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.
A selection of four go-kart tracks ensures kids will have an exciting ride suited to their age, size, and ability. The Junior Racers track gets little ones between 4 and 7 behind the wheel of a perfectly sized one-pedal fun machine, and children who meet a 54-inch height requirement get a crack at the challenging curves and bridges of the Crazy 8 or Spinnin' & Grinnin' tracks. Racers 16 and older can compete on SuperKart Speedway, the Center's fastest track that mirrors the experience of fast-action racing with high speeds, a computerized scoreboard, and timing system.
Double-ride karts are available for kids who prefer to be chauffeured by an adult or a demanding imaginary friend. Seasoned weekend golfers get the chance to flaunt their skills for awe-filled offspring of all ages during a nine-hole game of mini golf. At the end of a long day, four buckets of water balloons await at Water Wars, a battleground set amid personal battle stations soon to be littered with the rainbow shrapnel of giggle-filled war. Inside the game room, players take on arcade-style games for tickets that can be exchanged for prizes at the redemption center. Other visitors, meanwhile, enjoy snack-bar refreshments on a covered patio and celebrate birthdays and jury-duty summonses in the air-conditioned party room.
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.