The Barking Lot of Columbia

★★★★★
  • 1030 Goff Rd

    Columbia, SC 29229

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  • 803-699-7077

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Mon 8:30am-6pm, Wed-Fri 8:30am-6pm, Tue 8:30am-10:30am

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Staff is super friendly. Owner is very disrespectful and treats longtime customers badly. After 2 years of using the barking lot with no issues one time had a account problem check came back got threaten with filing for check fraud.

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Staff is super friendly. Owner is very disrespectful and treats longtime customers badly. After 2 years of using the barking lot with no issues one time had a account problem check came back got threaten with filing for check fraud.

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Oak loves coming to the Barking Lot. The staff is very friendly. We love being able to pick him up on Sunday. It's very convenient to leave him for the weekend.

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Oak loves coming to the Barking Lot. The staff is very friendly. We love being able to pick him up on Sunday. It's very convenient to leave him for the weekend.

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Oak loves coming to the Barking Lot. The staff is very friendly. We love being able to pick him up on Sunday. It's very convenient to leave him for the weekend.\r

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Oak loves coming to the Barking Lot. The staff is very friendly. We love being able to pick him up on Sunday. It's very convenient to leave him for the weekend.\r

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Charlie loves staying at the Barking Lot. He never wants to come home. I recommend the Barking Lot to all of my friends. A great place for boarding and reasonably priced.

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Charlie loves staying at the Barking Lot. He never wants to come home. I recommend the Barking Lot to all of my friends. A great place for boarding and reasonably priced.

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Charlie loves staying at the Barking Lot. He never wants to come home. I recommend the Barking Lot to all of my friends. A great place for boarding and reasonably priced.

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Charlie loves staying at the Barking Lot. He never wants to come home. I recommend the Barking Lot to all of my friends. A great place for boarding and reasonably priced.

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I love this place!! More importantly my dog loves this place.

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I love this place!! More importantly my dog loves this place.

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I love this place!! More importantly my dog loves this place.

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I love this place!! More importantly my dog loves this place.

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Always a great experience when I bring my 2 dogs in. The staff is great but most of all very cozy.

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Always a great experience when I bring my 2 dogs in. The staff is great but most of all very cozy.

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Always a great experience when I bring my 2 dogs in. The staff is great but most of all very cozy.\r

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Always a great experience when I bring my 2 dogs in. The staff is great but most of all very cozy.\r

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Ursula you are a horrible person and your kennel is the worst place in the world for animals. You pack in over 100 dog's over holidays and only have room for 45. You half your 4x8 runs and put 2 large dogs in a 4x4 space. Your play yards

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Ursula you are a horrible person and your kennel is the worst place in the world for animals. You pack in over 100 dog's over holidays and only have room for 45. You half your 4x8 runs and put 2 large dogs in a 4x4 space. Your play yards

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I have boarded my dogs here several times...they are always happy going in and happy and healthy when I pick them up. They do have kinda odd hours but I have always been able to work with it....It's quite busy in the morning at drop off

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I have boarded my dogs here several times...they are always happy going in and happy and healthy when I pick them up. They do have kinda odd hours but I have always been able to work with it....It's quite busy in the morning at drop off

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I will NEVER use another kennel, because the Barking Lot has provided the upmost care for my pets over the past seven years! They are loved and nurtured there, and I feel so comfortable leaving them there for any amount of time. NO

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I will NEVER use another kennel, because the Barking Lot has provided the upmost care for my pets over the past seven years! They are loved and nurtured there, and I feel so comfortable leaving them there for any amount of time. NO

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I needed to board my puppy over the holidays and went in for a look around. The woman at the desk was obviously drinking. The room smelled like poo and there were hardly any dogs there. Needless to say I left. I found a wonderful sitter to

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I needed to board my puppy over the holidays and went in for a look around. The woman at the desk was obviously drinking. The room smelled like poo and there were hardly any dogs there. Needless to say I left. I found a wonderful sitter to

