Dog Training and Enrichment

Help your dog be the best they can be

A content and well-behaved dog contributes to a joyful family dynamic. Here at Central Bark® Oakdale, our dog training experts employ enjoyable and positive, reward-oriented methods. They will assist dogs in acquiring crucial life skills and behaviors, regardless of their age.

We provide a variety of options, including individual training and enrichment sessions, along with group classes. These are designed to strengthen positive habits and nurture the affectionate connection you share with your dog. Through training, we establish a groundwork for responsible canine behavior. In turn, this contributes to the development of cheerful, sociable, and all-around well-adjusted dogs.

Explore the benefits of dog training at Central Bark Oakdale, MN:

  • Personalized Coaching: Our training sessions are tailored to meet the unique needs and goals of your dog. Our expert trainers offer guidance to address behavior concerns or introduce new commands, ensuring your dog receives the attention needed to thrive.
  • Group Classes for Practice: Participate in our group classes to reinforce positive behaviors and help your dog socialize in a secure and supportive environment. These classes provide valuable opportunities for your furry friend to interact with other dogs and people while mastering essential skills.
  • Building Good Citizenship: Training establishes the foundation for responsible behavior. We instill positive routines and essential commands in your dog, shaping them into well-rounded individuals who navigate social situations with ease and pride.
  • Deepening the Connection: Our training extends beyond basic commands, fostering trust, effective communication, and mutual understanding between you and your dog. This cultivates a loving and respectful partnership, strengthening the special bond you share with your four-legged friend.

Central Bark

3115 Hadley Ave N,
Oakdale, MN 55128Get Directions

(651) 528-6974

Open Today 6:30 AM – 6:30 PM

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Teach your dog:

Explore the possibilities for your dog with Central Bark’s offerings. We focus on key areas:

  • Name Recognition: Ensure safety by teaching your dog to respond positively when called.
  • Basic Commands: Master essential instructions such as sit, stay, down, wait, and leave-it, using positive reinforcement to enhance behavior.
  • Door and Gate Etiquette: Instruct your dog to enter and exit calmly upon command, promoting polite behavior.
  • Relaxed Leash Walking: Enjoy pleasant walks by training your dog to walk calmly on a loose leash, eliminating pulling.
  • Additional Behaviors: Tackle challenges like separation anxiety, excessive barking, or destructive chewing with support from our dedicated trainers.

Together, let’s enhance your dog’s life and unlock their full potential.

Dog Training and Enrichment Options:

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Training Tutor in Oakdale

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.

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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.

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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.


Training Workshops

Speed Training
Let’s work together on the skills your dog needs. 20 minute private session with CDT Heather on topic of your choice.
Saturday, August 10th
12:00 pm, 12:20 pm, 12:40 pm (limited to these three sessions available)
Walk This Way!
Want to love walking with your dog even more? Our CDT will teach techniques that help reduce leash pulling and distraction yanking. We will also work on Leave It and Drop It.
Saturday, September 14, Noon-1:00pm

*Vaccinations required (DHPP, Rabies (depending on age), and Bordatella).

Group Training Classes

Basic Obedience

6-week class starting July 31st
Wednesday evenings, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
NOTE: This class will run 7 weeks to Sept. 11, due to a vacation night off on August 28.

6-week class starting September 3
Tuesday evenings, 6:30pm – 7:30pm

6-week class starting September 25
NOTE: This class will run 7 weeks with Oct 16 off
Wednesday evenings, 6:30pm-7:30pm

This class focuses on basic household manners, household management, and safety behaviors. The five basic behaviors (sit, down, stay, come, and loose-leash walking) are introduced.
Intermediate Obedience
6-week class starting October 22
Tuesday evening 6:30pm-7:30pm

This class builds upon Basic Obedience by adding distance, duration, and distraction to the basic behaviors. It also introduces new skills such as mat, heel, wait, and greet.
*Vaccinations required (DHPP, Rabies (depending on age), and Bordatella).

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s a Behavior Assessment and why is it important?

As part of joining the Central Bark® family, our expert staff conducts a thorough behavior assessment at your local Central Bark store. These assessments help ensure that your dog is placed with a playgroup they’re comfortable with so they can play safely every day they’re with us.

This four-day evaluation, while your dog participates in our Enrichment Day Care, assesses your dog’s:

  • Comfort and social skills with people 
  • Social skills and playstyle with other dogs to help determine the playgroup and play schedule they can benefit from the most
  • Comfort in both indoor and outdoor play spaces
  • Comfort in rest areas and a crate 
  • Ability to share resources like water and toys in social settings
  • Level of comfort taking treats in social settings

This process gives us a chance to get to know you and your dog while your dog gets acquainted with their new favorite place away from home. Through the entire four days, your dog’s comfort and safety is our top priority.

Once your pup passes all the behavior assessment elements, you are welcome to sign up for any of our daycare services or a sleepover!

To schedule a Behavior Assessment for your dog, please contact your local store.

NOTEPlease bring all required signed forms, vaccination proof, and a collar and leash for your behavior assessment.

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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How do you train a dog?

No matter how long you’ve had your dog, it’s possible to teach them new skills and tricks. 

Whether you’re crate training, leash walking, or potty training your dog, consistency is key. It’s crucial to establish a routine, practice positive reinforcement, supervise your dog (especially when potty training), and avoid punishing when mistakes happen.  

Central Bark® offers everything you need to help you train your dog. 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.

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Central Bark Whole Dog Care

Our whole dog care approach in Oakdale 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.