Central Bark Grooming & Dog Wash

Pet Grooming & Self-Service Dog Wash

Convenient Self-Service Dog Washing Stations and Professional Grooming, serving the Missoula area. Central Bark is Missoula’s premier place for a clean pet. Pamper them with our full service grooming spa and luxurious add on services! Or, use our state-of-the-art self-serve wash stations!


Use our professional equipment, specialized products, and convenient tubs to give your pet a comfortable, safe bath – and we’ll clean up the mess!

Our experienced groomers and bathers provide personalized start-to-finish service to get your dog clean, dry, brushed, and cut or trimmed using our natural, highest quality products.

Nail trimming and grinding, toothbrushing, ear cleaning, pad and paw trimming and anal gland expression can be done by our professionals while you wait. Combine multiple services for additional savings!

Full Service Grooming and Bath

Grooming rates depend on the dog’s breed, size, condition, coat density and type of hair, temperament, and the type of cut or trim you’d like.  

Full-service grooming starts at $50 and includes:

  • Bath using all-natural, professional-quality shampoo and conditioner
  • Blow dry
  • Complete brush-out
  • Nail trim and grinding
  • Ear cleaning
  • Gland expression (if appropriate)
  • Hair cut/trim

We can also brush your dog’s teeth using our dog friendly toothbrushes (you get to keep the brush) and pet-specific tooth paste for an additional $7.

Full-Service Bath Bath and brush rates depend on the dog’s breed, size, condition, coat density and type of hair, and temperament.

Full-service baths start at $35 and include:

  • Bath using all-natural, professional-quality shampoo and conditioner
  • Blow dry and 15 minutes of brushing
  • Nail trim and grinding
  • Ear cleaning
  • Gland expression (if appropriate)

Add-on services include de-matting, de-shedding treatments, tooth brushing, and specialty shampoo if requested.

Grooming and Full-Service Bath rates depend on the dog’s breed, size, condition, coat density and type of hair, temperament, and the type of cut or trim you’d like.  

Self-Serve Dog Wash

Central Bark offers a refreshing alternative to bathing your dog at home! Save your back and cleanup time. Use our professional shampoos, conditioner and blow dryers. We also provide towels, brushes and expert advice if needed. Plus, we clean up the mess!  

Our tubs, with different heights, are situated so a person can work on both sides to help keep your pooch calm and safe. Our ramps provide easy in-and-out of the tub and our powerful sprayers make wetting, washing and rinsing quick and efficient. And remember, we clean up the mess!

Our professional staff can assist you in elevating a bath to a complete spa day for your pet. We can add-on and perform any combination of the following:

  1. trim nails +$10
  2. trim pads and paws +$7
  3. clean ears +$7
  4. express glands +$10

We can also brush your dog’s teeth using our dog friendly toothbrushes (you get to keep the brush) and pet-specific tooth paste for an additional $7 at bath time.

Starting Pricing and Add-on Services:

Self-Wash Base Pricing
Tiny (up to 15 lbs.)
Small (16-30 lbs.)
Medium (31-50 lbs.)
Large (51-80 lbs.)
X-Large (81-99 lbs.)
Giant (100+ lbs.)

Add On Pricing: trim nails +$10 | trim pads and paws +$7 | clean ears +$7 | express glands +$10

Stand-Alone  & Walk-In Services

Ear Cleaning

Ear Cleaning

Regular ear cleaning is essential to your dog's health. Our all-natural ear cleaning solution will prevent infections, hearing loss, and more, for only $10.


Dental hygiene is just as important for pets as it is for people. Cleaning your dog's teeth regularly can help prevent bad breath odor, decay and infections. We'll brush the teeth, and you keep the brush, for $10.

Nail Trimming / Grinding

Overgrown nails are both uncomfortable and dangerous for your pet. Let our professionals take the worry out of nail trimming! Prices start at $10.

Pad and Paw Trim

Keep your dog's feet neat and tidy to help minimze slipping and tracking of dirt. We'll trim the feet and remove hair from between the pads for $10.

Gland Expression

Gland Expression

Central Bark staff is trained to express anal glands externally for a nominal cost of $10.

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Professional Groomer / Owner

Guy Knepp has been fulfilling his passion of grooming pets for over 20 years, having owned multiple grooming business for the last 15 years in Seattle and Montana. Guy is a graduate of the Pet Smart Academy, certified by the International Professional Groomers Association, and an experienced grooming instructor. He specializes in geriatric and difficult pets, often dealing with significant animal behavioral issues. Guy excels at “training” dogs on how to be groomed, making the grooming experience safer and less stressful for both the groomer and the dog.

Guy’s experience in Seattle helped him develop extensive expertise in breed specific cuts – and he loves grooming terriers! He was honored to be chosen as the south-satellite school and instructor for Maser’s Grooming Academy in Seattle where he uncovered and expanded his love of teaching. Guy instructed over 20 groomers during his time with Maser’s and can proudly claim that several of his students have gone on to own their own professional grooming salons. In the very near future, Guy plans to open a grooming school at Central Bark in Missoula. 

In addition to grooming and instructing, Guy’s animal experience includes obedience training of his Chow Chows, significant dog rescue work, attending Introduction to Animal Control training, and most wonderful doggy Daddy to more than 20 dogs over the years. 

Since childhood, I’ve known turning my passion for animals into a career would make my life complete. After many years of operating a successful Chow Chow rescue and working in the high-tech corporate world, I decided to take the plunge and fulfil my dream –owning and operating successful pet grooming salons. As a resident of Missoula, I feel honored to provide exceptional services to my friends and neighbors. Being a pet stylist allows me to work with animals plus tap into my artistic side. It warms my heart to see a pleased owner pick up their clean, confident pet – smiles all around! Then, I know I’ve made the right career choice. 

