safe for one dog may not be the case for another. At the Ark, all of our Slobberbones treats are made with all-natural, dog-approved ingredients to keep your dog happy and healthy. Next time you stop by, fill up a treat bucket from our raw bar or pick out an adorable cookie to take home for your pet.

Posted by Ark Crew  | Category: Pet Heath + Wellness

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