More Dog Services
in West Columbia

Because dogs aren’t like family. They are family.

Our beloved canine companions bring immense joy into our lives, and in return, they deserve nothing but the finest care. That’s why we provide a comprehensive range of services tailored to each stage of your pup’s journey, ensuring enduring well-being, happiness, and companionship for both you and your dog.

In our establishment, we acknowledge the special bond you share with your cherished furry friend. To deepen this connection, we go above and beyond, offering a meticulously crafted spectrum of services for every phase of your pup’s journey.

From the lively puppy years to the serene senior moments, our offerings are designed to ensure a continuum of well-being, boundless happiness, and lasting companionship.

Understanding that each dog is unique, with evolving needs, our services are thoughtfully curated to adapt to your pup’s changing requirements. Whether it’s puppy socialization, expert grooming, specialized training, or a comfortable stay in our boarding facilities, we cover every aspect of your dog’s life.

Our dedicated team of professionals, fueled by a genuine love for dogs, is committed to delivering more than just services – we aim to create experiences that resonate with the joy and fulfillment of having a canine companion.

Through our comprehensive range of offerings, we strive to be a constant support in your pup’s journey, ensuring they lead a life filled with health, happiness, and the unwavering companionship they wholeheartedly deserve.

Because to us, your dog isn’t just a pet; they are a beloved member of your family, and it’s our privilege to contribute to their well-being and bring even more joy into your lives.

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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FREE Puppy Hour!
in West Columbia

Start your pup on the right paw! 

At Central Bark, we’re dedicated to nurturing and enriching dogs’ lives, and what better way than through puppy socialization? Positive interactions with new dogs, humans, and environments are crucial for a puppy’s healthy social development.

These early experiences help your dog build comfort, confidence, and impact their lifelong emotional development, laying the foundation for a healthy, happy, and socially well-adjusted dog.

Puppy Hour is a FREE supervised play and social hour for puppies held on Saturdays from 11 am–noon starting January 16. We invite you and your puppy to attend as many sessions as you would like until your pup reaches the age limit.

During this one-hour session, your pup will:

  • Experience Off-Leash Playtime: Participate in off-leash play sessions with other vaccinated puppies of similar age, fostering social interaction and playfulness.
  • Enjoy Experienced Supervision: Receive attentive supervision from experienced caregivers, ensuring safe and suitable playtime.
  • Socialize and Explore: Encounter new dogs, people, toys, places, and experiences to promote socialization and adaptability.
  • Face Age-Appropriate Challenges: Confront age-appropriate challenges and scenarios designed to enhance their confidence and comfort with various experiences.

You will also receive a FREE Central Bark Puppy Parent Handbook, containing helpful tips for raising your healthy, happy, well-rounded puppy.

Preregistration and proof of up-to-date Bordetella and DHPP vaccines are required. Please observe CDC guidelines including social distancing and wearing masks.

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Call (803) 866-2275 or email to reserve your spot today! 

Dog Events & Parties
in West Columbia

At Central Bark, we proudly declare ourselves as paw-ty animals! Join us in celebrating the important moments in your dog’s life by scheduling space in our facility. Whether it’s a dog playdate, a birthday celebration, or any other special occasion, we have a variety of ideas to make your event unforgettable.

Immerse your furry friend in a joyous atmosphere where they can mingle with their canine pals, enjoy special treats, and partake in activities designed for their enjoyment. Our team is ready to assist and provide details on how to tailor the event to your dog’s preferences and needs.

Let us help you create lasting memories for both you and your beloved canine companion. Ask one of our associates for more details and start planning a paw-some celebration today!

Frequently Asked Questions

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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What do dogs do at doggy day care?

Central Bark Enrichment Doggy Day Care combines our industry-leading doggy day care expertise with the latest science-based activities and techniques. We personalize your dog’s day with fun, healthy, and well-balanced activities that appeal to their instincts and enrich their bodies, minds, and senses.  

Each day at Central Bark® includes exclusive options like:

  • Flexible play groups allow us to match your dog each day 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.
  • Group play skills help dogs practice important behaviors and life skills like name recall, 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 creates a safer social environment. 
  • Rest Period Enrichments help dogs 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 and can help them become more comfortable in crates by building positive associations. 
  • One-on-One Enrichment add-on sessions give your dog the personal attention they love, supplemented with interactive toys, puzzles, and games. Sessions are fun and rewarding, exercise their body and mind, and engage their senses. Add complexity with fitness and agility equipment.
  • Training sessions during day care visits help your dog develop essential 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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Does the center maintain the same policy for sleepovers?

Central Bark® reserves sleepover services exclusively for dogs accepted into the day care program, so the same policies do apply. Our Stay-n-Play program (available at participating locations) offers boarding services for dogs that have not enrolled in our day care program.

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 enrolled in our Day Care program pass our behavior assessment and attend at least once per week. It helps us ensure that dogs are social with other dogs and people and remain comfortable with all aspects of our program. It also allows us to proactively staff so we can keep a dog to staff ratio low, which also helps increase safety. Plus, we ALWAYS supervise play. Whether it’s a group of 2 dogs or 12 dogs, we never leave dogs unattended during group play.

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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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