Welcome to Central Bark Hudson Valley Poughkeepsie New York

Our dogs are our best friends, and we want to make sure they’re happy and healthy. But sometimes it’s hard to do everything they need. That’s why people trust Central Bark.

At Central Bark Poughkeepsie, dogs get lots of love and care in a safe place. We have a special way of taking care of dogs called Whole Dog Care. It’s all about making sure your dog is healthy and happy their whole life.

We have fun programs like Enrichment Dog Day Care, plus other services like boarding, grooming, and training. Our goal is to help you and your dog have the best life together.

We treat dogs like they’re part of our family because we know they are. We’re dog parents too, so we understand how important dogs are. That’s why we take care of each dog like they’re our own.


Central Bark
Hudson Valley Poughkeepsie New York

15 Burnett Boulevard at Plaza 44 Shopping Center,
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603Get Directions


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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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Make your dog’s daily routine more exciting with activities designed just for them, adding a bit of fun to each day.

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Give your beloved pet a luxurious grooming experience to keep them happy and looking their best.

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Give your dog a peaceful and cozy retreat with our Dog Boarding service, ensuring they have a relaxing getaway.

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Explore our selection of high-quality dog products, including food and toys, to keep them healthy and entertained.

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Strengthen your bond with your furry friend through positive training sessions and fun activities.

Why do dogs LOVE
Central Bark of Poughkeepsie?

  • It’s made just for them – Every dog is unique. We plan each day according to what your dog likes and needs.
  • We care about their overall health and happiness – Your dog will get all the attention, playtime, and rest they need to be healthy, happy, and well-behaved both at home and in the community.
  • Our staff understand dogs – Our Poughkeepsie team members are experts in dog behavior and are trained to use positive methods to make sure your dog feels comfortable and happy.
  • We keep things safe and clean – Your dog’s safety and well-being are our main priorities. We have strict safety rules and cleaning routines to make sure your dog stays healthy and happy while they’re with us.
  • Families trust us – For over 20 years, Central Bark has been helping dogs live their best lives. We know just how to give your dog the right mix of attention, play, exercise, socialization, training, rest, and love.
  • Strengthening your bond with your dog – Even a day apart can bring you closer. When your dog comes home from Central Bark, they’ll be happy and healthy, and you won’t have to worry about leaving them alone.

Dog Day Care. Reimagined.

Central Bark Enrichment Dog Day Care in Poughkeepsie is a step up from regular dog day care! We use our top-notch knowledge and the newest science on dog behavior to make it special. Your dog will have a great day just for them, with lots of play, exercise, socializing, training, and rest. This mix helps them stay healthy, happy, and well-rounded.

a dog playgroup during a sunny day at Central Bark Poughkeepsie 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.

Central Bark trainer pointing her finger at four large dogs that are sitting down

Group Play Skills

Group Play Skills are a fun and rewarding way for dogs to practice important skills like name recall, and 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.

Central Bark trainer with a corgi beside her

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

What do you do in the event of a scuffle between dogs?

Even with such a proactive approach to safety as described above, scuffles between dogs can and do happen from time to time. Although this is a rare occurrence, dogs are animals and don’t always talk about whose tennis ball it is. If a scuffle does occur, staff are trained to intervene immediately by making a loud noise and separating the dogs involved as quickly as possible. For most dogs enrolled in our program, this is enough to stop the situation. If needed, we are also equipped with squirt bottles and a hose. Any dog involved in a scuffle will receive a cursory body check and play break to calm down.

Is 5 months too old to train a puppy?

Not at all! It’s never too early or too late to begin building positive associations and using reward-based methods to teach your puppy new skills and behaviors.

Establish a training schedule now to help your puppy learn desired behaviors like walking nicely on a leash and basic cues like sit, stay, and loose-leash walking. Practicing these skills at home is critical, but it’s always a good idea to enlist the help of a professional to get a jump start teaching your puppy all the things you want them to know and set them up for success! Central Bark® offers everything you need to help you train your dog, including expert training and classes, so you and your puppy can learn and bond together. 

Learn more about our training classes.

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Do groomers sedate dogs?

No. At Central Bark®, we never sedate dogs in our salon. Our expert groomers always aim to help your dog feel as calm and relaxed as possible during their bathing and grooming experience.  

Suppose your dog has shown extreme stress or anxiety toward grooming in the past. In that case, we suggest speaking with a trusted veterinarian and one of our reward-based trainers about how we can best support your dog. 

Make a reservation for your dog’s grooming session

Is there a schedule of activities and safety rules?

Yes. Our day is broken up into areas of play, rest, feeding and more. And we always keep a watchful eye on canine good manners.

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