From pocket puppies to extra-large beasts, Pimp My Pooch Pet Spa coddles all breeds with salon services worthy of man’s best friend. Groomers massage their furry customers with organic and eco-friendly shampoos before hand drying them with soft towels. From there, they’ll administer either a breed-appropriate cut, or follow the owner’s lead and design a custom look. Throughout each 90-minute service, dogs can nibble on organic treats as a reward for good behavior or finally mastering their times tables. The treats are also available for purchase, along with doggy outfits, in the boutique. Pups who haven’t quite grasped the art of sit and stay can enroll in Pimp My Pooch’s dog-training sessions. Led by Melissa Munoz, the group or private seminars can alleviate all sorts of behavioral problems, from excessive barking and chewing to poor leash manners.
The beautifiers at Pooch Pawlor make over begrimed best friends with dog and cat grooming services. Inside the boutique space, pets experience the gentle embrace of animal lovers who shampoo out filth and vanquish fleas. Traditional grooming services, such as Pawdicures and teeth brushing, can be complemented by unique offerings that include blueberry facials, molding fur into mohawks, or training canines as chauffeurs. Aside from felines and canines, the staff also spruces up guinea pigs, rabbits, and feathered friends.
Healthy Spot's knowledgeable staff stocks its award-winning eco-friendly shelves with pet food and toys and unfurls a bevy of holistic services for four-legged friends. A large selection of treats, including Plato salmon strips ($13) rewards pooches for good behavior, such as remembering to put the toilet seat down. Donning a supersoft zebra hoodie ($45), pups can catch up on the latest gossip with other canines at doggy daycare ($10/hour; $30/half day; $45/full day). Owners can indulge their furry companions by treating them to a relaxing signature spa treatment ($35+), which includes a shampoo, massage, and permission to chew their way out of the bathtub.
During his time as a zookeeper, My Pet Garden owner Joel Tatom learned firsthand that the best way to improve an animal’s life is through nutrition. Because of this, his dog grooming and daycare center offers premium foods in grain-free, organic, or raw varieties. That’s one of the reasons why the center was named the Best Place to Treat Your Pet Like a Prince by LA Weekly in 2011. The other reason is the center’s gentle cleaning sessions, during which staffers de-mat fur with a soft touch and clean teeth without making fun of the dog’s braces. Additionally, the groomers of My Pet Garden run a program in which they work with shelters to groom dogs who lack homes in the hopes that the pooches will find new owners.
As a member of the Pet Care Services Association (formerly the American Boarding Kennel Association), K9 Loft is devoted to offering the best in dog-care services. The large, state-of-the-art facility is kept clean and safe for dogs of any shape, size, and ratio of robot to animal parts. With the daycare service, customers can store their terriers, salukis, or affenpinschers for a full day ($35) in a climate-controlled environment that is constantly supervised by trained staff. The best friends of best friends maintain sanitary conditions throughout the day through use of biodegradable cleaning products. As animal friends socialize with other barkers and snack on Natural Balance hors d’oeuvres, streaming webcams make it possible to view them in action, or inaction, from afar. All dogs are screened and organized into separate groups—including designated areas for non-social dogs—depending on their size and personality.
Between the green-and-white tile and the plastic lobby chairs, the Dogromat certainly nails the ambiance of the back half of its titular portmanteau. But this Mar Vista petcare store provides a high-end level of service for its four-legged clientele. Dogs can get the grooming and pruning treatment from one of the Dogromat’s specialists or, thanks to the self-serve stations in the store’s back area, from their loving owners. If anything, that’s the main function of Dogromat: give customers a place to simply, safely and securely scrub down their pets. Of course, the shop also features a selection of healthy, natural dog food, from brands like Taste of the Wild and Orijen. Just beware: this is a very popular weekend destination for Mar Vista locals looking to clean up their pooch.