Welcome to

The Hound Lounge!


 What makes The Hound Lounge different?

We pride ourselves on our warm, friendly, home-like environment. A cozy fireplace and friendly staff will greet you as you enter our reception. You will soon discover that the best is what happens beyond the reception area. It’s our playrooms! We have 3,000 square feet of indoor space and 1,500 square feet of outdoor space for the dogs to run and play.

Daycare packages are designed to fit your needs. Bring your dog for the whole day or just a few hours, whatever fits your schedule. Our dog daycare rates allow you to control your budget, rather than us dictating what is a full or half day. Everyone pays just for the time they use. You choose the day, amount of time and make a reservation. Reservations are required. All dogs must be pre-screened prior to their first visit.

Our handlers are fully trained leaders of the pack who specialize in keeping the play fun and safe. We have a fully fenced outdoor area for fresh air play and potty breaks, as well as quiet rooms for anyone wanting a bit of space to wind down. Seniors and puppies love these areas.

We do our best to accommodate tours right after the pre-screen meeting and greet. Please call ahead to make an appointment today!


Dog Daycare


Our dog daycare rates allow you to control your budget, rather than us dictating what is a full or half day. Everyone pays just for the time they use. You choose the day, amount of time and make a reservation.

At The Hound Lounge your Dog will have a fun filled day with balanced playtime, including outside time and rest time.  Playroom Attendants are professionally trained through Canine Foundations (www.caninefoundations.com) and The Dog Gurus (www.thedoggurus.com)in:​​

  • Canine Behaviour

  • Canine Self Defence

  • Dog to Dog Aggression

  • Knowing Dogs 101

  • Group Play 201

Our playrooms are fully supervised. We know how to keep the play fun and safe.  When you pick up your buddy, he/she will be tired and relaxed.   


Our rooms are built with 3/8” rubber flooring for excellent traction and cushioning. We have lots of fun dog specific playground equipment, toys, beds to rest on, and fresh water is replenished often.


All dogs joining us must be pre-screened to ensure daycare is right for them.  We ask that you make an appointment for this assessment. We book assessments Tuesdays-Fridays from 10:00am-12:00pm and 1:00-2:00pm. It is an hour long and free of charge. We also have a questionnaire that will help us understand your dog.  You can download a Daycare Application Form here and send it to our email to get started!

Prices & Packages:

Daily Rate:

Hourly (min 3 hrs):      $5.30/hr

Daycare Packages:

30 Hours - $151..50 ($5.05 per hour approx. 5% discount)

75 Hours - $360.00 ($4.80 per hour - approx. 10% discount)

150 Hour - $675.00 ($4.50 per hour - approx. 15% discount)


Packages are non-refundable and non-transferrable and can be used for any product or service


COVID-19 Protocol

Our office is now open! A face covering must be worn while inside and we ask that there be no more than 2 customers inside at once. Make sure to keep watching our social media pages for any updates. Thank you for your continued support of our family-run business during these difficult times!


Online Booking

To schedule your pup in for daycare using our online services, please follow the steps below:


  1. Go to https://secure.petexec.net/login.php

  2. Enter the email address that you provided us under Username and the word “password” under Password. Click the sign in button.

  3. You will then be directed to your client portal where you will be able to change your username and password under “Personal Info.”



Unfortunately, at this time we are not offering grooming. We hope to be able to offer this service again soon. Make sure to check back and keep an eye on our social media pages for more updates. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

Frequently asked questions

What if I just want my dog bathed?

That's perfectly fine! We offer 3 different grooming options. - A bath only: Your dog will receive a bath, blow out, nail trim, ear cleaning, and brush out. - A bath & tidy: Your dog will receive a bath, blow out, nail trim, ear cleaning, brush out, and face, feet & sanitary trim. - A full groom: Your dog will receive a bath, blow out, nail trim, ear cleaning, and a full body haircut.

What vaccines does my dog need?

We require that any dog coming in for grooming be up to date on their rabies vaccine. Any other vaccine is not required but it is encouraged.

What if I have to Cancel?

We understand that plans can change, however our appointment spots are limited. Provided we receive at least 24 hours of notice your deposit will be refunded. If less time is given the deposit is non-refundable. When you book an appointment you will be asked to leave a $20 deposit that will be taken off your total cost if you do not cancel.

More Questions? Give us a call and we can answer your specific questions and book your reservation (705) 728-5211.


Raw Dog Food

Species Appropriate Raw Diet

Our Raw Food Store is open Mon-Fri from 8:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.


