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"Kara began working with my French Bulldog when he was 18-months old. Oliver went from acting like a misbehaved puppy to well-trained Mr. Oliver in a matter of weeks. She is reliable, trustworthy, timely and caring. Oliver loves her and his buddy Lucca. He spends numerous days and nights with his TBM family. I highly recommend Kara and The Barking Meter."

Phillip Lim, Parent of Oliver Lim
Owner, 3.1 Phillip Lim
--with TBM since February 2007, Soho

"I reached out to Kara because I was suffering in a terrible dog walking situation. I came across her name because she had sponsored a Women in Restructuring event and it turned out that we had a mutual friend. From the very first email conversation, I realized that TBM was not an ordinary dog walking company. Perfect! My dog Abbey is no ordinary dog: she has bad joints, doesn't walk well, and needs special attention. None of this fazed Kara or Joey and they assured me that Abbey would be joining in pack walks and walking better in no time. As a single pet parent, I can't tell you what a dream it is to have my life made so much easier by Kara and the team. Abbey also loves to go to camp with Joey. I travel for business and never have to worry that Abbey isn't getting all the love and attention she needs. Abbey and I love every member of the TBM team. Now, if they could just work on that diva attitude of hers!"

Brenda Adrian, Parent of Abbey
Senior Executive, Sitrick and Company
--with TBM since August 2013, Columbus Circle

"I have been a dog owner in New York City for well over 10 years. In fact, I have owned three Rottweilers during that time and have always made it a point to be very alert while walking them. As a result, I have observed hundreds of dog walkers on the street and in the various dog parks around the city. From my experience, I wouldn't trust the overwhelming majority of them. I consider myself very lucky to have met Kara while I was at the dog park with my Rottie, Sky. After talking with her, and observing her with one of her dogs, Oliver, I decided to have her walk Sky a few times just to see how it would go. Long story short, I have been an extremely happy client and would absolutely recommend, without hesitation, The Barking Meter."

Joe Dowdell, Parent of Sky
Owner, Dowdell Fitness Systems
--with TBM since November 2007, Chelsea

"When I decided to get a puppy in the Fall of '09, TBM was my first call as I had never had a dog before. I had met Kara as she had many clients in my building and I saw them daily in the elevator. Before I picked up Theo, she gave me advice as to what I needed and how to train a puppy, as well as coming to my apartment the day after I brought him home to help us all get acquainted.

Kara and the TBM staff soon brought Theo into the pack walks. Everyday he looks forward to his trips out with his dog friends. Kara and her team treat Theo as if he were their own. Besides daily walks, they take him to the groomer and the vet and board him when I have to be out of town.

TBM is truly a full service dog care provider and they do it with care and compassion."

Kerri Halpern, Parent of Theodore
Owner, Madstone Design Studio
--with TBM since October 2009, West Village

"TeamTBM has been taking care of our eccentric dog, Sophie, since the winter of '08. Kara has been consistently amazing at adjusting to our ever-changing schedules and in the level of care and consideration she gives to both the two-legged and four-legged mammals in her charge. Since then we have added a second English Setter to our home, Jack, who joins Sophie on her TBM adventures. Our dogs are always delighted to see TBM and come home and sleep soundly after their adventures! Not an easy task.

I couldn't more highly recommend Kara and her team to anyone looking for excellent care for their canine pal. She is simply the best!"

Blair Brown, Parent of Sophie and Jack
Actress
--with TBM since April 2008, Chelsea

"After my husband and I decided to get a black lab puppy, Margaret Thatcher, we knew that we were going to need some help ensuring that she had enough activity and training. Several of our friends had been using The Barking Meter and felt so strongly about how wonderful the TBM team is that we never considered trying anywhere else.

I immediately spoke with Kara and she patiently answered all my nervous questions on the first day and every day since. We have felt like a member of the TBM family since day one and couldn't imagine feeling as comfortable trusting our fur baby with anyone else. Not only do we know that Thatcher will get the exercise, attention and continued training she needs, but that she is excited to see her walkers as well as her boarders. When we leave town a member of the team stays with her at our apartment so that she's comfortable and even feels like it's a treat to spend more time with other dogs!

Thatcher is such a well trained and happy puppy, and we couldn't have done it without Kara and The Barking Meter."

