The Barking Dog

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  • 7 Beech Hill Rd

    Exeter, NH 03833

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  • 603-773-2275

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Ok after reading the several different site reviews.. I realized people complain easier than give complements.. and It almost stirred me away from boarding my puppy here.. I started with 1/2 day daycare and found it was great for my puppy.. soon moved to a couple of full day .. Because my husband and I were leaving for a vacation and would have to board him for over 8 days.. and we'd be out of the country.. while on vacation.. I was able to have him checked on via e-mails through their facebook page.. and looked forward to seeing the short clip videos on youtube.. which helped with my fear of leaving my baby.. when we came back Talon had appeared to have gained weight and gotten taller.. so I know they were following our feeding instructions. I highly recommend the barking dog for daycare and boarding. as for putting him in with bigger dogs absolutely not.. he was kept with mid sized dogs because he's not that confident.. and the videos showed his play mates.. as for giardia??? Ok I will admit the day after Talon came home He had sever diarrhea for over a week .. Took him to the vet.. This had absolutely nothing to do with The Barking Dog... This was all stress related due to missing his family.. He had every test in the book.. and when he stays again he'll need to be on a probiotics... :) Thank you Barking Dog Stafff for taking care of My Talon ! ( all dogs are required to be up to date)

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Ok after reading the several different site reviews.. I realized people complain easier than give complements.. and It almost stirred me away from boarding my puppy here.. I started with 1/2 day daycare and found it was great for my puppy.. soon moved to a couple of full day .. Because my husband and I were leaving for a vacation and would have to board him for over 8 days.. and we'd be out of the country.. while on vacation.. I was able to have him checked on via e-mails through their facebook page.. and looked forward to seeing the short clip videos on youtube.. which helped with my fear of leaving my baby.. when we came back Talon had appeared to have gained weight and gotten taller.. so I know they were following our feeding instructions. I highly recommend the barking dog for daycare and boarding. as for putting him in with bigger dogs absolutely not.. he was kept with mid sized dogs because he's not that confident.. and the videos showed his play mates.. as for giardia??? Ok I will admit the day after Talon came home He had sever diarrhea for over a week .. Took him to the vet.. This had absolutely nothing to do with The Barking Dog... This was all stress related due to missing his family.. He had every test in the book.. and when he stays again he'll need to be on a probiotics... :) Thank you Barking Dog Stafff for taking care of My Talon ! ( all dogs are required to be up to date)

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Ok after reading the several different site reviews.. I realized people complain easier than give complements.. and It almost stirred me away from boarding my puppy here.. I started with 1/2 day daycare and found it was great for my

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Ok after reading the several different site reviews.. I realized people complain easier than give complements.. and It almost stirred me away from boarding my puppy here.. I started with 1/2 day daycare and found it was great for my

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If a rating wasnt required they would not even be getting 1 star, this place is horrible, the dogs are kept in kennels 90% of the day, they take in way to many dogs and do not have the staff or space to let them all out all day, they can have up to 10 groups a day and each group will only get out for 20 mins a day maybe 2 times a day if they are lucky.What many people don't know is the number of dog deaths that have happened at this so called facility, dogs have been left in drying kennels after being groomed, for too long and have died from heat exhaustion, have had heart attacks on the grooming table from being so stressed out from the way this staff is treating them, if you send your dog there and your dog gets sick while boarding they will do nothing about it. this is a multi million dollar company they think they are untouchable and they really are, when you bring your pet here you sign a paper agreeing that nothing that happens to your dog there is their fault. this place needs to be shut down these are not people that love animals and care about their well being.

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If a rating wasnt required they would not even be getting 1 star, this place is horrible, the dogs are kept in kennels 90% of the day, they take in way to many dogs and do not have the staff or space to let them all out all day, they can have up to 10 groups a day and each group will only get out for 20 mins a day maybe 2 times a day if they are lucky.What many people don't know is the number of dog deaths that have happened at this so called facility, dogs have been left in drying kennels after being groomed, for too long and have died from heat exhaustion, have had heart attacks on the grooming table from being so stressed out from the way this staff is treating them, if you send your dog there and your dog gets sick while boarding they will do nothing about it. this is a multi million dollar company they think they are untouchable and they really are, when you bring your pet here you sign a paper agreeing that nothing that happens to your dog there is their fault. this place needs to be shut down these are not people that love animals and care about their well being.

