Welcome to Central Bark Gurnee

The unique bond we share with our furry friends is irreplaceable. We cherish our dogs and aspire to provide them with the best life. Yet, fulfilling all their needs can be challenging. That’s where Central Bark comes in. Families trust us to provide the love and care that ensures their dogs are healthy, happy, and well-rounded. When you choose Central Bark Gurnee for your dog, you can relax knowing they are enjoying a fantastic day with their friends in a secure and affectionate environment.

Our Whole Dog Care approach is dedicated to enhancing your dog’s overall health and well-being throughout their lifetime. At its core is our Enrichment Dog Day Care program. Additionally, we offer services such as dog boarding, grooming, training, and more, all with the mission of enhancing your and your dog’s quality of life. As fellow dog parents, we take immense pride in treating each dog as if they were our own.

Central Bark

3880 Grove Ave,
Gurnee, IL 60031Get Directions

(847) 672-6188

Open Today 7:00 AM – 6:30 PM

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Nancy M.
Best place ever.. Fireball loves going there..everyone is amazing there!! We highly recommend Central Bark Gurnee!!

Central Bark® Whole Dog Care

Our comprehensive Whole Dog Care approach encompasses a wide array of personalized products and services designed to enhance your dog’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being throughout their entire life.

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At our core, our mission revolves around enriching your dog’s life with tailored daily activities.

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Treat your cherished pet to grooming sessions and delightful experiences, thoughtfully designed to ignite their happiness.

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Offer your dog a tranquil and snug haven through our Dog Boarding service, ensuring a restful stay.

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Discover our range of dog essentials, encompassing food, treats, toys, and more, all dedicated to your dog’s well-being.

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Strengthen your connection with your dog through constructive training and engaging activities that impart essential skills.

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Stay equipped with personalized coverage, bringing peace of mind and aiding in addressing your dog’s veterinary requirements.

How to get started

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Why do dogs LOVE
Central Bark?

  • It’s all about them – Every dog is unique, and we tailor each day to suit their individual needs and preferences.
  • Whole well-being and happiness – They receive personalized attention, physical activity, and the rest they require to ensure their health, happiness, and good behavior at home and in the community.
  • We understand dogs – Our staff are experts in all things dog, trained in our science-based positive reinforcement approach.
  • Safety and cleanliness – Your dog’s safety and well-being are our top priorities. Our rigorous safety measures and cleaning protocols ensure your dog’s health and security every day they spend with us.
  • Trusted, loving care – For over 20 years, families have relied on Central Bark to enrich their dogs’ lives with a perfect blend of personalized attention, play, exercise, socialization, training, relaxation, and affection.
  • A lifelong bond – It’s incredible how a day apart can strengthen your bond! Your dog will return home happy and healthy, and you won’t need to worry about them being alone at home.

Dog Day Care. Reimagined.

Central Bark’s Enrichment Dog Day Care elevates the standard of dog day care. It merges our top-tier experience with the most recent insights in dog behavior science and positive dog training methods. Your dog can relish a day that’s customized for their enjoyment and well-being, providing the right balance of play, mental and physical stimulation, social interaction, training, relaxation, and affection to keep them healthy, content, and all-around balanced.

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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.

Central Bark Gurnee trainer pointing her finger at four large dogs that are sitting down

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.

a white-brown dog eating out of a treat toy at Central Bark Gurnee doggy day care center

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 should I bring to Doggy Day Care?

Once you have enrolled, we will need a copy of your dog’s vaccination records, which you can upload to your online account or bring with you on your scheduled first day. We also ask that your dog comes in on a regular 6-foot flat leash (no retractable or flexi-leads in the lobby) and a quick-release collar. Not sure what a quick-release collar is? No problem! We’ll be happy to show you on your first day. If your dog usually wears a harness while walking, you’re welcome to bring that as well.

If your dog typically eats a midday meal, you can bring it in an airtight container clearly labeled with your dog’s first and last names. 

Learn more about Enrichment Doggy Day Care.

What is positive reward-based dog training?

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 can include food treats, time to play with a favorite toy, or verbal praise. 

After decades of experience using reward-based training, we know it’s the most humane and effective way of training dogs and addressing unwanted behaviors. It’s the best way to build a loving, trusting bond that enhances your relationship between you and your dog for a lifetime of happiness together.

At Central Bark®, our focus on positive reinforcement has never wavered. We continuously update our skills and policies to stay at the forefront of new advances in behavioral science and positive reinforcement techniques.

Learn more about our training classes.

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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.

How does Central Bark proactively address safety?

At Central Bark a proactive approach to safety is woven right into the fabric of our program. That is why we require that all dogs enrolled in our Day Care program pass our behavior assessment and attend at least once per week. This helps us ensure that dogs are social with other dogs & people and remain comfortable with all aspects of our program.  It also allows us to proactively staff so we can keep a dog to staff ratios low which also helps increase safety. Plus, play is ALWAYS monitored. Whether it’s a group of 2 dogs or 12 dogs, we never leave dogs unattended during group play.

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