Whether your dog is on the nice or naughty list this year, we have the perfect Christmas gifts for you and your pet. Next time you drop your pup off at the Ark, browse our selection of toys, treats, grooming supplies and more.

Ark Gift Certificate

What your dog really wants is a day of fun and pampering at the Ark. Add this to your own wish list or gift it to your fellow pet owners. 

These certificates can be used for any Ark service or product including doggy daycare, boarding, grooming and Slobberbones Bakery & Market. Plus our gift certificates never expire!

Refillable Treat Bucket

This is the gift that keeps on giving. Purchase a Slobberbones bucket filled with your dog's favorite flavors of all-natural treats and bring it back for a refill again and again. 

Your dog can choose from yummy flavors like Cheese & Bacon, Oatmeal & Cinnamon, Pizza, Peanut Butter, and Pumpkin & Cranberry.

CBD infused Treats

CBD products can help reduce anxiety and nervousness in pets and can be purchased at any Ark location in Tennessee. Choose from an array of CBD infused pet products including hemp honey and solid treats. We love these Healthy Hemp cheese-flavored pet treats for both dogs and cats. 

Read more in this article about using CBD products for your pet.

Toys & chews

We have toys for dogs of all sizes and styles of play. Choose from our quirky selection of plush toys like this dinosaur, cupcake and starfish, or opt for a more durable toy such as a Kong or Gorilla Chew. 

If you dog loves to chew, our raw bar offers all-natural antlers, hoofs and other dried bits to keep your pet occupied all winter long.

pet accessories

There's no need to pick out boring accessories for your pet. Check out unique gift ideas such as this wooden pet food bowl from Tall Tails. 

We also carry lots of fun leashes and collars to compliment your pet's one-of-a-kind personality. The possibilities are endless!

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We’re not the only ones who think our groomers are a cut above the rest. Chattanooga thinks so too! The Ark Pet Spa & Hotel was voted Best Pet Groomer in Chattanooga for the fifth year in a row. While we can’t deny that winning such a coveted award feels amazing, one look at our stacked staff will help you see why we’re the first to say that our groomers are simply the best. Learn more about our grooming services here.

ASHLEY // EAST BRAINERD

How long have you worked in pet care?
20 years

What made you want to become a groomer or work with animals?
While I was a dog bather, the groomer I worked under saw potential in me, so I went to school to become a professional groomer.

What is your favorite part of grooming?
Helping scared pets enjoy the grooming process better.

What is one thing you wish dog owners knew about grooming?
Grooming is time consuming.

Do you have any pets of your own?
4 dogs (Tuey, Nattie, Zoey Jane, Milton) and 5 horses (Blackie, Mello, Perry, Squeeks, Beau)

shai // hixson

How long have you worked in pet care?
Since I was 10 years old! My mother and grandmother were both groomers.

What is your favorite Ark memory?
Murphy and Winston are two brothers that regularly come in for grooming. Winston is deaf, but his brother stands next to him on the grooming table to comfort him . It melts my heart every time!

What made you want to become a groomer or work with animals?
I love animals and grew up working with them.

What is your favorite part of grooming?
It is so rewarding when a pet behaves great during their appointment after the owner says that their pet is difficult and may need to be muzzled.

Do you have any pets of your own?
3 dogs (Boo, Clyde, Oxy)

rachel // southside

How long have you worked in pet care?
8 years

What is your favorite Ark memory?
My favorite is when owners want a super fun groom, such as giving a mohawk to their Great Pyrenees.

What made you want to become a groomer or work with animals?
I love dogs, and I want to make them look and feel their absolute best.

What is your favorite part of grooming?
Seeing the owners’ reactions when they pick up their fresh, clean dogs.

What is one thing you wish dog owners knew about grooming?
Dogs need to be brushed just as often as people brush their own hair.

cynthia // red bank

How long have you worked in pet care?
Almost 20 years

What is one thing you wish dog owners knew about grooming?
Doodles are actually high maintenance when it comes to grooming, and owners often do not brush them often enough.

What made you want to become a groomer or work with animals?
Dogs rule and humans drool. Just kidding! But dogs are the most loving and forgiving creatures, so working with them every day is amazing.

What is your favorite part of grooming?
Definitely the dogs.

Do you have any pets of your own?
2 dogs (Bane and Appolo)

Arika // Doraville

How long have you worked in pet care?
14 years. My very first job was working in the dog kennels.

What is your favorite part of grooming?

Getting to work with all different dog breeds, honing my skills, and expressing my creative side.

What made you want to become a groomer or work with animals?
I’ve always loved animals, so I could see myself thriving in the pet care industry. Plus whenever I gave my own dog a haircut, he always got compliments on it!

What is one thing you wish dog owners knew about grooming?
Know how to best take care of your dog’s grooming needs, starting with how to brush them properly.

Do you have any pets of your own?
2 dogs (Scrappy and Diesel)


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One of the things that makes The Ark unique is our free play environment. We believe that socialization is an important part of a healthy dog’s lifestyle, so we have designed our daycare facilities to foster healthy furry friendships under the watchful eye of our crew members. 

a day full of fun

In free play, dogs get to run, jump and chase to their heart’s content alongside dogs of similar size, age and temperament. Our crew members often join in on the fun to help maximize mental and physical stimulation for your pup. You can expect you dog to hit the sack early after a full day of fun.

find the right fit

Not every dog likes free play, and that’s ok! When a new dog arrives at The Ark, our experienced crew spend time getting to know your dog and assess whether or not they would be a good fit for free play. We slowly introduce them to a closely monitored play group and watch for key factors such as shyness, anxiety or aggression.

If we feel your dog is not quite ready for free play, that does not mean you are a bad dog parent or your dog is bad. It simply means that this particular atmosphere isn’t right for your pup at the time. We are always happy to suggest socialization and behavior tactics, and we can always try again!

safety is our priority

While we love to have fun, safety is always our first priority. That’s why every one of our crew members is CPR + First Aid certified and undergo continuous safety training about Dog Body Language and Play Group Management. You can rest easy knowing your pup is in good hands.

If you would like to learn more about our facilities, policies or culture, call or stop by your local Ark location. Our crew would be happy to give you a tour and answer any questions you have. And don’t forget - your first day of daycare is 100% free!

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