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My boyfriend and I are going out of town and we were really considering boarding our dog here while we were gone....until seeing these reviews. Honestly, it is not the reviews of "other people" that is disturbing but the comments made by

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My boyfriend and I are going out of town and we were really considering boarding our dog here while we were gone....until seeing these reviews. Honestly, it is not the reviews of "other people" that is disturbing but the comments made by

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This place is a joke!!! I thought i was at a night club cause the lady at the front was drunk and smelt of alcohol as she tried to tell me my dog would be taken good care of ,OK!! Looks like she couldnt take care of her self much

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This place is a joke!!! I thought i was at a night club cause the lady at the front was drunk and smelt of alcohol as she tried to tell me my dog would be taken good care of ,OK!! Looks like she couldnt take care of her self much

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I took my poor dog to these people on a couple of instances. I was dissatisfied after the first visit but still thought to give them a second chance. This will NEVER happen again. The dogs stay in less than sanitary conditions, the

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I took my poor dog to these people on a couple of instances. I was dissatisfied after the first visit but still thought to give them a second chance. This will NEVER happen again. The dogs stay in less than sanitary conditions, the

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I had boarded my baby with this facility several months ago. And had an awful experience and since have boarded with a diffrent kennel and was very happy which prompted me to post this to help warm others that may leave their baby with

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I had boarded my baby with this facility several months ago. And had an awful experience and since have boarded with a diffrent kennel and was very happy which prompted me to post this to help warm others that may leave their baby with

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I have what you would call a VERY spoiled 11 year old Golden Retriever who suffers from severe seperation anxiety whenever i go out of town. I finaly found a place where her and I are incredibly overwelmed with the services at the Barking Lot. I did a un-announced stop in at the facility to give them a look. Lets just say i was impressed from the get go. I was greated promptly by a smiling and very friendly staff. Without hesitation I was shown the entire facilty and found it to be amazing clean and friendly. The owner Ursula personaly spent quite a bit of time with me and my Golden and listened to all my concerns about boarding my dog wih anyone. I had a horific experience with the last place I boarded her and i ended up with quite and extensive vet bill from her being mis-cared for. Ursula and the staff made me feel very comfortable. After checking my baby in a few days later for a 4 day stay. I was having a bit more anxiety than my pet was. I called each day (sometimes several time) to make sure all was well. The staff was very well excepting of this and assured me she was doing awsome. Upon my arival to pick her up..she was brought out to me and she was so happy. Yet, to my surprise..wasnt' ready to leave. This has never happened before. let's just say..I thought I spoiled her too much. Well, obvously they spoiled her a bit more. I cant thank the owner and staff for there incredible facility and I will be recomending The Barking Lot to everyone I know. If you care about your pet in any way and want the assurance that they will be cared for while you have to travel. There is no other place like this for your loved one. Thank you very much and cant wait to see you again to start her grooming there as well. You girls ROCK!!

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I have what you would call a VERY spoiled 11 year old Golden Retriever who suffers from severe seperation anxiety whenever i go out of town. I finaly found a place where her and I are incredibly overwelmed with the services at the Barking Lot. I did a un-announced stop in at the facility to give them a look. Lets just say i was impressed from the get go. I was greated promptly by a smiling and very friendly staff. Without hesitation I was shown the entire facilty and found it to be amazing clean and friendly. The owner Ursula personaly spent quite a bit of time with me and my Golden and listened to all my concerns about boarding my dog wih anyone. I had a horific experience with the last place I boarded her and i ended up with quite and extensive vet bill from her being mis-cared for. Ursula and the staff made me feel very comfortable. After checking my baby in a few days later for a 4 day stay. I was having a bit more anxiety than my pet was. I called each day (sometimes several time) to make sure all was well. The staff was very well excepting of this and assured me she was doing awsome. Upon my arival to pick her up..she was brought out to me and she was so happy. Yet, to my surprise..wasnt' ready to leave. This has never happened before. let's just say..I thought I spoiled her too much. Well, obvously they spoiled her a bit more. I cant thank the owner and staff for there incredible facility and I will be recomending The Barking Lot to everyone I know. If you care about your pet in any way and want the assurance that they will be cared for while you have to travel. There is no other place like this for your loved one. Thank you very much and cant wait to see you again to start her grooming there as well. You girls ROCK!!

