About Central Bark Philadelphia

Portia joined the Central Bark Doggy Day Care franchise in 2006, and opened Central Bark Philadelphia in 2007. She left behind her Project Management career in the world of digital marketing to spend more time with her feet on the ground instead of in the “cloud.”

Portia chose “the dog life” due to an inherent, lifelong love of animals, and her desire to help those who choose dogs as companions and family members succeed in those relationships.

Portia’s dedication to elevating the canine-human bond and enriching our pet dogs’ lives through engagement and communication is the “Why” behind Central Bark Philadelphia.

“In a healthy relationship, everyone needs to have a life of their own, so why not our companion dogs? To me, dog day care can be a safe, healthy way to maintain a loving, caring, and respectful relationship with your dog. Central Bark Philadelphia provides the best environment for every dog that comes through our door. Being able to tailor each dogs’ day to their needs is key to delivering on our promise to our customers.”

Portia, Central Bark Philadelphia Franchise Owner

Our Team

Kristie

Manager

Kristie joined the Central Bark team in 2014 and has continued to be a growing part of the business. Before joining the team here at Central Bark Kristie’s goal was to be an animal control officer, because while growing up that’s all she wanted to do was work with animals and be a voice for them. Once given the amazing opportunity to join the Central Bark team Kristie worked her way up the ladder starting as a dog handler to now being the manager of Central Bark. Throughout her years at Central Bark Kristie has and continues to further her training and education by taking multiple business courses and joining programs like the dog Gurus to keep her updated on new training techniques and dog care. Kristie’s experience and love for animals makes her the perfect person to manage our amazing staff here at Central Bark.

Awards & Achievements

Our Family Photo Album

Frequently Asked Questions

What is dog boarding?

Dog boarding gives your dog a safe and comfortable place to spend the night when they can’t be home overnight. It can last for just one night or for a week or more at a time. At Central Bark®, we offer Sleepovers to dogs enrolled in our Enrichment Day Care […]

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 avoiding punishing […]

What is the best dog shampoo?

Choosing the right dog shampoo can give your dog a shiny coat, less itching, and irritation, for a happy, clean-smelling dog. The best option for your dog will depend on its skin type and breed.  Every item in our Central Bark® Market is specially selected to enhance your dog’s physical […]

Can I stay with my dog at the groomers?

You do not need to stay with your dog during their grooming appointment. Our expert groomers always aim to help your dog feel as calm and relaxed as possible during their bathing and grooming experience. If your pup is feeling a little unsure, ask our training team about ways to […]

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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.

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