@ The Barksville Inn

Boarding Services

Heading out-of-town or visiting to the Finger Lakes area and needing dog care - The Barksville Inn proudly offers affordable all-inclusive cage-free in-home canine boarding services - a true home-away-from-home your dog will love. 

As descendants of wolves, dogs are instinctual social pack animals that seek to join whatever pack is nearby rather than being alone.  Unfortunately, traditional boarding kennels have been designed to maximize profit and ease of care for the owner - instead of meeting your dog’s inherent needs.  


Additionally, boutique boarding businesses have opened coast to coast offering expensive “private suites” that look appealing to dog parents but can be cold and lonely spaces to your dog and the cause of unnecessary anxiety. 






The Boarding Kennel Alternative

All Day Play & Cage-Free Nights

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Cage-Free Doggy Daycare at The Barksville Inn
In Home Cage Free Dog Daycare at The Barksville Inn
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The Barksville Inn is an in-home, cage-free, all-inclusive pack-friendly communal living space.  Innkeepers David and Kevin wanted to offer an alternative to the traditional kennel.  Like many dog parents - they felt uncomfortable leaving their boys in an over crowded kennel where they would be caged in a 4 x 10 fenced run or left alone all day in private suite with limited outdoor time or socialization.


Providing a safe, healthy and fun Boarding experience is our promise to you. 


From drop-off to pick-up our guests are supervised 24/7 by Pet CPR & First Aid trained Innkeepers.  By limiting our size - we are able to give each guest direct personal attention (like belly rubs & endless games of catch). 


The Inn is filled with comfy over-stuffed chairs, a variety of dog beds, cots and couches for our guests to enjoy at their leisure.   

We welcome you to bring your pups bed, blanket  and/or favorite toy to help them feel safe from the familiar smell of home.  With flexible drop-off and pick-up times and never any additional fees - we take the stress out of pet care. 


In Home Open Play With ALL Day Outdoor Access

Flexible Drop Off & Pick Up Times
6:00 am - 11:00pm

A Grain-Free 5-Star Rated Meals & Snacks Included

Field Trips to Hiking Trails and Ithaca Dog Park

Pet CPR & First Aid trained staff

Come stay with us!!!

The Barksville Inn Logo - cage-free dog boarding

All-Inclusive   Pricing

Boarding Rates


per night


additional dog(s)


off stays 21+ nights


additional costs

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As parents ourselves – we understand you want to feel comfortable with who is caring for your four-legged family member.  What better way then to come for a visit.

Meet-n-Greets are informal visits often taking less than :30 minutes where you and your dog(s) come by - often in the evening or weekend afternoon (whenever works best for you) - and say "Hi."

We are happy to schedule a visit, simply let us know what afternoon or evening works best for you.  For safety - we can even meet via Zoom!

Contact us:
reservations@thebarksvilleinn.com or call (607) 252-4949

Zoom Meet-n-Greet at The Barksville Inn

New guest information form

and liability waiver

Please print, complete & bring to Check-In


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The Fine Print


AGE / WEIGHT:   All dogs must be at least 6 months of age and no more than 50+/- pounds.  In addition, all dogs must house trained (accidents happen, our sealed wood floors get steamed cleaned every even day with pet friendly natural products and all guests have 24-hour outdoor access).

VACCINATIONS:  Like humans, vaccinating your dog could save them from preventable deadly canine illnesses.  In addition, dogs should be treated for flea and ticks (in the summer months at least).   By limiting the number of guests, to a maximum of five (5) dogs at any given time, the chance of infectious disease transition (such as kennel cough) is greatly reduced.  However; as dog parents, we highly recommend, but do not require, the following for your dog: 

MEALS:  The Barksville Inn serves only premium, grain-free dog food rated 5-Stars by DogFoodAdvisor©.   Brands we serve include American Journey, Blue Buffalo, Natures Variety's Instinct & Taste of the Wild.  You are welcome to bring your dog’s food from home - in any container you choose - to avoid possible digestive issues.  Please no bowls or measuring cups - we have quite a large Lost-n-Found basket.




  1.     DOG COLLAR & LEASH:  A dog collar with an ID tag with your dog’s name & your name/phone number on it.

  2.     FOOD:  If you decide to bring your own food.  Any container or plastic baggie is fine.

  3.     MEDICATIONS:   Medications in a plastic baggie or easy to open bottle with clear instructions attached.

  4.     DOG BED / TOYS:  We welcome you to bring your pups favorite toy, bed, blanket or other item for comfort.   The familiar scent of home can greatly reduce canine anxiety.   We will do our best to return your dog’s items in good condition; however, we cannot guarantee it.


PAYMENT:  Payment for Services is due at Pick-Up in the form of cash, check, debit/credit card, PayPal or Venmo and/or previously agreed upon payment method with the Innkeeper.   No deposit or prepayment is required.  The Barksville Inn never  charges additional fees for cancellations, late pick-ups, meals, administering medications, weekends or holiday stays. 

1. DHLPP or DAPP (distemper/parvo)

2. Bordetella

3  Canine Influenza (dog flu)


** NYS law requires all dogs over 4 months old to be vaccinated for Rabbies and to be updated every three years.

The Barksville Inn strictly forbids the use of choke collars, bark collars, sprays and/or any device that would cause physical pain to eliminate barking or other behaviors.