Sara Sailors, Parent of Margaret Thatcher
Software Engineer
--with TBM since September 2014, Chelsea

"TBM has truly become like family to me and Lexie. From day one, since we arrived to Manhattan from California, TBM has been instrumental in helping Lexie adjust to the energy of the city. It was a pretty tough transition leaving puppy friends and so much grass behind, but after such great care and training, Lexie's behavior and comfort level has changed dramatically. And with having such a busy work life and travel schedule, I never have to worry about Lexie and the care she's receiving. We can truly call NYC home with the help of TBM. "

Liz Swanson, Parent of Lexie
Managing Director, ustwo
--with TBM since March 2016, Financial District

About The Barking Meter

In 2006, Kara Kleindienst moved to New York City after her post-university job on Capitol Hill. Soon thereafter, she met fashion designer Phillip Lim and began walking his dog, Oliver, whose adorable personality inspired her to get her own frenchie, Lucca. Spending afternoons with these two bullies sparked an interest in entrepreneurship and a career in the dog industry. Through the encouragement of her parents, in 2007, The Barking Meter officially hit the streets of New York City with a focus on providing the level of care to clients that Kara would expect for Lucca.
Since the beginning, The Barking Meter has teamed up with local businesses -- veterinarians, groomers, dog trainers -- and through these incredible relationships, the k9 concierge took shape. In 2011, Kara's younger brother, Joey, joined the team. This sibling duo seeks to provide excellence in dog care throughout most of Manhattan and select neighborhoods in Brooklyn.
At The Barking Meter, we are a team and this is our family.

Philosophy

THE BARKING METER (TBM) is an elite dog walking service and k9 concierge. We pride ourselves on bringing complete satisfaction to our human clients and their k9 companions.
TBM is founded on three core values:
  • FAMILY: With a sister and brother duo at the head, and a close knit team of devoted staff, each dog that joins TBM is treated like family. These pups form a pack with their walking buddies and our crew takes great pride in caring for each one.
  • TEAMWORK: Humans and dogs share a few basic needs to enjoy a healthy, happy life: affection, socialization, exercise. To accomplish this, it requires a team effort. TBM Owner, Management, and Walker work together to ensure that your four-legged friend thrives within the hustle and bustle of the City.
  • EXCELLENCE: We're here to help meet all of your dog care needs, and we include you - the ultimate caregiver - in the process. We customize our approach to cater to the individual needs of both dog and human: rehabilitation, basic training, vet visits, grooming appointments. You name it, we do it. The Barking Meter is your k9 concierge.
The Barking Meter is a licensed business in New York. We are bonded and insured through Pet Sitters Associates, LLC.

Dog of the Month: Dooley

Love from his Walker: "What can I say about Mr. Dooley? He walks the walks, he's the protector of his sis, Blanche, a show stopper to all that see him, and the only frenchie that has captured my pup, Mucca's, heart. I guess you could say he's the ultimate French pimp of NYC." -Alfredo
Favorite Things: (1) Going under things: He creates tents with blankets, loves hiding under the coffee table, and even manages to squeeze his barrel chest under the bed. (2) Scratches: Especially his hind quarters. The only reason we keep the rug in our bedroom is because Dooley likes to scratch his belly on it. (3) Laying in the sun: He gravitates to where the sun comes through the windows and lays down, frog legs extended. If we put his bed in those spots, he'll usually share with his sister, Blanche.
From the Owner: "When we moved to NYC 5+ years ago, Dooley wasn't accustomed to interacting with other dogs and had anti-social behavior. The wonderful staff and pack walks at TBM taught him to be a great friend to other dogs, and we even take him and his sister, Blanche, to play at the dog park now (I never thought it would happen!) We also do a fair bit of traveling, but we are worry-free knowing that Dooley is in such loving and capable hands at CampTBM. The TBM staff has handled every step of Dooley's journey with such patience and care. Dooley and his humans don't know what we'd do without them!"

Human Roster

  • Kara

    Founder and CEO
    Spirit Breed: Doberman Pinscher
  • Joey

    Vice President
    Spirit Breed: Great Dane
  • Kirsten

    Branch Manager
    Spirit Breed: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Tom

    Dog Walker
    Spirit Breed: Labrador Retriever
  • Ashley

    Dog Walker
    Spirit Breed: Greyhound
  • Michael

    Dog Walker
    Spirit Breed: Pit Bull
  • Jaime

    Dog Walker
    Spirit Breed: Japanese Chin
  • Darby

    Dog Walker
    Spirit Breed: Wheaton Terrier
  • Tommy

    Dog Walker
    Spirit Breed: Australian Shepherd
  • Ian

    Dog Boarder
    Spirit Breed: Blue Heeler
  • Emily

    Dog Boarder
    Spirit Breed: Saint Bernard
  • Juliette

    Dog Boarder
    Spirit Breed: Irish Wolfhound
  • Abby

    Dog Boarder
    Spirit Breed: Bernese Mountain Dog
  • Maggie

    Dog Boarder
    Spirit Breed: Jack Russell Terrier
  • Julio

    Dog Boarder
    Spirit Breed: Siberian Husky
  • Derek

    Dog Boarder
    Spirit Breed: Labrador Retriever
  • Meg

    Dog Boarder
    Spirit Breed: Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

