The dog handlers at Central Park Dog Daycare love pups, and they ensure that each dog under their care receives special attention while the dog romps in both outdoor and indoor play areas. Dogs are encouraged to socialize with those that are of similar size and temperament while staffers supervise them to make sure they don’t fight. Plus, Central Park’s dog-centric boutique stocks everything a pup needs, from collars and leashes to toys and video games.
Certified dog trainer and owner of Dogs Making Better Choices Alise Trees believes that dogs want to serve their masters, but “the key is establishing a respectful and trusting relationship between dog owners and their pets.” As part of canine training, she offers a Basic Manners course for dogs, during which owners teach their dogs commands that range from sit, down, and stay to skills that include loose leash walking. She also conducts private lessons to address individual issues.
Sisters Mary Shappee and Gert Shuckhart have been taming horses for most of their lives, beginning as children in 4-H club. While Gert manages Majic Stables' office and rare bookmark collection, Mary's passion for riding keeps her in the saddle, where she teaches private and group lessons that rein in riders as young as 5 years old. A 70'x198' indoor arena allows for nighttime and fair-weather rides, and the 100'x200' outdoor area is dotted with jumps and dressage letters for tricky choreography.