Pros: INCREDIBLE CARE AND COMPASION

Cons: ABSOLUTELY NONE

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I was referred by a friend who boards there regurlarly.
I brought my shitsu in for boarding and grooming.
She stayed for a week. I picked her up looking sweet and sassy and quite happy

Thanks so much guys......

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I was referred by a friend who boards there regurlarly.
I brought my shitsu in for boarding and grooming.
She stayed for a week. I picked her up looking sweet and sassy and quite happy

Thanks so much guys......

Pros: This was my 1st time there Dog Looks Fabulous

Cons: none so far

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As an employee of The Barking Lot I understand your concerns. Let me assure you that we take great care of our pets. They have playtime as least 6 times per day, always have fresh water and clean bedding. We feed twice daily and give treats at least 3 times a day. We paly outside with our pets and take them for walks. We treat them like they are our own pets. We hand scrub every kennel as soon as your pet goes home and keep our play yards clean and sanitary. Our 2 1/2 acre compound is completely enclosed and off any major roads. As for the owner (Ursula) she is wonderful and compassionate with our pets. She sits for hours and plays with and pampers the dogs. She knows them all by name. Although we strive for great customer service, our first concern is for your beloved pet. We do have wonderful employees that are all pet owners and experienced with animals. I'd like to thank all our loyal customers for entrusting your babies to our care.
Sincerely, Susan

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As an employee of The Barking Lot I understand your concerns. Let me assure you that we take great care of our pets. They have playtime as least 6 times per day, always have fresh water and clean bedding. We feed twice daily and give treats at least 3 times a day. We paly outside with our pets and take them for walks. We treat them like they are our own pets. We hand scrub every kennel as soon as your pet goes home and keep our play yards clean and sanitary. Our 2 1/2 acre compound is completely enclosed and off any major roads. As for the owner (Ursula) she is wonderful and compassionate with our pets. She sits for hours and plays with and pampers the dogs. She knows them all by name. Although we strive for great customer service, our first concern is for your beloved pet. We do have wonderful employees that are all pet owners and experienced with animals. I'd like to thank all our loyal customers for entrusting your babies to our care.
Sincerely, Susan

Pros: Playtime 6x daily, reasonable rates, loving caretakers

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I have boarded my dogs there twice. The first time was over Christmas. I had a death in the family and had to come home on Christmas day to take care of some things. I went to get my dogs and she tried to charge me for the full time I had booked. That would have had me paying for 8 days I wasn't even going to be there. The last time I called to tell them I was going to be out of town one more day and needed to keep my dogs there. No one told me they close at 10 am on Tuesdays. I showed up, the open sign was on, the front door was open and the owner was inside. I asked to pick up my dogs and she would not let me have them. She got mean and tried to yell at me. I had to call the police to have them come out she was so unreasonable. I would never leave my dogs there again or have any of my friends take their animals there. The owner is truly one of the most unprofessional people I have ever met in my life. She has a chip on her shoulder and taked it out on everyone else. Do yourself a favor and do not ever take your animals here. It will save you from having to meet her.

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I have boarded my dogs there twice. The first time was over Christmas. I had a death in the family and had to come home on Christmas day to take care of some things. I went to get my dogs and she tried to charge me for the full time I had booked. That would have had me paying for 8 days I wasn't even going to be there. The last time I called to tell them I was going to be out of town one more day and needed to keep my dogs there. No one told me they close at 10 am on Tuesdays. I showed up, the open sign was on, the front door was open and the owner was inside. I asked to pick up my dogs and she would not let me have them. She got mean and tried to yell at me. I had to call the police to have them come out she was so unreasonable. I would never leave my dogs there again or have any of my friends take their animals there. The owner is truly one of the most unprofessional people I have ever met in my life. She has a chip on her shoulder and taked it out on everyone else. Do yourself a favor and do not ever take your animals here. It will save you from having to meet her.