Canine Roster

Abbey
"AbbaZabba"

Breed:
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Birthday:
July 3, 2008
Joined TBM:
August 2013

Abby

Breed:
Irish Terrier
Birthday:
July 2012
Joined TBM:
March 2017

Archie
"Arch"

Breed:
Schnoodle
Birthday:
October 14, 2014
Joined TBM:
December 2014
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Abbey
"AbbaZabba"

Breed:
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Birthday:
July 3, 2008
Joined TBM:
August 2013

Abby

Breed:
Irish Terrier
Birthday:
July 2012
Joined TBM:
March 2017

Archie
"Arch"

Breed:
Schnoodle
Birthday:
October 14, 2014
Joined TBM:
December 2014

Athena
"Teeny"

Breed:
Shepherd Mix
Birthday:
February 13, 2015
Joined TBM:
November 2015

Bailey
"Bailey Boy"

Breed:
Havanese
Birthday:
August 11, 2005
Joined TBM:
April 2015

Bea
"Bee"

Breed:
Coonhound/Pointer Mix
Birthday:
May 5, 2013
Joined TBM:
August 2013

Bear

Breed:
Rottweiler
Birthday:
September 2, 2013
Joined TBM:
October 2017

Bear

Breed:
Maltipoo
Birthday:
February 25, 2017
Joined TBM:
May 2017

Beauregard
"Beau"

Breed:
Goldendoodle
Birthday:
November 5, 2008
Joined TBM:
October 2016

Blanche Dubois
"Blanche"

Breed:
French Bulldog
Birthday:
April 21, 2009
Joined TBM:
April 2013

Boss
"Baby B"

Breed:
French Bulldog
Birthday:
August 6, 2017
Joined TBM:
November 2017

Bubba
"Bubba-loogs"

Breed:
English Bulldog
Birthday:
September 15, 2008
Joined TBM:
August 2015

Bugs
"Bugs-a-Boo"

Breed:
Pit Mix
Birthday:
November 11, 2010
Joined TBM:
November 2013

Burger
"Monkey"

Breed:
French Bulldog
Birthday:
June 7, 2010
Joined TBM:
October 2013

Charie

Breed:
Labrador Retriever
Birthday:
May 31, 2007
Joined TBM:
January 2013

Charlie
"Bup"

Breed:
Schnoodle
Birthday:
August 18, 2011
Joined TBM:
January 2013

Services

Our standard hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 9:00am-6:00pm, and Saturday-Sunday, 10:00am-5:00pm. In Manhattan, we offer our services in every neighborhood south of 86th Street. In Brooklyn, we offer our services in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Downtown Brooklyn, DUMBO, and Park Slope.
At CampTBM, we believe that your dog should be at ease while their human is off on an adventure outside the City. Your dog can either stay in the home of one of our staffers, or one of our staffers will stay in your home with your dog. Rather than being stuck in a kennel, the dog curls up on the couch, joins TBM pack walks daily, and receives human affection. During their stay at CampTBM, you will receive a daily update and pictures, assuring you that your furry friend is both happy and healthy as they await your return home.

CampTBM is reserved for walking clients only (an average of 10+ walks per month). All TBM dogs must be up to date on their vaccinations.

The Barking Meter is not responsible for injury incurred upon or by a client's dog while under TBM care. Please advise TBM if your dog is inclined to rough behavior and/or should refrain from interacting with other dogs and/or humans.
Along with affection and attention, dogs crave discipline and direction. As their human, it is your responsibility to mold and shape them into well-behaved, happy dogs. No dog wants to be a menace but, without proper guidance, they will often resort to destructive, ill-mannered behavior. TBM prides itself on teaching our handlers basic training methods so your dog has a confident pack leader and it is our desire to equip you, their primary caregiver, with the tools necessary to be their advocate.

Kara has accumulated a tremendous amount of knowledge about canine behavior and training. She has been mentored by several of New York's leading dog trainers and now offers her training services to clients who want to work on a specific issues with their dog, providing a better working knowledge on how to act as your dog's advocate. The decisions you make for your dog teach them that you are their protector, their guide, their leader.

