AK Must Love Dogs' owner Marlene Britton embraces the Cesar Millan method of dog discipline in all her services, whether it's keeping dogs from getting lonesome during workdays or caring for them during vacations. Drop off doggy dependents for daycare ($18/half-day; $26/full-day), where canines expunge excess energy and practice flash-mob routines with one another amid 12,000 square feet of outdoor space and three interior play areas. The 8'x4' pet suites ($30/day) house hounds overnight in private quarters outfitted with carpeting, a bed, and an occasional treat after they've spent the day cavorting with similar-sized pooches in the daycare area. Otherwise, scrub away the evidence that you ever tried to dye your pet green for St. Patrick's Day in one of AK Must Love Dogs’ canine-cleaning stations while skipping the fur-coated bathtub ($15/self-service; $25/AKMLD staff). Customers who opt for daycare or pet-suite services must schedule a temperament test ($15) prior to bringing in their dog for boarding.
Leaving a pet home alone can add undue stress to an already stressful out-of-town trip. At TLC Pet Sitting, owner Donna Freeman and her licensed staff of pet-sitters aim to ease that stress, giving owners peace of mind and pets a caring and playful companion during owners’ time away. Besides being licensed and emergency trained, all of the company's sitters are dedicated pet owners themselves, a quality that helps them understand the unique nutritional needs, personalities, and political leanings of their clients' furry friends. The staff spends 20–45 minutes several times per day tending to the needs of dogs, cats, and even birds and rabbits, including filling bowls, cleaning cages, and providing ample playtime.
Scooper Trooper's crew turns dog waste into solid gold—as well as other forms of legal tender. Noticing that "everyone owns a dog up here," the company launched in 2003 and quickly found success. Though competitors have tried to follow, Scooper Trooper remains a fixture in Anchorage's dog-waste-removal scene by dispatching crews year round to clean the yards of suburban homes, apartments, and condos, as well as the grounds of businesses, parks, and kennels.