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Welcome to Central Bark® Fort Lauderdale

Your bond with your furry best friend is special. You want the best for them, but it’s not always easy. That’s where Central Bark comes in. Trust us to take care of your dog, so they stay healthy, happy, and well-rounded.

When you bring your dog to Central Bark Fort Lauderdale, you’ll feel at ease. They’ll have a blast with their buddies in a safe, loving place. We proudly serve our local communities: Fort Lauderdale, Oakland Park, and Wilton Manors.

Furthermore, our whole dog care approach looks out for your dog’s overall health and happiness. We call this approach Enrichment Dog Day Care. We also offer dog boarding, grooming, training, and more. It’s all about you and your dog living your best lives.

We know your dog is family. We’re dog parents too, so we treat each dog like our own. That’s why your pup will be in great hands here!

Central Bark
Fort Lauderdale

3699 N Dixie Hwy,
Oakland Park, FL 33334Get Directions

(954) 568-3647

Open Today 7:00 AM – 6:30 PM

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Central Bark Fort Lauderdale Whole Dog Care

Central Bark Fort Lauderdale is all about giving your dog the best care. Our Whole Dog Care covers everything to keep your furry friend healthy and happy – physically, mentally, and emotionally, for their whole life. You’ll find tailored products and services that your dog will love!

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Our mission is to enrich your dog’s existence with tailor-made activities, injecting each day with heightened excitement.

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Pamper your furry friend with grooming and delightful encounters meticulously designed to evoke their happiness.

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Offer your dog a tranquil, snug haven via our Dog Boarding service, ensuring their reposeful stay.

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Discover a premium array of dog essentials such as food, treats, toys, and more, thoughtfully chosen to ensure their contentment and well-being.

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Forge a deeper connection with your dog through constructive training and captivating activities, imparting vital skills and positive behavior.

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Remain prepared with tailor-made coverage that provides reassurance and aids in addressing your dog’s veterinary necessities.

How to get started

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    schedule your first visit

 

Why do dogs adore Central Bark?

  • Tailored Experiences: Each dog receives special treatment with days customized to their individual needs and preferences.
  • Complete Well-Being: Dogs enjoy personalized care, activity, and rest, promoting health, happiness, and good behavior at home and in their community.
  • Canine Communication: Our team comprises dog experts trained in a science-based, positive reinforcement approach that understands and communicates with dogs effectively.
  • Safety and Cleanliness: Ensuring the utmost safety and health of our guests is our top priority. Stringent safety protocols and thorough cleaning routines are in place for your dog’s daily well-being.
  • Trusted Affectionate Care: For over two decades, families have relied on Central Bark to enhance their dogs’ lives. We offer a well-balanced blend of attention, play, exercise, socialization, training, rest, and affection.
  • Lasting Bonds: Witness the remarkable closeness that a day spent apart can foster! Your dog will return home content and in good health, alleviating any concerns about leaving them alone.

Elevating Dog Day Care

Enrichment Dog Day Care is a concept that transcends traditional dog day care by integrating our latest insights from dog behavior science and positive training methods. Your furry companion can revel in a day of personalized enjoyment and well-being, featuring a balanced mix of play, cognitive and physical stimulation, social interaction, training, relaxation, and affection. This formula ensures your dog’s holistic health, happiness, and overall development.

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Flexible Playgroups

Small and large playgroup options allow us to match better your dog’s personality, needs, and preferences with the social atmosphere and amount of play they can enjoy and benefit from most.

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Group Play Skills

Group Play Skills are a fun and rewarding way for dogs to practice important skills like name recall and behaviors like group sit and calmly going in and out of doors and gates.

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Rest Period Enrichment

Rest Period Enrichment sessions help dogs achieve a healthy balance. They can relax and recharge in their own private space with calming enrichment toys and healthy foods tailored to their preferences and diet.

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Enrichment Sessions

Personalized One-on-One Enrichment sessions give the extra attention dogs love and the freedom to use their senses and safely explore their instincts through interactive toys, puzzles, and games.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can a puppy be boarded?

Yes. We offer sleepovers to puppies and dogs enrolled in our Enrichment Day Care. Sleepovers at Central Bark® provide your dog a calm, relaxing sleepover in a place they can feel comfortable and loved. Because they’re in a familiar place, they can feel less stressed about being away from home (and so will you). A full day of Doggy Day Care is complimentary with your sleepover stay.

Learn more about Sleepovers at Central Bark.

What’s a Behavior Assessment and why is it important?

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.

NOTEPlease bring all required signed forms, vaccination proof, and a collar and leash for your behavior assessment.

How to choose the best day care for your dog

Selecting the right doggy day care is an important decision for you and your family. You want to make sure you find the right fit for your dog and your family’s needs. Follow these tips to find the perfect place for your pup! 

Tour the day care center before leaving your dog there. We recommend visiting several centers in your area before making a final decision.

