Owner Lindsay Rapp surrounds herself with a staff of canine-whisperers who employ both human and animal psychology to help owners and pets live long, happy lives together. Agility training equips dogs for high-intensity play or auditions for basketball movies, and other courses tailored to families with children keep the peace by preparing dogs for a new baby or preparing families for a new dog.
Danny Salas believes that you can tell that dogs are happy, healthy, and well-behaved when they're tired. Conversely, if they bark excessively, chew up shoes, and dig holes, it's probably because they haven't received enough attention and exercise. That's why this marathon runner started Dogtastic Walking & Running Services—to give bored, out-of-shape dogs a solid 30-minute workout.
After volunteering with a rescue shelter, Salas rehabilitated a neglected pitbull named Philadelphia creating a regimen of regular running and walking. Salas works alongside David Orozco, a trainer and groomer with 10 years of experience, including a stint at an exotic zoo. His American Staffordshire terrier has several UKC-show wins, appeared on television commercials, and is currently dating an heir to the Lassie fortune. When this duo isn't sprinting alongside tail-waggers, they clean up sullied yards. They also groom dogs.
Bertuca Salon & Spa is an oasis of relaxation for everyone?even spa-shy guys. Bertuca's "Just for Him" package pampers physiques without the glitz, with treatments such as a men's haircut, a polish-free manicure and pedicure, and a deep-tissue massage. But that doesn't mean the team can't amp up the glamour for its customers too. Those in search of pampering beauty treatments can opt for hand-painted balayage highlights, sleek Brazilian blow-out treatment, and manicures in every color except the still-elusive neon brown.
Inspired by a search for quality dog care for their own dog, the owners of Furtastik—finding no options that satisfied their wants—decided to create a 3.000-square-foot, climate-controlled space themselves. Now, they operate a hands-on, cheerful, and intimate facility for dogs and dog services. Licensed and accredited groomers sculpt away excess piles of fur after they clean, wash, and buff dogs into bright new existence, and organic food products line the front room for canine perusal. Meanwhile, daycare and boarding enrollments are limited to 20 and 10 dogs at a time, respectively, allowing for individual attention and care during the cage-free services.
High-energy music courses through the indoor playground at DoggieWorks to keep daycare charges hyped as they play. As they gambol over turf, they might dive through tunnels or traverse teeter-totters. In fact, all the playground equipment is designed specifically for dogs. Meanwhile, pups with more gentle dispositions huddle up with canines of the same attitude while hanging out away from home.
After a homemade bedtime snack, dogs sticking here for boarding slumber atop cushy beds. Staff members change the music to something more soothing and set television channels to more dog-appropriate viewing. Dog owners rest easy too, knowing that their dogs are being watched around the clock by overnight staff. When morning comes, they meet in the play area to cavort for the day. The facility also hosts events in the 2,220-square-foot space, such as birthday parties, doggie meetup groups, and tax-day celebrations.
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Founded in Oak Park, Illinois, in 1996 by pet owners who were sick of bothering neighbors to care for their furry charges when they were busy or away, Out-U-Go! keeps beloved animals happy when their owners are unavailable. Certified members of Pet Sitter International, Out-U-Go’s fully licensed and bonded pet professionals undergo a rigorous screening process, putting in time at the company's Dog Walk University to learn how to deal with willful pets, calmly handle emergencies, and internalize animals’ fear of vacuums. New customers start off with a free meet and greet, with sitters coming to the house to meet dogs, cats, and smaller critters, and discuss special needs and routines. Services range from daily walks to full-time housesitting and pet taxi rides to groomers, vets, and kennels.