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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 Dog 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
Philadelphia

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

(267) 861-2275

Closed 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM &
5:00 PM– 6:00 PM
(Drop off/Pick up sleepover dogs only)

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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 Dog Boarding 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.

Dog Day Care. Reimagined.

Central Bark Enrichment Dog 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.

a dog playgroup during a sunny day at Central Bark Philadelphia doggy day care center

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 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.

Are the facilities well equipped with toys, bedding, and supplies?

Central Bark® has plenty of Kongs®, tennis balls and other toys for everyone. The dogs could ask for nothing more!

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.  

Learn more about our training classes.

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What do dogs do at doggy day care?

Central Bark® Enrichment Doggy Day Care combines our industry-leading doggy day care expertise with the latest science-based activities and techniques. We personalize your dog’s day with fun, healthy, and well-balanced activities that appeal to their instincts and enrich their bodies, minds, and senses.  

Each day at Central Bark includes exclusive options like:

  • Flexible play groups allow us to match your dog each day with the social atmosphere and play schedule they can enjoy and benefit from most. This helps give them a healthy balance of play, rest, and learning and creates a safer social environment with a better quality of play. And our lower dog-to-staff ratios offer more individual attention, education, and love.
  • Group play skills help dogs practice important behaviors and life skills like name recall, group sit, and calmly going in and out of doors and gates. These activities are fun and rewarding for your dog and help improve behavior and impulse control, prevent overstimulation, and creates a safer social environment. 
  • Rest Period Enrichments help dogs 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 and can help them become more comfortable in crates by building positive associations. 
  • One-on-One Enrichment add-on sessions give your dog the personal attention they love, supplemented with interactive toys, puzzles, and games. Sessions are fun and rewarding, exercise their body and mind, and engage their senses. Add complexity with fitness and agility equipment.
  • Training sessions during day care visits help your dog develop essential 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.

Learn more about Enrichment Doggy Day Care.

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