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 Doggy 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 – 6:00 PM

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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 Sleepover 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.

Doggy Day Care. Reimagined.

Central Bark’s Enrichment 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.

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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.

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.

Central Bark Gurnee trainer with a corgi beside her

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

How long does it take to potty train a puppy?

When 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 avoiding punishing your puppy when mistakes happen. 

Potty training a puppy to eliminate outside can take just a few weeks or several months. But it will go more quickly if your training routine is consistent, and you’re consistent about taking your puppy outside every few hours. 

Central Bark® offers everything you need to help you train your puppy. We offer expert training and classes so you and your puppy can learn and bond together.  

Learn more about our training classes

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Are the facilities well equipped with toys?

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

How long does dog training take?

The timeline for learning new behaviors and skills is as unique as every dog! Because each dog is an individual, with different learning histories, breed genetics, and preferences in reinforcers like treats and toys, there is no way to say for sure how long training will take. It’s also important to consider how much time each family has for daily training practice.

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 dog, with expert training and classes so you and your pup can learn and bond together. 

Learn more about our training classes

Visit our Dog Blog for more helpful tips

Can I stay with my dog at the groomers?

You do not need to stay with your dog during their grooming appointment. Our expert groomers always aim to help your dog feel as calm and relaxed as possible during their bathing and grooming experience. If your pup is feeling a little unsure, ask our training team about ways to enrich their experience and help create positive associations by using positive reward-based training methods.

Make a reservation for your grooming session today.

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