About Central Bark Fort Lauderdale

Chris Gaba is Co-Founder of Central Bark and owner of Central Bark Fort Lauderdale.  Chris has owned and trained dogs since age nine, starting with the family dog Ringo, a liver-spotted Dalmatian. He is a true dog lover and has developed a deep affinity with dogs of every breed.  As pioneers in dog day care that passion for dogs has translated into a successful business model.  Our commitment to nurturing, enriching and inspiring the lives of both our 4 legged and 2 legged customers through our unique approach of Whole Dog Care continues to position us as a leader in the Pet Services space.

Chris earned a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Georgia where he owned and trained an English Springer Spaniel named Tess. Professionally, he worked in Advertising and Marketing for over 12 years for international communications companies such as Aydlotte & Cartwright, Austin Knight and J. Walter Thompson Specialized Communications.

In that time, he opened and operated many successful branch offices and was responsible for managing national brands, including Humana Healthcare, Sundance Rehabilitation Corp., as well as the $12 million Tenet Healthcare account.

In 1999, Chris decided it was time to hang up the suit and follow his passion.  He opened Central Bark Dog Day Care and Training Center, Inc. in Oakland Park, FL and in less than three years the business had grown into one of the most successful new business ventures in Broward County.

In 2003 Chris merged his Company with Jackie Jordan to form Central Bark Doggy Day Care.  Today, Central Bark is a nationally recognized Franchise System with 30 stores in 12 States.  Currently, we have 5 stores in development to open in 2020.

“Every dog that walks into our facility is instantly a part of our family.”

Chris Gaba, Central Bark Fort Lauderdale Franchise Owner

Awards & Achievements

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Jennifer L.

Just started using Central Bark with our dog Penny and they were so accommodating and made her feel like family. Definitely recommend. We plan to continue with Central Bark for a long time

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I stay with my dog at the groomers?

You do not need to stay with your dog during their grooming appointment. Our expert groomers always aim to help your dog feel as calm […]

What is dog training?

Dog training teaches a dog to perform certain behaviors, often in a variety of contexts. At Central Bark®, our training classes are based on the […]

What are flexible playgroups?

Flexible playgroups allow us to match your dog with the social atmosphere and play schedule they can enjoy and benefit from most. This helps give […]

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 […]

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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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