Sussex
Enrichment Dog Day Care 

Sussex Dog Day Care. Reimagined.

Your bond with your beloved furry friend is truly exceptional. Yet, our fast-paced lives can occasionally pose challenges in fulfilling all our dogs’ requirements for a joyful and healthy existence. These challenges can result in issues at home, such as solitude, monotony, weight gain, anxiety, and undesired behaviors. This is precisely where Central Bark® Sussex Enrichment Dog Day Care steps in.

We offer a secure and affectionate space for your dog to play and learn. Through socialization, mental engagement, and physical activity, we provide the essential elements for their lifelong health and happiness.

Our objective is to improve your dog’s quality of life through canine enrichment. We provide enjoyable and fulfilling activities that stimulate their senses, foster problem-solving, cultivate new skills, and boost confidence. You can rest assured that your dog is enjoying a wonderful day with their companions. Specializing in Enrichment Dog Day Care in Sussex, we pride ourselves on setting a unique standard in this realm.

Central Bark
Sussex

N64W22600 Main Street,
Sussex, WI 53089Get Directions

(262) 246-8100

Open Today 6:30 AM – 6:30 PM

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A Well-Balanced, Healthy Day

Our goal is to cultivate their physical, mental, and sensory well-being, ensuring you have a content, joyful, serene, and all-around dog companion at home.

  • Play, Exercise, and Socialization – Physical activity aids in keeping your dog’s weight in check and muscles robust. It additionally elevates their spirits and offers an avenue for expending energy, leading to a calmer disposition at home. Our offerings encompass secure indoor and outdoor play areas, with both small and large playgroups tailored to your dog’s age, temperament, and comfort.
  • Rest – Rest is a vital component of your dog’s physical, mental, and emotional health. Following play and social interaction, they require moments of relaxation and rejuvenation. Our daily routine emphasizes a harmonious blend of rest, play, and learning, ensuring optimal well-being by averting overstimulation and fostering holistic health.
  • Learning – Dogs acquire skills from people and other canines; our knowledgeable staff helps them through constructive training methods. They instruct your dog in safe play and promote beneficial relationships. Dogs at our daycare facility in Sussex continuously learn new habits and social skills from their fellow dogs.
  • Love – Your dog will become part of our family and get all the love and attention they need while you’re away. We develop a bond with your dog to help them feel comfortable and confident. With regular attendance, we get to know your dog’s personality, needs, and preferences. We are better able to recognize things that might otherwise go unnoticed, like moods, behavioral changes, or even health issues.

Commitment to Safety

The safety and well-being of your dog are our top prioritiesAs fellow dog parents, we recognize the significance of treating each dog as a cherished member. Our commitment lies in establishing a safe and nurturing atmosphere for all who come to our facility.

Highly Trained and Caring Staff
Facility Design
Deep Cleaning + Disinfection
Health Requirements
Dog Behavior Assessments
Consistent Attendance

Central Bark Dog Day Care Features

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Flexible Group Play

Flexible playgroups allow us to match your dog with the social atmosphere and play schedule they can enjoy and benefit from most. This helps give them a healthy balance of play, rest, and learning and creates a safer social environment with a better quality of play. And our lower dog-to-staff ratios offer more individual attention, education, and love.

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Group Play Skills

Interactive group activities and positive reinforcement help dogs practice important skills like name recall, and behaviors like group sit and calmly going in and out of doors and gates. These activities are fun and rewarding for your dog and help improve behavior and impulse control, prevent overstimulation, and create a safer social environment.

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Rest Period Enrichment

Your dog gets to relax and recharge in their own private space with calming interactive toys and healthy food pairings tailored to their preferences and diet. It promotes physical and mental relaxation which can help them achieve a healthy balance of play, learning, and rest. It can also help them become more comfortable in crates by building positive associations.

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One-on-One Enrichment

Personalized One-on-One Enrichment sessions give your dog the extra attention they love and the freedom to use their senses and safely explore their instincts through interactive toys, puzzles, and games. It’s fun and rewarding and exercise their bodies and minds and engage their senses. Add complexity with fitness and agility equipment. 

Canine Cab Shuttle Service

Our Canine Cab shuttle service offers safe and convenient pick-up and drop-off services to help you get your dog to and from their day at day care. Also, we can make deliveries for market purchases. This service can be scheduled as part of your package or arranged on an as-needed basis.

Please schedule in person or over the phone, at least 24 hours in advance.

Pricing

Weekly Member Plans

1 day per week 41 (41/day)
2 days per week80 (40/day)
3+ days per week114+ (38/day)
Learn more about our Enrichment Dog Day Care Membership Program.

