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.
Julia joined the Central Bark Downtown team in July of 2019. She is a CPDT-KA certified dog trainer and loves teaching training classes and working with the dogs enrolled in daycare. She enjoys helping new dog owners to build a better relationship with their furry friends and problem solving any mischievous behaviors. Prior to coming to work for Central Bark Downtown, Julia’s experiences consist earning her bachelors of Psychology with heavy focus on behavior modification. These experiences consisted of time spent volunteering with a service dog organization and studying operant conditioning in a canine lab. She learned how to uses positive reinforcement training methods, making it fun for the owner and dog learn basic cues and important life skills. When she is not teaching training classes and life skills, Julia can be found on outdoor adventures from kayaking to hiking with her rescue dog Nova!
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Training & Enrichment Add-ons
Individual training during day care visit. Practice behavior skills
like sit, stay, lay down, leave it, loose-leash walking, and tricks.
Training Tutor Packages
|One-on-One Enrichment Session|
Personalized session with interactive toys, puzzles, and games that exercise their body and mind.
|Extra Rest Period Enrichment Session|
Private space with calming interactive food toys and healthy food pairings to help your dog achieve a healthy balance of rest, play, and learning.
Dog Training Classes
Open Enrollment class! Come for one session or as many sessions as you like until your puppy is 16 weeks old!
Open Enrollment on Tuesday evenings
No class Tuesday, December 26th
If attending for the first time, please arrive at 6:45 pm to go over an orientation for the course. Pre-registration is required for sessions.
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)
*Proof of your puppy’s health requirements must be received 24 hours prior to joining class.
**Due to class being open enrollment, there is no guarantee the number of puppies attending each session**
6-week group class for dogs over 16 weeks and older, introduction to basic obedience
The next starts on Wednesday, December 20th, at 7pm.
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 Barkley’s favorite “click” – clicker training. 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!).
*Vaccinations required (DHPP, Rabies (depending on age), and Bordatella).
6-week group class for dogs over 6 months,
expands on foundational behaviors.
Next class coming in 2024 – stay tuned!
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).
|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.
In order 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
There’s no bond like the one between our furry best friends and us. We love our dogs and want to give them the best life possible. But it can be challenging to fulfill all their needs to stay healthy and happy for a lifetime. Doggy day care gives pups a place to play and learn in a safe environment, with the socialization, mental stimulation, and physical exercise their minds and bodies need to stay healthy for a lifetime.
- Dogs get to socialize. Dogs are social creatures. Positive experiences with new humans, new dogs, and new environments are essential to a well-rounded pup.
- Dogs learn social skills. Dogs learn from other dogs – they’re always teaching each other what is (and isn’t) appropriate social behavior. Doggy day care staff can also help support safe play and practice healthy social behaviors.
- Dogs get more exercise. Exercise helps your dog maintain a healthy weight and muscle tone while improving their mood and providing a healthy outlet for their physical and mental energy, meaning they can be more relaxed at home.
- Dogs get human attention. Your dog will get the care and love they need while you’re at work or school.
- Parents get a break. Doggy day care can give you a day off from responsibilities, while your dog gets what they need to be a healthier, more well-adjusted pet.
Learn more about Enrichment Doggy Day Care
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.
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.
Dog training teaches a dog to perform certain behaviors, often in a variety of contexts. At Central Bark®, our training classes are based on the latest research and scientific understanding of dog behavior to enhance the bond between you and your dog.
We use positive reward-based techniques to help puppies and dogs of all ages 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.