New Training!

Posted by: Pack Leader | April 23, 2010 | Posted in Uncategorized

We have two dog training classes available!

No Jumping Basics

The secret to four on the floor

May 2nd, 2010

2:00pm – 3:00pm

@ Central Bark

 Sign Up NOW! Limited Availability!

$10 per Person

Limited availability! Sign up now!!! If you would like to sign up please call (206) 325-3525, email, or at the Central Bark front desk!


Basic Obedience Course

This course is a great way to strengthen the bond between you and your dog while teaching them basic obedience. It can be a new beginning or a refresher. This is a four week course on Saturdays at 2:00pm – 3:00pm:

Basic Obedience Class     $85.00                                   


May 8th, 2010

May 15th, 2010

May 22nd, 2010

June 5th, 2010 Graduation

The class covers jumping up, excitable greetings, and walking on a loose leash, as well as, commands such as sit, down, stay, wait, come, look, leave-it, and go to your bed. We will be using positive training methods to help you and your dog to become a successful team!

Limited availability! Sign up now!!! If you would like to sign up please call (206) 325-3525, email, or at the Central Bark front desk!

April is our “Wellness” Month

Posted by: Pack Leader | April 4, 2010 | Posted in Uncategorized

April is our “Wellness” month and to celebrate taking the utmost care for our dogs, we are having an event! We will have speakers and booths with information about massage, nutrition, rehabilitation, and dog training.

 Where: Central Bark

When: 1:00pm – 3:00pm  April 25th, 2010

Participants: Mud Bay, Animal Surgical Clinic of Seattle, Relaxing Rover Dog Massage, and our own trainer, Erin Venables.

New to the Central Bark Family!

Posted by: Pack Leader | | Posted in Uncategorized

We are pleased to introduce, Erin Venables, our manager, who brings with her a love of dogs and 15 years of experience as a dog trainer.

A Note From Erin-

Erin Venables and Service Dog Casey

I can’t imagine my life without dogs. They make me laugh and cry—and not just for the numerous shoe casualties! What I love about dogs is that every day is a new day— a new day to learn and experience everything, that’s just amazing to me. It makes me wish that I woke up with the same attitude as my lab, Indi, although that means I would greet people by wiggling my butt and searching them for treats!

As far as my dog training background goes, I started out showing dogs in 4-H and raising service dogs for the disabled. Since then, I have been teaching obedience and behavior to educate owners and help dogs get back to just being a dog. I am a strong believer that every dog is different and not every type of training, tools, or techniques will work for every dog, but there is always a way to work on improving and enriching their lives with positive training methods.

Some of my favorite things:

Homemade dog treats, natural foods, and spicing up dog food with broccoli and carrots.

Gentle Leader, Easy Walker, Halti, Martingale, and more.

Anything written by Patricia B. McConnell, Jean Donaldson, and Ian Dunbar.

A dog’s mind and how they use it. Thinking toys- Nina Ottosson toys, Buster Cube, Treat Stick, etc.

My life would not be complete without the Furminator, Dyson Animal, and Mr. Clean Magic Erasers (We have a Mastiff and it does wonders to take dog drool off the walls)! Central bark and of course my dogs!

I have four wonderful dogs: Indi- Lab, Truman- Great Dane, , Brinks- Dane/Mastiff mix, and Oliver- American Pit Bull Terrier. I have rescued and rehabilitated many dogs, including two of my own, foster dogs, and long time clients. My passion is helping owners create a strong bond with their pets, learning what makes them tick, and how to harness that into training.

So, that is a little about me, I can’t wait to hear more about you and get to know all of your canine counterparts!

Complimentary Obedience Training Seminar with Erin Venables
2:00pm- 3:00pm
April 17th, 2010
Limited Availability. Please sign up at Central Bark,
call us at 206-325-3525, or email us at