How we became BBR!
What started as a small training and dog-walking service in 2018 quickly turned into a full-scale specialty care facility in 2020. Within one year we went from an idea to a fully functioning business, ready to serve the community and their fur friends.
We take pride in providing top-notch care for all of our beloved clients, using only force-free and positive methods to make each visit a fun and rewarding experience. Our owner and resident trainer implements these training techniques during daycare and classes, which promotes good doggie manners and keeps pups engaged, happy, and safe.
Our new facility was built with your pet's needs in mind. We chose materials and services that would best serve our Pup Scouts, and use only pet- and environment-friendly chemicals on our grounds. Our Pup Scouts run on specialized flooring without fear of joint issues, and our potty yard is expanding to help encourage outdoor exercise in cooler weather.
Our fully trained Bark Rangers make sure your pup has a blast at BB&R! They go through an intensive training program offered by The Dog Gurus, the nation’s leading experts in dog daycare learning positive, force-free daycare skills that keep them and all their charges safe, engaged, and happy to be here.
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Meet our Bark Rangers!
Brooke Baran, Owner/Trainer
Over 10 Years of Animal Care & Training Experience
Since childhood, Brooke has had a special connection with animals. As soon as she started college, she started working with dogs.
Volunteering for a vet clinic near her hometown in West Virginia, she was involved in a variety of canine and animal care techniques. This hands-on experience increased her knowledge of dog care and physiology. At college, she studied topics specific to the world of service dogs including Therapy Dogs, Mobility Assistance Service Dogs, and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) Service Dogs. Between volunteering at the vet clinic and becoming a teaching assistant for Service Dog classes, Brooke has vastly expanded her knowledge of dogs and dog care. As a teaching assistant, she studied under two animal behaviorists and learned how to train dogs using animal psychology through positive reinforcement.
In 2016, she and her husband, Engin, moved to Illinois. She continued her dog training by setting up her own in-home training service, Paw-sitive Pup Tutoring while continuing to expand her training knowledge and working with a variety of dog behavior issues. In 2018 started training alongside well-known local trainer and area native, Jan Carlson. After Jan retired, Brooke began working on her dream of owning her own canine center…and Brooke's Barks & Recreation was born.
Naomi Woosnam, Lead Bark Ranger/ Photographer
Naomi started her dog career in 2004 as a kennel assistant. Always an avid learner, she took time to study dog language and behavior, reading many books written by positive dog trainers and behaviorists, especially Patricia McConnell. In 2010, she took the opportunity to work for Jan Carlson at Carlson Canine Camp, where she expanded her canine social skills by working in dog daycare as well as in the kennels. In 2020, her life journey took her to Brooke’s Barks and Recreation, where she now works as the lead Bark Ranger, dog daycare specialist and photographer.
An avid dog lover, she raised her dog Dani to be an intelligent, active problem solver. Dani, BB&R’s first Branch Manager, has been Naomi’s teammate in dog agility, an obedience class star, and dog daycare co-worker. They work as a team to help new dogs adjust to dog daycare, teach dogs daycare manners, and protect their charges from danger while still having fun.
Mallory Donaldson, Bark Ranger
Bio coming soon!