When people seek a home away from home, it’s usually in a place that offers convenience, creature comforts, and peace. The staff at Canine Design Salon & Country Club strives to provide the same safe, relaxed environment for its canine and feline visitors, whether they come for grooming, daycare, or boarding. Both dog and cat owners can take advantage of a spa day for their pet—which combines several grooming procedures into one package—or choose from a list of à la carte cleanup services. Daycare is available Monday–Friday and gives dogs plenty of exercise and the chance to socialize and gossip with other dogs about who owns which bones. When it comes to boarding, the team gives dogs the luxury treatment in three levels of private suites that come in various sizes and degrees of plush bedding. Cats stay overnight in kitty condos that come with scratching places and comfortable sleeping areas.
At Stubby’s Dog Wash & Grooming Salon, owner and dog-lover Julie welcomes canine caretakers into the salon where they can wash their pups at self-serve baths or let Julie groom them from nose to tail. During self-wash treatments, dogs trot into a private room and clamber up moveable stairs into nonslip tubs—which perch at human-waist height—letting owners stand up straight rather than bending over in a bathroom and letting their spines mold into pool noodles. The salon’s dog shower lets elderly or injured dogs relax more comfortably while getting clean, and an outdoor area with a dryer quickly whisks moisture off of coats.
When Julie presides over a canine’s transformation, she can de-mat and condition coats and trim nails. She also pampers furry visages with blueberry facials and combs pooches who shed enough fur to wig a balding mammoth.
This side deal freshens your cuddlesome creature with $49 for $100 worth of pet grooming at For Paws Bakery & Pet Spa. For Paws offers full-service, cage-free grooming for dogs and cats at its clean and bright Old Town Parker facility. It was named Best Grooming by CityVoter in 2008 and 2009, and Colorado Community Newspapers named it Best of the Best Parker Grooming 2009.
Over the past 20 years, Denver Equestrians owner Corinne M. Lettau has been mastering proper horse training and horse communication while studying under elite professionals such as 1994 Olympic bronze medalist Michelle Gibson. At her 32,000-square-foot equestrian complex, Corinne and a team of talented instructors share their bond with horses by leading students through riding lessons, horsemanship classes, and rider assessments. On large indoor and outdoor arenas, students cover the basics of oat-powered transportation, such as mounting, dismounting, and transitioning from walk to halt. In group classes, students glean horseback know-how alongside up to five other riders. During private lessons, students build upon individual strengths and weaknesses and discuss the advancement of elective hoof surgery for humans.
Internationally renowned canine coach Vicky Kirkland opened her puppy-polishing school with the intent to focus on happy, loving techniques. As an AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator, Vicky's been educated with top international dog trainers and behaviorists, and her services have been featured on Animal Planet. The 60-minute, hands-on-paw session will focus on up to two problem areas of choice: jumping, crate training, puppy biting, chewing, digging, pulling on leash, over reactivity on leash walks, excessive barking, or housebreaking.
The staff at Cisco's Den goes to great lengths to care for dogs both with and without homes. Pups brought to the facility by their loving parents play with attentive caretakers while exploring indoor and outdoor play yards, spacious dog runs, and poker rooms. When not at play, pups rest in large kennels with room to move about and assume yoga poses. Additionally, Cisco's Den offers conveniences such as paperless drop-offs, as well as parking and airport shuttles for customers dropping off their dogs before their vacations.
In a separate center, staff members care for rescue dogs, providing them with homes until loving families can be found. Proceeds from Cisco's Den are donated to DMK Rehoming, a no-kill rescue service and shelter that gives canines a chance to find a permanent home.