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Welcome to Central Bark Manitowoc

At Central Bark Manitowoc, we know how special the bond is between humans and their dogs. We want to give them the best life possible, but we also know it can be challenging.

That’s why families trust Central Bark® Manitowoc to take care of their dogs. We want them to be healthy, happy, and well in every way. When your dog is with us, they’ll have an amazing day with their furry friends in a safe and loving place.

We use a Whole Dog Care approach that covers everything your dog needs throughout their life. Our Enrichment Dog Day Care program focuses on giving them mental and physical exercise. We also offer boarding, grooming, supplies, training, and more. The aim is to help you and your dog live the best life together.

We understand that dogs are not just “like” family; they are family. As fellow dog parents, we treat every dog as if they were our own. And we take pride in that.

Central Bark
Manitowoc

1910 Mirro Dr,
Manitowoc, WI 54220Get Directions

(920) 652-9663

Open Today 7:00 AM – 6:30 PM

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Barry N.
Have been using Central Bark Manitowoc for about six years now; consistently a great experience both with day care and over nights. Great stuff!
Mary G.
Daisy loves Central Bark and goes once a week with the doggo next door. [...] Daisy agrees, Fridays are great days at Central Bark: love, caring, wrestling and running. Oh, treat time, soft music and napping. Best: cuddles from the staff.
Ryan M.
I've used them only for grooming services, but they've always been extremely friendly, and give a great haircut for my pup.
Hagen S.
Great place for small group play for our pooch. They take wonderful care to make sure your dog has an optimal experience. They share quite a bit of info about your dog's visit. Wonderful staff!
Tim M.
Our dog Lily loves going there! Very friendly staff!
Tim F.
I would trust these folks with my children! I tell everyone. So trustworthy and caring.
Karen M.
My dog loves it here. Employees are friendly and really enjoy working with the dogs.
Ken B.
Our dog loves going here to play with other dogs
Candy R.
Our dog Bertha loves going to day care at Central Bark. She plays and romps all day. I Love that they give reports on her days there. It’s nice that they have pick up and drop off services too.
Kristin S.
My dog is obsessed with this place to the point where he begins to completely lose his mind when we turn onto their street. He loves playing with his friends all day. I love that he has a safe environment to go be the wild man that he is while [...]

Central Bark takes care of your dog’s whole well-being. That’s why we provide a selection of personalized products and services for every stage of their life. Also, we offer lots of fun options to keep your doggy happy and feeling great.

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Our commitment is to enhance dogs’ lives through customized and exciting activities.

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Pamper your furry friend with tailored grooming and engaging enrichment activities for maximum enjoyment.

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Our Dog Boarding service ensures a stress-free and happy stay in a comfortable environment.

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Explore our premium selection of dog food, treats, toys, and more, designed to promote physical health, nutrition, and overall happiness.

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Strengthen your bond with positive training and enrichment programs that foster essential skills and behaviors.

How to get started

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What makes Central Bark a beloved destination for dogs?

  • Exclusively for them. Your dog is special to us. We make each day just for them by focusing on their unique needs and what they like.
  • Whole health and happiness. Our dog guests get personal attention, fun activities, and rest. We want them to be physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy.
  • Canine communication experts. Our team uses positive reinforcement methods based on science.
  • Safety and cleanliness are paramount. We have strict protocols and clean everything thoroughly. Your dog will be safe and healthy with us.
  • Trusted and compassionate care. Families trust us because we’ve been taking care of dogs for a long time. At Central Bark, doggies receive attention, playtime, exercise, socialization, training, rest, and love.
  • A bond that lasts a lifetime. When your dog returns home happy and in optimal health, you can bid farewell to the worries of leaving them alone for another day..

Dog Day Care. Reimagined.

Central Bark Enrichment Dog Day Care takes dog day care to a whole new level. We combine our knowledge with the latest research on dog behavior and positive training methods. This means your dog has a day full of fun and feels great. To suit your dog’s needs, they will receive playtime, mental and physical exercise, socializing, training, rest, and lots of love. Our goal is to make them healthy, happy, and well-rounded.

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.

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.

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.

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 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, and condition. Please ask an associate for details.

Make a reservation for your dog’s grooming session.

What are One-on-One Enrichment sessions?

Our One-on-One Enrichment sessions give your dog the freedom to safely explore their senses with an Enrichment Specialist. They’ll get the personal attention they love, supplemented with interactive toys, puzzles, and games that exercise their bodies and minds. They can also level up their skills with fitness training and agility exercises if they’re ready for more. 