– Guy Knepp, owner of Central Bark 

Customers reviews

What Do people say?

Guy Knepp, dog whisperer. Our 11 year old Cockapoo, Cooper, who is a terrible scaredy-cat loves his grooming with Guy. He comes home sparkly clean and perfectly groomed and he’s calm and happy! No tears and no stress - a magical experience for sure. Can’t thank Guy enough for his care and kindness with our little old guy and for making Grooming day and great experience for all of us!
Cooper's Mom
Guy Knepp and his team are the BEST! They have taken care of all my grooming needs for years. Guy is so kind and patient with every dog he grooms. My girls especially love the Blueberry Facials he does for them. We brought our newest rescue into Guy and he does such a complete and thorough job, that he found a little lump in our senior girl's neck, we had it checked out by our vet and they did surgery on it right away. If Guy hadn't found it, it could have been disastrous for our pet. Thanks for everything you do Guy!
Rachel A.

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Zoe Cross-Karras
Zoe Cross-Karras
01:58 27 Feb 22
You can tell that Guy and his wife really care about these dogs and their needs. I had a wonderful experience this... afternoon! Guy spent the time required to get all the mats from my dogs hair and did so thoughtfully, humanely and delicately! My dog looks amazing and we will definitely be back. Happy to have found a grooming home! Thank you so much Central Bark.read more
Havi J
Havi J
14:12 28 Nov 21
Ellie loves getting groomed at Central Bark. Look how pretty she looks. She's so soft! Guy and Alex are incredibly... friendly and the newer groomers are nice as well.read more
Helena Franchino
Helena Franchino
20:27 23 Nov 21
Truly the best groomer we've been to. Not only one of the best haircuts our dog has received, but the price was super... reasonable and the staff was fantastic. Highly recommendread more
Marty Ruffner
Marty Ruffner
23:24 24 Oct 21
Took our Aussie to Central Bark on October 20. This was our first visit. Didn’t have the full service, just a... shampoo, deshedding comb out, ears cleaned, etc. On pick up she looked amazing! We have her groomed on a fairly regular basis. This was the best service and look we’ve had in Montana.The salon is spotless, the staff is very professional and friendly and our Aussie was very happy! This will definitely be our new groomer! Thank you Central Bark!!read more
lisa tate
lisa tate
03:07 09 Oct 21
I was impressed on my first visit today. I took my St. Bernard in for a bath and groom. The staff were very... professional, knowledgeable, and the customer service was outstanding. I will be back!read more
Marie-Claude Thellend
Marie-Claude Thellend
19:57 16 Sep 21
We used the self-serve dog wash. It’s just genius! Guy the Pet Stylist was very friendly and super helpful. This is a... beautiful grooming salon staffed by experienced and caring groomers. Will definitely return.read more
Chris Langel
Chris Langel
03:22 13 Sep 21
Things have changed. Groomers don’t stay very long. Owners are rude. The last time my dog was in for grooming she ended... up with trachea problems and coughing. They insisted nothing happened, but I had a big veterinarian bill, meds and vitamins. Not going back.read more
D Morrison
D Morrison
10:08 14 Aug 21
Absolutely wonderful!! I am thrilled with the opening of Central Bark. Not only because I finally have a groomer close... by my residence, but the owners possess a wealth of knowledge.I’ve witnessed kindness, respect, and genuine care given to all who walk in their doors, whether they have paws or feet.Their willingness to share information and learn all they can about a pet is inspiring. This level of individualized respect 😀and communication, with regards to a product/ service or staff support, Is almost extinct.My mother took her two little chihuahuas and was full of praise at how genuinely nice the staff is and therefore referred me.By the time I brought my “antique” Golden Doodle in for a nail trim, I heard many more great reviews about Central Bark from random community, Pet parents.read more
audra bert
audra bert
19:15 13 Jul 21
Love love love this new addition to pet grooming in Missoula! Not only is the place spotless, spacious, well scheduled... and staffed but the owners really know their stuff about pups. Guy seems to know every pup cut out there and the attention and care given to pets is phenomenal! The only place I’ll groom our two furry family members going forward. Thanks Central Bark!!read more
Jami Campbell
Jami Campbell
15:09 19 Jun 21
Absolutely wonderful experience! Alex and Guy were so kind, and Alex was great at communicating details on how to keep... our schnauzer looking great between grooms. Its not easy to trust strangers with your pet, but they won me over quickly. Our dog seemed to feel the same! Thank you so much! We wont be trusting anyone else with our dog-this place is fantastic.read more
Kathleen Bartel
Kathleen Bartel
22:31 15 May 21
Guy is an absolute pleasure and he truly cares about your dog as well as making sure you are happy. He has been... grooming Cody, my American Eskimo Dog for years. I am so pleased he has a new shop in Missoula now. It is conveniently located and beautiful and they keep it so clean. You have to check out the self wash; it is the best I have ever seen. I can’t say enough about the professionalism and care you will experience using their shop.Kay Bartelread more
Inay Todd
Inay Todd
00:39 25 Apr 21
I have three standard poodles that Alex has been grooming for a number of years. In addition to making my dogs... gorgeous, he is wonderful with the dogs and they love him. This is no small feat; poodles take a fair amount of effort to groom correctly and he spends the time to do it right. I have never had a clipper burn or nail cut into the quick. One of my dogs is 13y and Alex is patient and gentle with him. Alex always asks how I want the dogs cut and then does as I ask. Everyone at Central Bark is friendly and helpful. The shop is super clean and smells good. Very professional. Excellent service!read more
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Contact us

To book or make changes to a scheduled appointment, please give us a call.

Mon. - Sat. (excluding Wed.): 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Sunday & Wednesday -Closed

2438 W Central Ave Missoula, Montana 59801


(406) 493-1966