Though the Austin Aquarium spans a mere 22,000 square feet, its exhibits encompass marine habitats from around the world, housing more than 3,000 species from Oregon to Indonesia in its tanks, aquariums, and aviaries. Among the activities, visitors can feel the skin of rays, hear the barks of fur seals from Uruguay, or tempt birds or younger siblings with handfuls of seed. One of the biggest enclosures houses several Asian small-clawed otters, who tumble, play, and swim with their peers in one of the largest colonies in captivity in the world. The aquarium also hosts behind-the-scenes tours and sleepovers in which kids can get a glimpse into the ocean at night, when even the mightiest sharks cower in fear from plankton's elongated shadows.
Behind the glass-paneled bakery case at Doggie Deli & Spa, baked bones and confections get canines salivating in the grand tradition of Pavlov's bell. Natural treats from Bark Stix, Whole Life, and Stella & Chewy's share shop space with collars, leashes, and toys, as well as a carefully curated selection of dog food so delicious pups will have to teach their humans not to beg. The spa half of the shop welcomes pooches and their owners for self-service washes powered by an assortment of shampoos, sprayers, and a high-velocity dryer.
Bed and Biscuit Austin understands that you really don’t want to leave your pet. But when that’s necessary, they’ll give your dog the highest level of care – not just a place to stay. Whether you need daycare, bathing services or a place to board your dog, the staff at Bed and Biscuit takes time to observe each pet carefully and then use that knowledge to determine the best surroundings, schedule, and overall situation. A good reason it’s considered among the premier dog care facilities in Austin is that they incorporate socialization, stimulation, and exercise to give your dog its best day at their expansive space. Potential clients are also invited to tour the facility prior to bringing in their pet.
Zoom Room’s dog training facilities have one cardinal rule: owners must be present during class. This is because humans need just as much training as their canine companions when building confidence and communication, and it’s important that owners learn the best positive-reinforcement techniques from the knowledgeable staff. Group classes cover topics ranging from general obedience and agility training to more specific needs such as overcoming shyness. Other classes include Urban Herding, where dogs herd exercise balls into soccer goals indoors, Scent Work, where dogs learn to sniff out missing car keys or the TV remote, and Pup-lates, which is geared toward overweight or senior dogs, or those recovering from an injury.
In fact, improving canine social skills is one of Zoom Room’s missions, as evidenced by the regularly hosted fundraiser events and Doggy Disco parties, which give dogs a chance to meet other dogs and expand away from their inner circle of fire hydrants. This combination of training and fun, in addition to the facility’s selection of solution-oriented training gear, natural dog treats, and functional dog accessories, has garnered an array of local and national press.
The trained and certified specialists at Camp Bow Wow tend to tail-waggers at their 10,000-square-foot, log-cabin-themed facility. It's equipped with three indoor play yards that are accessible to fenced outdoor play areas. Dogs staying overnight get tucked into individual cabins with a fleece blanket and a treat. Humans can keep tabs on their pups via an app that connects to Camp Bow Wow's live webcams. When staff members aren't keeping pooches company, they're involved in charitable endeavors, such as helping foster pets find permanent homes.