Did you know? 15 minutes of mental activity is equal to 30 minutes of physical exercise!

Learn more about Enrichment Doggy Day Care.

How to choose the best day care for your dog

Selecting the right doggy day care is an important decision for you and your family. You want to make sure you find the right fit for your dog and your family’s needs. Follow these tips to find the perfect place for your pup! 

Tour the day care center before leaving your dog there. We recommend visiting several centers in your area before making a final decision.

While you’re there, ask yourself:

  • Is the play space clean, odor-free, comfortable, and safe for the center’s stated capacity? 
  • Pay attention to how the management and staff treat you, your dog, and the dogs in their care. Are they mature, knowledgeable, courteous, professional, and patient at all times? 
  • Note how the dogs respond to the staff – do they seem happy, relaxed, and excited? How do staff members greet and treat each dog?
  • How do other dogs act during your visit – relaxed, happy, stressed, scared, or out of control?
  • Is there a great deal of noise? 
  • Does the facility seem well organized and equipped with essential tools and supplies? Look for access to fresh, clean water, sanitation tools, ready access to treats to reinforce good behavior in playgroups, toys, secure fencing, rubber flooring in the inside play spaces, and access to outdoor play spaces.
  • Are there enough crates for every dog on-site in case of an emergency?
  • Are the dogs ever left alone together without a staff member present?
  • Are the handlers engaged with the dogs in their care and actively working with them? Or are they sitting on the sidelines? 

Questions to ask the doggy day care provider:

  1. Will my dog get individual attention time with staff?
    Ask if staff will have time to work individually with your dog on behaviors, play with them, and give them support and love while at day care.
  2. Are there small group play options?
    Small playgroup options help ensure your dog will have a social environment that allows them the freedom and comfort to thrive based on their unique needs, preferences, and play styles. 
  3. What’s the daily schedule? Is this tailored to my dog’s unique needs and preferences?
    Dogs thrive on routine, so the center should have a clear schedule for how things run every day. A consistent program tailored to your dog’s individual needs and style will promote a healthy and happy dog. 
  4. Are there regularly scheduled playtimes and nap times throughout the day?
    Day care should offer your dog a safe and balanced day of play, learning, rest, and love so you can look forward to a happy, well-balanced dog at the end of every day. 
  5. How and where are the dogs’ given downtime to wind down from the day’s activities to help prevent exhaustion and overstimulation?
    Maintaining a healthy balance of rest and play is important for the physical, mental, and social health of dogs. Just like human athletes, rest helps dogs avoid bodily injury and provides a space for them to unwind, so they do not become over-stimulated or over-aroused during play. This creates a much safer social environment for dogs. 
  6. Are there fenced and secure outdoor play areas? 
    Safe outdoor areas are important for a healthy, fun playtime. Whether it is romping in the snow or playing in swimming pools, everyone loves recess outside!
  7. How are new dog introductions handled?
    The center should clearly outline their procedures around new dog introductions, with effective policies that encourage happy, healthy, and lasting relationships and experiences.   
  8. What training does the staff receive?
    Doggy day care staff should be professionally trained and educated in animal behavior, socialization, and obedience training to ensure every dog’s well-being.  
  9. Are the dogs supervised at all times?
    A trained staff member should ALWAYS supervise dogs.
  10. Ask about behavior management tools used at the facility while caring for the dogs. What happens if your dog does something right? What happens if your dog does something wrong?
    Staff should use positive reinforcement and reward-based techniques to develop and reinforce behaviors that will enrich dogs’ lives at home and day care. Avoid centers that use punishment or correction to manage dog’s behavior as those techniques can create negative associations and fear. Utilizing reward-based techniques and positive reinforcement, on the other hand, can help build healthy relationships and happy experiences.
  11. What provisions are there for avoiding dog scuffles?
    Ask staff how they manage the dogs in their care. What do they look for in dog-dog interactions? How do they deal with emergencies and scuffles? How do they interrupt and redirect dogs? How do they build useful playgroup skills to keep the dogs safe proactively? Pay attention to how staff redirects dogs who need additional support to stay safe and whether they respond promptly and use effective strategies in these situations.
  12. Is there an in-depth interview to determine relevant background, behavioral, and health information including confirmation of spay/neuter, proof of vaccinations, flea and tick prevention, etc.? How is this information kept up to date?
    Find out what kind of assessments and evaluations the center uses before they accept a new dog. Also, every dog’s information should be regularly updated and kept on file to prevent illness and injuries.
  13. Do they have safety, cleaning, and disinfecting policies and procedures? What are they?

Learn more about Enrichment Doggy Day Care.

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.

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