Welcome to Central Bark Grayslake

Welcome to Central Bark Grayslake! Our furry best friends hold a special place in our hearts. We understand the importance of giving them the best life possible. However, it can be tough to meet all their needs.

That’s where Central Bark comes in. We’re here to provide the love and care your dog deserves, helping them stay healthy, happy, and well-rounded. When you bring your dog to Central Bark Grayslake, you can relax, knowing they’ll have a fantastic day with their friends in a safe and loving environment.

Our approach, called Whole Dog Care, focuses on nurturing and enhancing your dog’s overall health and well-being throughout their life. The centerpiece of our approach is our Enrichment Dog Day Care program. But that’s not all – we also offer dog boarding, baths, grooming, a market for supplies, training, and more. Our mission is to help you and your dog live your best lives together.

We understand that dogs aren’t just LIKE family – they ARE family. As fellow dog parents, we take pride in treating every dog as if they were our own.

Central Bark

256 Commerce Dr,
Grayslake, IL 60030Get Directions

(847) 548-2275

Open Today 7:00 AM – 6:30 PM

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Wow!! What a great place. Thank you so much for getting Louie in on the last minute with Lisa. As always Lisa did a wonderful job! We will definitely be back. Thank you for your hospitality and wonderful service. The Estations Tara & Chris

Central Bark® Whole Dog Care

Central Bark Grayslake is committed to your dog’s well-being. Our Whole Dog Care approach covers all their needs. From physical health to mental happiness, we offer personalized products and services. The goal is to enhance their overall well-being and bring them lifelong joy.

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Our commitment is to enhance your dog’s life with personalized and enjoyable activities.

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Treat your furry friend to grooming and exciting activities crafted for their ultimate delight.

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Provide your dog with a serene and content stay in a comfortable setting through our Dog Boarding service.

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Explore our exceptional range of dog food, treats, toys, and more, carefully selected to promote physical health, nutrition, and overall happiness.

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Foster a stronger bond with your dog through positive training and enrichment programs that assist them in acquiring vital skills and behaviors.

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Stay prepared for any situation with customized coverage that grants you peace of mind and aids in your dog’s veterinary treatments.

How to get started

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Why do dogs LOVE
Central Bark?

What makes Central Bark so special for dogs?

  • It’s all about them – Every dog is unique. We create a day that’s tailored to your dog’s individual needs and preferences.
  • Health and happiness combined – Your dog will receive personalized attention, engaging activities, and rest to ensure they are healthy, happy, and well-behaved at home and in the community.
  • We understand dogs – Our team consists of dog experts who have been specially trained in our positive reinforcement approach based on scientific principles.
  • Safety and cleanliness are top priorities – The safety and well-being of all our guests are our number one concern. We have comprehensive safety policies and thorough cleaning procedures to ensure your dog’s safety and health every single day they spend with us.
  • Trusted and loving care – For more than 20 years, families have entrusted Central Bark with enriching their dogs’ lives. We provide the perfect balance of personalized attention, playtime, exercise, socialization, training, rest, and love.
  • A lifelong bond – It’s amazing how a day spent apart can actually bring you closer! Your dog will return home happy and healthy, and you won’t have to worry about leaving them alone for another day.

Dog Day Care. Reimagined.

Central Bark Enrichment Dog Day Care is an amazing upgrade for dog day care! We use our top-notch knowledge and the latest science on dog behavior and positive training. Your dog will have a blast with a personalized day that includes just the right amount of play, exercise, socializing, training, rest, and love. It’s all designed to keep them healthy, happy, and well-rounded.

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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

What does dog grooming include?

Your dog deserves to be pampered. Our full-service dog grooming salon is fully equipped to include anything from a simple brush-out or bath to a full spa day, a grooming session. 

All dogs are unique. Just like humans, your dog deserves personalized grooming for their size, breed, coat type, and condition. Please ask an associate for details.

Make a reservation for your dog’s grooming session

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.

What should I look for in a dog groomer?

An essential characteristic of a dog groomer is someone who makes you and your dog feel safe and comfortable.

Other things to look for:

  • Certifications – Groomers don’t need a license or certification to work. Still, these accreditations are often signs that the groomer has the necessary training and experience to care for your pup.
  • Experience with different breeds – Look for a groomer with experience with a variety of breeds and coats and the standard haircut for your dog’s breed.
  • Preparedness – A groomer should work with dogs of all ages and levels of experience with grooming. They should aim to help each dog feel as comfortable as possible with the grooming process. Suppose the dog or puppy becomes anxious or uncomfortable. In that case, the groomer should be able to suggest a plan for increasing their comfort over time with the use of a positive reward-based approach.

Make a reservation for your dog’s grooming session

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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