About Us

For the Love of Dogs

“We believe every dog and every family deserve the Central Bark experience. Your dog becomes a part of our family at The Bark, and we love giving you a happier, healthier and totally exhausted companion at the end of each day.”

– Chris Gaba, and Jackie Jordon, co-founders

Central Bark Doggy Day Care is your dog’s home away from home. Our clean, healthy, fun and nurturing environment gives your dogs everything they need to have an extraordinary day, every day. We focus on exercise, socialization and training so when you’re reunited with your pooch at the end of the day, you’ll enjoy the company of a happier, healthier, better-behaved dog!
As one of the nation’s largest networks of day cares for dogs, we understand that today’s busy lifestyles make it difficult to give pets the attention, structure, training, exercise and mental stimulation necessary for happy and well-rounded lives.

Central Bark® first opened its den in 1997 to support the growing number of people who realize that dogs are not just pets. Our pups are friends, companions and family members. And they’re individuals with unique personalities and needs.

Today, we’re dedicated to our dogma of providing personalized pet care in a safe atmosphere. We strive to provide a variety of superior services that set the standard for excellent canine care, to improve the quality of your dog’s life and enhance your family’s relationship with your canine companion.

When your pup is with us, rest assured they are having fun and getting exercise with all of their furry friends at the Bark!

Our Pawlosophy

The Central Bark® Dogma

It is our dogma to provide personalized pet care in an environment that is clean, safe and fun as an alternative to kennel boarding and lonely days at home. As a leader in the industry, we will continually strive to provide a variety of superior services and set the standard for excellence in canine care that will help dogs become better canine citizens, improve the quality of dogs’ lives and enhance canine/parent relationships.

Barkley Ventures, Inc.

Barkley Ventures, Inc. is the parent company of the Central Bark Doggy Day Care franchise system. It was created as a partnership between two like-minded doggy day care professionals with more than 20 years of combined business experience.

Jackie Jordan and Chris Gaba joined forces in 2003 to create the most comprehensive doggy day care program available. By closely evaluating their own individual operations, they collaboratively developed an unparalleled system of best practices and criteria for doggy day care. Simply no other day care operation compares with the systems, operations, philosophy, and support offered through Barkley Ventures, Inc.

For those who are interested in joining the fast-growing field of doggy day care, Barkley Ventures has the experience and expertise to turn those dreams into action. Are you dreaming of a career in canine care?

Meet the Principals

Jackie Jordan

Jackie Jordan has been active with dogs all her life. Her training experience began when training her family dog at age nine. She began volunteering at the local humane society at ten and has been active in shelters throughout the Midwest since. She was given a Life Time Membership to the Tri-County Humane Society in recognition of her volunteer work when she was twelve.

She earned her B.S. degree in Sociology, minoring in Business Administration and an A.S. degree in Veterinary Technology from North Dakota State University.

Chris Gaba

Chris Gaba 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.

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.

Success Story

“The resources and support provided by the system helped me grow quickly.”

– Portia
Central Bark Philadelphia, PA Franchise Owner

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