THE BARKING METER (TBM) is an elite dog walking service and k9 concierge. We pride ourselves on bringing complete satisfaction to our human clients and their k9 companions.
TBM is founded on three core values:
FAMILY: With a sister and brother duo at the head, and a close knit team of devoted staff, each dog that joins TBM is treated like family. These pups form a pack with their walking buddies and our crew takes great pride in caring for each one.
TEAMWORK: Humans and dogs share a few basic needs to enjoy a healthy, happy life: affection, socialization, exercise. To accomplish this, it requires a team effort. TBM Owner, Management, and Walker work together to ensure that your four-legged friend thrives within the hustle and bustle of the City.
PERSONAL TOUCH: We're here to help meet all of your dog care needs, and we include you - the ultimate caregiver - in the process. We customize our approach to cater to the individual needs of both dog and human: rehabilitation, basic training, vet visits, grooming appointments. You name it, we do it. The Barking Meter is your k9 concierge.
The Barking Meter is a licensed business in New York and California. We are bonded and insured through Pet Sitters Associates, LLC..
Dog of the Month: February
- Fun Fact:
- Nothing like Best in Show to bring people together. Kara & Sam met at the Westminster Dog Show, which sparked a relationship that enabled Sam to bring Carmel into the City and thrive as TBM's WonderDog. Perhaps the dog show isn't just about rooting for your favorite breed.
- Walks (but only on nice days in her older age), food, sleeping at the foot of the bed with her humans, being brushed and pet.
- From the owner:
- "My mom and Carmel were the bestest of friends, and when my mom passed away, it wasn't clear who in our family would take care of Carmel. After a few years of continuing to live the suburban life with my dad, we uprooted Carmel to the city. Carmel always loved and probably preferred the excitement of the city (although I think that she would want me to point out that she even more prefers having multiple residences), but I wasn't sure how we would be able to take care of Carmel in a way my mom would have thought that she deserved. My family has been so lucky to have TBM fill in that gap. We have no doubt that the care and consideration TBM provides to Carmel is what anyone would want for their best friend."
Founder & CEO
Kara Kleindienst (aka "Kiz")
After serving 18 months on the Hill in Washington, D.C., Kara moved to NYC. An unlikely path led her to the dog service industry, which she sees as an unexpected gift. As the owner of The Barking Meter, Kara splits her time between administrative responsibilities and dog adventures. For Kara, her passion is people: her family, her staff, her clients. As an avid athlete, she places great value on teamwork and brings that sense of belonging into every aspect of the business. Growing up with dogs, specifically Labradors and Great Pyrenees, Kara understands the need for discipline, exercise, and care: three key components of TBM.
Over the years, various types of dogs have joined TeamTBM -- big and small, fat and skinny, obedient and rambunctious, sweet and aggressive -- and all of them hold equal importance within the TBM family. On a personal note, Kara comes from a tight-knit, Southern California family of five. Her parents, Will and Kathy, live in their hometown of Palm Springs with their goofy Labrador, Kawijo. Her middle brother, Willy, practices law in Charleston, SC, and her youngest brother, Joey, has worked alongside Kara since October 2011. She lives in Greenwich Village with her wife, Kate, and their two French Bulldogs, Lucca and Chewy.
Joey Kleindienst (aka "J")
Joey Kleindienst, Kara's brother, moved to New York City in October of 2011. A mechanical engineering graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Joey decided he would not pursue a career in engineering, and chose to join The Barking Meter as the Director of Business Operations. He tends to all the business needs of TBM, primarily focusing on our gradual expansion throughout Manhattan. His technical and analytical background adds an additional dimension to The Barking Meter team, allowing us to continue providing top-notch, personal pooch care. He lives in the Gramercy neighborhood at TBM HQ, and runs CampTBM.
