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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

"TBM came to us highly recommended by a friend and from our first phone conversation with Kara, we knew that she would be our biggest asset in transitioning our little Shortcake from farm to big city life. Since then, Kara has proved us completely right, providing personalized and thoughtful guidance on everything from getting ready for our puppy's arrival, to crate training, to paying special attention to teaching her how to walk properly on leash - not an easy feat for a stubborn mini Doxie. Kara and her team are professional, responsible, and responsive, and care for Shorty as their own, going above and beyond for our girl. So much so, that when we decided to move to San Francisco, Kara made the decision to follow our Shorty to the west coast and launch TBMSF. We feel so fortunate to have found TBM and wouldn't recommend owning a dog in NYC or SF without them!"

Darby & Andrew Glickman, Parents of Shortcake
Head of PR and Brand Partnerships, Keaton Row and Corporate Counsel, Uber
--with TBM since March 2014, NOPA, SF

"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, Peak Performance Gym
--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

"I cannot say enough good things about The Barking Meter. I'd tried a number of dog walkers with limited success and then I stumbled across TBM via a recommendation and haven't looked back since. They are kind, respectful and spend the time to get to know each of their clients and dogs. I have a shy dog, who doesn't always love new people coming into our apartment, so we ran into some challenges when switching walkers; however, TBM spent time together coming up with a strategy that worked beautifully and now Leroy practically waits by the door for his walks with them! We first started using their services in NYC and I was devastated when I found out we were moving to SF and would need to look for a new walker. I explored several walking options in SF, but none stacked up - TBM is so accommodating and I always know Leroy is in the hands of someone who cares for him like I would. Needless to say I was thrilled when I found out they'd be joining me on my cross country adventure! They are a fantastic option for anyone who wants their dog to be well cared for and get the exercise they need. And to top it all off, they have the cutest Instagram account so you always know what the dogs are up to! They are hands down the best and I would highly recommend them."

Sarah Armstrong, Parent of Leroy
Senior Vice President, Glocap Search
--with TBM since May 2014, UES

"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

"It's an understatement to say that TBM are an absolute light in our lives. Not only are both Bea and Stanley utterly in love with everybody on the team, but they always leave us in awe at the ways they go above and beyond for our family. From getting involved with training to accompanying us across the water to Brooklyn, they're an unfailing source of support and the most loving and committed crew we could hope for. We honestly couldn't imagine life without TBM."

Alissa Barlow, Parent of Bea and Stanley
--with TBM since September 2014, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn

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 20 neighborhoods in Manhattan and Brooklyn and, as of Spring 2015, in San Francisco.
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 and California. We are bonded and insured through Pet Sitters Associates, LLC.

Dog of the Month: Bugs

Fun Fact: Bugs was our first Upper West Side dog, and still remains the daily anchor for uptown walker, Tom.
Favorite Things: Night night stuffed bunnies, cheese, sunbathing (preferably in OC), snuggle/nap time
From the Owner: "Bugs was rescued on 09.11.2011 after being found roaming around hungry and scared on a farm in NJ. Bugs is special in many ways: he has neurological issues from having distemper and being neglected for the first 9 months of his life along with the best bunny ears a pup could ever wish for. When Bugs came to live in NYC after a year + of being a beach bum, free loving bunny (I mean pup), we realized he was having trouble acclimating to city life. We hired a trainer and she recommended Kara and TBM. Kara spent a couple of hours with us in and out of the apartment getting to know us and recommended Joey as his pack leader. Joey became Bugs' first bestie and helped him develop a sense of independence and confidence strolling around Central Park and our hood. Bugs has added Ian and Tom to his regular UWS besties boys but will always have a soft spot for Joey. TBM has been amazing in helping Bugs overcome his anxiety of the city. He is a fair weather pup that loves his beach bungalow, but trusts his boys to dress him up and take him out no matter the weather. It has been sweet watching Bugs become a city boy and navigate the UWS like a true New Yorker. We cannot thank them enough for their kindness, love, loyalty, knowledge and belief in Bugs. Forever fans of the TBM family."

