The Barking Orange is a Doggy Daycare, Grooming and Training facility located just outside downtown Syracuse in the Inner Harbor area. We specialize in personal care for your dog while you are away at work. Our daycare facility is committed to providing a safe, clean, and fun environment for your dog. Your dog will come home happy and tired after a day of supervised play! Your dog will always be attended to, our pack leaders are certified in animal CPR, and we will accommodate special requests (brushing, feeding, etc). Our groomer is available by appointment Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and offers an all inclusive groom (Bath, Brushing, De-shedding, Haircut, Ear Cleaning, Nail Trimming). Prices depend on breed, age and temperment. We will send your dog home looking pretty and smelling good! We offer three different training classes- Puppy Class, Beginner Obedience and Beginner II that are designed to meet your specific needs for any age.
We require that all dogs interested in daycare, go through an initial screening and interview. An application form is available for download on our website. We encourage you to call us today to schedule your interview! We are a small staff and are committed to making you and your dog a part of our family.
Sara Menkin- Owner
Sara Menkin is the owner of The Barking Orange. Sara was born and raised in Syracuse, NY and after 10 years in the corporate world in Boston and San Fransisco, decided to move back home to pursue her passion- DOGS! In the spring of 2009, she adopted YuBe- a friendly, loving and playful Boston Terrier. YuBe’s sweet disposition and passion for playing quickly turned into an inspiration for this business. YuBe was a frequent customer of doggy daycare in San Fransisco and Boston, and Sara very early on recognized the benefits of daycare for dogs. YuBe is a better dog as a result of the socialization he learned from these experiences. The Barking Orange is dedicated to YuBe!
Sam Marks- Operations Manager
Sam Marks was born in Lynn, MA and raised in Syracuse, NY. Sam has always had a passion for animals. As a kid he owned many pets including reptiles, amphibians, and mammals. He graduated from SUNY-ESF with a degree in Natural History and Interpretation. While pursuing his degree he did an internship at the Rosamond Gifford zoo where he learned how much work it takes to care for large groups of animals. After graduating college, he began volunteering at the Page Wildlife Center in Manlius, NY. He had the pleasure of rehabilitating many animals there, helped with education programs, and took care of some amazing animals. It was a great experience! About three years ago, Sam decided he wanted a dog. He ended up adopting Knox, an Australian Cattle Dog/Labrador Retriever puppy from Golden Huggs rescue. Sam and Knox immediately started attending a puppy kindergarten class at a nearby dog daycare/training facility. Seeing Knox socialize and play with the other puppies brought so much joy to Sam that he ended up working at the dog daycare for 2 ½ years. Now he is the Operations Manager of The Barking Orange where he couldn’t be happier. In his spare time he enjoys hiking, photography, playing basketball, dog training, cooking, eating healthy, and spending time with his family, friends, Knox and his girlfriend Erin.
Reve Pidgeon- Pack Leader
Meet Reve! She’s been with us since 2011 and has been instrumental in the success of The Barking Orange. You can find Reve slugging it out in the daycare room, having dogs lounge on her, fixing a broken kennel, or doing computer work up front. Reve has worked at a previous doggy daycare, in addition to regularly dog sitting. She’s been known to make dogs pee when they see her and is a Mom to her lovable Shepard/Lab/Pit mix Gizzy.
Donna Babcock- Pack Leader
Donna has been with us since day one and is best known for being the “mom away from home” for many of our daycare dogs- including Jasper, Hobbes and all the black and chocolate labs. Donna has had dogs all her life and is currently the Mom to 3 dogs at home. She is also a certified canine massage therapist and can be found many times on the floor massaging our dogs. We are so thankful for her dedication to The Barking Orange and her attention to detail!
Jillian Gravius- Pack Leader
Jill is a certified dog trainer with Animal Behavior College and an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. She has been with doggy cares for over 10 years and loves it! Jill is very active in obedience and agility with her own dogs and has received many titles.
Olivia is a graduate of SUNY ESF, and has a biology degree in Natural History and Interpretation. Despite working with various exotic and domestic animals at the Buffalo Zoo, dogs are still her absolute favorite! Olivia is striving to learn more about dog training and behavior, and looking forward to adopting her own dog.
Kacey Jervis- Pack Leader
Kacey has owned dogs all her life. This photo is of her current dog, May who she adopted this summer through Helping Hounds. Currently, Kacey studies through SUNY Canton’s online business management program. In her spare time, she enjoys riding horses which she has been doing for over 15 years. She wanted to start working at The Barking Orange because she saw how much her dog loved going there and because she is a huge dog lover!
Jennifer Lioto- Pack Leader
Jennifer was raised in Syracuse where her family owned a business breeding fish, so they always traveled around to pet stores and naturally she ended up working at pet stores for years. Later she became a dog groomer, but retired from grooming to devote more time to her kids and because of complications after hand surgery. She is owned by an Australian Cattle Dog named Boomer and a Schipperke named Taz that she has taken obedience, rally, and agility classes with. She loves that she can still work part time with all the dogs at The Barking Orange!
Ashley Weare- Pack Leader
Ashley grew up loving animals, and in the summer of 2012 she got her first dog of her own, a lhatese named Tigger. Shortly after, she got her second dog, Opie, an Australian Cattle Dog whose energy level quickly taught her the benefits of socialization and training. Working with her two dogs, she has found a passion for training and understanding canine behavior. She is currently seeking her degree in Business Administration, and is planning on continuing her future working with dogs.
Brooke Farley- Trainer
Brooke has been around dogs for 10 years professionally, first with doggie daycare, and then with training. Her philosophies include positive reinforcement training and socialization. Happy dogs=successful training. She currently works at Happy Valley Veterinary Hospital in Verona. She has two Basset Hounds, Deacon, who is titled in CPE agility, and Annabelle who has just started her agility career. She also feels passionately about dog assisted therapy and has had her dogs therapy certified through Pet Partners (formerly Delta Society).
Tanja Cosentino- Trainer
Tanja has been training dogs for over 5 years and has been a certified Animal Behavioral College trainer since 2011. Tanja has worked with over 150 foster dogs, all of which have cycled through her pack on their journey to finding forever homes. Her permanent pack consists of her husband George and their 4 canine “kids” Bently, Zoey, Emmitt, and Oliver.