Pets in Beach Park

$40 for $80 Worth of Pet Grooming, Boarding, Daycare, or Training at at Bark University, Inc.

Bark University, Inc.

Mundelein

Experienced pet handlers groom, entertain, and educate canines; bring a collar, leash, and treats for training classes

$80 $40

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One or Three Self-Service Dog Grooming Sessions at Dirty Dog Grooming Spa (Up to 50% Off)

Dirty Dog Grooming Spa

Arlington Heights

Doggie spa provides the space and products for pet owners to scrub their pooches clean

$20 $10

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$20 for $40 Worth of Boutique Pet Gear, Premium Foods, or Pet Care at Follow Your Nose

Follow Your Nose

Evanston

The pet boutique stocks premium foods, boutique toys, and housemade treats; staffers groom and make house calls

$40 $20

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Two, Four, or Seven Nights of Dog Boarding Plus 50% Off Airport Parking at Paradise 4 Paws (Up to 60% Off)

Paradise 4 Paws

Multiple Locations

Board furry friends in a facility with plush accommodations and a webcam play area; can add airport parking at discounted rate

$100 $45

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Grooming Services from Pretty Paws Pet Salon (57% Off)

Pretty Paws Pet Salon

Hales Corners

Cat nail covers with nail trim for up to four paws on same cat only. Nail covers are a safe alternative to declawing.

$30 $13

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$27 for Spa and Play Day for One Dog at Lollipups Pet Resort ($55 Value)

Lollipups Pet Resort

Delavan

Dogs can rest in tree houses, socialize, and enjoy a bath and massage while families spend the day away

$55 $27

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$20 $10

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$25 for a Raw-Food-Diet Starter Kit for Dog ($49.99 Value)

Honden & Katten

DePaul

Pet lovers can choose special recipes that are prepared onsite and can be picked up fresh from the butcher

$49.99 $25

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$14 for $25 Worth of Pet Food — Against the Grain Pet Food

Against The Grain Pet Food

Chicago

From the merchant: Against the Grain Cat Foods are served in convenient plastic single-serving tubs, available at Barker & Meowsky.

$25 $14

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Three or Six Days of Dog Daycare with Options for Training Sessions at Bark Avenue Playcare, Inc (Up to 54% Off)

Bark Avenue Playcare, Inc

Illinois Medical District

Dogs roam with their fellow tail-waggers inside a cage-free facility and enjoy 30-minute, one-on-one training sessions

$90 $45

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5, 10, or 20 Days of Dog Daycare at DoggieWorks (Up to 54% Off)

DoggieWorks

DoggieWorks

After being placed in an appropriate playgroup, dogs enjoy toys and specially designed playground equipment to jump and climb on

$145 $72

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10 or 20 30-Minute Dog Walks for Up to Two Dogs from Millennium Dog Walkers (Up to 71% Off)

Millennium Dog Walkers

Redeem from Home

After each 30-minute dog walk, pet owners receive a report card detailing the dogs' behavior

$140 $49

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$124 for $225 Worth of Pet Care — Khalaysi Home Pet Styling

Khalaysi Home Pet Styling

Redeem from Home

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$225 $124

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$30 for $60 Worth of Pet Care — Happy Paws Dog Walking

Happy Paws

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Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$60 $30

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In-Home Puppy Training with Optional Group Class from Sit Means Sit Dog Training (50% Off). Three Options.

Sit Means Sit Dog Training

Chicago

Lessons focus on curbing behaviors such as jumping up, excessive barking, separation anxiety, leash pulling, potty training, and aggression

$150 $75

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Five 30-Minute Pet Visits from Ready, Set, PAWS (49% Off)

Ready, Set, Paws!

Redeem from Home

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$75 $38

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Four Weeks of Puppy Socialization Classes from PUPS (50% Off)

Pups

Chicago

Having housebreaking problems, chewing, or nipping? This class will help you sort those issues out!

$100 $50

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One or Two Weeks of Dog Running Sessions from Dogtastic Walking & Running Services (Up to 52% Off)

Dogtastic Walking & Running Services

Redeem from Home

Dog runners take canines on vigorous one-mile jogs, either on foot or with a bike; puppies receive at least 30 minutes of play time.

