Welcome to Central Bark Philadelphia

There’s a special connection we form with our furry companions, our beloved dogs. We cherish them and strive to provide them with the utmost care and happiness. However, meeting all their needs can pose a challenge. This is where families turn to Central Bark, a trusted haven where dogs receive the affection necessary for their well-being.

At Central Bark Philadelphia, you can rest assured that your dog is enjoying a wonderful day with their pals in a secure and nurturing environment.

Our holistic approach to dog care, known as Whole Dog Care, is designed to promote their overall health and happiness. At the core of this approach lies our Enrichment Doggy Day Care program, complemented by services such as boarding, grooming, training, and more. Our mission is simple: to help you and your furry friend experience the best life together.

We know that dogs aren’t merely companions but integral members of the family. That’s why, as fellow dog parents, take immense pride in treating every dog under our care as if they were our own.

Central Bark

2501 Wharton St suite f,
Philadelphia, PA 19146Get Directions

(267) 861-2275

Open Today 6:45 AM – 6:30 PM

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Paris P.
This place was amazing. The staff really cares and treats your animal like family. From the front desk to the groomers they were gentle and caring. The venue was spotless. more than I can say about others in the area, and Very inexpensive for their services. I will continue to [...]
Claude B.
The staff is amazing and the service outstanding. Their skill and the affection they have for all of the dogs is obvious. We have been sending our dog to Central Bark for almost eight years and it just gets better and better as they continue to improve and implement more [...]
Shawn D.
Great owner, with great morals! I would trust her with my dogs in a heart-beat! PA Friends: If you are ever in need of pet-care look no further!
Sarah V.
The staff is outstanding, friendly, and professional. They make me comfortable leaving my fur baby in their care.

Central Bark® Whole Dog Care

Our comprehensive approach to Whole Dog Care provides an array of tailored products and services. They are aimed at enhancing your dog’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being across their lifetime.

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Elevate your dog’s daily routine with customized activities tailored specifically for them, injecting a dash of excitement into each passing day.

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Treat your beloved companion to a luxurious grooming experience designed to bring them joy while ensuring they maintain their optimal appearance.

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Offer your dog a tranquil and cozy getaway with our Sleepover service, guaranteeing a serene and pleasurable retreat.

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Peruse through our thoughtfully curated array of premium dog essentials, ranging from nourishing food to delightful toys.

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Deepen your connection with your canine companion through positive reinforcement training sessions and interactive activities.

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Stay equipped with tailored coverage that provides reassurance and assistance for your dog’s medical needs, ensuring peace of mind.

How to get started

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Why do dogs LOVE
Central Bark?

  • It’s all about them – Each dog holds a unique place in our hearts. We customize every day according to your dog’s individual needs and preferences.
  • Total well-being + joy – Your furry friend receives personalized care, engaging activities, and ample rest, fostering their health, happiness, and good behavior both at home and in the community.
  • Understanding canine language – Our team comprises dog enthusiasts trained in our evidence-based positive reinforcement methodology.
  • Safety + hygiene – Ensuring the safety and comfort of our guests is our utmost priority. Rigorous safety protocols and meticulous cleaning procedures guarantee a secure and hygienic environment for your dog every day they spend with us.
  • Dependable affectionate care – For over two decades, families have entrusted Central Bark to enhance their dog’s lives through a tailored blend of individualized attention, play, exercise, socialization, training, relaxation, and love.
  • A lasting connection – It’s incredible how a day apart can strengthen your bond! Your dog returns home content and healthy, alleviating any concerns about leaving them alone for another day.

Doggy Day Care. Reimagined.

Central Bark Enrichment Day Care takes dog day care to a whole new level! It combines our industry-leading expertise with the latest dog behavior science and positive dog training principles. Your dog can enjoy a fun and healthy day with the proper amount of play and physical exercise.

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Flexible Playgroups

Small and large playgroup options allow us to match better your dog’s personality, needs, and preferences with the social atmosphere and amount of play they can enjoy and benefit from most.

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Group Play Skills

Group Play Skills are a fun and rewarding way for dogs to practice important skills like name recall. They also learn behaviors like group sit and calmly going in and out of doors and gates.

a white-brown dog eating out of a treat toy at Central Bark doggy day care center

Rest Period Enrichment

Rest Period Enrichment sessions help dogs achieve a healthy balance. They can relax and recharge in their own private space with calming enrichment toys and healthy foods tailored to their preferences and diet.

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Enrichment Sessions

Personalized One-on-One Enrichment sessions give the extra attention dogs love and the freedom to use their senses and safely explore their instincts through interactive toys, puzzles, and games.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I enroll in Central Bark Doggy Day Care?

It’s easy! Just complete our online registration form.

To speed up the registration process, please have available: veterinarian contact information, an emergency contact (other than yourself or your partner), pet information & medical history, and credit card information (optional). We will ask you a series of questions about your dog’s training and social history. These questions help us get to know them and provide the best care possible.

How much does dog training cost?

With a variety of training solutions available, training costs depend upon what kind of training you and your dog need. 

Central Bark® offers everything you need to help you train your new puppy or older dog. Including group classes and Training Tutor sessions that can take place during day care. Our expert training and classes help you, and your dog learn and bond together. 

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How does Central Bark mentally stimulate a dog?

At Central Bark®, our goal is to provide a balanced day of play, learning, rest, and love. Learning and mental exercise can happen in various ways, including training activities, brain games, scent work, and more. Our playgroups offer several hours of active playtime paired with learning opportunities during Group Play Skills. This way, dogs have plenty of time to socialize and get their energy out, while also exercising their minds through learning.

During one of your dog’s rest periods throughout the day, they are offered a rest period enrichment activity to stimulate their mind while encouraging healthy rest. These licking and chewing activities involve food rewards, such as a frozen peanut butter KONG®. These activities engage their minds while helping foster quality rest. 

Did you know? Scientific studies have shown that licking and chewing behaviors (especially those that involve food rewards!) are self-soothing, decrease heart and respiratory rates, and even release dopamine in a dog’s brain.

Training Tutor sessions stimulate the dog’s minds and bodies and help them learn important skills, behaviors, and tricks.

One-on-One Enrichment sessions give the extra attention dogs love and the freedom to use their senses and safely explore their instincts through interactive toys, puzzles, and games.

Did you know? 15 minutes of mental activity is equal to 30 minutes of physical exercise!

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What is dog training?

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. 

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