New York Neighborhood Managers
Matt Baltzell (aka "Bobble Head Brain")
Matt moved out to NYC from the far off land of Boise, Idaho, in pursuit of acting. Having grown up with dogs -- a hyper Cairn Terrier named Sophie and a laid-back Shar-Pei named Bob -- he was thrilled to be hired by The Barking Meter in the Spring of 2013; he needed his canine fix. He's dedicated to giving your four-legged one all the attention and love they deserve. Matt serves as the Neighborhood Manager of Greenwich Village, West Village, Tribeca, Soho, and Battery Park City.
Tom Althoff (aka "Pickles")
Hailing from a small town in the foothills of the Adirondacks, Tom is thrilled to be sharing his love of man’s best friend in the Big Apple. Dogs have been in the family his entire life and since moving to Manhattan, he’s grown to miss his yellow Labrador hiking buddy. Naturally, he figured walking the streets of NYC with the top dogs in town was the next best thing. His love for these canine companions is such a huge part of his life and he’s delighted to share it every day on the job. Tom serves as a walker for the UES and UWS.
Ian joined the Team in the beginning of 2015 in hopes to bring his love and understanding of dogs to the next level! Ian hails from the rolling hills of Sussex County, New Jersey where he grew up taking care and playing with the neighborhood dogs. When he moved to New York, he left behind his family hounds Tiki and Angel only to move in with two more in Inwood named Lucy and Campbell! And now, he is happy to make that same passion for pups a bigger part of his life. Ian serves as the primary walker for our UES and UWS dogs.
San Francisco Branch Manager
Nick Charkow (aka "Nico")
As the newest member of the team, Nick is thrilled to join the TBM family as it branches out to the west coast in San Francisco. Born and raised in a small town in southern Texas, he has spent the last seven years in NYC. During his time in New York, he has worked in both the advertising and finance industries, but has always felt his calling was outside of the corporate world. As San Francisco Branch Manager, Nick works closely with Kara in setting up and growing TBM SF and providing personal care to the pups out west. Nick is no stranger to caring for the canine species, as he has grown up in a family of dog lovers/owners and has always enjoyed dog-sitting for friends and colleagues.
Having grown up with dogs and a variety of other pets, Kabir is a hardcore animal lover and avid scuba diver. While his favorite animal has always been the shark, he loves having TBM's furry friends to keep him company when he's topside. Kabir has been a long- time friend of TBM's own Joey Kleindienst, but officially joined the TBM family in December 2012 in what was supposed to be a temporary engagement. Kabir quickly realized what an incredible opportunity he had been give to take care of TBM's pooches -- and, particularly, his best pal Oliver the land shark -- and he hasn't looked back since.
We are the Taylor family made up of Josh, Diana, Adelaide (4) and Laia (3). We love playing at the park and taking walks around our neighborhood and would love to have dog friends to join us. We may not have a furry friend of our own but that just means Adelaide and Laia have so much love stored up to give to yours!
New York City
"Kara began working with my French Bulldog when he was 18-months old. Oliver went from acting like a misbehaved puppy to well-trained â€˜Mr. Oliverâ€™ in a matter of weeks. She is reliable, trustworthy, timely and caring. Oliver loves her and his buddy Lucca. He spends numerous days and nights with his TBM family. I highly recommend Kara and The Barking Meter."
Phillip Lim, parent of 031
3.1 Phillip Lim
--with TBM since February 2007
â€œWhen I decided to get a puppy in the Fall of '09, TBM was my first call as I had never had a dog before. I had met Kara as she had many clients in my building and I saw them daily in the elevator. Before I picked up Theo, she gave me advice as to what I needed and how to train a puppy, as well as coming to my apartment the day after I brought him home to help us all get acquainted.
Kara and the TBM staff soon brought Theo into the pack walks. Everyday he looks forward to his trips out with his dog friends. Kara and her team treat Theo as if he were their own. Besides daily walks, they take him to the groomer and the vet and board him when I have to be out of town.
