When gentle music isn’t drifting through the speakers in the grooming room at Little Critter's Salon, you might overhear owner Deborah cooing and singing to her canine clientele. The serenade is one of many soothing tactics she has picked up over her 20-year career as a groomer and trainer. Other gentle methods include the use of organic shampoos, and a slow, gentle touch. This careful approach to grooming helps her staff work with more difficult pets without resorting to sedation.
When it comes to grooming, Deborah shows off her keen eye for style with a list of fur styles to choose from. Additionally, her groomers are always happy to offer pet-care advice, such as suggestions for fur-enhancing supplements and interpretations of their recurring dream about chasing a squirrel that smells like their mother.
The National K-9 School for Dog Trainers graduate and Good Dog K-9 Traning proprietor Mike Bowen enhances owner-pup relationships through straightforward, positive communication. He starts the two-hour behavioral evaluation by peppering clients with questions to illuminate their dog’s underlying behavioral problems and trace these problems back to childhood chew-toy traumas. Then Mike will demonstrate several training techniques to frustrated owners, explaining tips such as the proper way to solve behavioral issues or how to train a pup not to bet on a king high. Mutts with major behavioral issues can enroll in a three-day board-and-train program for an additional fee.
The four groomers and six bathers at Cain's Dog House maintain furry coats and fuzzy tails through a menagerie of pet-pampering services. Small dogs under 25 pounds can gussy themselves up before walks around the neighborhood with a bath ($12–$17) and feet, face, and tail trim ($22–$27). Medium-size dogs with long hair forget ever being confused for Paul Bunyan's toupee as they rest easy under running water and massaging brushes ($27). The pet salon services also extend to feline friends, snipping away excess follicles during full haircuts ($57) and cleansing fur during baths ($22–$27). Opening at 7:30 a.m., Monday–Saturday, Cain's Dog House takes care of canines and felines on a first come, first served basis until the closing hours of 6 p.m., leaving ample time for removal of dirt and ancillary antennae.
A full-service veterinary hospital, Davis Animal Hospital has furry family members covered from head-to-tail to ensure they remain healthy and happy. The facility's multi-faceted team rises to the challenge of most pet-related needs, including such medical services as preventative care, vaccinations, micro chipping, and more. They also keep an eye on four-legged visitors during daycare and boarding visits, and under the same roof, 23-year industry veteran, Holly, gussies up pups and kitties during grooming sessions.
At Go Play Pet Service, a dedicated team provides around-the-clock care for four-footed visitors with services that include grooming and doggie daycare. Before entering the cage-free facility, all dogs receive a thorough screening, which ensures safety for all guests. Once inside, tail waggers obtain free reign over 3,000 square feet of open space and squeaky-newspaper reading areas. The Go Play Pet Service staff members offer obedience training for puppies and adult dogs. They also aim to keep pampered pets happy with specialty spa treatments including aromatherapy, blueberry facials, and paw-pad conditioner.
At Saraland Veterinary Clinic, a nimble staff attends to the health of families' furry and feathered companions. They can run lab tests such as bloodwork in-house, vaccinate pets against diseases such as rabies and cooties, or bathe and groom animals. When their owners go on vacation or have the house swept of years' worth of hidden bones, the clinic's team provides boarding for pets. They're also experienced in the care and health of small and exotic animals such as reptiles and birds.