Central Bark - Franchise

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Unleash Your Potential with a Central Bark! Today’s U.S. Pet Industry is a $123 Billion+ industry and growing! If you love dogs and have the entrepreneurial spirit, passion, and business acumen, now is the best time to own a Central Bark franchise!

Central Bark
Business Cost, Fees & Facts for 2023

Minimum Cash Required $200,000
Total Investment $552,769 - $934,172
Franchising Since 2004
Military/Veteran Promotion Yes
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Available In These States:

We are currently accepting inquiries in these states:
  • AK
  • AL
  • AR
  • AZ
  • CO
  • CT
  • DC
  • DE
  • FL
  • GA
  • IA
  • ID
  • IL
  • IN
  • KS
  • KY
  • LA
  • MA
  • ME
  • MI
  • MN
  • MO
  • MS
  • MT
  • NC
  • NE
  • NH
  • NJ
  • NM
  • NV
  • OH
  • OK
  • OR
  • PA
  • RI
  • SC
  • SD
  • TN
  • TX
  • UT
  • VA
  • VT
  • WI
  • WV
  • WY

International Availability:

Accepting In These Countries:
  • United States and Canada
  • Overview
  • Military & Veteran


Central Bark - Franchise

The Central Bark Franchise Difference Multiple Revenue Streams

Central Bark owners benefit from decade’s worth of extensive focus on individual and system-wide unit economics, which helps take guesswork out of managing costs and delivering a quality product. Our businesses are not limited to only day care and sleepovers. As a Central Bark franchisee, you benefit from multiple revenue streams that provide a time-tested way for you to reduce risk and allow a more predictable cash flow from a variety of sources:

Enrichment Doggy Day Care

Combines our industry-leading doggy day care expertise with the latest dog behavior science to personalize a dog’s day with a balanced blend of activities to stimulate mind and body.

Salon & Spa

From simple baths to elaborate grooming, we offer everything needed to keep a dog clean, healthy, comfortable, and beautiful.


Designed to keep existing Central Bark day care dogs happy and comfortable in a familiar place while owners are away. A full day of Enrichment Day Care is included in any sleepover.


Offers customers a convenient solution for food, treats, toys, training aids and dog lifestyle products specially selected to enhance a dog’s health, nutrition, and enrichment.

Training & Enrichment

Uses positive, reward-based techniques to help dogs of all ages develop important life skills and behaviors through both individual private sessions and group classes.

Brand Differentiators

At Central Bark, we reimagined doggy day care to focus on Whole Dog Care and Enrichment backed by the latest in canine behavioral science and technology. Our personalized Whole Dog Care approach relies on the latest science-based methods to meet a dog’s physical, mental and emotional well-being. This allows our franchisees to provide a higher level of care for our dogs while simultaneously creating better opportunities for growth and profitability.

Backed by Science

Central Bark relies on the latest in canine behavioral science to develop activities that enrich dog’s whole health while promoting comfort and relieving stress. We feature flexible play groups tailored to individual dogs so they can learn and play while evolving their socialization skills.

One-Day-Per-Week Attendance Policy

We require all dogs to attend day care at least once a week because we know that consistency and continuity promote safety. This regular weekly schedule helps dogs feel more comfortable, confident, and social, creating a safer day care environment for all. Furthermore, it allows franchisees to build out revenue predictability.

Low Dog-to-Staff Ratio

We keep our dog-to-staff ratios low to help ensure the safety of every dog in our care. It helps us give more individual attention to each dog because we have more time to get to know them. Plus, we always supervise play - whether it’s a group of two dogs or 12 dogs, we never leave them unattended during group play.

Proprietary Training

Central Bark trains all its staff through our exclusive Central Bark Training program, which incorporates the latest in behavioral science and dog training principles that only focus on positive reinforcement. Each team member is required to go through comprehensive training in canine first aid and CPR.

