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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Frequently Asked Questions

What should I bring when boarding my dog?

When your dog is spending the night at Central Bark®, you should make sure all required forms, including proof of vaccination, are uploaded to your online account. You can bring in copies to your scheduled sleepover. Also, bring a collar and leash, food, medication, and any comforts from home (optional).   […]

What is the best puppy food?

Puppies have unique nutritional needs that require specially formulated food to keep them healthy and happy as they grow. The best food for your puppy will depend on their dietary needs, breed, and personal preferences. Every item in our Central Bark® Market is specially selected to enhance your puppy’s physical […]

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, […]

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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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