Oak Creek
Dog Training & Enrichment


Empower your dog to reach their full potential with our dog training program

At Central Bark, we believe a well-trained dog equals a happy family. That’s why we provide diverse dog training and enrichment services for your furry friend to learn essential life skills in a fun and rewarding setting.

Our expert dog trainers use positive reinforcement techniques to bring out the best in dogs of all ages. We offer individual training, enrichment sessions, and group classes to strengthen good habits.

Our dog training and enrichment programs foster good canine citizenship, making dogs happy, social, and well-rounded companions. We offer basic obedience training, agility, and more to meet unique needs.

We aim to build a lasting bond of trust, love, and respect between you and your dog. Contact us for top-notch training and enrichment services that bring out the best in your furry friend.

Central Bark
Oak Creek

1075 Northbranch Dr,
Oak Creek, WI 53154Get Directions

(414) 571-1500

Open Today 6:30 AM – 6:30 PM

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Dog Tricks Taught at Central Bark Oak Creek

Central Bark Oak Creek provides tailored dog training programs to address the specific needs of every dog. Our dog training services cover a wide range of skills and behaviors, such as:

  • Name recall – This crucial skill is taught through positive reinforcement to ensure that dogs come when called, even in distracting environments.
  • Basic commands – Dogs should know basic commands such as sit, stay, down, wait, and leave it. Our trainers use positive reinforcement techniques to teach these essential skills, which can help improve your dog’s behavior and make them easier to manage.
  • Door and gate control – Teaching dogs to wait patiently at doors and gates can prevent them from running out into unsafe areas. Our trainers can teach dogs to enter and exit on cue while waiting peacefully at gates and doors.
  • Loose-leash walking – Dogs that pull on the leash can be frustrating and even dangerous. Our trainers can help teach dogs to walk calmly on a loose leash, making walks more enjoyable for both the owner and the dog.
  • Other behaviors – Our trainers can work with the owner and dog on other behaviors or issues such as separation anxiety, barking, or destructive chewing. Our personalized approach can address the specific needs of each dog and owner, ensuring that both are happy and satisfied with the training results.

Oak Creek Dog Training & Enrichment Options:

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Training Tutor

Personalized one-on-one training sessions during daycare visits that focus on developing skills and behaviors like name recall, sit, stay, down, wait, leave-it, door and gate control, and loose-leash walking. This option is convenient for pet owners and helps dogs become well-behaved members of their families. Your dog will come home tired and well-socialized, with the training and skills they need.

Central Bark Oak Creek trainer with dog outside

One-on-One Enrichment

Personalized one-on-one enrichment sessions give your dog the extra attention they crave and the freedom to explore their instincts through interactive toys, puzzles, and games. These sessions are fun, rewarding, and help exercise your dog’s body and mind while engaging their senses. You can even add complexity to the sessions with fitness and agility equipment.

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Rest Period Enrichment

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

Pricing

Training & Enrichment Add-ons

ServicePrice
Training Tutor Session
Individual training during day care visit. Practice behavior skills
like sit, stay, lay down, leave it, loose-leash walking, and tricks.
20
Canine Fitness & Agility Session
Add complexity with fitness and agility equipment to keep your dog in shape and having a blast!
20
One-on-One Enrichment Session
Personalized session with interactive toys, puzzles, and games that exercise their body and mind.
15
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.
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.

Group Dog Training Classes

Group training classes may include: Puppy Preschool, Basic Elementary, and Intermediate School. Call (414) 571-1500 or follow us on Facebook for information on upcoming training class opportunities.

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.

Joey J.
I am not sure who loves Central Bark Oak Creek more, me or George. I cannot say enough great things about the staff. I could give them praise for days. They truly care about your fur baby. I highly recommend Central Bark Oak Creek!

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to potty train a puppy?

When 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. 

Potty training a puppy to eliminate outside can take just a few weeks or several months. But it will go more quickly if your training routine is consistent, and you’re consistent about taking your puppy outside every few hours. 

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.  

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What is the best way to train a dog?

After decades of experience, we know that reward-based training is the most humane and effective way to train dogs and address unwanted behaviors. With reward-based training, you can build a loving, trusting bond that enhances your relationship with your dog for a lifetime of happiness.

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 include food treats, time to play with a favorite toy, or verbal praise. 

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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.

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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?

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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.