Dog Training & Enrichment

Empower your furry friend to become the best version of themselves with our dog training program.

Central Bark® York is dedicated to helping your dog reach their full potential and become the best they can be. We believe that a well-trained dog is not only happier but also an integral part of a happy family. Our team of professional dog trainers utilizes fun and positive, reward-based techniques to help dogs of all ages develop important life skills and behaviors.

We offer a comprehensive range of training options to meet the unique needs of every dog and owner. Whether you prefer individual training sessions or group classes, we have the perfect program to reinforce good habits and strengthen the loving bond you share with your dog. Our training sessions go beyond obedience commands and focus on building a solid foundation for good canine citizenship.

During our training and enrichment sessions, we prioritize creating a positive and enjoyable learning environment. Our trainers incorporate interactive activities, mental stimulation, and rewarding experiences to make the training process engaging and fun for your dog. Through positive reinforcement, we instill good behaviors, promote socialization, and help your dog become well-rounded and confident.

The benefits of our dog training and enrichment programs extend beyond basic obedience. They contribute to the overall happiness, social skills, and well-being of your dog. By investing in training, you are investing in a lifetime of happiness and harmony with your four-legged companion.

At Central Bark, we commit to supporting you in every step of your dog’s training journey. Let our experienced trainers guide you and your dog toward success, ensuring a rewarding and fulfilling partnership. Together, we will build a strong foundation of positive behaviors and create a lasting bond that will bring joy to both you and your beloved dog.

Central Bark

3615 E Market St,
York, PA 17402Get Directions

(717) 650-2381

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Teach Your Dog with Central Bark’s Comprehensive Training

Our experienced trainers focus on key areas to help your dog become well-behaved and obedient. Here are some of the fundamental skills we prioritize:

  • Name Recall: Ensuring your dog responds reliably to its name is crucial for its safety. Our trainers utilize positive reinforcement techniques to teach dogs to come when called. Through consistent training, we reinforce the importance of name recognition and create a strong bond between you and your dog.
  • Basic Commands: Establishing a strong foundation of basic commands is essential for effective communication with your dog. Our positive reinforcement methods help dogs master commands such as sit, stay, down, wait, and leave it. By instilling these fundamental skills, we improve their behavior and make them easier to manage in various situations.
  • Door and Gate Control: Teaching dogs to wait patiently at doors and gates is vital for their safety and your peace of mind. Our trainers can guide your dog in learning to enter and exit calmly on cue while waiting politely at doors and gates. This training ensures a controlled and secure environment for your dog and prevents any potential escape attempts.
  • Loose-Leash Walking: Walking should be an enjoyable experience for both you and your dog. Our canine training experts specialize in teaching dogs to walk calmly on a loose leash, eliminating pulling and erratic behavior. By teaching proper leash manners, we enhance the bond between you and your dog while making walks more pleasant and stress-free.
  • Additional Behaviors: Our dedicated trainers are equipped to address various other behaviors or issues you may be facing with your dog. Whether it’s separation anxiety, excessive barking, or destructive chewing, we provide tailored solutions to help your dog overcome these challenges. Our goal is to assist your dog in reaching their full potential and being the best they can be.

Dog Training & Enrichment Options:

Central Bark York trainer with dog

Training Tutor

Personalized one-on-one training sessions are offered during day care visits. Our experienced trainers focus on essential skills like name recall, sit, stay, down, wait, leave-it, door and gate control, and loose-leash walking. This convenient option ensures valuable training for your dog while they enjoy their day at day care. After returning home, your dog will be tired, well-socialized, and equipped with the necessary skills to be a well-behaved family member.

dog in training at central bark york

One-on-One Enrichment

Give your dog the extra attention they crave through personalized One-on-One Enrichment sessions. These sessions provide your dog with the opportunity to explore their instincts, engage their senses, and exercise their bodies and minds. Our interactive toys, puzzles, and games stimulate their mental and physical abilities, promoting a fun and rewarding experience. For an added challenge, we can incorporate fitness and agility equipment to add complexity and further enhance your dog’s abilities.

Central Bark York dog playing

Rest Period Enrichment

During rest periods, we offer a dedicated space for your dog to relax and recharge. This private area is equipped with calming interactive toys and healthy food pairings tailored to their preferences and dietary needs. This enrichment option promotes physical and mental relaxation, allowing your dog to achieve a healthy balance between play, learning, and rest. Additionally, it helps them become more comfortable in crates by building positive associations and creating a peaceful environment for them to unwind.


Dog Day Care Add-ons

Training Tutor
One-on-one training session during your dog’s visit to practice important cues and behavior skills. Packages available.
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.
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

Private School
30 Minutes with Training Tutor – 40
30 Minute Training Tutor and 30 Minute Rest Time Enrichment – 60
Group Training Classes
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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.

Eddie P.
Great staff and great environment for my two dogs . One is a puppy and the other is 10 they both love it at Central Bark. highly recommend Central Bark and the great staff that provides great care for the dogs that attend the facility.

Frequently Asked Questions

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?

Learn more about Enrichment Doggy Day Care.

How long does it take to potty train a puppy?

When potty training your pup, consistency is key. It’s crucial to establish a routine, practice positive reinforcement, supervise your puppy (especially when potty training), and avoid punishing your puppy when mistakes happen. 

Potty training a puppy to eliminate outside can take just a few weeks or several months. But it will go more quickly if your training routine is consistent, and you’re consistent about taking your puppy outside every few hours. 

Central Bark® offers everything you need to help you train your puppy. 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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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.  

Learn more about our training classes.

Visit our Dog Blog for more helpful tips.

How long does dog training take?

The timeline for learning new behaviors and skills is as unique as every dog! Because each dog is an individual, with different learning histories, breed genetics, and preferences in reinforcers like treats and toys, there is no way to say for sure how long training will take. It’s also important to consider how much time each family has for daily training practice.

Whether you’re crate training, leash walking, or potty training your pup, consistency is key. It’s crucial to establish a routine, practice positive reinforcement, supervise your puppy (especially when potty training), and avoid punishing your puppy when mistakes happen. 

Central Bark® offers everything you need to help you train your dog, with expert training and classes so you and your pup can learn and bond together. 

Learn more about our training classes.

Visit our Dog Blog for more helpful tips

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Central Bark York 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.