The owners of The Hound Lounge believe strongly in the benefits of a natural and species appropriate raw dog food. We love our dogs like the family members they are, but recognize that they have different nutritional needs than humans.  We are currently carrying products from Raw Performance Dog Food and Big Country Raw. Come in to view our selection or call us if your have any questions.



General Information

What time do you open for daycare?

We are open from 7:00 AM -6:00 PM. To ensure our staff to dog ratio is kept at a safe number, we do not accept drop ins. Please call ahead and we will make every effort to accommodate last minute needs. All dogs must be previously screened. Rest is an important part of daycare safety. We do not allow arrivals after 11:00 AM. We find the newly arriving dog has a very hard time settling into a playgroup.

Do I need a daycare reservation?

Yes! We will try to accommodate last minute calls if we have the staff and space available, however we do need a phone call in advance. A reservation guarantees you and your pooch won’t be disappointed. You can call (705) 728-5211 or email info@hound-lounge.ca during open hours, to make your reservation.

Why must my dog be screened first?

Not all dogs like to play with other dogs. We want to be sure that your dog will enjoy daycare and the company of canine friends. You can rest assured that every dog in our care has also passed our screening which greatly reduces the risk of an altercation.

What does my dog need to bring?

A flat collar with a clip (please no martingale style collars) and leash is all that is needed. We have all the toys and fun they need right here. All dogs must be leashed in the reception area.

Do the dogs follow a schedule?

We find everyone does best when they have a schedule. We use both audio and visual cues so the dogs know what is happening. We have periods of active play with upbeat music and lots of toys. For rest periods we dim the lights, pick up the toys, quiet the music and bring out the dog beds. We close from 12 Noon until 1:00 PM to ensure this quiet period is uninterrupted.

Do you feed the dogs while they are there?

We prefer not to feed our daycare guests unless it’s specifically required for medical reasons. Daycare dogs being fed will do so privately and will need to rest for an hour after the meal. This takes away from the play so unless it’s completely necessary we prefer that meals happen at home. There is a small fee to serve lunch.

What vaccines do you require?

We require a vaccine certificate from your veterinarian for rabies, distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, parvovirus and bordatella.

Does my dog have to be spayed or neutered?

Dogs over 7 months old must be spayed or neutered for daycare. Even though your unaltered dog may be perfectly well mannered, the other dogs become edgy when there is an unaltered, sexually mature dog on the premises. This tends to cause behaviour issues in the whole group.

What It Is?

Kennel Cough, or infectious tracheobronchiitis, is a contagious respiratory illness. It’s airborne so anywhere dogs are together, they can contract kennel cough (dog park, daycare, veterinary offices, training groups, etc.) Symptoms are cold like with a cough, sometimes strong and “honking” sounding, runny nose, sneezing, lethargy, loss of appetite, sometimes a low fever. Basically, it’s the common cold. Just like children’s daycare centres and schools, once one child get sick it seems to spread quick. The good news, it usually resolves itself on its own, however it’s always best to have your veterinarian rule out other causes for the cough. Other conditions can cause a cough and may appear to be kennel cough, when they are in fact not. Allergies, excessive dust, or other nasal irritants, in addition to other infectious diseases can cause symptoms that appear to be kennel cough.

Does this mean my daycare is not clean?

Kennel cough can take from 3-10 days to show symptoms, so it’s possible your dog picked it up in many different places. As noted from PetMD, “Even in the most hygienic, well ventilated, spacious kennels the possibility of a dog acquiring Kennel Cough exists. Kennel Cough can be acquired from your neighbor's dog, from a Champion show dog at a dog show, from the animal hospital where your dog just came in for treatment of a cut paw. So try not to blame the kennel operator if your dog develops Kennel Cough shortly after that weekend stay at the kennel! There may have been an infected dog, unknown to anyone, that acted as a source for other dogs in the kennel.” The best prevention is a strong and vibrant immune system. At The Hound Lounge, we disinfect water bowls and toys often throughout the day and thoroughly every night. We mop floors and wash playground equipment with Benefect disinfectant, which is safe for use in children and pet daycares but strong enough to kill HIV and bordetella viruses. We regularly open the big doors and allow fresh air to breeze in and help keep the air fresh and clean.

My dog was immunized though?

Much like the human flu shot, bordetella vaccine does protect but it doesn’t ensure that there is no risk. There are various strains and sometimes your dog can pick up one of the strains not covered in the vaccine. The benefit of the vaccine is that if they do get sick, the symptoms are usually far less severe and resolve more quickly. As Dr. Karen Becker, DMV says “As I discussed earlier, kennel cough is most often a complex cocktail of different infections and not just a single infection. Because it's caused by a variety of different bacterial and viral agents, there's no one single vaccine that can provide protection for all of those different infectious agents.”

