West Columbia
Dog Training & Enrichment

Enhance your dog’s abilities under the expert guidance of our accomplished dog training professionals

A content and well-trained dog contributes to a harmonious household. At Central Bark® West Columbia, our team of skilled dog trainers employs enjoyable and positive methods, integrating rewards to instill essential life skills and behaviors customized for dogs of all ages.

Our services include personalized training, enrichment sessions, and group classes, reinforcing positive habits and strengthening the affectionate bond you share with your dog. Training lays the foundation for canine good citizenship, nurturing happy, sociable, and well-rounded dogs.

Discover Essential Aspects of Dog Training at Central Bark West Columbia:

Embark with us on a journey through the realm of dog training. Together, we’ll forge a harmonious and joyful connection between you and your beloved furry companion.

  • Personalized Instruction: Experience tailored training sessions designed to address your dog’s specific needs and objectives. Our experienced trainers offer guidance to overcome behavioral challenges. They also introduce new commands, ensuring personalized attention for your dog’s growth and success.
  • Group Classes for Skill Enhancement: Engage in our group classes to reinforce positive behaviors and enhance your dog’s socialization within a secure and supportive environment. These sessions provide valuable opportunities for your furry friend to interact with fellow dogs and humans while mastering essential skills.
  • Fostering Exemplary Citizenship: Training serves as the cornerstone of responsible behavior. We instill positive routines and essential commands in your dog, molding them into well-rounded individuals who navigate social situations with poise and confidence.
  • Strengthening the Bond: Beyond just teaching commands, our training helps you and your dog develop mutual understanding, trust, and successful communication. This strengthens your special bond with your four-legged friend and fosters an affectionate and respectful companionship.

Central Bark
West Columbia

2931 Augusta Rd,
West Columbia, SC 29170Get Directions

(803) 866-2275

Open Today 7:00 AM – 6:30 PM

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West Columbia Dog Training & Enrichment Options:

Training Tutor

Personalized one-on-one training sessions during day care visits help your dog develop important skills and behaviors like name recall, sit, stay, down, wait, leave-it, door and gate control, and loose-leash walking. Excellent for your dog and easy for you! Your dog will come home tired and well-socialized, with the training and skills they need to be a well-behaved member of your family.

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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.

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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.

Pricing

Training & Enrichment Add-ons

ServicePrice
Training Tutor
One-on-one training session during your dog’s visit to practice important cues and behavior skills. Memberships available.
20
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
Extra Rest Period Enrichment
Private space with calming interactive food toy to help your dog achieve a healthy balance of activity and rest.
5

Group Dog Training Classes

ServicePrice
Barkley’s Basic Elementary teaches dogs and their parents foundational behaviors such as loose-leash walking; eye contact and attention; sit, stay, down, and leave-it using clicker training. 
6-week course, 1 hour per week
150

Barkley’s Private School

ServicePrice
These personalized sessions allow the dog and parents to work on foundational and intermediate behaviors, tailored to the individual dog’s needs.$50/Half Hour
$99/Full Hour

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

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. 

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How do you train a dog?

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 avoid 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.  

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What’s a Behavior Assessment and why is it important?

As part of joining the Central Bark® family, our expert staff conducts a thorough behavior assessment at your local Central Bark store. These assessments help ensure that your dog is placed with a playgroup they’re comfortable with so they can play safely every day they’re with us.

This four-day evaluation, while your dog participates in our Enrichment Day Care, assesses your dog’s:

  • Comfort and social skills with people 
  • Social skills and playstyle with other dogs to help determine the playgroup and play schedule they can benefit from the most
  • Comfort in both indoor and outdoor play spaces
  • Comfort in rest areas and a crate 
  • Ability to share resources like water and toys in social settings
  • Level of comfort taking treats in social settings

This process gives us a chance to get to know you and your dog while your dog gets acquainted with their new favorite place away from home. Through the entire four days, your dog’s comfort and safety is our top priority.

Once your pup passes all the behavior assessment elements, you are welcome to sign up for any of our daycare services or a sleepover!

To schedule a Behavior Assessment for your dog, please contact your local store.

NOTEPlease bring all required signed forms, vaccination proof, and a collar and leash for your behavior assessment.

What is positive reward-based dog training?

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.

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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.