Pros: Nothing

Cons: Most unprofessional owner of a business

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After being quoted for the $20 per day for two animals (regardless of weight) the 7 day stay would've been $140.00 plus tax. After being charged & having paid for the $38 per day totaling $226.00 plus tax an employee tried to offer a discount of $40 off because she felt the owner was at fault. I'm seeking a reimbursment of $86.00 through an outside agency. I also do not want anyone else to have to go through this same experience. At this point after what my neighbor & I went through we would ABSOLUTELY NOT reccommend this "business" to anyone. Also, the employee's that "dealt" with the pick-up of the dogs had nothing but negative remarks regarding the owner and the establishment. For example, specific comments include: "She (meaning Ursula) is not a people person" and "She has had many complaints from previous customers." I wish that more consumers had been active in the past regarding this business, it could've saved me a lot of time and grief.

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After being quoted for the $20 per day for two animals (regardless of weight) the 7 day stay would've been $140.00 plus tax. After being charged & having paid for the $38 per day totaling $226.00 plus tax an employee tried to offer a discount of $40 off because she felt the owner was at fault. I'm seeking a reimbursment of $86.00 through an outside agency. I also do not want anyone else to have to go through this same experience. At this point after what my neighbor & I went through we would ABSOLUTELY NOT reccommend this "business" to anyone. Also, the employee's that "dealt" with the pick-up of the dogs had nothing but negative remarks regarding the owner and the establishment. For example, specific comments include: "She (meaning Ursula) is not a people person" and "She has had many complaints from previous customers." I wish that more consumers had been active in the past regarding this business, it could've saved me a lot of time and grief.

Pros: The Kennel was large enough for 2 Labs

Cons: Customer service & price scams

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I worked for these women for quite sometime - although I enjoyed my job, these women were TERRIBLE to work for. I busted my behind for low pay, long hours, to be accused of being out all night partying when I was tired because I'd been doing the job of 5 people. At first they were happy with the work I did and my enthusiasm, but as time went on they got more and more nasty. The owner never got involved with the business unless it was during big holidays and she was just as bad to work for. I felt like the red headed stepchild working there. One of the women had such a grudge on me that she would make up lies about me and report that I hadn?t done specific parts of my job, when it was my routine to double check all tasks were done before I would leave for the day. I miss working with the dogs, but I don?t miss the harassment and belittling I got while working there. These women have no compassion for other people, their customers or their workers. On one good note, this is one of the most sanitary kennels I have ever seen and your dog will be treated tell, but you will have to sacrifice good customer service.

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I worked for these women for quite sometime - although I enjoyed my job, these women were TERRIBLE to work for. I busted my behind for low pay, long hours, to be accused of being out all night partying when I was tired because I'd been doing the job of 5 people. At first they were happy with the work I did and my enthusiasm, but as time went on they got more and more nasty. The owner never got involved with the business unless it was during big holidays and she was just as bad to work for. I felt like the red headed stepchild working there. One of the women had such a grudge on me that she would make up lies about me and report that I hadn?t done specific parts of my job, when it was my routine to double check all tasks were done before I would leave for the day. I miss working with the dogs, but I don?t miss the harassment and belittling I got while working there. These women have no compassion for other people, their customers or their workers. On one good note, this is one of the most sanitary kennels I have ever seen and your dog will be treated tell, but you will have to sacrifice good customer service.