Training sessions span a variety of subjects including but not limited to: walking etiquette, house rules, separation anxiety, socialization with humans and k9s, confidence and calm, value of the crate or den. In addition to working on specific adult dog issues, Kara has designed a puppy training curriculum that will assist first time dog owners or veteran dog owners. Curriculum can include:

  • Crate training: Creating a safe, positive den
    • Placement in a home
    • Use as a training tool rather than a corrective tool
  • House breaking: Providing structure
    • Use of an associated command
    • Use of treats
  • Walking: Leash etiquette
    • Duration of walks
    • Proper tools
    • Socialization vs. exercise
  • House Rules: Setting boundaries
    • Puppy training basics
    • Human as advocate, dog as dog
    • Barking: in crate, during play, seeking attention
  • Socialization: Raising a polite, calm dog
    • The value of pack walks
    • Preventing aggressive, protective behavior
  • Toys: Working tools
    • Teething items; training items
  • Meals: establishing the relationship as provider
    • Using the meal as a means for mental stimulation

Prior to a session, the client must provide an email with information pertinent to the training session. All sessions last 60 minutes. If more time is needed, the client can decide to increase the duration of the session or set up a follow up session. There may be additional travel fees if the client lives outside of our walking neighborhoods. Due to the step by step process in dealing with puppies, the pricing varies as there will be more conversation before and after the training session; the cost covers the time addressing the subject that was covered at the session. Payment due at time of training session.

  • Adult
    • $150.00 per hour
  • Puppy (1 year or younger)
    • Single session: $200.00 per hour
    • Pack of three sessions: $500.00 for three hours
In addition to our walking, boarding, and training services, we pride ourselves on serving as your dog's k9 concierge. What exactly does that mean? Well, that's up to you, but just a few examples: we will book grooming and vet appointments, transport your pup to and from those appointments, accompany your pup at the vet, or pick up more food or dog bags at the pet store. Anything related to your dog's care is our pleasure to provide. Just ask.

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Reviews

"Kara began working with my French Bulldog when he was 18-months old. Oliver went from acting like a misbehaved puppy to well-trained Mr. Oliver in a matter of weeks. She is reliable, trustworthy, timely and caring. Oliver loves her and his buddy Lucca. He spends numerous days and nights with his TBM family. I highly recommend Kara and The Barking Meter."

Phillip Lim, Parent of Oliver Lim
Owner, 3.1 Phillip Lim
--with TBM since February 2007, Soho

"TBM has truly become like family to me and Lexie. From day one, since we arrived to Manhattan from California, TBM has been instrumental in helping Lexie adjust to the energy of the city. It was a pretty tough transition leaving puppy friends and so much grass behind, but after such great care and training, Lexie's behavior and comfort level has changed dramatically. And with having such a busy work life and travel schedule, I never have to worry about Lexie and the care she's receiving. We can truly call NYC home with the help of TBM. "

Liz Swanson, Parent of Lexie
Managing Director, ustwo
--with TBM since March 2016, Financial District

"I reached out to Kara because I was suffering in a terrible dog walking situation. I came across her name because she had sponsored a Women in Restructuring event and it turned out that we had a mutual friend. From the very first email conversation, I realized that TBM was not an ordinary dog walking company. Perfect! My dog Abbey is no ordinary dog: she has bad joints, doesn't walk well, and needs special attention. None of this fazed Kara or Joey and they assured me that Abbey would be joining in pack walks and walking better in no time. As a single pet parent, I can't tell you what a dream it is to have my life made so much easier by Kara and the team. Abbey also loves to go to camp with Joey. I travel for business and never have to worry that Abbey isn't getting all the love and attention she needs. Abbey and I love every member of the TBM team. Now, if they could just work on that diva attitude of hers!"

Brenda Adrian, Parent of Abbey
Senior Executive, Sitrick and Company
--with TBM since August 2013, Columbus Circle

"TeamTBM has been taking care of our eccentric dog, Sophie, since the winter of '08. Kara has been consistently amazing at adjusting to our ever-changing schedules and in the level of care and consideration she gives to both the two-legged and four-legged mammals in her charge. Since then we have added a second English Setter to our home, Jack, who joins Sophie on her TBM adventures. Our dogs are always delighted to see TBM and come home and sleep soundly after their adventures! Not an easy task.

I couldn't more highly recommend Kara and her team to anyone looking for excellent care for their canine pal. She is simply the best!"

Blair Brown, Parent of Sophie and Jack
Actress
--with TBM since April 2008, Chelsea

Join the Pack

If you have any questions or want to get in touch,
please email us directly at info@thebarkingmeter.com.