Central Bark®
Commitment to Safety

At Central Bark, our commitment to safety is uncompromising. Our mission is to create a clean, healthy, safe, and loving environment where every dog and person feel welcome and treated with respect, care, and compassion. 

Safety is our #1 priority. That’s why we have comprehensive policies and procedures to ensure your dog is safe and healthy every day they’re with us. A proactive approach to safety is woven right into the fabric of our doggy day care program and incorporated into our facility, specially designed with your dog’s safety and comfort in mind.

Cleaning and disinfection

Deep cleaning and disinfecting

Our store cleaning procedures exceed mandated protocols to safeguard you and your pet’s health. We clean and disinfect regularly throughout our facility to ensure a clean and healthy environment. All staff follows CDC handwashing guidelines. Also, hand sanitizer and restrooms for handwashing are available to all guests.

COVID response

As a whole health facility for your pup, we pride ourselves in maintaining a clean, safe, and healthy environment for not only our dogs but also their humans. While upholding our already high standards for cleanliness, we’ve: limited the number of clients in our retail space, asked staff and clients to wear face coverings, and implemented measures to aid in a contact-free check out.

Dog-safe cleaning products

We clean and sanitize all play and rest areas every day – sometimes more than once a day – with veterinary-grade cleaners and disinfectants, air purifiers. This helps us ensure a safe, clean, and sanitized facility that smells good and reduces the risk of spreading infectious diseases. 

Facility design

24/7 Monitoring

Our store has fire and motion-monitored security systems with keyed-in codes for staff to enter when they arrive. These systems provide 24/7 monitoring, and emergency services get notified quickly should any concerns arise.

Two-door rule

There are always two doors between the dogs and the outside world. If one entry fails, there is a second door to prevent dogs from accidentally leaving our facility.

Indoor and outdoor play areas

Indoor and outdoor play areas help reduce stress and create an enjoyable environment for dogs to play and socialize.     

Special flooring and play surfaces

We offer multiple surfaces for dogs to play on. Rubber flooring has some “give” and is less slippery than other alternatives. It provides excellent traction for our playing pups, but it’s also gentle on dogs’ bones and joints. It’s also easy to clean and sanitize daily. Turf gives dogs a natural grass feel. Both are gentler on dogs’ paws, which helps if they aren’t used to the level of activity they’ll get at day care.  

Individual crate spaces

Dogs have access to their own private space, where they can rest, relax, and feel comfortable away from the group. These crates help us create a much safer social environment for dogs by allowing them to take a break and maintain a healthy balance of play, learning, and rest. It also helps dogs avoid physical injury (from over-exercise without enough rest) and provides a space for them to unwind, so they don’t become overstimulated or over-aroused during play. 

Professionally equipped salon and spa

From a simple bath to an elaborate treatment, our fully equipped salon and spa is designed for all of your dog’s grooming needs.

Doggy Day Care program safety

One-day-per-week attendance requirement

A proactive approach to safety is woven right into the fabric of our program. We require all dogs to attend day care at least once a week because we know that consistency and continuity promote safety.

Ideally, dogs will attend day care on a regularly scheduled day, so we can consistently match them with the social environment they will enjoy and benefit from most. This regular weekly schedule helps your dog feel more comfortable, confident, and social, creating a safer day care environment for all. It also ensures our staff is as familiar with your dog’s normal behavior, so we are attuned to any changes. 

Benefits of a consistent attendance:

  • Less stress – When dogs don’t visit us weekly, each time they come is like their first day at a new school or new job, which can be stressful. This requirement reduces stress and anxiety to promote safer social interactions for every dog in our care.
  • Dogs love routine – Coming on the same day every week keeps dogs comfortable and familiar with our environment, which creates a positive, predictable, and safer social setting.
  • More social time – Dogs play more safely and are more social with familiar dogs they know.
  • Safety all around – Our staff can keep everyone safer when they know when each dog is attending. This allows us to create playgroups that match the dogs’ play styles, preferred playmates, energy levels, and sizes.
  • We know your dog – By seeing your dog every week on the same days, our staff knows them. It helps us regulate safe play and lets us know when your dog might not be feeling like themselves.

Dog Behavior Assessments

All dogs enrolled in our Enrichment Day Care program must pass our behavior assessment before joining our Central Bark family. Our highly trained staff conduct a thorough evaluation at the facility. It helps ensure that dogs are social with other dogs and people and will be comfortable with our daily routine. During the assessment, we will get to know your dog, which helps us place them in a playgroup that’s right for them to play safely and have fun. It also allows us to proactively staff so we can keep our dog-to-staff ratios low, promoting safety.

Vaccination requirements and monitoring system

Dogs who are vaccinated are less likely to become ill or pass on diseases to other dogs in our care. That’s why all dogs must have up-to-date vaccinations. We also require that all dogs are spayed or neutered by six months of age. Parents must submit written verification that their dogs have current rabies, Bordetella (kennel cough), and DHPP (distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, parvovirus) vaccinations. If these vaccinations are lapse, you will have to get them updated before your pup can return to day care.

  • Rabies is a standard vaccination all dogs should have. Note that puppies less than six months old will need to receive their rabies vaccine by six months of age (or as consistent with state law) to continue coming to day care.
  • Bordetella helps protect dogs from kennel cough; a common illness quickly spread in day cares, boarding facilities, and shelters. Although veterinarians don’t require the Bordetella vaccine, it’s necessary for day care. Please double-check that your dog has received it before coming to day care.
  • DHPP is also a standard vaccination that protects against distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, and parvovirus.

