Meet The Owner

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Michelle Nikiforuk is the founder, owner and creative force behind Bark-A-Bout Pet Resort and is proud to provide a pet care service that has been recognized as a leader in its industry. For over 15 years, Michelle has implemented her vision to make Bark-A-Bout your pets’ home away from home.

Michelle truly embodies Bark-A-Bout’s mission: “To provide the highest quality pet care in a safe, nurturing environment that exceeds pet industry standards, ensuring all staff are trained and certified, while upholding core company values in a passionate and professional manner”. With over 20 years of leadership experience, Michelle truly takes responsibility for the safety, development and knowledge offered to Bark-A-Bout’s most important assets – it’s customers and their pets.

Prior to opening Bark-A-Bout Pet Resort, Michelle gained experience in business and customer relations while running her own interior design business for 9 years. As an Interior Designer turned Pet Resort owner, Michelle has developed a unique perspective when it comes to understanding canine communication and how it relates to the umwelt (environment) of the pets at Bark-A-Bout.  This unique perspective and passion for animal communication and off-leash play continues to evolve as she contributes to the off-leash industry and by collaborating with industry experts across the United States. Receiving several industry certifications, Michelle brings a wealth of knowledge to further advance the experience of pets, their owners, and the employees of Bark-A-Bout.

Michelle continues to volunteer her time with several animal rescue organizations, attend and host fundraisers for pets and families in need; along with train and host seminars to help the rehabilitation and well-being of all pets.  It’s through this never-ending devotion that enables Bark-A-Bout to succeed as a valuable part of the community.

As a true Michigander in every way, if Michelle’s not at work, you can find her playing with the dogs, gardening, decorating or enjoying family time.



Michelle is a proud member of:
International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP)
International Boarding & Pet Service Association (IBPSA)
Animal Behavior College (ABC)
Former member of American Boarding Kennel Association (ABKA)



Interior Design
Certified Dog Trainer
Off Leash Playgroups Communication
Beyond The Leash
Pet Care Technician
Pet CPR & First Aid
Pet Care Specialist Canine
Knowing Dogs Training program
PAAC Owner Certification (in process)
Communication Nonsense Theory & Practice