AnimalSense began in 1999 with a set mission to help dog owners live peacefully with their dogs, by using training methods backed by the steady hand of science. Classes only ever teach dog-friendly methods of positive reinforcement, a pleasant, pain-free experience for dog and owner alike. Class sizes are limited to allow for one-on-one instruction. The variety of classes available makes enrollment in the program sensible for beginners and previously trained dogs alike. Classes include options for dogs of mostly all temperaments, from a session for shy dogs, to Intro to Agility for fledgling performance hounds. This Groupon is not valid for special aggression classes such as Doggone Issues.
For Joseph Giannini and Tommy Spinosa, the standard cement-and-chain-link boarding facilities they encountered simply would not do for their pooch. They decided to create their own facility where pets could live like kings among dangling chandeliers, plush sofas, and a staff who know them each by name.
The product of their imaginations is a cage-free boarding zone where every dog and cat forgoes the confines of stressful, cramped crates, and a chaperone is always on hand to ensure pets are safe and not blowing their life savings by shopping for chewable shoes on the Internet. A pickup and drop-off taxi runs pups to and from the boarding facility. And each dog is live on a webcams, where owners can check in to ease their minds. Aside from doggie boarding and daycare, Urban Out Sitters’ services also include at-home kitty sitting for self-possessed felines who don't want to pack up their things and leave home simply because their humans did. An onsite retail completes the pet-care puzzle, selling grooming products, food, and collars and leashes.
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.
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.
After cooking a batch of brownies at her bakery, Sheila G. Mains had a habit of nibbling at the pieces left over on the pan. She soon had a revelation: she favored these crunchy leftover pieces over the brownies themselves. After this, Sheila created a technique by which she could bake these cookie-like pieces, which she called brownie brittle. The brittle now comes in walnut, toffee, and chocolate-chip flavors. It has since proved popular with Hollywood’s caterers, too—Brownie Brittle has been a featured dessert for the sweet-toothed celebrities at the 2013 Golden Globes, the after party for the premiere of Silver Linings Playbook, and the Senate inauguration of Cookie Monster.
Monika's aptitude for obedience training arose organically from her childhood love of dogs. She's been training pups since she was one herself, so her grasp of canine psychology has flourished naturally throughout her life. At Smart K9, she doesn't just teach dogs how to "sit," "stay," and "unlock the door"; she fosters healthier, closer relationships between owners and dogs by teaching the former how to lead and the latter how to follow. Her dog-training sessions range from one-hour private lessons and two-week training programs to classes specifically designed for puppies.