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Recently getting my 4th puppy/dog, here's what I've learned over the past 10yrs of kennel cough:

1. Vaccinations take 3 to 14 days to be the most effective BEFORE you bring your dog to a highly exposed area to other dogs (day care, training, kennel, beach, stores, etc.)
2. If your dog is regularly around other dogs, the vaccine must be every 6 months to be most effective.
3. Your dog can sneeze out the vaccine too! rare, but happens.
4. I've been told it can spread via saliva, but can also be an air born virus, much like the flu. There is a 'season' in which it is highest.
5. It effects the young pups and older dogs, all who have the lowest immune system.
6. Even with vaccination, their are many strains of Kennel Cough and no guarantee your dog won't get it.

I too recently had my dog come down with Kennel Cough this summer and brought it home to my Senior Dog.

It happens.. 5 years ago I had my 3 dogs got it and we had not been anywhere... no training, no kennels, no daycare.

RE: Barking Dog... I prefer Derry but Exeter is okay. I definitely prefer them better than All Dogs Gym. My dog has that dog urine smell when returning from ADG, but not BD.

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Recently getting my 4th puppy/dog, here's what I've learned over the past 10yrs of kennel cough:

1. Vaccinations take 3 to 14 days to be the most effective BEFORE you bring your dog to a highly exposed area to other dogs (day care, training, kennel, beach, stores, etc.)
2. If your dog is regularly around other dogs, the vaccine must be every 6 months to be most effective.
3. Your dog can sneeze out the vaccine too! rare, but happens.
4. I've been told it can spread via saliva, but can also be an air born virus, much like the flu. There is a 'season' in which it is highest.
5. It effects the young pups and older dogs, all who have the lowest immune system.
6. Even with vaccination, their are many strains of Kennel Cough and no guarantee your dog won't get it.

I too recently had my dog come down with Kennel Cough this summer and brought it home to my Senior Dog.

It happens.. 5 years ago I had my 3 dogs got it and we had not been anywhere... no training, no kennels, no daycare.

RE: Barking Dog... I prefer Derry but Exeter is okay. I definitely prefer them better than All Dogs Gym. My dog has that dog urine smell when returning from ADG, but not BD.

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Unfortunately I see a lot of comments being posted here by people who are completely ignorant as to how kennels should be cleaned, and how "Kennel Cough" is spread. On person suggested the place should be smelling of bleach. This is absolutely wrong. Do veterinary hospitals sanitize this way? No! Most veterinary hospitals use a non toxic biodegradable product you've heard of called "Simple Green", depending on the task to be done, it's used in varying concentrations as cleaner, degreaser, or sanitizer, even in operating rooms to prep for surgery. Bleach is toxic if a dog drinks cleaning water containing it, the chlorine gas from evaporating bleach solution is a toxic gas. A famous Panda in China died recently from inhaling chlorine gas from cleaning products in precisely this way. Kennel cough usually spreads from mouth to mouth contact. When a dog picks up a toy in it's mouth, gets saliva on it, then another dogs picks up the toy and gets some of the saliva into it's mouth, is how it usually spreads. Tennis balls can hold a lot of dog saliva, and that's why you rarely see them at a professional kennel. Shared drinking bowls in a playground are another likely way to spread kennel cough. Even if the kennel surfaces are sterile, the saliva transfer still happens unless a dog is in isolation. So, the dog to dog contact, not the sanitation methods or products used are what causes the spread of most cases of kennel cough.
Even dogs with no apparent contact with another dog sometimes come down with kennel cough too. With up to a 5 day incubation period, trying to pinpoint where and when a dogs picked up the cough is easier said than done.
So get your facts straight before you start advising people to whip up toxic and potentially fatal chlorine beach solutions for cleaning up their pet areas. You "advice" could kill a dog.

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Unfortunately I see a lot of comments being posted here by people who are completely ignorant as to how kennels should be cleaned, and how "Kennel Cough" is spread. On person suggested the place should be smelling of bleach. This is absolutely wrong. Do veterinary hospitals sanitize this way? No! Most veterinary hospitals use a non toxic biodegradable product you've heard of called "Simple Green", depending on the task to be done, it's used in varying concentrations as cleaner, degreaser, or sanitizer, even in operating rooms to prep for surgery. Bleach is toxic if a dog drinks cleaning water containing it, the chlorine gas from evaporating bleach solution is a toxic gas. A famous Panda in China died recently from inhaling chlorine gas from cleaning products in precisely this way. Kennel cough usually spreads from mouth to mouth contact. When a dog picks up a toy in it's mouth, gets saliva on it, then another dogs picks up the toy and gets some of the saliva into it's mouth, is how it usually spreads. Tennis balls can hold a lot of dog saliva, and that's why you rarely see them at a professional kennel. Shared drinking bowls in a playground are another likely way to spread kennel cough. Even if the kennel surfaces are sterile, the saliva transfer still happens unless a dog is in isolation. So, the dog to dog contact, not the sanitation methods or products used are what causes the spread of most cases of kennel cough.
Even dogs with no apparent contact with another dog sometimes come down with kennel cough too. With up to a 5 day incubation period, trying to pinpoint where and when a dogs picked up the cough is easier said than done.
So get your facts straight before you start advising people to whip up toxic and potentially fatal chlorine beach solutions for cleaning up their pet areas. You "advice" could kill a dog.

