Only people who are deeply passionate about dogs and who share our values can join our team. We believe this is one of the key things that underpins the phenomenal quality of care that we are famous for. We believe that a happy team equals happy dogs. So, we work hard to create an incredible working environment and culture that nurtures excellence

Meet The Team

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The Barking Lot is owned and founded by Janine Erasmus. Janine is an accredited behaviourist and dog trainer. She is a practising member of the SABCAP (the South African Board of Companion Animal Professionals), The Pet Professional Guild and Animal Behaviour Consultants of SA. Janine is also the Branch Manager for two of the Mckaynine Training Schools in The Reeds and Groenkloof and has been instructing puppy and adult dog training courses for the past 15 years. She holds a number of prestigious qualifications in Canine behaviour, training and operating a dog day care.


Our assistant has many years’ experience working with all breeds of dogs at other day cares in Johannesburg and has also gained plenty of experience as a groomer.

General Information

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Operating Hours

Monday – Friday from 06h00 – 18h00, excluding public holidays. Drop off and pick up times are between 06h00 – 09h00 and 15h00 – 18h00. Drop off and pick up times outside of these hours can be discussed with management. Saturdays from 10h00 – 14h00 (No Drop off and pick up on Saturdays). Please note that we close promptly at 18h00 on weekdays and 14h00 on Saturdays. Any dogs not collected by this time will be looked after until the owner arrives at a additional cost of per hour or part thereof.

Bark Bus Information

For owners whose schedule makes drop off and pick up difficult, we offer a Bark Bus. The Bark Bus rates are dependent on distance

Safety Information

Do dogs ever get hurt?
Yes, sometimes they might get a bump or scratch, just as they may get hurt when playing at home. We endeavor to do our utmost to minimise any injury, and even minor bumps or scratches are extremely rare as a result of our management and constant supervision.

What do you do in case of illness or injury?
We quickly assess the situation to determine what plan of action to take. Our staff are all trained in canine first aid and CPR in the event of an emergency. We have a vet on call and depending on the situation, will either rush the dog to the closest vet (with whom we have an excellent relationship) or in non-emergency situations, will take them to their own vet where possible. We always try to contact the guardian to get their permission for our chosen course of action.

What safety precautions do you have?
Entrusting your dog to us is a responsibility we take very seriously. In addition to the measures already listed we also have:

• Constant supervision – one carer for every ten dogs, plus additional staff
• members on the grounds at all times
• Ensure all play equipment is regularly maintained or replaced
• A secure system for all gates and crates to prevent accidental escape
• Regular disinfection and sanitising of play areas, equipment and bedding
• Vet on call throughout Day Care hours

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