Human Roster

  • Kara

    Founder and CEO
    Spirit Breed: Doberman Pinscher
  • Joey

    Vice President
    Spirit Breed: Great Dane
  • Kirsten

    NY Branch Manager
    Spirit Breed: Australian Shepherd
  • Tom

    NY Walker
    Spirit Breed: Labrador Retriever
  • Emily

    NY Walker
    Spirit Breed: Saint Bernard
  • Mike

    SF Walker
    Spirit Breed: Boxer
  • Juliette

    NY Walker
    Spirit Breed: Irish Wolfhound
  • Selena

    NY Walker
    Spirit Breed: Teacup Yorkshire Terrier
  • Ashley

    NY Walker
    Spirit Breed: Greyhound
  • Ian

    NY Boarder
    Spirit Breed: Blue Heeler
  • Kabir

    NY Boarder
    Spirit Breed: Portuguese Water Dog
  • Abby

    NY Boarder
    Spirit Breed: Bernese Mountain Dog
  • Julio

    NY Boarder
    Spirit Breed: Siberian Husky
  • The Taylor Family

    SF Boarder
    Spirit Breed: Goldendoodle

Canine Roster

Abbey
"AbbaZabba"

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

Acer
"Acey"

Breed:
French Bulldog
Birthday:
December 27, 2015
Joined TBM:
March 2016

Archie
"Arch"

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

Abbey
"AbbaZabba"

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

Acer
"Acey"

Breed:
French Bulldog
Birthday:
December 27, 2015
Joined TBM:
March 2016

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

Beauregard
"Beau"

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

Bella
"Biche"

Breed:
Bichon Frise
Birthday:
N/A
Joined TBM:
July 2015

Birdie
"Jailbird"

Breed:
Miniature Daschund
Birthday:
July 18, 2015
Joined TBM:
November 2015

Blanche Dubois
"Blanche"

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

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:
Novebmer 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
"Charles"

Breed:
Miniature Daschund
Birthday:
October 15, 2010
Joined TBM:
July 2014

Charlie
"Bup"

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

New York: 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 Battery Park City, Chelsea, Columbus Circle, the East Village, the Financial District, Gramercy, Greenwich Village, Murray Hill, Noho, Soho, Tribeca, the Upper East Side, the Upper West Side, and the West Village. In Brooklyn, we offer our services in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Downtown Brooklyn, DUMBO, and Park Slope.

San Francisco: Our standard hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 10:00am-5:00pm. We offer our services in Cow Hollow, Marina, Nob Hill, NOPA, North Beach, Lower Pacific Heights, Pacific Heights, and Russian Hill.
At TBM, we believe in the structured pack walk. Our packs of four or fewer allow your dog to thrive in a pack setting while still receiving individual attention from the walker. Your TBM walk is an opportunity for him to socialize, exercise, and bond with humans and canines in a structured, controlled setting. Owners often believe daycare will allow their dog to release their energy, socialize, and come home tired out. In reality, not all dogs thrive in that setting. Often they are exhausted from having to defend themselves and their space all day long (not to mention the bad habits they pick up from other dogs), and we as humans interpret that as being healthily tired out.

In addition to what sets us apart in both New York and San Francisco, there are other key elements that apply more specifically to the San Francisco community. When we opened shop out west in April 2015, we saw an opportunity to bring the same level of service, flexibility, and care to the Bay. Entrusting your canine to TBM means there will be:

  • No dog beaches or dog parks: your pup will join in on a structured pack walk then come home clean and happy while awaiting your return home from work.
  • No cars or crates: your pup doesn’t want to be hauled around for an hour in a hot, stuffy crate every afternoon, so we do the pack walks right in your neighborhood.
  • No weekly or monthly minimums: we understand that life is unpredictable, so we pride ourselves on offering complete flexibility to our clients. Whether you need daily walks, a walk on a specific day of the week, or one off requests, we are happy to be flexible and cater to your individual needs. We will always do our best to accommodate last minute walking requests.
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.
Available in New York only

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 structur
    • 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 (six months 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.

Pack Photos

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

"It's an understatement to say that TBM are an absolute light in our lives. Not only are both Bea and Stanley utterly in love with everybody on the team, but they always leave us in awe at the ways they go above and beyond for our family. From getting involved with training to accompanying us across the water to Brooklyn, they're an unfailing source of support and the most loving and committed crew we could hope for. We honestly couldn't imagine life without TBM."

Alissa Barlow, Parent of Bea and Stanley
--with TBM since September 2014, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn

"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.