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Not really sure whats going on inside there... Our healthy 10 mo old lab has been 3 times now for daycare... after the first 2 days at daycare, she was back home for the weekend - we noticed her being unusually frightened of bigger dogs when we took her for walks... never has she acted this way - we've yet to see her be scared - not even thunder storms scare her...

We also noticed her on occasion, trying to hack something up and thought it was just brought on from the tension of her collar/leash...so didn't pay much attention to it

We brought her back on Monday for day 3 and she was quarantined early in the day for kennel cough... and didn't get a phone call until the end of the day...

Not my idea of a clean, fun atmosphere for a growing pup...

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Not really sure whats going on inside there... Our healthy 10 mo old lab has been 3 times now for daycare... after the first 2 days at daycare, she was back home for the weekend - we noticed her being unusually frightened of bigger dogs when we took her for walks... never has she acted this way - we've yet to see her be scared - not even thunder storms scare her...

We also noticed her on occasion, trying to hack something up and thought it was just brought on from the tension of her collar/leash...so didn't pay much attention to it

We brought her back on Monday for day 3 and she was quarantined early in the day for kennel cough... and didn't get a phone call until the end of the day...

Not my idea of a clean, fun atmosphere for a growing pup...

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We have been a patron of Exeter Barking Dog since they opened on day 1. Our dog loves to go and I find the staff very friendly. With that being said, I would like to smell the fragrance of bleach when I walk in. I recently took our very sick dog to the vets (hot virus I was told) and they did not allow me to bring the dog inside. I had to wait outside until the staff came outside and retrieved my dog, then all the while following behind him with a bucket of hot water and bleach. It is a fabulous disinfectant and I wish the BD would use it. It's inexpensive and when diluted properly poses no threat to animals. I feel my pet would be less vulnerable to catching illnesses if BD used bleach. Also, I have my dog innoculated for kennel cough twice a year because he spends so much 'up close' time with other dogs. I recommend others do the same.

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We have been a patron of Exeter Barking Dog since they opened on day 1. Our dog loves to go and I find the staff very friendly. With that being said, I would like to smell the fragrance of bleach when I walk in. I recently took our very sick dog to the vets (hot virus I was told) and they did not allow me to bring the dog inside. I had to wait outside until the staff came outside and retrieved my dog, then all the while following behind him with a bucket of hot water and bleach. It is a fabulous disinfectant and I wish the BD would use it. It's inexpensive and when diluted properly poses no threat to animals. I feel my pet would be less vulnerable to catching illnesses if BD used bleach. Also, I have my dog innoculated for kennel cough twice a year because he spends so much 'up close' time with other dogs. I recommend others do the same.

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This is in response to j.l 's comment...and others

The Barking Dog, Exeter, usually has a minimum of 60 dogs in daycare alone, and on busy days has about 100 or more dogs. The way that the Daycare is set up, like most daycares, there is a central holding area where the majority of the dogs are kept, there is also another area where smaller dogs or more anxious dogs are kept. So in order to "shut down" an area like you said, they'd have to send dogs home. They clean nightly with a disinfectant called "kennel sol" and when they noticed dogs coughing, those dogs were isolated as much as possible until they were picked up and their kennels were disinfected immediatly. Don't accuse the company of not cleaning when you have not seen it.

I'm glad someone out there is thinking logically here, it's exactly like a daycare for kids. For some owners it's their first dog so they know nothing of the disease and assume the coughing is just a result of pulling or something, so they bring the dogs to daycare thinking it's fine, and then the kennel cough gets passed on.

And for the people who think the staff is there for the money, I'm sorry to tell you, but you are wrong. People who work with dogs generally do it because they love the animals, if we did it for the money we would find another line of work.

Also would like the clear up another comment about not being able to get info on your dog at pick-up due to "lack of communication" like a lot of work places, there are morning people and afternoon people, if you drop your dog off in the morning and ask to get some info on what your dog does you will usually get a full report or a note from the morning people. If you come to pick up your dog and ask if it went swimming that morning, an afternoon person would not know the answer because they were not there.

