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Puhi Industrial Park
1544 Haleukana St., #8

Lihue, HI 96766

About the owners...

Open to the public:

   Mon-Fri:     7:00am-7:00pm

   Sat/Sun:     8:00am-6:00pm


​Karen and RJ Tolodziecki made the Garden Island their home 16 year ago. As dog parents, they soon became aware of the lack of options when it came to boarding their own 4-legged kids. Knowing they weren't alone with this concern, the idea for Bark! Bark! BackYard was born. With an eye to not only filling a gap, they expanded their boarding idea to include daycare and private training.

While Karen & RJ have gotten the initial experience of dogs by working with their own, Karen has also studied with other experts in the field.  In 2014, she trained under Cesar Millan (the Dog Whisperer himself!) and successfully completed his Dog Behavior and Training workshop at his Dog Psychology Center in California. In 2015 she further honed her skills with an intensive weeklong shadow-program with Heather Beck (one of Millan's lead trainers and herself a 25 year expert in conducting large group dog socials). Technology has enabled Karen to continue training with Heather and honing her skills which she has passed on to the lucky dogs in Bark! Bark! BackYard's care.

Over the past 6 years, Karen & RJ have worked with over 2,000 of our island dogs and their owners. Their hands-on approach and structured environment has changed the lives of both dog and their human family for the better.

RJ (a classically trained chef) stepped easily into the area of feeding/nutrition. With over 25 years restaurant experience. Chef brings his passion for food to the dogs in BBBY's care. Ensuring dogs have the right amount and type of food, and that they eat while in boarding are his chief concerns.

Karen and RJ's main objective remains bringing new vision and innovation to Kauai in regards to understanding our favorite (and often misunderstood) family member. 

"We are excited to be able to provide knowledge, options and real solutions to the dog loving folks of Kauai!"