Member Perks:

  • Preferred scheduling.
  • Reduced pricing for Enrichment Dog Day Care and Sleepovers.
  • 5% off on all retail purchases, including dog food!
  • Membership plan credits can be used for multiple dogs in the same family and applied toward Sleepover stays.

Non-Member

Schedule & Pay As You Go
Reservations are subject to availability.
46/day

Additional Services

Behavior Assessment
One-time, nonrefundable fee due on the first visit. All dogs must pass a behavior assessment and attend at least once per week for enrollment in our day care program. 
20
Canine Cab
Canine Cab shuttle service pricing is based on distance, frequency, and number of dogs. Maximum distance is 20 miles. Ask an associate for details.
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Training & Enrichment Add-ons

Training Tutor
One-on-one training session during your dog’s visit to practice important cues and behavior skills. Packages available.
25
One-on-One Enrichment
Personalized session during your dog’s visit with interactive toys, puzzles, and games to exercise your dog’s body and mind.
15
Rest Period Enrichment
Private space with calming interactive food toy to help your dog achieve a healthy balance of activity and rest.
15
If you have any concerns about food sensitivities or destructive tendencies, please speak to an associate at the front desk to discuss available options. All sales are final.

Additional fees may apply for special requests (i.e., meds, food packaging, etc.).
Late fees apply after business hours.
Prepaid memberships are nonrefundable and expire. All sales are final.

Shannon L.
I called to extend Cooper's overnight stay to a 2nd night- they called me back within 5 minutes of my voicemail and took him with open arms. Always so friendly and accommodating. cooper loves coming!! Thank you!
Lisa M.
Absolutely BEST PLACE!!!!! Finding Central Bark in Sussex has been a blessing for my puppy Bella! We've done overnights, training , daycare fun days & lots of one on one attention! Bella adores the staff😀 The team are top notch & really a great group of people & friends! Bella [...]
Elisa & Jon D.
I was very impressed with our first day! Our pups were pretty anxious when we dropped them off, but the team did a tremendous job keeping us posted and provided a great summary at the end of the day. Very impressed!
Amber H.
We love Central Bark!!! We appreciate all the hard work staff does to take care of our dog and love the new facility.
Cindy C.
You are the greatest!  The dogs are happy to be there and we can tell they are very well cared for.  Can’t think of anything you could do to improve. I’m just so thankful you are close by and the dogs love to be there. Thank you!
Stephanie K.
I always feel so comfortable leaving our dog in your care!  The staff is friendly, welcoming, and enjoys what they do. We love Central Bark Sussex!
Ann R.
Topaz loves everyone at Central Bark, as do I! Coming to Central Bark Sussex was the best choice I could've made. I'm thrilled to see the business thriving because it is so incredibly well-deserved. THANK YOU for all you do for me and Topaz!
Tamara W.
Staff is AMAZING!!! My dog loves going in and I feel like they all love him too!!!!
Gillian T.
Claire is always so excited to go to Central Bark, whether it is just for a day or overnight. She loves all of the handlers there and I am so appreciative of how kind and understanding they are. There is no other place I would trust with taking care of [...]
Mary S.
My Rhodesian Ridgeback stayed here for multiple nights while we rented a lake home. The staff was great and Matt the owner made our first experience so wonderful. Riggs was happy to go back and loved playing with his buddies! I really liked the report cards and updates given during [...]

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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®, doggy daycare is our specialty, and nobody does it quite like us. We don’t just give dogs a place to play. We create a personalized program of activities that optimize your dog’s whole health – their physical, mental, and emotional well-being. 

Central Bark goes beyond a traditional doggy day care with our unique Whole Dog Care philosophy. Our personalized approach helps enrich your dog’s whole health and well-being throughout their entire life so you can enjoy a healthy, happy, and loving life together.

The heart of our whole dog care approach is our Enrichment Doggy Day Care program. We combine Central Bark’s industry-leading doggy day care expertise with the latest dog behavior science. Our mission is to give dogs a balanced blend of exercise, social group play, learning, rest, and TLC. To help your dog be a healthy, happy, calm, and well-rounded member of your family.

Learn more about Enrichment Doggy Day Care.

How to choose the best day care for your dog

Selecting the right doggy day care is an important decision for you and your family. You want to make sure you find the right fit for your dog and your family’s needs. Follow these tips to find the perfect place for your pup! 

Tour the day care center before leaving your dog there. We recommend visiting several centers in your area before making a final decision.