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This is in response to j.l 's comment...and others

The Barking Dog, Exeter, usually has a minimum of 60 dogs in daycare alone, and on busy days has about 100 or more dogs. The way that the Daycare is set up, like most daycares, there is a central holding area where the majority of the dogs are kept, there is also another area where smaller dogs or more anxious dogs are kept. So in order to "shut down" an area like you said, they'd have to send dogs home. They clean nightly with a disinfectant called "kennel sol" and when they noticed dogs coughing, those dogs were isolated as much as possible until they were picked up and their kennels were disinfected immediatly. Don't accuse the company of not cleaning when you have not seen it.

I'm glad someone out there is thinking logically here, it's exactly like a daycare for kids. For some owners it's their first dog so they know nothing of the disease and assume the coughing is just a result of pulling or something, so they bring the dogs to daycare thinking it's fine, and then the kennel cough gets passed on.

And for the people who think the staff is there for the money, I'm sorry to tell you, but you are wrong. People who work with dogs generally do it because they love the animals, if we did it for the money we would find another line of work.

Also would like the clear up another comment about not being able to get info on your dog at pick-up due to "lack of communication" like a lot of work places, there are morning people and afternoon people, if you drop your dog off in the morning and ask to get some info on what your dog does you will usually get a full report or a note from the morning people. If you come to pick up your dog and ask if it went swimming that morning, an afternoon person would not know the answer because they were not there.

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Just moving to NH, and needed a place for my Golden to stay. He stayed several days but when he came back he did have a really bad case of kennel cough...just being up front about this as I know children can get sick etc. and so can dogs. I know he must have got it there as he wasn't around other dogs before. But if it happens to many dogs others should be aware if this if it the "norm" I will be looking for a new place to board.

Honestly, I did hear from two other people who used the facility they liked it. I went to the newest one...hope this helps others...and hopefully, other will respond that their dogs went there and did not come home with kennel cough...

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Just moving to NH, and needed a place for my Golden to stay. He stayed several days but when he came back he did have a really bad case of kennel cough...just being up front about this as I know children can get sick etc. and so can dogs. I know he must have got it there as he wasn't around other dogs before. But if it happens to many dogs others should be aware if this if it the "norm" I will be looking for a new place to board.

Honestly, I did hear from two other people who used the facility they liked it. I went to the newest one...hope this helps others...and hopefully, other will respond that their dogs went there and did not come home with kennel cough...

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People dont seem to understand that its like bringing a child to a daycare. kids get sick and it spreads same with dogs. they dont close schools down when a kid gets sick. And i dont think many people making these nasty comments have any idea what they are talking about. you say your dog is a kennel all day but you dont know that you dont stay and watch and obviously have no idea how it is run. everyone should really look into what they are saying before they just rant about things that are not legit. the barking dog have so many regular customers. they must be doing something right. My dog comes home and is so tired and my dog has a lot of energy. maybe you should take a minute to stay and watch the dogs playing the gyms because they are always running around and getting all of their energy out and always look like they are having fun. do some research before you start trashing a good businesses name

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People dont seem to understand that its like bringing a child to a daycare. kids get sick and it spreads same with dogs. they dont close schools down when a kid gets sick. And i dont think many people making these nasty comments have any idea what they are talking about. you say your dog is a kennel all day but you dont know that you dont stay and watch and obviously have no idea how it is run. everyone should really look into what they are saying before they just rant about things that are not legit. the barking dog have so many regular customers. they must be doing something right. My dog comes home and is so tired and my dog has a lot of energy. maybe you should take a minute to stay and watch the dogs playing the gyms because they are always running around and getting all of their energy out and always look like they are having fun. do some research before you start trashing a good businesses name

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I will not take my dog back to this place. I am disappointed with that they were not more concerned with my dog who came down with kennel cough. i was told that it was the season, that there is a incubation period, etc. The fact is they are not cleaning the facility properly. If they see a dog that is coughing they have the dog picked up by the owner, but what should happen is that area should be closed for the rest of the day, and there air cleaning system cannot filter the entire complex.
When i brought my dog to the vets today they told me it was the 3rd case in 24 hours!
Duh Hello....we want our dogs protected no to become ill.
THEY COULD CLEAN THE PLACE PROPERLY.
wHEN I CALLED THEM I THOUGHT THE PERSON ON THE PHONE WAS A RECORDING, "WE DO CLEAN, WE CLEAN ALL THE TIME, ETC...then why are they 3 dogs that go to one vet have 3 cases within 24 hours, how many more cases out there??.....never bringing my dog there again!