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I was sent this website through email from a friend. I am sorry that these people had a bad experience at the barking lot. I personally have taken my dogs there for several years. They have been groomed many times and we were completely satisified with their grooming. The dogs love to go there and get so excited they almost pull me down getting to the door to go inside. They have boarded there many times with no bad experiences. I would recommend this kennel to anyone for boarding and grooming.

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I was sent this website through email from a friend. I am sorry that these people had a bad experience at the barking lot. I personally have taken my dogs there for several years. They have been groomed many times and we were completely satisified with their grooming. The dogs love to go there and get so excited they almost pull me down getting to the door to go inside. They have boarded there many times with no bad experiences. I would recommend this kennel to anyone for boarding and grooming.

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Although I have nothing to indicate my dog was not treated well, the owner of this kennel has no complassion for human beings, so how could she have compassion for animals?

I was made a little uncomfortable by the policy that the dog's collar be removed during the stay, but the employees seemed friendly and good with dogs so I didn't push. When I picked up my dog I saw first hand how the owner treats her employees (it seems all but one are afraid of her) and her customers. Due to the one unintimidated employee my needs were met and I was treated with appropriate customer service dispite the intimidation tactics displayed by the owner towards me, another customer, and her employees who were trying to do right by her customers.

I also had my dog groomed with the $45 "deluxe" bath the day before pick up. She was still wet when I picked her up and it was clear she was not brushed out as her undercoat was coming out with simple petting down her back. I now need to pay to have her groomed again by someone who will actually brush out all her shedding hair, this on top of boarding prices which are steep considering the kennel is not in central Columbia, but practically in Blythewood. So although my dog may have been given good care by the employees during her stay, I will not continue to pay those prices to the bitter, miserable, deplorable woman who owns the kennel. I will never recommend anyone use this kennel, and wish I had seen the one other review on this site before using this kennel myself, lesson learned.

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Although I have nothing to indicate my dog was not treated well, the owner of this kennel has no complassion for human beings, so how could she have compassion for animals?

I was made a little uncomfortable by the policy that the dog's collar be removed during the stay, but the employees seemed friendly and good with dogs so I didn't push. When I picked up my dog I saw first hand how the owner treats her employees (it seems all but one are afraid of her) and her customers. Due to the one unintimidated employee my needs were met and I was treated with appropriate customer service dispite the intimidation tactics displayed by the owner towards me, another customer, and her employees who were trying to do right by her customers.

I also had my dog groomed with the $45 "deluxe" bath the day before pick up. She was still wet when I picked her up and it was clear she was not brushed out as her undercoat was coming out with simple petting down her back. I now need to pay to have her groomed again by someone who will actually brush out all her shedding hair, this on top of boarding prices which are steep considering the kennel is not in central Columbia, but practically in Blythewood. So although my dog may have been given good care by the employees during her stay, I will not continue to pay those prices to the bitter, miserable, deplorable woman who owns the kennel. I will never recommend anyone use this kennel, and wish I had seen the one other review on this site before using this kennel myself, lesson learned.

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I left my dogs at the Barking Lot in September 2007 & when I picked them up one of my dogs was not using his back leg. I asked what had happened & they of course stated nothing. I carried him out to the car & brought him home. By the next morning he could not walk at all & I took him to my vet and was advised he had completely torn his cranial cruciate ligament & would need surgery. I contacted this facility and told them about it and they stated it was doubtful it happened there but that they cant watch all the dogs all the time. I find this disturbing as I paid alot of money to leave my dogs there and one came back severely injured. I would not recommend this facility.

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I left my dogs at the Barking Lot in September 2007 & when I picked them up one of my dogs was not using his back leg. I asked what had happened & they of course stated nothing. I carried him out to the car & brought him home. By the next morning he could not walk at all & I took him to my vet and was advised he had completely torn his cranial cruciate ligament & would need surgery. I contacted this facility and told them about it and they stated it was doubtful it happened there but that they cant watch all the dogs all the time. I find this disturbing as I paid alot of money to leave my dogs there and one came back severely injured. I would not recommend this facility.

 

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