The Barkly

The Barkly Pet Retreat & Spa is the perfect solution for a variety of pet owners. Services start with boarding, and expand to a wide variety of services for all pets. Come visit for a spa day, day care day, or even some refresher training.

“Our pet resort is not your average dog kennel,” said Amber Murphy, owner of the Barkly Pet Retreat & Spa. “We offer tons of boarding activities to keep your pet active and happy. Our staff is beyond amazing, with years of experience in grooming, training and caring for all types of pets.” In 2014, Amber opened The Barkly ? a seven-acre facility with 7,000-sq.ft. of indoor space, a huge swimming pool for dogs and dedicated facilities for our beloved pets. “The pool is a great feature and it is specially designed for dogs,” said Amber. “It has an easy access beach entrance for getting in and out ? an important factor for older dogs ? and it’s a great way to work off excess energy and keep cool in the heat and humidity of a Texas summer. Pool play is supervised and pool party rentals are available as well.” A lifelong pet enthusiast, Amber wanted The Barkly to be more than a typical kennel or boarding facility. In addition to daycare, overnight and extended stays, The Barkly offers a dedicated staff of animal lovers and pet owners who care about the welfare of pets. “We know how special pets can be,” said Amber. “So we take a very personal approach to catering special requests and personalized treatment.”

Services available at The Barkly include boarding, grooming, bathing, training, socialization, medication administration and more. Services are provided on an ala carte basis, so owners can pick and choose the options best suited to the individual pet. In order to keep pets safe and healthy, The Barkly requires proof of vaccinations, such as Rabies, Distemper, Parvo, and Bordatella vaccines.

Privacy and a stress free environment is a high priority at The Barkly, but sometimes our pups need a little stress reliever and burn off some energy during their stay. “Pet owners can arrange for extra play time, walks in the park, time in the pool or special treats,” said Amber. “Obedience training is a popular option as well.” At The Barkly, veteran trainer Brent Harris? with 12 years of experience ? can help shape behavior with positive reinforcement to encourage favorable manners. Individual and group obedience classes are available to teach dogs come when called, basic commands, and to stop nascence behaviors such as jumping and barking. Group training classes are offered on a regular basis for basic and intermediate classes at a cost of $125 for six weeks of classes. Private training at the facility or at a private residence is available as well. All training is guaranteed. Private training works on your dog’s individual needs, from basic potty training to advanced off-leash behavior, and even service dog training. Many consider a board and train program as a convenient way to make sure their dog gets the intensive daily training needed to acquire new skills.

Grooming is also a featured service at The Barkly, available seven days a week. Trained professionals can bathe and groom dogs of all sizes and ages in a wide range of styles. The Barkly practices safe, careful procedures to make sure every dog is happy for their next hair cut.

The Barkly plans to expand and remodel the facility to further accommodate their guests. Recent remodeling includes bright new epoxy floors to keep pets cooler in the Texas heat, fresh non-toxic paint to brighten all suites, and they even added a daily treat to help calm our pets during their stay. In addition to a special haven for dogs and cats to relax, be boarded and received specialized treatment, The Barkly is a good place to look for a new dog or cat to adopt. The facility has a good relationship with several rescue groups who place animals there to find forever homes. They also work with area shelters to house dogs scheduled for transport to be adopted. “We are dog and cat people through and through,” said Amber. “We love animals and it’s our mission to see they are well treated.”

The Barkly Pet Retreat & Spa is located at 15000 FM 2854 in Conroe, just west of Fishcreek Thoroughfare. For information, visit or call 936-447-2275.