Dog Training & Enrichment
Unlock your dog’s full potential with our dog training service
A happy dog brings joy to the entire family, and at Central Bark® Wauwatosa, we understand the significance of a well-trained canine companion. Our team of dog training experts employs fun and positive techniques to help dogs of all ages learn essential skills and behaviors.
We offer a range of services to cater to your specific needs, including one-on-one training sessions and engaging enrichment activities. Additionally, we provide group classes that focus on reinforcing positive habits and fostering a strong connection between you and your dog.
Both individual training and enrichment sessions, along with group classes, are available to you. These opportunities are designed to strengthen good habits and nurture the loving bond you share with your dog.
Through training, we establish a solid foundation for good canine citizenship and promote the development of happy, social, and well-rounded dogs.
Explore the Advantages of Dog Training at Central Bark Wauwatosa:
- Personalized Training: Experience customized sessions that cater to your dog’s specific needs and goals. Our skilled trainers work closely with you and your dog to address behavior issues or teach new commands, ensuring that you achieve the desired results.
- Group Classes for Reinforcement: Join our group classes designed to reinforce positive behaviors and promote safe socialization. In a supportive environment, your dog can interact with other dogs while strengthening their obedience skills.
- Cultivating Good Citizenship: Our training programs establish the groundwork for responsible behavior. By teaching positive habits and essential commands, we empower your dog to become a well-rounded and socially adept member of your family and community.
- Strengthening the Bond: Training goes beyond command-following—it strengthens the bond between you and your dog. Our sessions emphasize trust, effective communication, and mutual understanding, fostering a loving and respectful relationship that deepens the connection between you and your furry companion.
As you’ll probably hear from anyone working in the pet industry, my love of and passion for dogs extends back to my childhood! I decided to make training dogs my profession, though, in 2016 when I founded SideKick Dog Training in Milwaukee, WI. Since then, I have enjoyed every opportunity to get to know both the furry and human end of the leash during group classes and private sessions; I am so grateful to be able to do what I love and happy to be helping people with their furry SideKicks!
I am whole-heartedly committed to using force-free, reward-based training methods that foster, develop, and strengthen the relationship between a dog and their human. I’m dedicated to continuous education and learning about science-based, effective methods for teaching our furry companions how to navigate this difficult human world. On top of being effective, it’s important to me that training be fun and easy to incorporate into our daily lives with our SideKicks!
I currently share my home with my husband and one dog, Ruby, who is often providing us with opportunities to learn and grow as pet parents and trainers (wink, wink).
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Training & Enrichment Add-ons
One-on-one training session during your dog’s visit to practice important cues and behavior skills. Add complexity with fitness and agility equipment to keep your dog in shape and having a blast! Packages available.
Personalized session during your dog’s visit with interactive toys, puzzles, and games to exercise your dog’s body and mind.
|Rest Period Enrichment
Private space with calming interactive food toy to help your dog achieve a healthy balance of activity and rest.
Group Dog Training Classes
We are proud to partner with Jenn Prill of SideKick Dog Training to host group dog training classes at our location. Classes may include Canine Foundations and Beyond Foundations. Advanced registration is required. Visit www.sidekick-dogtraining.com for more information.
Limited to 6 dogs
6 week class
This class is intended for dogs older than 16 weeks (or 4 months); it covers the foundation behaviors we look for and want to teach our dogs for a happy household, happy dog, and happy human! We cover basic dog manner cues like Sit, Down, Leave It, Drop It, Leash Walking Skills, Recall and more! The class is designed for dogs with little or no previous training since it starts from scratch with most behaviors; however, if your dog already has some skills, it can be a great class to review the basics in a public and mildly distracting setting. Note: Dogs must be okay on leash around other dogs and people (no growling, lunging, or excessive barking at other dogs or people).
Focus & Control
Thursday May 4th at 7:30pm
Packages available. Prepaid packages are nonrefundable. All sales are final.
If you have any concerns about food sensitivities or toys, please speak to an associate at the front desk to discuss options.
Frequently Asked Questions
Positive reward-based techniques help puppies and dogs 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.
After decades of experience using reward-based training, we know it’s the most humane and effective way of training dogs and addressing unwanted behaviors. It’s the best way to build a loving, trusting bond that enhances your relationship between you and your dog for a lifetime of happiness together.
At Central Bark®, our focus on positive reinforcement has never wavered. We continuously update our skills and policies to stay at the forefront of new advances in behavioral science and positive reinforcement techniques.
No matter how long you’ve had your dog, it’s possible to teach them new skills and tricks.
Whether you’re crate training, leash walking, or potty training your dog, consistency is key. It’s crucial to establish a routine, practice positive reinforcement, supervise your dog (especially when potty training), and avoiding punishing when mistakes happen.
Central Bark® offers everything you need to help you train your dog. We offer expert training and classes so you and your puppy can learn and bond together.
Learn more about our training classes
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For dogs, being comfortable in a crate is a life skill that is incredibly useful for them and their owners. If you have ever traveled with your dog or had the unfortunate experience of an overnight stay at the vet, knowing your dog is comfortable in a crate is immeasurably comforting.
Crate training can take just days or a few months, based on your dog’s age, temperament, and past experiences with crates. The two keys to successful crate training are to keep the experience positive and go slowly.
When your puppy is not in their crate, keep the door open and reward them every time they choose to enter, even if you didn’t ask them to enter it. When crating your puppy, give them a safe enrichment item (like a stuffed Kong) that will keep them busy and allow them to self-soothe while confined. Remember that crate training should take place in a series of small, slow steps that will help your puppy become more comfortable.
Central Bark® offers everything you need to help you care for your new puppy. Our Enrichment Day Care gives puppies all the socialization, exercise, mental stimulation, and rest they need for a lifetime of happiness with you and your family. We also offer expert training and classes so you and your puppy can learn and bond together.
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.