About Central Bark Grayslake

Hi, my name is Ray Djokic and I am the new owner of the Grayslake, IL (2021) and Downtown Milwaukee (2022) Central Bark Stores.

I have such a passion for both business and dogs that I always knew one day I would combine both these passions and start this type of business. My background is in franchising with two other concepts (Jimmy John’s and College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving) so naturally it’s the route I wanted to go with when finding a doggy day care.

Upon learning about Central Bark, I knew on day one I wanted to be a part of this system. They exceeded my expectations, and in my opinion separated themselves from any other concept in this industry. After meeting the team and the brains behind this system it only solidified my decision.

My goal is to combine everything I have learned in my past 16 years in franchising from all the great brands I have been a part of to make this place the best place to bring your dogs. I am so excited and can’t wait to meet all of the parents and pets that walk through our doors!

I know if both pets and parents are leaving our location with a smile, our team has done their job.


Ray Djokic, Central Bark Downtown Milwaukee Franchise Owners

Awards & Achievements

Our Family Photo Album

Tara B.
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

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I be sure that the play space is clean, odor & disease-free, comfortable and safe for the stated capacity of the center?

Central Bark® is licensed and inspected by the Health Department regularly. We also clean and disinfect nightly, regardless of how many dogs have visited.

How do you train a puppy?

Whether you’re crate training, leash walking, or potty training your pup, consistency is key. It’s crucial to establish a routine, practice positive reinforcement, supervise your puppy (especially when potty training), and avoid punishing your puppy when mistakes happen.  Central Bark® offers everything you need to help you train your puppy. […]

What is dog grooming?

Dog grooming helps keep your dog clean, healthy, and comfortable. It can include anything from a simple brush-out or bath to a full spa day, complete with a grooming session and nail care.  All dogs are unique. Just like humans, your dog deserves personalized grooming for their size, breed, coat type, […]

Are the facilities well equipped with toys, bedding, and supplies?

Central Bark® has plenty of Kongs®, tennis balls and other toys for everyone. The dogs could ask for nothing more!

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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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