Welcome to Central Bark Rochester

Our connection with our beloved furry companions is unparalleled. Our deep love for our dogs drives us to provide them with the best life, but it can be challenging. This is where Central Bark Rochester steps in.

Families place their trust in us because we provide dogs with the care they need to lead well-rounded lives. When you bring your dog to Central Bark Rochester, you can relax, knowing they are enjoying a wonderful day.

Our Whole Dog Care approach is centered around nurturing and enhancing your dog’s overall health and well-being. At the core of this philosophy is our Enrichment Doggy Day Care program. In addition, we offer a range of services, including dog boarding, baths, grooming, a marketplace, training, and more. The mission is to help you and your dog experience the best life possible.

As devoted dog parents ourselves, we take immense pride in treating every dog as if they’re our own. To us, they are family.

Central Bark

1720 2nd St SW,
Rochester, MN 55902Get Directions

(507) 322-6655

Open Today 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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Forrest L
Grooming A+++ I brought my older, thick-haired matted mini Aussie in recently.After multiple failed attempts to try and clean him up with those $30-60 clippers - and other local groomers that just completely botched him.. -I decided that he’s best left with the pros and CB seemed to be great. [...]
Madi M
Our pup has been going to Central Bark for daycare & grooming for over a year now, and we are so happy June can call this her home away from home. The Central Bark team is so sweet & accommodating. June always is so excited as we pull into the [...]
Billy M
Staff always has a smile and they genuinely enjoy being with our dog. We primarily use their grooming services and haven’t had an issue.
Kalan S
Central Bark is the epitome of Top Notch. From ownership to employees, their biggest focus and concern is the health and happiness of your dog. The Enrichment Day Care program helps your dog grow and improve everyday. Lola is a big fan of the treats and dog food options but [...]
Angela H
Amazing, friendly staff who go above and beyond for the dogs and their owners. Locally owned with Midwest service and hospitality
Rhonda A
Bow wow everybody. My name is Petey and I have to tell you that I have the best time at Central Bark! I get so excited when mom tells me I get to go play I nearly break the glass door trying to get in. I’ve met a lot of [...]
Becky M
Everything about Central Bark in Rochester is excellent. The staff are so welcoming and accommodating. Christine the groomer is simply fantastic and not only loves our pup, but is a skilled and careful groomer. Our pup needs special grooming to ensure she stays mat and tangle free. Christine is knowledgeable [...]
Caroline B.
My Poppy gets so excited when she knows she is going to Central Bark! Lenny and all his staff are great! I think they love her as much as I do!

Central Bark® Whole Dog Care

Our comprehensive Whole Dog Care approach provides a diverse selection of personalized products and services designed to enhance your dog’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being throughout their entire life.

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Our mission is centered on enriching your dog’s life with tailored daily activities.

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Pamper your cherished pet with thoughtfully designed grooming sessions and delightful experiences to ignite their happiness.

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Offer your dog a tranquil and snug getaway through our Sleepover service, guaranteeing a restful stay.

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Peruse our range of canine essentials, encompassing food, treats, toys, and more, all dedicated to your dog’s overall well-being.

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Strengthen your connection with your dog through constructive training and engaging activities that impart vital skills.

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Stay ready with personalized coverage that provides peace of mind and assists in addressing your dog’s veterinary requirements.

How to get started

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Why do dogs LOVE
Central Bark?

  • Tailored for Every Pup – We understand that each dog is unique. That’s why we customize each day to cater to your dog’s specific needs and preferences.
  • Whole Health and Happiness – Your dog will receive individualized attention, engaging activities, and the rest they require to ensure they are not only healthy and happy but also well-behaved both at home and in the community.
  • Canine Communication Experts – Our team consists of dog experts who have undergone specialized training in our science-based positive reinforcement approach. We speak dog fluently to create a comfortable and positive environment.
  • Safety and Cleanliness – The safety and well-being of all our guests is our top priority. We implement comprehensive safety protocols and rigorous cleaning procedures to guarantee your dog’s health and security throughout their stay.
  • Trusted Love and Care – For over two decades, families have entrusted Central Bark to enhance their dog’s lives with a perfect blend of personalized attention, playtime, exercise, socialization, training, relaxation, and affection.
  • Strengthening Bonds – Spending a day apart can bring you closer. Your dog will return home content and in great health, and you can bid farewell to the worries of leaving them home alone.

Doggy Day Care. Reimagined.

Central Bark Enrichment Day Care elevates the concept of dog day care to an entirely new standard. This program seamlessly blends our expertise with the latest insights from dog behavior science and the principles of positive dog training. Your dog will relish a day that’s designed to suit their individual needs, offering the ideal balance of play, mental and physical exercise, social interaction, training, relaxation, and affection. It’s the recipe for a healthy, joyful, and well-rounded canine companion.

a dog playgroup during a sunny day at Central Bark Rochester 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 Rochester 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 Rochester 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 Rochester 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

Are the management and staff mature, knowledgeable, courteous, professional, and patient at all times?

We have a team of very qualified individuals at Central Bark®, including managers certified in Canine First Aid and CPR.

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. 

Learn more about our training classes

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Why choose doggy day care for your dog?

There’s no bond like the one between our furry best friends and us. We love our dogs and want to give them the best life possible. But it can be challenging to fulfill all their needs to stay healthy and happy for a lifetime. Doggy day care gives pups a place to play and learn in a safe environment, with the socialization, mental stimulation, and physical exercise their minds and bodies need to stay healthy for a lifetime. 

  • Dogs get to socialize. Dogs are social creatures. Positive experiences with new humans, new dogs, and new environments are essential to a well-rounded pup.
  • Dogs learn social skills. Dogs learn from other dogs – they’re always teaching each other what is (and isn’t) appropriate social behavior. Doggy day care staff can also help support safe play and practice healthy social behaviors.
  • Dogs get more exercise. Exercise helps your dog maintain a healthy weight and muscle tone while improving their mood and providing a healthy outlet for their physical and mental energy, meaning they can be more relaxed at home.  
  • Dogs get human attention. Your dog will get the care and love they need while you’re at work or school.  
  • Parents get a break. Doggy day care can give you a day off from responsibilities, while your dog gets what they need to be a healthier, more well-adjusted pet.

Learn more about Enrichment Doggy Day Care

Do I need to bring bedding, toys, or treats for my dog?

Nope! We got you covered! Most dogs will not need any bedding for a single day of day care. If your dog is boarding with us, see our Sleepover Guidelines. As far as treats and toys, we have plenty! Please ask about which toy and treat products are available.

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