Cranford, NJ

Location

450 North Ave E
Cranford, NJ 07016
 Map   Email
 908.276.6000
 fax: 908.276.2000

Hours

Daily: 7:00am - 7:00pm
Major Holidays: Open for the pooches, Closed to the public.

Welcome!

Welcome New Barker Loungers!


If you're exploring the possibility of trying out The Barker Lounge for the first time, we're super excited to meet you and your pooch!

To be as safe and responsible as possible, all new doggies must complete an evaluation prior to using our services or booking any daycare/boarding reservations with us. We call this the "Meet & Greet." And we can only accept a handful of new doggy Meet & Greets each day. So we ask all new doggies to please be patient and plan ahead if you are considering using our services.

We promise, though, it'll be worth the wait. Read on for some of the wonderful things that our customers have to say about us!

We're looking forward to meeting you and your doggies!

Sign up now... Your first day is FREE!


Promotions

 
EARN MONEY...Refer-a-Friend!
You and your pooch will earn a $20 CREDIT for every dog you refer that uses our services! 
A Big "Thanks" to everyone who continues to spread the good word about us! Your recommendations and referals continue to help us grow! 

Our Facility






  • Over 18,000 square feet of indoor cage-less play area
  • Nearly 4,000 square feet of secure, gated outdoor play area with the safest, most sanitary, and most comfortable doggy grass in the industry!
  • Entire facility equipped with indoor and outdoor security cameras and monitored 24 hours a day
  • Climate Controlled year round
  • State of the art air purification/filtration system
  • Standard and Luxury sized private boarding suites to accommodate your individual dog or your family of dogs
  • Quiet time accommodations


THE BARKER LOUNGE is a peace-of-mind alternative to leaving your dog home alone.

About Us

Welcome to The Barker Lounge of Cranford, NJ

...where we're quite certain you'll find our pet care program to be like no other! Our goal is to provide our guests with a healthy means for socialization, exercise, and stimulation. In doing so, we strive to ensure that we improve the lives of every single dog and owner with whom we come in contact! 

About Us...
My wife and I first discovered the world of doggy daycare in 2002 in our pursuit to provide Lilah, our dog, with as much happiness in her life as humanly possibly. In our search, it became apparent to us that there were a lot more dogs than just Lilah who spent their long days sitting at home with no outlets for their energy, waiting for their owners to return home from work. The world of doggy daycare was the perfect alternative to this all too common lifestyle! It was a way to truly better the lives of countless dogs…and a way to make “work” a thing that we truly love. So we began exploring the world of doggy daycare a bit deeper and were pleasantly surprised at the opportunity that existed within the industry. With an eager “okay” from Lilah, and the unconditional support of my wife, just one short year later I left the security of corporate America, and opened up the first doggy daycare center in central New Jersey with great success. It didn’t take long for us to realize the incredible impact that we had on the thousands of dogs (and their people) who used our services, and the incredible reward that came from doing so! So over the next few years, I dug deeper into the doggy world and began to refine The Barker Lounge processes, improve the system, challenge the “norms” of the industry, and continue to find ways to better the lives of every dog and owner with whom we came into contact.   My ambition lead us to other seasoned professionals within the industry who assisted in my efforts to improve the doggy daycare concept. Unbeknownst to us at the time, we would become what is now The Barker Lounge Franchising Team!

 After 13 years in our original facility in Roselle, in 2015 we relocated to our new home here in Cranford with great excitement!  And while there is tremendous reward in our franchising efforts; in helping others build their very own doggy daycare centers; in sharing what we've built; and in helping spread The Barker Lounge gospel; what we love most is the very thing that drew us into this industry...being with the doggies, day in and day out.  

We're grateful and humbled at the opportunity to care for your pooches!

Warmly,
Jason & Blythe

Testimonials

What Our Customers are Saying...

Loki...the mere mention of The Barker Lounge sends him into a frenzy!

Dear Barker Peeps-
This must be the best place ever invented. Since day one I have never been able to get Scout to leave without picking him up and carrying him to the car. What do you do in there? Must be the doggie crack? Voodoo? Dance party? Amazing gourmet treats? My dog is depressed. He's sulking right now because he's not there with you. I think he has a pretty great life at our house but clearly we are doing something wrong...

Whatever you guys do there, keep doing it. But maybe you can tell him it's ok to go home after a day of play? Clearly, he doesn't believe me!

