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

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do you train a dog?

No matter how long you’ve had your dog, it’s possible to teach them new skills and tricks.  Whether you’re crate training, leash walking, or potty training your dog, consistency is key. It’s crucial to establish a routine, practice positive reinforcement, supervise your dog (especially when potty training), and avoiding punishing […]

Do groomers sedate dogs?

No. At Central Bark®, we never sedate dogs in our salon. Our expert groomers always aim to help your dog feel as calm and relaxed as possible during their bathing and grooming experience.   Suppose your dog has shown extreme stress or anxiety toward grooming in the past. In that case, we suggest […]

What are One-on-One Enrichment sessions?

Our One-on-One Enrichment sessions give your dog the freedom to safely explore their senses with an Enrichment Specialist. They’ll get the personal attention they love, supplemented with interactive toys, puzzles, and games that exercise their bodies and minds. They can also level up their skills with fitness training and agility […]

What are Rest Period Enrichments?

Rest periods can be paired with fun and interactive food toys (like a frozen peanut butter Kong) to create a rest period enrichment activity for your dog.    Not only are rest period enrichments fun and mentally stimulating for your dog, but they also help build positive associations and crating skills. […]

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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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