Welcome to Central Bark Fort Walton Beach

The bond we share with our furry companions is incomparable. Our love for dogs drives us to provide them with the utmost care and support. Still, meeting all their needs can pose challenges. That’s where Central Bark steps in, a trusted choice for families seeking comprehensive care for their beloved pets.

At Central Bark Fort Walton Beach, your dog will thrive in a secure and affectionate environment, spending quality time with their canine companions.

Our holistic approach, known as Whole Dog Care, is designed to promote your dog’s overall health and happiness. Central to this philosophy is our Enrichment Dog Day Care program, which focuses on nurturing your dog’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being. In addition to day care, we offer a range of services including boarding, grooming, training, and more. They are all aimed at enhancing the bond between you and your dog.

Recognizing that dogs are not merely pets but integral members of the family, we treat every dog with the same love and dedication as if they were our own. As fellow dog parents, we take pride in providing a personalized experience for each furry friend entrusted to our care.


Central Bark
Fort Walton Beach

35 Miracle Strip Pkwy SW,
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548Get Directions

(850) 200-4408

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Central Bark® Whole Dog Care

Our comprehensive Whole Dog Care approach provides an extensive array of tailored products and services. All are aimed at fostering your dog’s lifelong physical, mental, and emotional well-being and joy.

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Elevate your dog’s daily routine with tailor-made activities crafted exclusively for their enjoyment, injecting excitement into every moment.

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Treat your cherished companion to a lavish grooming experience, ensuring they remain content and impeccably groomed.

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Provide your dog with a serene and snug retreat through our Dog Boarding service, offering them a tranquil escape for ultimate relaxation.

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Browse through our curated collection of premium dog products, from nourishing foods to engaging toys, to keep your canine companion healthy.

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Deepen your connection with your furry friend through engaging positive training sessions and enriching activities designed to strengthen your bond.

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Safeguard your dog’s well-being with personalized coverage tailored to their medical needs, granting you peace of mind and security.

Why do dogs LOVE
Central Bark?

  • Tailored Just for Them: Every dog is unique, and we recognize and cater to their individual needs and preferences.
  • Whole Health and Happiness: Our focus is on providing personalized attention, activities, and rest to ensure your dog’s overall well-being. This promotes good health, happiness, and positive behavior both at home and in the community.
  • Fluent in Dog: Our staff are experts in understanding canine behavior, trained in science-based positive reinforcement techniques to communicate effectively with your furry friend.
  • Safety and Cleanliness: We prioritize the safety and welfare of all our guests. Rigorous safety protocols and cleaning procedures are in place to maintain a healthy and secure environment for your dog.
  • Trusted Care: For over two decades, families have relied on Central Bark to enrich their dogs’ lives with a perfect balance of personalized attention, play, exercise, socialization, training, rest, and affection.
  • Strengthened Bond: A day spent apart can strengthen the bond between you and your dog. With us, your pet returns home happy and healthy, alleviating any worries about leaving them home alone.

Dog Day Care. Reimagined.

Experience Dog Day Care like never before with Central Bark Enrichment Dog Day Care. We’re revolutionizing the concept by blending our unmatched expertise with cutting-edge dog behavior science and positive training techniques. Your furry friend will indulge in a customized day filled with just the right balance of play, mental and physical stimulation, socialization, training, relaxation, and affection, ensuring they emerge as healthier, happier, and more well-rounded companions.

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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

Is 5 months too old to train a puppy?

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. 

Learn more about our training classes.

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What is the best way to train a dog?

After decades of experience, we know that reward-based training is the most humane and effective way to train dogs and address unwanted behaviors. With reward-based training, you can build a loving, trusting bond that enhances your relationship with your dog for a lifetime of happiness.

Positive reward-based techniques help puppies and dogs develop essential life skills and behaviors that will enrich their lives at home and day care. These methods set dogs up to succeed and reward them for performing desired behaviors. Rewards are tailored to the dog’s preferences and include food treats, time to play with a favorite toy, or verbal praise. 

Learn more about our training classes.

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What do dogs do at doggy day care?

Central Bark® Enrichment Doggy Day Care combines our industry-leading doggy day care expertise with the latest science-based activities and techniques. We personalize your dog’s day with fun, healthy, and well-balanced activities that appeal to their instincts and enrich their bodies, minds, and senses.  

Each day at Central Bark includes exclusive options like:

  • Flexible play groups allow us to match your dog each day with the social atmosphere and play schedule they can enjoy and benefit from most. This helps give them a healthy balance of play, rest, and learning and creates a safer social environment with a better quality of play. And our lower dog-to-staff ratios offer more individual attention, education, and love.
  • Group play skills help dogs practice important behaviors and life skills like name recall, group sit, and calmly going in and out of doors and gates. These activities are fun and rewarding for your dog and help improve behavior and impulse control, prevent overstimulation, and creates a safer social environment. 
  • Rest Period Enrichments help dogs relax and recharge in their own private space with calming interactive toys and healthy food pairings tailored to their preferences and diet. It promotes physical and mental relaxation and can help them become more comfortable in crates by building positive associations. 
  • One-on-One Enrichment add-on sessions give your dog the personal attention they love, supplemented with interactive toys, puzzles, and games. Sessions are fun and rewarding, exercise their body and mind, and engage their senses. Add complexity with fitness and agility equipment.
  • Training sessions during day care visits help your dog develop essential skills and behaviors like name recall, sit, stay, down, wait, leave-it, door and gate control, and loose-leash walking. Excellent for your dog and easy for you! Your dog will come home tired and well-socialized, with the training and skills they need to be a well-behaved member of your family.

Learn more about Enrichment Doggy Day Care.

Is it ok to board your dog?

Yes! When your dog spends the night with us, we do everything we can to ensure your dog has a safe place where they can feel well-rested. 

Sleepovers at Central Bark® offer 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 included with your sleepover stay.

Learn more about Sleepovers at Central Bark.

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