My dog was very excited to go, which hasn't happened any place else, so I'm very happy with your services. In comparison to another facility in the area, The Barker Lounge is more low key and authentic. The staff is made up of true "crazy dog people" in the absolutely best sense, rather than corporate people who work in a dog boarding facility. I love knowing that my dog is in a happy place.
I love the Barker Lounge. Convenient, Fairly Priced, Super Friendly staff, accommodating, knowledgable, etc. I really can't say enough good things about the time Nanook has spent there. It makes me happy to know he is in good hands, spends time with other huskies, and gets to play all day. Thank you!!
Hello Barker Lounge! Thank you so much for taking such good care of our Tyson yesterday. He was so energetic when he got home and I kept asking him if he liked The Barker Lounge and he just wagged his tail and gave me a bunch of kisses - I'll take that as a YES!! Although Tyson was a little nervous being around a large group of dogs - your staff assured me that Tyson will get use to it the more he comes to doggie day care. Your staff is wonderful and your facility is awesome - VERY CLEAN!! I was very impressed with the tour - and your kennel area was great! We will definitely see you VERY soon! This is too funny - a friend of mine suggested that, next time, Tyson bring plenty of biscuits to tip the bartender!!! 
Dear Barker Lounge – our Brittany “Ruby” has been spending great days at Barker Lounge for almost a year now. We can tell her it is a “Barker” day in the morning and she looks at her chain to get ready to go. Barker Lounge is operated by very competent, dog loving people, that allow the dogs to play and socialize in a monitored setting. It is wonderful to pick up a happy and tired “Barker Girl” after work. I can’t thank Barker Lounge enough for being such an important part of our dog’s beginning socializing skills and knowing she is happy for our day at work.
I cannot begin to express how grateful I am that you were able to give Lily (our basset hound) a warm, safe home during the power outages after Superstorm Sandy. You provided us with peace of mind, and Lily with love and affection, during a very difficult time. I really don't know what we would have done if you hadn't been able to take her, but we are so grateful that you provided us with the best solution. Thank you again. 
I’d like to thank you for hiring an exceptional staff and cultivating an atmosphere of caring and awareness of the dogs at The Barker Lounge. The staff noticed, before I did, that Reilly wasn’t herself. They alerted me to the fact that she was allergic and less playful. It turns out she has food intolerances. Without your staff raising the concern to me, Reilly may have suffered for a much longer time. I am SO GLAD you provide the service you do. Keep up the good work!! Many thanks!
I was stranded due to the weather on my vacation, Willow was being boarded and I could not pick her up. I called Barker Lounge and they quickly put me at ease telling me they would take care of her as long as needed and she was very happy playing with all her friends and even had extra treats and food for her if needed. I finally got home and she was such a happy tired out pup! I truly believe she was more depressed than I that the vacation was over!!! Thank you Barker Lounge, you guys are the BEST!!!!