While you’re there, ask yourself:

  • Is the play space clean, odor-free, comfortable, and safe for the center’s stated capacity? 
  • Pay attention to how the management and staff treat you, your dog, and the dogs in their care. Are they mature, knowledgeable, courteous, professional, and patient at all times? 
  • Note how the dogs respond to the staff – do they seem happy, relaxed, and excited? How do staff members greet and treat each dog?
  • How do other dogs act during your visit – relaxed, happy, stressed, scared, or out of control?
  • Is there a great deal of noise? 
  • Does the facility seem well organized and equipped with essential tools and supplies? Look for access to fresh, clean water, sanitation tools, ready access to treats to reinforce good behavior in playgroups, toys, secure fencing, rubber flooring in the inside play spaces, and access to outdoor play spaces.
  • Are there enough crates for every dog on-site in case of an emergency?
  • Are the dogs ever left alone together without a staff member present?
  • Are the handlers engaged with the dogs in their care and actively working with them? Or are they sitting on the sidelines? 

Questions to ask the doggy day care provider:

  1. Will my dog get individual attention time with staff?
    Ask if staff will have time to work individually with your dog on behaviors, play with them, and give them support and love while at day care.
  2. Are there small group play options?
    Small playgroup options help ensure your dog will have a social environment that allows them the freedom and comfort to thrive based on their unique needs, preferences, and play styles. 
  3. What’s the daily schedule? Is this tailored to my dog’s unique needs and preferences?
    Dogs thrive on routine, so the center should have a clear schedule for how things run every day. A consistent program tailored to your dog’s individual needs and style will promote a healthy and happy dog. 
  4. Are there regularly scheduled playtimes and nap times throughout the day?
    Day care should offer your dog a safe and balanced day of play, learning, rest, and love so you can look forward to a happy, well-balanced dog at the end of every day. 
  5. How and where are the dogs’ given downtime to wind down from the day’s activities to help prevent exhaustion and overstimulation?
    Maintaining a healthy balance of rest and play is important for the physical, mental, and social health of dogs. Just like human athletes, rest helps dogs avoid bodily injury and provides a space for them to unwind, so they do not become over-stimulated or over-aroused during play. This creates a much safer social environment for dogs. 
  6. Are there fenced and secure outdoor play areas? 
    Safe outdoor areas are important for a healthy, fun playtime. Whether it is romping in the snow or playing in swimming pools, everyone loves recess outside!
  7. How are new dog introductions handled?
    The center should clearly outline their procedures around new dog introductions, with effective policies that encourage happy, healthy, and lasting relationships and experiences.   
  8. What training does the staff receive?
    Doggy day care staff should be professionally trained and educated in animal behavior, socialization, and obedience training to ensure every dog’s well-being.  
  9. Are the dogs supervised at all times?
    A trained staff member should ALWAYS supervise dogs.
  10. Ask about behavior management tools used at the facility while caring for the dogs. What happens if your dog does something right? What happens if your dog does something wrong?
    Staff should use positive reinforcement and reward-based techniques to develop and reinforce behaviors that will enrich dogs’ lives at home and day care. Avoid centers that use punishment or correction to manage dog’s behavior as those techniques can create negative associations and fear. Utilizing reward-based techniques and positive reinforcement, on the other hand, can help build healthy relationships and happy experiences.
  11. What provisions are there for avoiding dog scuffles?
    Ask staff how they manage the dogs in their care. What do they look for in dog-dog interactions? How do they deal with emergencies and scuffles? How do they interrupt and redirect dogs? How do they build useful playgroup skills to keep the dogs safe proactively? Pay attention to how staff redirects dogs who need additional support to stay safe and whether they respond promptly and use effective strategies in these situations.
  12. Is there an in-depth interview to determine relevant background, behavioral, and health information including confirmation of spay/neuter, proof of vaccinations, flea and tick prevention, etc.? How is this information kept up to date?
    Find out what kind of assessments and evaluations the center uses before they accept a new dog. Also, every dog’s information should be regularly updated and kept on file to prevent illness and injuries.
  13. Do they have safety, cleaning, and disinfecting policies and procedures? What are they?

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How does Central Bark mentally stimulate a dog?

At Central Bark®, our goal is to provide a balanced day of play, learning, rest, and love. Learning and mental exercise can happen in various ways, including training activities, brain games, scent work, and more. Our playgroups offer several hours of active playtime paired with learning opportunities during Group Play Skills. This way, dogs have plenty of time to socialize and get their energy out, while also exercising their minds through learning.

During one of your dog’s rest periods throughout the day, they are offered a rest period enrichment activity to stimulate their mind while encouraging healthy rest. These licking and chewing activities involve food rewards, such as a frozen peanut butter KONG®. These activities engage their minds while helping foster quality rest. 

Did you know? Scientific studies have shown that licking and chewing behaviors (especially those that involve food rewards!) are self-soothing, decrease heart and respiratory rates, and even release dopamine in a dog’s brain.

Training Tutor sessions stimulate the dog’s minds and bodies and help them learn important skills, behaviors, and tricks.

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.

Did you know? 15 minutes of mental activity is equal to 30 minutes of physical exercise!

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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.