$60 $29

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$10 for $20 Worth of Pet Daycare — Grunty's Pet Care

Grunty's Pet Care

On Location

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$20 $10

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The Dog Lounge is a one-stop shop for man’s best friend. In addition to grooming, the pooch-friendly salon also provides doggy daycare and dog-walking services, sells natural pet-care products, and hosts obedience training with experienced trainer Maria Betlinski.

432 Peterson Road
Libertyville,
IL
US

Now celebrating its 40th anniversary, Save-A-Pet runs a purely no-kill, nondiscriminatory adoption center for dogs and cats of all breeds, ages, and health statuses, with the ultimate goal of finding permanent homes for each rescued animal. When the center receives homeless pets, the staff feeds them and provides intake exams, vaccinations, and medications. A steady supply of volunteers plays with the pets and ensures that they get enough outdoor exercise to maintain their health and mental well-being, backing this goal up inside by changing the cat litter and power-washing the 82 onsite kennels every day. Save-A-Pet also reaches out to adult and youth community members with education on animal welfare to reduce the number of homeless and euthanized pets. Through the organization’s efforts it has placed more than 40,000 dogs and cats into permanent homes.

31664 N Fairfield Rd
Grayslake,
IL
US

According to Buffalo Grove Countryside, Candy Oppman trained her first dog when she was only 9 years old. Like many people, she grew up and started a family—only her family turned out to be a combination of kids and rescue dogs. After founding her own pet-sitting business, Candy went on to learn about training and animal behavior. These skills would prove useful for her next endeavor: Bark University, Inc.

Inside Bark University's 3,500-square-foot facility, trainers rear canines through a method called "pack leadership"; or as Candy puts it, "training them as a mother dog trains her puppies, in a language they understand." The full-service facility is also open to daycare, where supervised dogs can frolic along the 5,000-square-foot fenced backyard and in the rubber-matted playroom in groups separated by size, temperament, and playing style. They round out their services with grooming sessions and overnight stays—wherein a staffer remains on premises to keep pets safe and see if they start to talk.

1414 Armour Boulevard
Mundelein,
IL
US

Head trainer Jacki Larisch passes along an abiding passion for horsemanship to each student that she works with at Creekside Farm. Jacki inherited her love of horses from her parents, themselves International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI) level competitors, and it continued through her four years as a member of The Ohio State University Hunt Seat Equestrian team. Today, Jacki shares her experience in proper English hunter and jumping technique in lessons that aim to create knowledgeable, well-rounded equestrians even if their previous experience only involves hours spent on coin-operated stallions outside grocery stores.

25147 N Gilmer Rd
Mundelein,
IL
US

Poopie Palz sends fastidious cleaners to yards and dog runs to collect and remove dog waste year-round. Upon securing all waste within ecofriendly bags, they send a text message to homeowners letting them know it is once again safe to walk barefoot while watering hedges. In addition to picking up dog waste and removing it from properties, Poopie Palz offers dog-walking visits, which include water and food refills, as well as love and attention. They also visit cats, cleaning out litter boxes, refilling water and food, and calmly explaining the science behind laser pointers in flawless cat speak.

255 N Buffalo Grove Rd, PO Box 5485
Buffalo Grove,
IL
US

Horse Tack: Geared Up for a Ride

Most basic riding lessons include a how-to on tacking up the horse. Get a head start with Groupon's overview of horse tack.

Tack refers to everything a horse wears for a ride, from saddles to bridles to reins. Just as people dress differently for different jobs, horses wear different tack depending on whether they're employed riding on trails, working on a cattle ranch, strutting down a runway, or competing inside a show ring.

One of the most important pieces of tack is the saddle, buckled onto a band around the horse's middle called a girth. Western saddles, designed for long days of riding, distribute the rider?s weight evenly and comfortably across the horse?s back. At the front is a horn around which cowboys can wrap rope used to lead cattle. English saddles, on the other hand, are hornless, and are light to give horses more freedom to run and jump.

Then there are the parts of the tack designed to help the rider communicate with the horse. The bridle?leather headgear that slips around the horse?s ears and nose?is attached to a bit and reins. The bit is a metal or synthetic bar attached to the bridle and resting in the back of the horse?s mouth on its gums. The reins connect to the bit, letting the rider tug gently to indicate the need to slow down or make a turn. Although the reins used in English and Western riding may be the same, they're used differently. English riders hold on with both hands, whereas Western riders hold both in just one hand, leaving the other free to high-five passing sheriffs.

7713 E Tryon Grove Rd
Richmond,
IL
US

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