Also, we have an operations system to help monitor and track vaccination. This system will automatically remind you when your dog is due for a vaccination one month before its expiration date. It also notifies our staff, who will tell you in person as well.

Highly trained and caring staff

Only the finest will do for our furry guests. We train our team in our unique Central Bark Training program, which incorporates the latest behavioral science and dog training principles with a focus on positive reinforcement. Included is a comprehensive training in canine first aid and CPR. Also, all franchisees are required to continue their ongoing education.

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. 

Low dog-to-staff ratio

We keep our staff-to-dog ratios low to help ensure the safety of every dog in our care. It helps us give more individual attention to each dog because we have more time to get to know them. Plus, we ALWAYS supervise play. Whether it’s a group of two dogs or 12 dogs, we never leave them unattended during group play.

One of our model’s benefits is that dogs who need a little more one-on-one time with their handlers can be placed in smaller class sizes. It gives our staff more opportunities to teach your dog, work on behaviors, and play while your dog is at day care.

Our goal is to set every dog in our care up for success with staff members who can meet their unique needs. Our low dog-to-staff ratio is enriching for your dog and our staff too!

Small Group Play and Enrichment

Small group play and enrichment groups give your dog more one-on-one time with their handlers, allowing our staff to teach your dog, work on behaviors, and play. After a balanced day of play, learning, and rest – you can look forward to a dog who is not only better behaved but also a healthy, well-balanced, and tired mentally and physically.

100% Supervised Play

Dogs are never left alone with another dog or unattended in playgroups to ensure their safety.

Quick-release collars

While playing, sometimes dogs can get tangled in each other’s collars, causing them to panic. Quick-release collars make it easy for us to disengage the buckle and defuse the situation quickly and efficiently.

Quick-release collars are better than having no collars because we can use them to quickly and safely redirect dogs when needed, especially if they become overstimulated during group play. Quick-release collars also fulfill the requirement to have a name tag that correctly identifies each dog in our care to ensure they get the food and care they require.

All collars get removed overnight when dogs sleepover to reduce the possibility of accidents, such as dogs chewing on their collar or getting tangled in. Collars are put back on when dogs get let out in the morning.

Dedicated rest time

Maintaining a healthy balance of rest and play is important for dogs’ physical, mental, and social health. Like human athletes, rest helps dogs avoid physical injury and provides a space for them to unwind, so they don’t become overstimulated or over-aroused during play. Play-breaks give dogs the support they need to stay as safe and appropriate and create a much safer social environment for every dog in our care.

Renee L.

The Eastside staff are wonderful and personally invested in your pet!!! We love them!!!!!

Elizabeth C.

Great staff, easy drop off and pick up, easy scheduling and most of all my dog loves it there!

Tracy M.

Great place with great people who really take good care of your dog! We've been using Central Bark for two years for once a week daycare and have had numerous overnight stays, anywhere from a couple nights to two weeks.
I have nothing but good things to say about them. My husband likes the convenience of texting for availability. I like hearing how my dog's day went, and I love the pictures posted on Facebook!

Bill C.


I've had my dog groomed here twice.  They are not an inexpensive option but they do a nice job.  The employees care about the animals and it shows.

Lindsey M.

I have been taking my 10 year old dog here for a couple years now and she loves it!!  The staff is great with her. Drop off and pick up is always efficient. Love having the option for her to sleep over or be dropped off in my home if needed. I have used both services and highly recommend them if you have a need. I love the pictures they put on social media and always make sure to check them out on the days she is there.

Shelley L.

We love Central Bark Eastside!!! My dog gets so excited when she knows we are going to daycare - she loves the staff and the other doggies. They take excellent care of her whether it be for daycare, boarding, or grooming. I also love that they post photos on social media so I can check on her during the day!

Kate W.

This location has *THE BEST* staff. Everyone is always happy and ready to help. Violet has been going here since she was a pup and now she is about to turn 4. I feel confidently comforted knowing she is being taken such good care of and having much fun. She has ample amounts of energy so when we both get home and I am ready to relax- so is she. 🙂

Courtney M.

Heather has groomed my dogs for years! She is amazing. She is gentle and patient. My big dog has A LOT of issues including skin and behavioral issues after all of his hospital visits. I dont trust many people to help with him. She is an excellent groomer! I think my little dog might even have a crush on her. Bath time with Heather is great! Thankyou for being a rockstar!!! Your the best!!!

Sierra S.

My dog is a rescue and has an array of behavioral problems but Central Bark East Side has been nothing but helpful and kind to him! Thankful for a day care that doesn’t just dismiss a dog but will continuously work with him and make adjustments to make him feel more comfortable being away from home! Couldn’t ask for a better day care! Thank you.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does dog grooming include?

Your dog deserves to be pampered. Our full-service dog grooming salon is fully equipped to include anything from a simple brush-out or bath to a full spa day, a grooming session.  All dogs are unique. Just like humans, your dog deserves personalized grooming for their size, breed, coat type, and condition. […]

Is there a schedule of activities and safety rules?

Yes. Our day is broken up into areas of play, rest, feeding and more. And we always keep a watchful eye on canine good manners. Learn more about our commitment to safety

Can I see the complete facilities where my dog will be staying?

Of course! You are welcome to visit and tour the center before enrolling.  Contact us to schedule a tour

How much does it cost to get a dog groomed?

All dogs are different, and like humans, your dog deserves grooming customized to their size, breed, and level of attention. For this reason, prices may vary by service and location. Learn more about our Dog Salon & Spa

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