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@ The Barksville Inn

Boarding Services

Heading out-of-town or visiting 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 - 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!!!

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All-Inclusive   Pricing

Nightly Rates 


Overnight Boarding


Two Dogs


Off Long Term Stays 
(21+ Nights)

Additional Fees


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Nightly rates as of July 1, 2023 going forward for all guests.


Three easy steps....




Complete the
Booking Request 
form below


Schedule a


Complete the
New Guest Paperwork 

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Overnight Boarding

Booking Request 


Let us know when you need Boarding - an Innkeeper will contact you, within 24 hours, with availability/your confimation..  

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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 wood floors get steamed cleaned every even day with pet friendly natural products and all guests have 24-hour outdoor access). *Contact Kevin to discuss if your dog is a bit over.


MEALS:  The Barksville Inn serves only premium, grain-free dog food rated 5-Stars by DogFoodAdvisor©.   Brands we serve include 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.


PAYMENT:  Payment for Services is due at Pick-Up in the form of cash, check, debit/credit card or via Venmo ($barksville) 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. 

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) as Lyme and other diseases are preventable.   

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