Milwaukee Downtown
Dog Training & Enrichment

Help your dog be the best they can be

A well-trained dog is a happy dog – and part of a happy family. At Central Bark® Milwaukee Downtown, our dog training professionals use fun and positive, reward-based techniques to help dogs of all ages develop important life skills and behaviors. 

We offer both individual training and enrichment sessions as well as group classes to reinforce good habits and foster the loving bond you have with your dog. Training builds a foundation for good canine citizenship and helps develop happy, social, and well-rounded dogs. 

Central Bark
Milwaukee Downtown

420 S 1st St,
Milwaukee, WI 53204Get Directions

(414) 347-9612

Open Today 7:00 AM – 6:30 PM

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Teach your dog:

  • Name recall
  • Sit, stay, down, wait, and leave-it
  • Door and gate control
  • Loose-leash walking
  • And more

Dog Training & Enrichment Options:

Training Tutor

Personalized one-on-one training sessions during day care visits help your dog develop important skills and behaviors like name recall, sit, stay, down, wait, leave-it, door and gate control, and loose-leash walking. Excellent for your dog and easy for you! Your dog will come home tired and well-socialized, with the training and skills they need to be a well-behaved member of your family.

One-on-One Enrichment

Personalized One-on-One Enrichment sessions give your dog the extra attention they love and the freedom to use their senses and safely explore their instincts through interactive toys, puzzles, and games. It’s fun and rewarding and exercise their bodies and minds and engage their senses. Add complexity with fitness and agility equipment.

Rest Period Enrichment

Your dog gets to relax and recharge in their own private space with calming interactive toys and healthy food pairings tailored to their preferences and diet. It promotes physical and mental relaxation which can help them achieve a healthy balance of play, learning, and rest. It can also help them become more comfortable in crates by building positive associations.

Pricing

Dog Day Care Add-ons

ServicePrice
Training Tutor
One-on-one training session during your dog’s visit to practice important cues and behavior skills.
33
Training Tutor Packages
1 day per week for 4 sessions – 128/month
2 days per week for 8 sessions – 248/month
3 days per week for 12 sessions – 360/month
VIPs for 20 sessions – 540/month
3 month package; 1 day per week for 12 sessions – 360/month
ServicePrice
One-on-One Enrichment
Personalized session during your dog’s visit with interactive toys, puzzles, and games to exercise your dog’s body and mind.
28
Rest Period Enrichment
Private space with calming interactive food toy to help your dog achieve a healthy balance of activity and rest.
5
If you have any concerns about food sensitivities or destructive tendencies, please speak to an associate at the front desk to discuss available options. Ask us about available packages. All sales are final.

Dog Training Classes

ServicePrice
Puppy Preschool
6-week group class for dogs between the ages of 8-16 weeks, introduction to life skills and socialization. 45–60 minutes class duration.

Location: Central Bark Wauwatosa: Please create an account with Central Bark Wauwatosa to sign up for this group training class. 

The next class starts on Monday, July 15th at 6:45 pm.

This course uses group play to help your puppy become social with people and other dogs while reducing fear development in their new world. Foundational behaviors are touched on, but the primary emphasis is on social skills and a good recall as well as understanding and trouble-shooting common puppy behavior issues. This course is for puppies 8 weeks to 16 weeks of age and their families. Children over the age of 12 are welcome to attend with a parent.

*Puppy vaccinations required (DHPP and Bordetella)
185
Basic Elementary
6-week group class for dogs over 16 weeks and older, introduction to basic obedience. 45–60 minutes class duration.

The next class starts on Thursday, July 25th at 7 pm.

This course teaches dogs and their pet parents’ foundational behaviors such as loose-leash walking; eye contact and attention; sit, stay, down; and leave-it, using positive reinforcement, a modern and science-based approach! Pet parents will learn how to strengthen these behaviors by adding distance, duration, and distraction. This is a 6-week course for dogs and their families (kids included, 10 and older!).

*Vaccinations required (DHPP, Rabies (depending on age), and Bordatella).
185
ServicePrice
Secondary School
6-week group class for dogs over 6 months,
expands on foundational behaviors.

Coming Soon!

This 6-week course is for dogs with previous training experience either completing Barkley’s Basic Elementary or another basic obedience class. The class covers more advanced behaviors like heel, place targeting, body positions, and free shaping. Each week you will learn how to teach your dog new skills and have fun practicing them in a variety of different ways. This course continues to strengthen your dog’s basic skills by challenging them with real-life distractions.

*Vaccinations required (DHPP, Rabies, and Bordatella).
185
Group Training Class Guidelines:

Acceptable equipment would be a flat buckle collar or approved harness and four-to-six-foot leash. No retractable leashes or correction collars will be accepted. Please bring lots of treats and/or toys your dog loves.

PLEASE NOTE that group classes are not appropriate for all dogs. If you would consider your dog “reactive” (barking, lunging, growling, etc. at other dogs or people – even if friendly and just trying to say hi), please contact us PRIOR to registering to make sure group class is a good fit for your dog.

To enroll in any of the above classes, click the Enroll Now button and follow the link to complete our new customer online registration form. Payment can be made either online through your new customer account or over the phone at (414) 347-9612. All group class sales are non-refundable.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Visit our Dog Blog for more helpful tips
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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
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What is dog day care?

Dog day care gives dogs a fun place to play with their friends while their owners are busy at home and work.

At Central Bark®, doggy daycare is our specialty, and nobody does it quite like us. We don’t just give dogs a place to play. We create a personalized program of activities that optimize your dog’s whole health – their physical, mental, and emotional well-being. 

Central Bark goes beyond a traditional doggy day care with our unique Whole Dog Care philosophy. Our personalized approach helps enrich your dog’s whole health and well-being throughout their entire life so you can enjoy a healthy, happy, and loving life together.

The heart of our whole dog care approach is our Enrichment Doggy Day Care program. We combine Central Bark’s industry-leading doggy day care expertise with the latest dog behavior science. Our mission is to give dogs a balanced blend of exercise, social group play, learning, rest, and TLC. To help your dog be a healthy, happy, calm, and well-rounded member of your family.

Learn more about Enrichment Doggy Day Care.

How do you crate train a dog?

For dogs, being comfortable in a crate is a life skill that is incredibly useful for them and their owners. If you have ever traveled with your dog or had the unfortunate experience of an overnight stay at the vet, knowing your dog is comfortable in a crate is immeasurably comforting. 

Crate training can take just days or a few months, based on your dog’s age, temperament, and past experiences with crates. The two keys to successful crate training are to keep the experience positive and go slowly.

When your puppy is not in their crate, keep the door open and reward them every time they choose to enter, even if you didn’t ask them to enter it. When crating your puppy, give them a safe enrichment item (like a stuffed Kong) that will keep them busy and allow them to self-soothe while confined. Remember that crate training should take place in a series of small, slow steps that will help your puppy become more comfortable.

Central Bark® offers everything you need to help you care for your new puppy. Our Enrichment Day Care gives puppies all the socialization, exercise, mental stimulation, and rest they need for a lifetime of happiness with you and your family. We also offer expert training and classes so you and your puppy can learn and bond together. 

Learn more about our training classes.

Visit our Dog Blog for more helpful tips
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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.