Unmatched Marketing & Support

Our marketing reflects our company-wide commitment not only to caring for amazing dogs, but also to the communities we serve. Carefully planned and created, our world-class in-house marketing, advertising, social media, SEO, and public relations is built around your local Central Bark and supported by our corporate marketing staff and agency partners. Our campaigns are reinforced by ongoing social media and rotating seasonal promotions. Additionally, you’ll benefit from one of the most robust marketing and creative libraries in our industry featuring imagery, video, logos, ads, flyers, brochures, coupons, social media, digital media, and much more.

Why Choose Central Bark?

Doggy Daycare franchise owners enjoy great advantages like:

  • Proprietary Enrichment Doggy Day Care model based on 20+ years of experience working with dogs in a social environment
  • Multiple recurring revenue streams
  • Proprietary training program in the latest dog behavioral science and positive reward- based training techniques
  • 100% commitment to safety
  • Nationally recognized brand
  • Unmatched operational and marketing support
  • Extensive tools and resources to help you open and grow your business

Training & Support

Before you open your CENTRAL BARK facility, you and/or your manager must attend, and complete to a 10 day training program on the operation of the Franchised Business at our designated training center or virtually, You (or your Managing Owner) will complete all phases of the initial training program and all other activities needed to help assure a successful opening and ongoing Central Bark. You may also send managers or other key personnel to the initial training program. BVF also provides you (or your Managing Owner) with opening assistance for a period of 5 days, typically commencing at least 2 days prior to the scheduled opening of your Franchised Business. After the opening of your Franchised Business, Ongoing support in operations, marketing, sales, continuing education are available.

  • Training and Support
  • Financing Available
  • Multi Units
  • SBA Approved


Our story began in the mid-1990s when Jackie Jordan and I (Chris Gaba) sought to provide a healthy and happy life for our dogs while balancing family and work demands. We loved our dogs and wanted to enrich their lives as much as they enriched ours. We needed a safe environment for our dogs to play, exercise, and socialize. But at that time, these resources just weren’t available.

So together, we created Central Bark®. It was based on one simple idea: Our best friends deserve the best care. We created a place where dogs can get all the love, attention and activity they need to be healthy, happy, and well-rounded members of the family. Our dogs were happier and healthier, our families felt more peaceful and loving, and our communities had a hub for like-minded dog lovers.

Today, Central Bark is one of the nation’s largest networks of day care for dogs and provides one of the most holistic pet care options available. We go beyond a traditional doggy day care with our unique Whole Dog Care philosophy and enrichment focus that combines decades of dog experience with the latest dog behavioral science. We offer everything from Enrichment Doggy Day Care and boarding to grooming, market, training and more. All with the mission to help you and your best friend enjoy a whole, healthy, and happy life together.

After more than 20 years, many things have evolved, but our mission remains the same: To forever nurture, enrich, and inspire whole health, happiness, and unconditional love for each dog, family, and community we serve.

– Chris Gaba, and Jackie Jordan, co-founders

Ideal Candidate

The Ideal Franchisee

Why Central Bark is the Right Fit for You

Walk into any Central Bark and you experience a feeling that is uniquely ours. For us, the “dog” really is the bottom line. Combine that with our industry-leading expertise, our purpose-driven mission, and a dedicated family of franchise operators and you’ve got a winning combination that encourages people to bring their dogs back again and again. As a Central Bark franchisee, you’ll spend your days working with dogs, engaging with their owners, and building relationships across your local community. At the same time, you’ll be developing your team and instilling in them the value of hard work while also providing them a path for growth and development.

Are we a match? Are you the next Central Bark franchisee?

Before we jump too far down that road, there are a few certain key attributes we’re looking for. These include:

  • ✓ You must love dogs.
  • ✓ You must love business.
  • ✓ We want owner-operators.
  • ✓ An entrepreneurial spirit.
  • ✓ Ability to work within and follow a system.
  • ✓ Willingness to build relationships across your community.
  • ✓ Capacity to scale and market your business effectively.
  • ✓ Minimum liquid capital and net worth.
  • ✓ Can do attitude

Military & Veteran Promotions

10% off of the franchise fee

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