Why You Should Bring Your Dog to Us…and Wash Them Yourself

Washing your dog at home is a joy. The sun is always shining, the weather’s always warm, and every dog has a magical way of shaking dry in slow motion while children-
Well, that’s the way it happens in commercials. In real life, things are messier, more chaotic, and far less satisfying—for you and your dog.
Professional dog grooming is an option, but not every dog needs a spa day. Some—like Bubba, a certain Plott Hound I know—usually just need a quick wash and dry now and again before heading back to explore the world nose-first. For the Bubbas of the world, and for any dog owner who prefers to handle things themselves, Central Bark’s comprehensive self-serve dog wash is the perfect choice. Here’s why.

Self-Wash Your Dog With Us Means No Clean-up!

That’s right. When you bring your dog in for a self-serve wash, we clean up the mess.
Picture your bathroom the last time you washed your dog in the tub. Now imagine walking away without having to mop, scrub, or run to the washing machine with an armful of towels.

The Right Tools for the Job

What’s good for human skin and hair can be problematic for dogs. Cut-rate dog shampoos can be even worse. Central Bark stocks a complete line of professional shampoos and conditioners that restore your dog’s coat to its full glory while supporting the health of his skin and fur.
Each cleaning station is fully equipped with purpose-built sprayers that make wetting, lathering, and rinsing easy. You’ll also get all the towels and professional brushes you need, and your dog will traipse up to the tub in comfort along our easy-to-walk ramps.

Bonding Time

When you’re not worried about soaking yourself or your subfloor, washing your dog can be a nice, calming experience for the both of you.
Most dogs don’t mind a bath—often enough, they’re mostly confused when they’re ushered into the humans’ bathtub or have the garden hose pointed at them. Our self-service stations are for one thing and one thing only, and we’ve found that dogs are far more relaxed when they know that the place is just for them. It’s a nice break from your routine, and another way to show your dog that you care. Trust us, we see it every day: they appreciate the gesture.

Add-On Grooming Services

If your dog needs a bit more than a wash, or if you just need a bit of advice, our grooming experts are here to help. Even if you weren’t aware of the need for anything beyond a wash and dry, we can clip your dog’s nails, brush his teeth, trim the hair between her pads, clean his ears, or express her glands.

With the right tools and the right setting, bathing your dog can be a whole lot more rewarding and less messy than you might imagine. Contact us today to learn how we can help.

Some of our Google Reviews

Central Bark Grooming & Dog Wash
4.8
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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
So impressed! My Pomeranian is so beautiful!! I’ve been searching for a groomer for months who would do an “express... groom” for my older Pom. All other groomers in town weren’t interested in providing one on one attention, or they did a so-so hack job. The last groomer even left a piece of toenail that stuck out and gave her a sore foot!I spoke with Guy on the phone and he totally understood that my fur child needed extra time to be groomed and not stressed out. Not a problem he said!When I met Guy, he took his time talking with me and looking over my baby girl dog. He was exceptionally kind and gentle. He made notes about past injuries to her shoulder and trachea.Kay was the groomer and with Guy’s supervision she did an amazing job. Meka has never looked so gorgeous! Bottom line - go there. Your baby will be well cared for and show dog beautiful when you leave.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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