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I will not take my dog back to this place. I am disappointed with that they were not more concerned with my dog who came down with kennel cough. i was told that it was the season, that there is a incubation period, etc. The fact is they are not cleaning the facility properly. If they see a dog that is coughing they have the dog picked up by the owner, but what should happen is that area should be closed for the rest of the day, and there air cleaning system cannot filter the entire complex.
When i brought my dog to the vets today they told me it was the 3rd case in 24 hours!
Duh Hello....we want our dogs protected no to become ill.
THEY COULD CLEAN THE PLACE PROPERLY.
wHEN I CALLED THEM I THOUGHT THE PERSON ON THE PHONE WAS A RECORDING, "WE DO CLEAN, WE CLEAN ALL THE TIME, ETC...then why are they 3 dogs that go to one vet have 3 cases within 24 hours, how many more cases out there??.....never bringing my dog there again!

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We have brought our 2 dogs to the barking dog on many occasions. We never get a report at pick up, there too busy. They leave your dog in a crate most of the day with little or no personal attention and they are way over priced. My dogs run the other way when I have brought them and will not again.

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We have brought our 2 dogs to the barking dog on many occasions. We never get a report at pick up, there too busy. They leave your dog in a crate most of the day with little or no personal attention and they are way over priced. My dogs run the other way when I have brought them and will not again.

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all the people that say anything negative about this place are crazy. The employees are so nice and have a lot of experience. Especially the owner. We had to take our ten dogs there because of vacation and she took the best care of them! She even gave me a discount!

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all the people that say anything negative about this place are crazy. The employees are so nice and have a lot of experience. Especially the owner. We had to take our ten dogs there because of vacation and she took the best care of them! She even gave me a discount!

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I have seen some bad reviews of the Exeter location and can't understand why. The facility is very nice and clean and the staff members are always wonderful to any dogs I have seen them with. The personal one on one behavior lessons with Kim are amazing - I don't know where else we would possibly take our dog - we searched months for places on the North Shore to take him for doggy day care and always were extremely dissapointed at any other business we looked at or even thought to consider. We only use The Barking Dog for day care in Exeter and do not board him there but I wouldn't consider taking my dog to any other business in the area (we drive 30 minutes just to be able to take him to the Barking Dog because it's worth it to us to have him in a safe location that is well staffed)

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I have seen some bad reviews of the Exeter location and can't understand why. The facility is very nice and clean and the staff members are always wonderful to any dogs I have seen them with. The personal one on one behavior lessons with Kim are amazing - I don't know where else we would possibly take our dog - we searched months for places on the North Shore to take him for doggy day care and always were extremely dissapointed at any other business we looked at or even thought to consider. We only use The Barking Dog for day care in Exeter and do not board him there but I wouldn't consider taking my dog to any other business in the area (we drive 30 minutes just to be able to take him to the Barking Dog because it's worth it to us to have him in a safe location that is well staffed)

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I was very disappointed in The Barking Dog's Exeter location. The staff does not give dogs personal attention and it is very hard to gather information about your dogs day at pick up! Sometimes I ended up speaking to 2 or 3 people just to find out if my dog finished his lunch or not! On another occasion I called mid-day to check up on my dog and received a great report, saying that my dog was having a wonderful day. Less then 1 hour later I received a call from someone else saying that he was having a horrible day and would be pulled out of playgroups for the rest of the day. How could the staff member not be on the same page??? Several staff member, including the manager, Jenn, are unimaginbly rude and have only their own interests at heart. Generally speaking, the staff cares more about making money then the care of your dog. I will never go there again!

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I was very disappointed in The Barking Dog's Exeter location. The staff does not give dogs personal attention and it is very hard to gather information about your dogs day at pick up! Sometimes I ended up speaking to 2 or 3 people just to find out if my dog finished his lunch or not! On another occasion I called mid-day to check up on my dog and received a great report, saying that my dog was having a wonderful day. Less then 1 hour later I received a call from someone else saying that he was having a horrible day and would be pulled out of playgroups for the rest of the day. How could the staff member not be on the same page??? Several staff member, including the manager, Jenn, are unimaginbly rude and have only their own interests at heart. Generally speaking, the staff cares more about making money then the care of your dog. I will never go there again!

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Be conversational: Write it as if relaying your experience to a good friend.
Be specific: Generalities like "lazy service" or "tasty pizza" leave people wanting more detail.
Be yourself: If you're an expert on burgers, let us know. If this is your first-time massage, say so.

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They have a very new facility with shinny floors (which may dogs don't like). This facility was built for the owners, not the dogs. They advertise various dog sports but don't have experienced instructors to teach them.

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They have a very new facility with shinny floors (which may dogs don't like). This facility was built for the owners, not the dogs. They advertise various dog sports but don't have experienced instructors to teach them.

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