How to Treat?

Typically, mild cases of kennel cough are treated with a week or two of rest, but a veterinarian may prescribe antibiotics to prevent a secondary infection and cough medication to ease the symptoms.

Can I get it?

According to the CDC, bordetella is considered “zoonotic” meaning we can pass it back and forth between us and our pets. That said, generally only humans with a suppressed immune system will contract kennel cough. It’s very rare for humans to get it.

Returning to Daycare?

To be safe, we ask that a dog with confirmed kennel cough not return for a week after symptoms disappear. In this way we are doing our best to contain the spread of infection to other dogs. As always, if your dog is not feeling well, has a runny nose, cough, diarrhea or vomiting, please do not bring them to daycare.

Kennel Cough




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Meet the staff!


Charlene started her career in Commercial Real Estate and had her Real Estate License but she knew she had a passion for working with animals, especially dogs. Her love for dogs inspired her to raise, show, and breed Shiloh Shepherds and she even went back to college for the Veterinary Technician program. After that she went back to Georgian College and graduated with honours from the Business Marketing program. The Hound Lounge was her major project in college, which she brought to life in 2015. When not at The Hound Lounge Charlene likes to spend time with her family and her puppy Merlin and read a good book. We are so grateful for what you have built Charlene!


Maguire grew up in Oro-Medonte and went to school in Barrie. She recently graduated with honours from the Advertising and Marketing Communications program at Georgian College. Maguire has been around dogs for as long as she can remember. Growing up she would help her mom, Charlene, in raising, showing, and breeding their Shiloh Shepherds. She has been at The Hound Lounge since the very beginning. When she is not at The Hound Lounge Maguire likes taking her own dogs for walks, spending time with friends and family, going for hikes, and staying active. We are excited to see what your future holds at The Hound Lounge!


Sam has always had a love for all animals. She graduated from the Veterinary Admin and Assisting program from Loyalist College in 2017. Through the years she volunteered at Furry Friends, the SPCA in Barrie, and Precious Paws. While she was there she helped with dog walking, feline care, and small animal socialization. Sam has also worked at Charing Cross Cat Clinic in Brantford and Big Bay Animal Hospital. When not at The Hound Lounge Sam enjoys hiking with her pup Fergie and playing with her kitties Walter and Willy. She is always on the lookout for new hiking trails. Sam loves being outdoors embracing nature. We are so happy you are a part of The Hound Lounge family!


Amanda grew up in Barrie and has lived here her whole life. She has a bachelor of business from Laurentian University but has since decided to take a different path in life. Amanda volunteered at Furry Friends for 5 years and continues to foster cats. Amanda has always loved animals and knew she wanted to work with them one day. The Hound Lounge allows her to combine her passion for animals with her job. Who wouldn’t want to play with dogs for a living, right? Amanda is also vegan and has a passion for animal welfare and rights. When not working Amanda is taking care of her rescue animals full-time. Amanda worked for us last year and we are so happy to have her return to our team. Welcome back, Amanda!



Tatum was born and raised in Barrie. At a young age, Tatum would volunteer with the OAVT at their special events and dog behaviour safety presentations. Tatum chose dog daycare as her cooperative education course in high school and could not have been happier with her choice. Since high school, Tatum has gained experience working at other dog daycares in Barrie. Tatum was inspired by her mom, an RVT and professor in Veterinary Technology to get into this industry. Her passion is to bring joy to the lives of all creatures, with a special place in her heart for dogs! When not working, Tatum loves to spend time with her family and friends, bake treats, paint or doodle, and spend time outside. Welcome to The Hound Lounge Tatum!


Merlin was born in Ohio but gained his Canadian citizenship at a young age. He has been working at The Hound Lounge since he was 3 months old! He excels at treat and toy testing and has even been promoted to our Senior Greeting Professional. When not at The Hound Lounge Merlin likes to lie in his pool and cuddle his family. Merlin’s favourite part of his day is when he can come to The Hound Lounge and play with all his friends!

Our Merch!

We are so excited to announce that we now have our very own branded merchandise available for sale! A fun new way for you to show your support of our local, family-run small business.

Hound Lounge Toques - $14.99

Quantities are limited so call or email us to order yours now!

Bumper Stickers - FREE

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The Hound Lounge

80 Ellis Dr., Unit 1

Barrie, Ontario

(705) 728-5211



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