TBM is truly a full service dog care provider and they do it with care and compassion.â€
Kerri Halpern, parent of Monster
Owner, Madstone Design Studio
--with TBM since October 2009
"I have been a dog owner in New York City for well over 10 years. In fact, I have owned three Rottweilers during that time and have always made it a point to be very alert while walking them. As a result, I have observed hundreds of dog walkers on the street and in the various dog parks around the city. From my experience, I wouldn't trust the overwhelming majority of them. I consider myself very lucky to have met Kara while I was at the dog park with my Rottie, Sky. After talking with her, and observing her with one of her dogs, Oliver, I decided to have her walk Sky a few times just to see how it would go. Long story short, I have been an extremely happy client and would absolutely recommend, without hesitation, The Barking Meter."
Joe Dowdell, parent of Mama
Owner, Peak Performance Gym (ranked top 10 gyms in US by Menâ€™s Fitness )
--with TBM since November 2007
â€œTeamTBM has been taking care of our eccentric dog, Sophie, since the winter of â€˜08. Kara has been consistently amazing at adjusting to our ever-changing schedules and in the level of care and consideration she gives to both the two-legged and four-legged mammals in her charge. Since then we have added a second English Setter to our home, Jack, who joins Sophie on her TBM adventures. Our dogs are always delighted to see TBM and come home and sleep soundly after their adventures! Not an easy task.
I couldn't more highly recommend Kara and her team to anyone looking for excellent care for their canine pal. She is simply the best!â€
Blair Brown, parent of Arctic Fox & One-Eyed Bandit
--with TBM since April 2008
"I reached out to Kara because I was suffering in a terrible dog walking situation. I came across her name because she had sponsored a Women in Restructuring event â€“ it turned out that we had a mutual friend. From the very first email conversation, I realized that TBM was not an ordinary dog walking company. Perfect! My dog Abbey is no ordinary dog: she has bad joints, doesnâ€™t walk well, and needs special attention. None of this fazed Kara or Joey and they assured me that Abbey would be joining in pack walks and walking better in no time. As a single pet parent, I canâ€™t tell you what a dream it is to have my life made so much easier by Kara and the team. Abbey also loves to go to camp with Joey. I travel for business and never have to worry that Abbey isnâ€™t getting all the love and attention she needs. Abbey and I love every member of the TBM team. Now, if they could just work on that diva attitude of hers!"
Brenda Adrian, parent of AbbaZabba
Managing Director, Strategic Communications Services, KCC LLC
--with TBM since August 2013
"TBM came to us highly recommended by a friend and from our first phone conversation with Kara, we knew that she would be our biggest asset in transitioning our little Shortcake from farm to big city life. Since then, Kara has proved us completely right, providing personalized and thoughtful guidance on everything from getting ready for our puppyâ€™s arrival, to crate training, to paying special attention to teaching her how to walk properly on leash - not an easy feat for a stubborn mini Doxie. Kara and her team are professional, responsible, and responsive, and care for Shorty as their own, going above and beyond for our girl. Kara is so much more than a dog walker; she has become a close friend and someone we trust implicitly in every way. We feel so fortunate to have found TBM and wouldn't recommend owning a dog in NYC without them!"
Darby & Andrew Glickman, parents of Shorty
Gucci and Uber
--with TBM since March 2014
"I cannot say enough good things about The Barking Meter. I'd tried a number of dog walkers with limited success and then I stumbled across TBM via a recommendation and haven't looked back since. They are kind, respectful and spend the time to get to know each of their clients and dogs. I have a shy dog, who doesn't always love new people coming into our apartment, so we ran into some challenges when switching walkers; however, Kara, the owner, and my dog Leroy's walker spent time together coming up with a strategy that worked beautifully and now Leroy practically waits by the door for his walks with them! We first started using their services in NYC and I was devastated when I found out we were moving to SF and would need to look for a new walker. I explored several walking options in SF, but none stacked up - TBM is so accommodating and extremely responsive and I always know Leroy is in the hands of someone who cares for him like I would. Needless to say I was thrilled when I found out they'd be joining me on my cross country adventure! They are a fantastic option for anyone who wants their dog to be well cared for and get the exercise they need. And to top it all off, they have the cutest Instagram account so you always know what the dogs are up to! They are hands down the best and I would highly recommend them."
Sarah Armstrong Moffet, parents of Leroy
Senior Vice President at Glocap Search
--with TBM since May 2014