About Central Bark Charlotte-Matthews

Jennifer moved to Charlotte, NC in 2004 upon graduating college to start her career in the financial services industry.  Prior to moving to Charlotte, Jennifer, a Cleveland, OH native, attended St. Bonaventure University in Olean, NY where she earned a BA in Marketing.  Jennifer is married to Steve, who also works in the financial services industry.

In 2013 Jennifer and Steve welcomed into their life a new puppy, Annabelle, and, like most people, felt guilty about leaving Annabelle home alone all day.  Jennifer immediately began researching potential solutions and found a local doggy day care, which according to Jennifer, had Annabelle smiling upon pick up at the end of each day.  Simultaneously, Jennifer, after 14 years in the banking industry, started to consider her next career move – one that did not involve sitting in an office all day.

While Jennifer began the arduous task of researching new career options, she had an “a-ha” moment and realized purchasing a doggy day care might be the ideal scenario in that she could surround herself with happy dogs (not grumpy bankers), get out of the “office” environment and bring Annabelle to work every day.  So began the journey that led her to becoming a Central Bark franchisee.  A major part of Jennifer’s decision to purchase a Central Bark was based on the 17-year-old franchise’s “Whole Dog Care” philosophy, a personalized approach designed to enrich a dog’s whole health and well-being – throughout their entire life, which was exactly what Jennifer was seeking for her own dog.

In their spare time, Jennifer and Steve enjoy working out, cooking together, the occasional “glass” of wine, and spoiling their 7-year-old American Boxer, Annabelle.

“We welcome you to join our Central Bark family.”

Jennifer and Steve, Central Bark Charlotte-Matthews Franchise Owners

Awards & Achievements

Our Family Photo Album

Tara W.

I am a first time dog owner with a puppy that had never been to a groomer. The staff at Central Bark was wonderful! I received great advice on his nails and coat and his trim looks great!

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does dog training take?

The timeline for learning new behaviors and skills is as unique as every dog! Because each dog is an individual, with different learning histories, breed […] Read More

How do I enroll in Central Bark Doggy Day Care?

It’s easy! Just complete our online registration form. To speed up the registration process, please have available: veterinarian contact information, an emergency contact (other than yourself […] Read More

Is boarding stressful for dogs?

Sleeping in a new or unfamiliar environment can be stressful for some dogs. That’s why we offer sleepovers to dogs already enrolled in our Enrichment […] Read More

How are staff trained and what behavior management tools do they use in a playgroup?

Our staff is trained in dog body language and positive playgroup management techniques to respond proactively to help avoid issues between dogs. These tools include praise, […] Read More

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Central Bark® Whole Dog Care

Our whole dog care approach offers a full range of fun and personalized products and services. To promote your dog’s physical, mental, and emotional health and happiness throughout their entire life.

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