A local doggy day care is holding their own version of the Olympics with local dogs as the competitors.
“I’ve had a number of people say, ‘We’re not following the real Olympics but we get really excited to see your videos everyday,” Jessica Whitney, Central Bark Brookfield franchise owner, says. “Honestly, I think it’s been more fun for me and my staff than it’s been for anybody.”
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The day care holds a new competition each day with activities such as fetch, high jump, tunnel run, bobsledding, slalom and more to have something for every dog, small or large.
“I think it allows people to realize exactly how much we care about their dogs and it’s not just that they came to play for the day, but we’re really trying to find new and creative ways to exercise their minds and bodies,” says Whitney.
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Central Bark’s philosophy is centered around enriching dogs’ whole health and well-being. The enrichment doggy day care program focuses on fun and rewarding activities that encourage dogs to use their senses to problem solve, learn new skills and gain confidence.
“It’s important that people know that a lot of these things that we’re highlighting during the Olympics, are things that we do on a regular basis to play with and enrich the dogs lives,” says Whitney. “We just thought it would be cool to make an actual competition out of it.”
The competition will run concurrently with the Winter Olympics so once the Olympics end, so will Central Bark’s competition.