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

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

Sarah V.

The staff is outstanding, friendly, and professional. They make me comfortable leaving my fur baby in their care.

Frequently Asked Questions

How are staff trained and what behavior management tools do they use in a playgroup?

Our staff is trained in dog body language and positive playgroup management techniques to respond proactively to help avoid issues between dogs. These tools include praise, […] Read More

What is dog day care?

Dog day care gives dogs a fun place to play with their friends while their owners are busy at home and work. At Central Bark®, […] Read More

Is boarding stressful for dogs?

Sleeping in a new or unfamiliar environment can be stressful for some dogs. That’s why we offer sleepovers to dogs already enrolled in our Enrichment […] Read More

Is there enough outdoor space to accommodate all dogs on nice days and indoor space when the weather is poor?

Central Bark® has both indoor and outdoor play areas large enough that all dogs can be inside or outside at any given time. This helps us keep […] Read More

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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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