Milwaukee Westside
Dog Training & Enrichment

Unlock your dog’s full potential

At Central Bark® Milwaukee Westside, we understand the value of a well-behaved dog, not just for themselves but for the whole family’s happiness. Our team of dog training professionals employs enjoyable and positive methods to assist dogs of all ages in acquiring essential skills and behaviors.

We provide various services, including personalized training sessions and engaging activities, along with group classes that reinforce positive habits and cultivate a strong connection between you and your furry friend.

Benefits of Dog Training at Central Bark Milwaukee Westside

At Central Bark, we’re dedicated to assisting your dog in becoming a happy, sociable, and well-adjusted companion, bringing happiness to your home and beyond. Here are some perks:

  • Tailored Training: Our sessions are customized to address your dog’s individual needs and objectives. Whether you’re aiming to tackle behavior issues or teach new commands, our trainers collaborate closely with you and your dog to achieve the desired outcomes.
  • Group Classes for Reinforcement: Participate in our classes to reinforce positive behaviors and promote safe socialization in a supportive setting.
  • Fostering Good Citizenship: Our training programs establish the groundwork for responsible behavior. By instilling positive habits and essential commands, we aid your dog in becoming a well-rounded and socially adept member of your family and community.
  • Building the Bond: Training goes beyond mere obedience; it deepens the bond between you and your dog. Our sessions concentrate on nurturing trust, effective communication, and mutual understanding, nurturing a loving and respectful relationship.

Central Bark
Milwaukee Westside

333 N 25th St,
Milwaukee, WI 53233Get Directions

(414) 933-4787

Open Today 6:30 AM – 6:30 PM

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At Central Bark, we’re devoted to enriching your dog’s life through our comprehensive services. Here are the primary areas we focus on:

  • Recall Training: Ensuring your dog responds when called is crucial for their safety. Our trainers employ positive reinforcement techniques to teach this vital skill.
  • Basic Commands: We instruct dogs in fundamental commands such as sit, stay, down, wait, and leave-it using positive reinforcement methods. Mastering these commands enhances their behavior and makes them easier to manage.
  • Door and Gate Manners: Learning to wait patiently at doors and gates is essential for dogs. Our trainers can instruct your dog how to enter and exit calmly upon command, while also waiting politely at doors and gates.
  • Leash Training: We believe walks should be enjoyable for both you and your dog. Our trainers can assist in teaching your dog to walk calmly on a loose leash, eliminating pulling and making walks more enjoyable.
  • Additional Behavioral Issues: We can also address other concerns such as separation anxiety, excessive barking, or destructive chewing. Our dedicated trainers are committed to helping your dog reach their full potential and become the best version of themselves.

At Central Bark Milwaukee Westside, we’re here to support and nurture your dog’s growth. Join us in improving your dog’s life through our expert training services!

Dog Training & Enrichment Options:

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Training Tutor

During day care visits, we offer personalized one-on-one training sessions to nurture vital skills and behaviors in your dog. From name recall to sit, stay, down, wait, leave-it, door and gate control, and loose-leash walking, we ensure your furry friend masters these essential commands. It’s excellent for your dog and effortless for you! Expect your beloved companion to return home tired, well-socialized, and equipped with the training needed to be a well-behaved member of your family.

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One-on-One Enrichment

Our tailored Enrichment sessions provide your dog with the extra attention they adore, allowing them the freedom to explore their instincts through interactive toys, puzzles, and games. This fun and rewarding experience exercises both their bodies and minds while engaging their senses. For an added challenge, we introduce fitness and agility equipment to enhance their enrichment journey.

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Rest Period Enrichment

Your furry companion can unwind in their very own private space, complete with calming interactive toys and a healthy food pairing customized to their preferences and diet. This promotes both physical and mental relaxation, fostering a healthy balance of play, learning, and rest. Additionally, it aids in building positive associations with crates, helping your dog become more comfortable in these spaces.


Dog Day Care Add-ons

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. Add complexity with fitness and agility equipment to keep your dog in shape and having a blast!
Rest Period Enrichment
Private space with calming interactive food toy to help your dog achieve a healthy balance of activity and rest. 

Group Dog Training Classes

Ask a store associate for details.

Packages available. Prepaid packages are nonrefundable. All sales are final. If you have any concerns about food sensitivities or toys, please speak to an associate at the front desk to discuss options.

Aimee W.
We love Central Bark Westside. Our two dogs get such good care there. They play so hard and then sleep so well when they get home. The staff is amazing! They are professional and friendly and so flexible. Thank you Central Bark!

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you train a puppy?

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 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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What is positive reward-based dog training?

Positive reward-based techniques help puppies and dogs 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. 

After decades of experience using reward-based training, we know it’s the most humane and effective way of training dogs and addressing unwanted behaviors. It’s the best way to build a loving, trusting bond that enhances your relationship between you and your dog for a lifetime of happiness together.

At Central Bark®, 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.

Learn more about our training classes.

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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 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. 

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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.