Chateau Marmutt grants dogs and their owners respite from their daily duties with a canine haven designed to give dogs an outlet for socialization and relaxation. During Monday–Saturday dog daycare, pintsize pooches attend to daily schedules and conference calls in a cozy office setting, and big dogs frolic in a colorful playland of slides and kiddie pools. Canine-education classes instill obedient behavior and break bad habits in five weekly installments, and a fully stocked puppy boutique rewards tail waggers for good conduct. Canine chompers gleam after thorough teeth brushing, and aromatherapy grooming combs furry friends with scents such as citrus, oatmeal, and brand-new tennis ball.
In 1989, a pair of bakers founded the Three Dog Bakery with nothing but a $.59 biscuit cutter and three canine taste-testers. For decades, these humans have committed themselves to creating savory treats for pets with all-natural ingredients and a slow-baked process that locks in flavors and nutrients that dogs crave. Good Morning America profiled the shop in 2011 in a piece about gourmet pet treats, highlighting their personalized cakes made without butter, salt, or artificial colorings of any kind to fit in a healthy pet's diet. The selection includes playful baked goods ranging from snickerpoodle cookies to frosted pupcakes, as well as items they could chew on for days, such as plush toys, elk antlers, and new essays by Malcolm Gladwell. Customers can find healthy eats and helpful accessories at Three Dog's two locations in Pasadena and inside Los Angeles' World Famous Farmer's Market.
They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but Ira Meisler doesn’t buy it. The real-life dog whisperer has used positive reinforcement—namely love, affection, and praise—to train pups for the past 30 years and invites dogs of all ages to enroll at American Pet Hotel & Dog Training. Puppies and mature dogs alike practice and absorb basic commands and—with or without their owners’ help—learn the art of potty training. For instance, customers can drop their pooches off for a few weeks of in-kennel training or have a trainer come to them for in-home sessions. Either way, Ira guarantees a lifetime of good behavior. If at any time a dog begins to regress on its training, he’ll offer a refresher course absolutely free of charge.
Beyond training services, American Pet Hotel & Dog Training also operates just what one would expect: a doggy hotel. While owners are away on vacation, guests can rest comfortably inside individual private indoor dog runs, each of which is cleaned and disinfected throughout the day. During their stays, they can lounge atop fleece bedding, frolic with staff during playtime, and enjoy at least six walks every day. Cats can rest their paws at the hotel as well. Private "kitty condos" ensconce felines in cozy spaces with relaxing music, and they also can enjoy designated play time with a scratching post or two. To ensure the safety of all pets, the hotel has a veterinarian on call 24/7 or 168/49 in dog time.
Kimberly Garsed founded Urban Dog Playcare to provide dog owners with a place to put their pets when they were otherwise engaged with work or play, thus making it possible for more people to welcome dogs into their families. Kimberly has more than 20 years of experience training dogs, and her core staff draws on more than 10 years of experience when attending to the health and happiness of their clients’ canines. During playcare, four-legged friends roam around a 5,000-square-foot facility with three distinct play areas, one of which has a rubber surface to cushion dogs’ feet and better facilitate their self-directed gymnastics competitions. Owners can keep tabs on their pooches through the facility's webcam, unless the staff and their charges have embarked on one of the frequent custom field trips to exotic, pet-friendly locales such as the beach.
Boarders visiting the hospitable facility eat nutritious meals and tire themselves out during vigorous walks before being escorted to slumberland by a skilled dog wrangler who continues to watch pets into the wee hours. Dogs sleep atop beds or blankets in kennel runs or crates with housemates. Because the dog wrangler stays with the doggies all night, the animals are never alone.
K9s Only is the creation of Bobby Dorafshar, an animal trainer and behaviorist who wanted to design a space where boarded dogs could feel at home. The sprawling, full-service facility houses a caring staff, including seven trainers, who cater to dogs' every whim with training sessions, grooming, and spa services. The staff upholds a holistic approach to canine health, soothing ailments with therapeutic massages, bouts on the treadmill, and, at the Tarzana location, water therapy performed in a 92-degree saltwater lap pool. Daytime visitors enjoy supervised frolics amid K9s Only's indoor-outdoor dog park, and overnight guests rest muzzles in private, climate-controlled rooms, supping on Wellness dog food.
Sitter4Paws reliably dispatches fully bonded, insured, and American Red Cross–certified dog walkers to homes for brisk, 30-minute jaunts around the neighborhood. After an initial consultation, during which the dog walker becomes familiar with the patron's pet, home, and routine, he or she arrives promptly at an appointed time for each walk, allowing a camaraderie to develop between man and pet and between man and the space-time continuum. Upon arrival, the caretaker retrieves house keys left in a lock box at the owner's home for safe entry and departure. Postpromenade, owners can arrange for the walker to continue their pet's daily routine, including filling its water bowl, brushing its hair, and painting its portrait. When tenants are away for an extended period, Sitter4Paws' staff can deter potential intruders by bringing in the newspaper and mail, turning lights on and off, and opening and closing the blinds. When the owner returns, he or she will receive an email from the sitter detailing their time spent with the dog.