While you’re there, ask yourself:

  • Is the play space clean, odor-free, comfortable, and safe for the center’s stated capacity? 
  • Pay attention to how the management and staff treat you, your dog, and the dogs in their care. Are they mature, knowledgeable, courteous, professional, and patient at all times? 
  • Note how the dogs respond to the staff – do they seem happy, relaxed, and excited? How do staff members greet and treat each dog?
  • How do other dogs act during your visit – relaxed, happy, stressed, scared, or out of control?
  • Is there a great deal of noise? 
  • Does the facility seem well organized and equipped with essential tools and supplies? Look for access to fresh, clean water, sanitation tools, ready access to treats to reinforce good behavior in playgroups, toys, secure fencing, rubber flooring in the inside play spaces, and access to outdoor play spaces.
  • Are there enough crates for every dog on-site in case of an emergency?
  • Are the dogs ever left alone together without a staff member present?
  • Are the handlers engaged with the dogs in their care and actively working with them? Or are they sitting on the sidelines? 

Questions to ask the doggy day care provider:

  1. Will my dog get individual attention time with staff?
    Ask if staff will have time to work individually with your dog on behaviors, play with them, and give them support and love while at day care.
  2. Are there small group play options?
    Small playgroup options help ensure your dog will have a social environment that allows them the freedom and comfort to thrive based on their unique needs, preferences, and play styles. 
  3. What’s the daily schedule? Is this tailored to my dog’s unique needs and preferences?
    Dogs thrive on routine, so the center should have a clear schedule for how things run every day. A consistent program tailored to your dog’s individual needs and style will promote a healthy and happy dog. 
  4. Are there regularly scheduled playtimes and nap times throughout the day?
    Day care should offer your dog a safe and balanced day of play, learning, rest, and love so you can look forward to a happy, well-balanced dog at the end of every day. 
  5. How and where are the dogs’ given downtime to wind down from the day’s activities to help prevent exhaustion and overstimulation?
    Maintaining a healthy balance of rest and play is important for the physical, mental, and social health of dogs. Just like human athletes, rest helps dogs avoid bodily injury and provides a space for them to unwind, so they do not become over-stimulated or over-aroused during play. This creates a much safer social environment for dogs. 
  6. Are there fenced and secure outdoor play areas? 
    Safe outdoor areas are important for a healthy, fun playtime. Whether it is romping in the snow or playing in swimming pools, everyone loves recess outside!
  7. How are new dog introductions handled?
    The center should clearly outline their procedures around new dog introductions, with effective policies that encourage happy, healthy, and lasting relationships and experiences.   
  8. What training does the staff receive?
    Doggy day care staff should be professionally trained and educated in animal behavior, socialization, and obedience training to ensure every dog’s well-being.  
  9. Are the dogs supervised at all times?
    A trained staff member should ALWAYS supervise dogs.
  10. Ask about behavior management tools used at the facility while caring for the dogs. What happens if your dog does something right? What happens if your dog does something wrong?
    Staff should use positive reinforcement and reward-based techniques to develop and reinforce behaviors that will enrich dogs’ lives at home and day care. Avoid centers that use punishment or correction to manage dog’s behavior as those techniques can create negative associations and fear. Utilizing reward-based techniques and positive reinforcement, on the other hand, can help build healthy relationships and happy experiences.
  11. What provisions are there for avoiding dog scuffles?
    Ask staff how they manage the dogs in their care. What do they look for in dog-dog interactions? How do they deal with emergencies and scuffles? How do they interrupt and redirect dogs? How do they build useful playgroup skills to keep the dogs safe proactively? Pay attention to how staff redirects dogs who need additional support to stay safe and whether they respond promptly and use effective strategies in these situations.
  12. Is there an in-depth interview to determine relevant background, behavioral, and health information including confirmation of spay/neuter, proof of vaccinations, flea and tick prevention, etc.? How is this information kept up to date?
    Find out what kind of assessments and evaluations the center uses before they accept a new dog. Also, every dog’s information should be regularly updated and kept on file to prevent illness and injuries.
  13. Do they have safety, cleaning, and disinfecting policies and procedures? What are they?

Learn more about Enrichment Doggy Day Care.

What should I bring to Doggy Day Care?

Once you have enrolled, we will need a copy of your dog’s vaccination records, which you can upload to your online account or bring with you on your scheduled first day. We also ask that your dog comes in on a regular 6-foot flat leash (no retractable or flexi-leads in the lobby) and a quick-release collar. Not sure what a quick-release collar is? No problem! We’ll be happy to show you on your first day. If your dog usually wears a harness while walking, you’re welcome to bring that as well.

If your dog typically eats a midday meal, you can bring it in an airtight container clearly labeled with your dog’s first and last names. 

Learn more about Enrichment Doggy Day Care.

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