Central Bark Doggy Day Care
3358 N Pulaski Rd, Chicago, IL 60641Add Hours
After a negative incident with our old groomer, we decided to look for a new place to take our Yorkie for grooming. Central Bark had such good feedback, we gave them a shot and we're glad we did.
Although this place seems does more than just grooming, we've only used them for grooming so this review only reflects that aspect. We've used Central Bark twice now and they do a really good job. Our Yorkie is very sensitive about having his paws/legs touched so trimming his nails can be a chore--to the point where our last groomer would not trim his nails half the time or do a bad job. At CB, trimming his nails has not been an issue. Also, he didn't act weird or reserved on our second trip so it looks like he doesn't fear this place.
Grooming time has taken a couple hours, which is very acceptable--even quick by some standards. Pricing is higher than our last groomer but only by a bit and if our Yorkie is happier, it's definitely worth it.
We look forward to returning again for future groomings and maybe even consider them for boarding when we need to travel out of state.
12/10/2010Provided by Citysearch -
My dog Joe has been going to Central Bark for a couple years now. He loves it there and loves Bonnie. She and her staff are all great with the dogs. I know Joe will be safe and loved when he is there. I use the shuttle service and it works out perfect! He also goes on sleepovers there when I am out of town. I totally feel comfortable bringing him there. It will always be my number one, and only dog daycare I'll take him to!
08/26/2008Provided by Citysearch -
My Shana loves Bonnie and the rest of the staff at Central Bark. She gets elated when she sees them! I moved my residence and was afraid of sending Shana to a different day-care place nearby. Luckily Bonnie had a shuttle service to accomodate myself and Shana. The comfort level and security of knowing my girl is safe and is happy to be at Central Bark is what matters most. I travel for work as well and I can rest easy knowing Shana is well taken care when I am away. Not sure where I would be without Bonnie and her staff's services. I highly reccommend Central Bark. They are trustworthy and loving to both myself and my girl Shana. Thanks for everything!!
06/27/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Our dog Moses went to Central Bark for daycare for over a year and also used Central Bark for boarding. If you want a place where you really KNOW your dog will be looked after and not missed in a crowd-this is the place for you! Bonnie and Christine are so loving and attentive to the dogs and do such a great job at making sure they get to know your dog and that he is well cared for. I started working part-time and therefore couldn't really justify the expense of sending Moses to daycare every week, and I know he misses it! This is not a place where your dog will have his own private suite and a plasma tv...but who is that really for? If people truly know dogs they will know that frou frou accessories are for the owner not the dog. Here your dog will get what he really needs: Love, care, attention and most important fun!
01/09/2008Provided by Citysearch -
My dog jumps up from what ever she is doing to run to Bonnie when she comes to pick her up in the Canine Cab! Cheyenne's tail is wagging and she can not wait to go to doggie day care to be with all of her canine and human friends. There are always special events like photos with Santa that the dogs and parents love. Bonnie and company are the best - I can not say enough good things about Central bark - having Cheyenne go to Central bark was the best decision we ever made.
01/06/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I've been sending my dog to Central Bark for nearly a year now.....she loves it! Bonnie and her staff are great--they obviously love the dogs and care about them. I looked at several doggie day care facilities before choosing Central Bark and I wouldn't even consider going anywhere else!
12/05/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I toured and checked reviews on 5 different daycare facilities before deciding on Central Bark for my older Aussie, Madison. I was looking for a facility with padded floors, good security features, was super clean, had a separate play group appropriate for my senior girl, and had a staff that was professional, courteous, and that truly cared about dogs. Central Bark is all that and then some. I think it's the owner (Bonnie) and her staff that place Central Bark above the other facilities in the city. Bonnie truly cares about dogs -- her dogs, your dogs, homeless dogs (she's a foster mom and tireless advocate of at least one dog rescue group). You feel that your precious family member is in very good, very caring hands when you go to Central Bark. Bonnie and her staff are so accommodating. They are genuinely concerned with providing a fun and stimulating atmosphere for your dog. You just know that your dog is safe and having fun when he or she is at Central Bark. Plus, I like that Bonnie is involved in foster care and helps dogs in need. Her business/labor of love is a wonderful addition to the community and a fantastic daycare facility. Bring your dog or puppy here for a fun day of structured play while you're at work. He or she will thank you for it!
Central Bark Doggie Daycare is AWESOME!!!! The owner and staff are EXCELLENT caretakers of my LOVED ONE!!! They take care of the dogs as if they were their own. The customer service is Outstanding. They are be BEST choice in day care for your 4 legged child. I don't know what I would have done if it wasn't for the them. My puppy gets the best treatment, they make sure he has fun, is taken care of and the best of all is, he comes home tired!! Other than the daycare, they have boarding, grooming and to come in October training. I recommend Central Bark for the exceptional service and care of the dogs, the prices are reasonable.
09/16/2007Provided by Citysearch -
My two dogs go to Central Bark Doggie Daycare and I cannot believe how happy and GOOD they are! After searching for a few months and using several other daycares, we came upon Bonnie and Central Bark. Home at last! At Central Bark, my babies get ""true"" all-day play. I mean, they are out romping about with other dogs, playing with toys, jumping in a wading pool when it's hot, climbing on doggie jungle-gyms, and playing with the Central Bark caretakers for hours. There's a midday break for a rejuvenating nap where Bonnie plays soothing classical music. Then, it's back to play, play, play! I'm on the road a lot with this new job, so even though they open at 7am, Bonnie accommodates me and let's me drop off at 6:45am. Who else would do that?!?! Like I said, it took me a while to find Central Bark. Other daycares would crate my dogs most of the day and they might have 2 or 3 30-minute play times throughout the day. I did find a couple that had 3 or 4 one-hour play times, but they were just too far and not as easily accessible as Central Bark. It's literally right off the highway! My babies have never been healthier and I completely attribute that to the care they get at Central Bark. Bonnie and her staff truly LOVE all the dogs. They take pictures and know all the dogs' habits and quirks. When I pick up my babies and we go home, it is the best quality time because they are all tuckered out and we get to snuggle without all the craziness of dogs that have been cooped up at home alone all day. I'm sorry this is so long, but I really just cannot stop gushing about finding such a GREAT thing! I just had to share. GO TO CENTRAL BARK DOGGIE DAYCARE!!!
09/05/2007Provided by Citysearch -
We went to another dog-daycare/boarding facility not too far away and had issues. We came upon Central Bark and fell in love. We first tried it out for a sleep over and were sold on bringing our dog in once a week. I am actually thinking of taking our dog more than once a week. He is very socialized now with other dogs and is getting better all of the time.
They also have rubber floors which is very important! Our dog came back from the other place with sores and blisters on his feet - that has NEVER happened at Central Bark. Bonnie and Kristine always make sure you tell you if anything happened that day - my dog is frequently in time out - he is naughty :) and they let me know if anything happened.
They are great with certain issues too. Our dog has a major medical condition and requires special medication which they are happy to do.
I have been very impressed and I highly recommend checking them out. My husband was intially not sold on the idea of putting our dog in any type of daycare but when he saw how much Felix (the dog) loved it - we knew we had to do it! He gets lots of exercise and a chance to interact with other dogs.
They do allow the dogs to take a nap time and get some rest in the middle of the day which is nice! On the hot days they have swimming pools they put out and the dogs just adore that too.
I have told a lot of people about Bonnie and her great team.
They are also great since they foster dogs that are waiting for adoption - just really nice and very caring people who know who you are when you walk in the door!