They are attentive to your dogs needs, allowing first timers to slowly get adjusted- both dog and owner. By far they are the best boarding/daycare place that I have ever taken my dogs to. I would highly recommend this place to everyone. You walk away from there knowing your dogs are in good hands.
This is the ONLY doggie day care place that my dog barks with excitement to get out of the car and go into. That is priceless. He's been to several and always puts the brakes on everywhere else. Thanks!
I wish more things in life could go as smoothly and pleasantly as they do at Barker Lounge! Calls get returned, e-mails get answered, and most importantly our shih tsu Buster is always returned to us healthy and happy. Keep up the great work!!! 
BEST find for our dog! If you have been searching for a place to board your dog or you just need to make sure they are getting all of their exercise, LOOK NO FURTHER. We love the Barker Lounge! The staff is friendly and truly cares about your dog. We struggled when we had to find a place to board our dog Kade - so many were so expensive or had so many add-ons to make sure he wasn't in a cage all day. Barker is an amazing price for the value and truly wants to do what is best for your dog. I recommend Barker Lounge to all the pet parents in the neighborhood when they ask us where we board. I am so glad we found them, makes for a worry-free time when we are away.
The only day care/kennel we trust... We've had our dogs stay at the Barker Lounge many times now and had nothing but great experiences with them. We know that they truly care about their dogs unlike most other boarding places. The staff is helpful, energetic and knowledgeable and our dog always has a great time.
Wouldn't take my dog anywhere but the Barker Lounge! The Barker Lounge facility and staff are by far the best! I wouldn't think of leaving my 4 year old chocolate lab anywhere else. He's been boarded there many times and goes to daycare and I can say that we have had great experiences. The staff is very caring and you really feel that they know and love your dog.I know when my dog is there, he is in good hands and that gives me peace of mind when we are away from him.
This is a long, overdue acknowledgement and thanks for basically saving Mason’s life in April. I think he probably would have developed bloat at some time in his excitable life, and if it had happened when anyone else was in charge (including me) he wouldn’t have made it. We are so grateful that you saw what was happening and got him to a wonderful vet, Dr. Tucker, immediately. It’s been about six weeks now and he’s almost back to his old puppy self. So we’ll be visiting for a fun day later this month. Thank you forever! See you soon!
JT Love's the Barker Lounge Our dog JT is a small rambunctious Cocker Spaniel with an endless supply of energy (The entire staff at the Barker Lounge can attest to that!). We love him to death but sometimes we can't keep up so we bring him to the Barker Lounge to can play with his doggie buddies. The staff at the Barker Lounge are phenomenal and absolutely love and attend to every dog that walks through the door. By the end of the day when we come to pick him up he is exhausted and sleeps for the next day or two before he is ready for his next trip back to visit his friends. It is very convenient to get to on the way to and from work (close to the parkway entrance/exit) and is very reasonably priced.
The Barker Lounge does not disappoint! The service and care provided by the staff is always top notch- and Simba seems to really like her friends. When she first started coming she was quite timid and tentative- now she runs right in. Thank you again. 
LOVE this place! my dog cant get enough!! i LOVE the barker lounge. my dog wants to go every single day! he sits at my feet while i'm getting ready to go to work and howls at me and when i go to leave he runs around the house until i bring him! he PULLS me into the door and cant get enough of the place! i love the matted floors that they have inside the place and the new turf that they just put outside. the staff is wonderul and and they are always happy to see my dog when he walks in. i have boarded him too without a problem! they even washed his bed before they gave it back to me! highly recommend!!!!!!
Our dog is an older fellow and we were very concerned about his being away from us. The staff at Barker's Lounge did everything to accommodate him, including providing him with his own play room to sleep in because of his arthritis so he wouldn't have to deal with the stairs. I also knew he would be depressed and wouldn't eat well. They put canned chicken in his food to get him to eat. We were also told that on the last day when he was given a bath, he was carried up and down the stairs. We feel that the staff at Barker's Lounge went above and beyond to take care of our boy. We would highly recommend Barker's Lounge to anyone! Thanks again for giving us peace of mind.
We just wanted to thank you so much for taking such good care of our little Ginger. It meant so much to us knowing that while we were away, you were there providing a wonderful ‘home away from home’. She loved you guys as much as we know you loved her. Thank you for being so caring.
Mornings used to break my heart – Buddy, my beautiful golden retriever, seemed to know that I was leaving him for a long, lonely day. As I would get dressed for work, he would watch my every move. His big, sad eyes would follow me around the room. I always felt so guilty leaving him home for 10 hours. After a long day on my feet, I had to come home and walk him even though it wasn’t enough exercise to satisfy his needs. He would wake me up all night – 2 am wake up calls to play or go outside for a walk. Then I found The Barker Lounge. I met Jason at a couple of different dog events over the summer and fall of 2008. I was impressed with his gentle nature and he seemed to really like dogs. The best decision I ever made was to bring my boy to The Barker Lounge. Buddy runs out to the car every morning and doesn’t want to leave when I pick him up! He is so tired that he falls asleep before I have even changed out of my work clothes. Knowing he is safe, loved and occupied during my long days, gives me such a peace of mind. This dog has enriched my life so much – don’t I have the same responsibility to enrich his? The staff is great and they recognized quickly that Buddy was a “people” dog. They provide him with so much love that it almost seems that I am bringing him to his 2nd home everyday. He has never been happier and I have never been more grateful.
Love it! The Barker Lounge is cool, clean, professional and friendly. Our very energetic dog Sally has a ball there both at doggie day care and when boarding. When she arrives home she is not at all clingy but happy and tired from all the playing! We wouldn't bring her anywhere else. Thanks Barker Lounge.

Meet the Fosters

The BARKER LOUNGE® believes no dog should be without a good home.

To that end, we currently work with local rescue groups to foster dogs and help them find good homes. Through our efforts, we've helped to find homes for hundreds of dogs in need. Our foster dogs are cared for like any other guest at The Barker Lounge -- they are loved, in-house residents who get to enjoy playing, socializing and exercising with all of our other guests at our cage-less daycare and boarding facility. The interaction and socialization that these dogs are exposed to on a daily basis helps to prepare them to live a healthy and normal life with their soon to be new owners. More importantly, these foster dogs get the opportunity to meet interested potential adoptive parents. 

A big thanks to the many rescue groups for their endless efforts in finding homes for countless pets in need! The true reward is in meeting these wonderful pets and seeing them leave to start their new lives with loving families.

All foster dogs go through the same screening process as guests of The Barker Lounge. This includes a health screening, vaccinations check, and evaluation of temperament.

Some of the dogs listed below may not be current guests of The Barker Lounge. Please call the phone number listed for each pet to inquire further.
NATHAN
(Adopted)

Nathan was found as a stray when he was about 6 months old in rural Georgia. He was taken to a high kill shelter where he was found to be very sick with pneumonia. He was transferred to a vet who treated him and agreed to keep him to find him a home. Nathan spent 6 long months living at the vet in a crate while he recovered and the vet looked for a home for him. Just before his first birthday and with no one having shown interest in taking this sweet boy home, the vet decided he needed to be put down. Eleventh Hour Rescue found their way into his life and with less than 24 hours left before he was to lose his life, they pulled him. Eventually he ended up right here in NJ and is now the King of The Barker Lounge! He gets along with everyone and every dog...even his grumpy, 12 year old cat brother, Jack!

Employment

Think you’d make a good addition to The Barker Lounge crew?


Employees of all Barker Lounge facilities are very carefully screened to ensure our ability to continually provide the highest level of care in the industry to all of our guests. We are only looking for dependable, responsible people who have a genuine love for dogs. If you think that you would make a good addition to our Barker Lounge Crew, please fill out an application below. Then fax it, mail it, or drop it off at the location that you are interested in becoming a part of.
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