When The Comfy K9’s staff of animal behaviorists planned the layout for their luxury dog-boarding lodge, they tried to put themselves in the shoes of their four-legged friends. They thought it might be nice to frolic around a 3,000-square-foot indoor park during six-hour daycare sessions, so they built one and lined it with artificial grass. They also thought it might be nice to play with like-minded pups, so they made sure that it would be easy to separate their guests by size, temperament, and age. This level of careful planning is most evident in the overnight boarding lodge, where dogs bunk down on elevated beds in suit rooms. Each room is separated from the others by a wall of opaque glass blocks, which allow in plenty of light yet spare dogs judgmental looks when they change into pajamas with cats printed on them.
Speaking of cats, they also enjoy comfortable quarters—albeit in a separate area of the building. Owners can schedule appointments for grooming and therapeutic massage during their pets’ visits, or stay on for training sessions conducted by experienced instructors.
With the exception of the Englewood location, all City Bark locations provide self-wash tubs for expedient DIY doggie dunking (about $10 for 30 minutes without shampoo, $11.50 with shampoo; rates vary slightly by location). These specially designed tubs ensure safe and easy dog baths, pleasant for person and pup alike. City Bark provides numerous accoutrements to make the slather sessions go swimmingly, including waterproof aprons, a variety of doggie shampoos, towels, and dryers for preventing post-bath shake-spray. After donning the apron, place your pal in a waist-high tub, specially designed for safe and simple bath time that beats crouching on the tiles of a home lavatory while your dog writhes and splashes, ruining freshly acquired lavender soap angels and terrifying the neighbors with plaintive howling.
Biscuit's Dog Pawlour transports the human comforts of a salon to the canine world. Within private rooms, self-service wash stations let owners use shampoo and brushes to help their pups look like the day they first hatched. Professional groomers can also tag in for more in-depth services. Biscuit's Dog Pawlour's crew also delights furry family members with toys, organic treats, and food.
The close-knit team at Spa 4 Paws promise to treat each canine client as if it were their own pet. To that end, they dry dogs by hand after baths and carefully groom them in spa services that include extensive brushing and "paw-di-cures." During massage sessions, dogs can find relief from stiff muscles and the anxiety caused by their own constant barking. The spa's mobile grooming unit brings its dog-soothing expertise to clients' driveways. Customers can also give back by donating pet food to the spa's pet pantry, which then distributes it to the pets of families in need.
Furry Friends Inc helps keep pets healthy and clean with nutritious pet foods, stimulating toys and accessories, and onsite washing facilities. Nutrition experts consult with pet owners to determine the optimal diet for their pets, and they can recommend a variety of nutrient-rich blends made with free-range lamb and vitamin E and devoid of chemical preservatives. In addition to carrying popular holistic pet-food brands, Furry Friends also sells its own brand of healthy pet food, made in the US without any byproducts or common allergens such as wheat, corn, and soy. Owners may also wash dogs or water their Chia Puppy at the self-wash facility or pamper pets with a blueberry facial or fur butter conditioner.