Start Your Pup
on the Right Paw
Join us for Puppy Hour, a fun and free playtime for your puppies at Central Bark® Eugene. It’s like a puppy party! But it’s not just fun; it’s also important for your puppy’s development. Puppies between 8 and 14 weeks old can learn to get along with other animals, people, and new experiences during this time.
You and your puppy can attend as many sessions as you want until your puppy gets a bit older. You’ll also get to meet our friendly staff, talk to our trainer and groomer, and see where we play. At Central Bark, we want to make your puppy’s life better, and this is a great way to start!
During this puppy program, your pup will:
- Enjoy off-leash age-appropriate play with vaccinated puppies of similar ages
- Be supervised by an experienced caregiver to ensure all play is safe and appropriate
- Be introduced to new dogs, humans, toys, environments, and obstacles
- Be exposed to new and interesting obstacles to encourage age-appropriate socialization and exposure
Enrolling your puppy in our Eugene puppy socialization program is a valuable step that brings numerous benefits to their development and overall well-being. Here’s what your beloved furry companion can gain:
- Enhanced Comfort and Confidence: By introducing your dog to new environments, we help foster a sense of confidence when facing the unfamiliar, ultimately reducing anxiety.
- Positive Emotional Growth: Early socialization contributes significantly to your dog’s emotional well-being, establishing positive associations with fellow dogs, humans, and various stimuli.
- Energy Release: Our program provides a secure environment for puppies to expend their boundless energy through play and exploration, ensuring they stay happy and active.
- Build Social Skills: Participation in a puppy group setting facilitates the acquisition of vital social skills such as sharing, taking turns, and establishing boundaries.
- Robust Foundation: Our puppy program lays a solid foundation for your dog’s future well-being. It ensures their development into a strong, cheerful, and socially adept canine.
Rules & Requirements:
- Puppies aged 8–14 weeks
- Preregistration is mandatory
- Proof of current Bordetella and DHPP vaccines
- Parents and children are encouraged to join the session
- Adherence to CDC guidelines, which include maintaining social distancing and wearing masks
- Please bring a standard 6-foot flat leash (no retractable or flexi-leads in the lobby) and a quick-release collar. If your dog typically wears a harness, feel free to bring that along as well.
If you are interested in a Puppy Hour event, sign up for email updates
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Frequently Asked Questions
As part of joining the Central Bark® family, our expert staff conducts a thorough behavior assessment at your local Central Bark store. These assessments help ensure that your dog is placed with a playgroup they’re comfortable with so they can play safely every day they’re with us.
This four-day evaluation, while your dog participates in our Enrichment Day Care, assesses your dog’s:
- Comfort and social skills with people
- Social skills and playstyle with other dogs to help determine the playgroup and play schedule they can benefit from the most
- Comfort in both indoor and outdoor play spaces
- Comfort in rest areas and a crate
- Ability to share resources like water and toys in social settings
- Level of comfort taking treats in social settings
This process gives us a chance to get to know you and your dog while your dog gets acquainted with their new favorite place away from home. Through the entire four days, your dog’s comfort and safety is our top priority.
Once your pup passes all the behavior assessment elements, you are welcome to sign up for any of our daycare services or a sleepover!
To schedule a Behavior Assessment for your dog, please contact your local store.
NOTE: Please bring all required signed forms, vaccination proof, and a collar and leash for your behavior assessment.
Not at all! It’s never too early or too late to begin building positive associations and using reward-based methods to teach your puppy new skills and behaviors.
Establish a training schedule now to help your puppy learn desired behaviors like walking nicely on a leash and basic cues like sit, stay, and loose-leash walking. Practicing these skills at home is critical, but it’s always a good idea to enlist the help of a professional to get a jump start teaching your puppy all the things you want them to know and set them up for success! Central Bark® offers everything you need to help you train your dog, including expert training and classes, so you and your puppy can learn and bond together.
There’s no bond like the one between our furry best friends and us. We love our dogs and want to give them the best life possible. But it can be challenging to fulfill all their needs to stay healthy and happy for a lifetime. Doggy day care gives pups a place to play and learn in a safe environment, with the socialization, mental stimulation, and physical exercise their minds and bodies need to stay healthy for a lifetime.
- Dogs get to socialize. Dogs are social creatures. Positive experiences with new humans, new dogs, and new environments are essential to a well-rounded pup.
- Dogs learn social skills. Dogs learn from other dogs – they’re always teaching each other what is (and isn’t) appropriate social behavior. Doggy day care staff can also help support safe play and practice healthy social behaviors.
- Dogs get more exercise. Exercise helps your dog maintain a healthy weight and muscle tone while improving their mood and providing a healthy outlet for their physical and mental energy, meaning they can be more relaxed at home.
- Dogs get human attention. Your dog will get the care and love they need while you’re at work or school.
- Parents get a break. Doggy day care can give you a day off from responsibilities, while your dog gets what they need to be a healthier, more well-adjusted pet.
Learn more about Enrichment Doggy Day Care
For dogs, being comfortable in a crate is a life skill that is incredibly useful for them and their owners. If you have ever traveled with your dog or had the unfortunate experience of an overnight stay at the vet, knowing your dog is comfortable in a crate is immeasurably comforting.
Crate training can take just days or a few months, based on your dog’s age, temperament, and past experiences with crates. The two keys to successful crate training are to keep the experience positive and go slowly.
When your puppy is not in their crate, keep the door open and reward them every time they choose to enter, even if you didn’t ask them to enter it. When crating your puppy, give them a safe enrichment item (like a stuffed Kong) that will keep them busy and allow them to self-soothe while confined. Remember that crate training should take place in a series of small, slow steps that will help your puppy become more comfortable.
Central Bark® offers everything you need to help you care for your new puppy. Our Enrichment Day Care gives puppies all the socialization, exercise, mental stimulation, and rest they need for a lifetime of happiness with you and your family. We also offer expert training and classes so you and your puppy can learn and bond together.