Full-body massages. Pedicures. Hot-oil treatments. These aren’t pulled from the menu at a high-end New York spa—they’re taken from the lineup of services at locally owned The Pet Snobs Boutique, where a staff of animal lovers pampers pets with an array of upscale grooming services. Furthermore, the team has packed its shelves with colorful toys and professional pet-care products, inviting canines, cats, and their owners alike to come in and browse. In grooming rooms, four-legged companions kick back as seasoned staff members dole out lavish baths, styling services, and skin treatments while gossiping about the town’s handsomest mailman.
If you can't find it, build it. Certified master dog trainer Jaime Van Wye searched high and low for agility classes to send her dog-training clients to, and when she came up dry, she opened one herself. Today, the Zoom Room can be found in cities across the country, each one home to an indoor agility course, also known as a private gym. Dog owners can reserve 30-minute sessions for one-on-one some bonding time with their four-legged friends, tackling the course's challenges and playing without the distractions and silent judgments of other dogs. Group classes and private training cover topics ranging from general obedience and agility training to more specific classes such as overcoming shyness, tricks, and canine good citizen.
In fact, improving canine social skills is one of Zoom Room's missions, as evidenced by the regularly hosted meet-up events and Doggy Disco parties, which give dogs a chance to meet other dogs and expand away from the inner circle of fire hydrants. This combination of training and fun, in addition to the facility's selection of organic dog food, natural dog treats, and functional dog accessories, has garnered an array of local and national press.
The roomy pet grooming salon and spa Chez Bow Wow in Northern Liberties aims to make your dog or cat look spiffy without rankling them during the often-unhappy treatment process. The shampoos, cuts, nail clipping and teeth brushing happen on three tables fully visible behind the counter, and all services are done with eco-friendly products. Before and after their sessions, dogs can hang out in a roomy waiting area and cats get large interconnected cages that allow for roaming. Chez Bow Wow welcomes temperamental and special-needs animals as well, and they partner with the local Street Tails Animal Rescue organization to make homeless critters look their best. A selection of grooming tools, shampoos and accessories like pet-odor-eliminating candles are for sale.
During doggy daycare at Dog School, pets play in harmony with as few restrictions as possible. Dogs are never forced to sleep in crates unless they want to. Little dogs can play with big dogs if they like. The staff—all trained in pet first aid and CPR—attentively watches over the laissez-faire playground, tending to each animal's needs and taking dogs on walks alone or in pairs.
The pet-loving folks at Walk It Like A Dog understand the deep connection between owner and pup and take the task seriously from leash to release. Before the first walk, they'll meet and greet you and your four-legged friend in an effort to establish trust and an understanding of your dog's specific needs. Upon request, your walker can also provide fresh water or food during the scheduled walk. After the jaunt through the park and sprint down the sidewalk, your Walk It Like A Dog dog walker then returns your pet to its humble abode and sends you a text message confirming that the beagle has landed.
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