About Central Bark Rochester

Lenny is a native of Rochester, growing up in the community. After highschool, he left Rochester to go to college at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in business and marketing. He worked for a family owned steel company in the Milwaukee area for 6 years and obtained his MBA while working during that time. Lenny met his (now) wife in Milwaukee and learned they were both from Rochester!

During their time in Milwaukee, Lenny and Emily fostered a dog, and had two cats before adopting their pit/Foxhound Mix, Baxter, in 2016. They had both been animal lovers their whole lives, and Baxter presented some unique “challenges” that quickly got them into learning about dog behavior, training methods, and overall dog care. It was at that time that they began bringing Baxter to Central Bark – Westside in Milwaukee and fell in love with the program and what Baxter was gaining from his time there.

After they were married in 2017 the time came for them to make the decision to move back home to MN. With Lenny’s passion for animals and desire to be a business owner, he set his sights on opening a doggy day care in Rochester. After learning Central Bark was a franchise and exploring the different options, he knew that Central Bark was the only fit for him and aligned with his and Emily’s passions and love for dogs whole care. They have been open since June of 2019!

“We welcome you to join our Central Bark family.”

Lenny & Emily, Central Bark Rochester Franchise Owners

Meet the Team

Abby

Store Manager

I am one of the store managers here at Central Bark Rochester, as well as one of our one-on-one enrichment and training tutor specialists. I have been Central Bark since April 2019 (before we even opened!). Although I came to Central Bark with a retail background professionally, I have always had a passion for dogs and caring for them. My favorite moments at work are when I am leading a One-on-One Enrichment Session, taking pictures of our daycare dogs, and sharing details of the day with our amazing customers when they pick their dog up. I do not have a dog of my own at the moment, but I love every dog at Central Bark like they’re my own. I especially love Dachshund’s and Mini Poodle’s and will be getting one this year! Until I get a dog to love and spend all my free time with, I enjoy fishing, camping, watching movies, and relaxing with my family.

Taylor

Manager

Hi, everyone! My name is Taylor, and I am one of the managers here at Central Bark! I attended The University of Wisconsin – River Falls where I received my bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and Behavior in the spring of 2018. I began working at Central Bark in October of 2019 as a handler and worked my way up to manager! I have also begun my training career as an assistant trainer to Jessica Smidt with The Family Fido! I absolutely love working with all the puppies and dogs during group, enrichment sessions, and training tutors. My favorite part of the day is taking photos of the puppers having a blast and, of course, showing their parents every time they pick up! I am a dog mom of two Golden Retrievers and one German Shepherd/Olde English Bulldog! Dogs are my life and passion, and I am so happy to get to spend every day doing what I love most!

Awards & Achievements

Our Family Photo Album

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 most importantly, she loves her Packers jersey from Central Bark!

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 cool dogs since coming here. They are all so friendly and some of the girls are quite the lookers, if you know what I mean...Woof! When I get home I’m so exhausted from play all I want is a cool drink, food ( of course), some playtime with my toys and then off to La La Land I go. I have to admit I’m mighty fond of all my handlers. They treat me really special...don’t tell my mom but I actually have a crush on a couple of them. If you are looking for a special place where your fur baby can romp and play with the very best of supervision and the most wonderful people ever then Central Bark is the place for you. Just tell them Petey sent you😜

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 about her coat and always asks good questions. We love spa day!

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!

Frequently Asked Questions

How does Central Bark proactively address safety?

At Central Bark, a proactive approach to safety is woven right into the fabric of our program. That is why we require that all dogs […]

What are Rest Period Enrichments?

Rest periods can be paired with fun and interactive food toys (like a frozen peanut butter Kong) to create a rest period enrichment activity for […]

What are One-on-One Enrichment sessions?

Our One-on-One Enrichment sessions give your dog the freedom to safely explore their senses with an Enrichment Specialist. They’ll get the personal attention they love, […]

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 […]

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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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