With three large indoor play areas and adjoining outdoor romp ranges, Camp Bow Wow lets canines loose to frolic with friends or simply survey their own tails. Camp Bow Wow's staff of certified counselors is trained in dog behavior and categorizes dogs into playgroups based on size, demeanor, and brainpower, allowing pets to engage in more evenly matched matches of Trivial Pursuit.
Different from the average pet-boarding facility, Paradise 4 Paws has a bone-shaped pool surrounded by more than 20,000 square feet of indoor play area, plush accommodations, and comfy boarding suites. Staff members roam the facility 24/7, playing with animals during the day, tucking them in at night, and performing à la carte services such as grooming, obedience training, health checkups, and canine massage therapy. Paradise 4 Paws has its own training academy, and its pet-care professionals have received pet-first-aid certification from the American Red Cross.
The pet-minded staff cares about pet owners, as well, granting access to the play area’s real-time webcams and offering airport parking and transportation.
Within WoofGang Doggy Day Care’s 9,500-square-foot facility, dogs of like sizes frolic in cage-free, climate-controlled bliss. Inspired by child daycare centers, WoofGang provides pups with constant stimuli, such as balls and other toys; an outdoor play area; and the attention of energetic caretakers, staffed at a 1-to-10-dog ratio. Canines staying the night can bunker down in luxury suites or bedded crates when not playing with fellow guests or basking in personal staff attention.
For unruly animals, WoofGang Doggy Day Care offers training programs to get owners and pets on the same wavelength. Positive reinforcement helps dogs learn in a supportive environment and supplies owners with ample opportunities to sneak treats for themselves.
Since 1981, Lorraine-Michaels Dance Centre's cast of passionate instructors has been helping students of all ages and abilities confidently express themselves through the art of dance. They lead these students through sashays, shimmies, and kicks with an exhaustive roster of dance and fitness classes that ranges from ballroom dancing to Hip Hop to kickboxing. During dance classes, they teach students to perform fundamental moves with confidence and musicality, covering a variety styles—including the Argentine tango, waltz, swing, and salsa—tending to bites from the dancing bug or disgruntled dance partners. They motivate students into performance shape in dance-inspired fitness classes such as Zumba, a regimen of easy-to-follow dance moves set to high-energy Latin tunes. In kickboxing sweat sessions, they inspire students to kick and punch their way toward their fitness goals, effectively toning muscles and scaring away the ghosts of gladiators past, while pole dancing classes build strength and teach students how to spin and climb.
It sounds like a rainforest inside Kookaburra Bird Shop. The cries and chortles of crested cockatoos and blue and gold macaws ricochet off the brick walls. One notable macaw sits on her perch, white cheeks glowing and feathers cascading seamlessly from fire-engine red, to sun yellow, to a deep blue. This is Miranda, the resident bird, who greets visitors as they peruse the shop's wares and peek into the cages of birds for adoption. After squawking hello to Miranda, customers can chat with an avian behaviorist who uses his 30 years of experience to help owners understand their bird's behavior issues such as moodiness, irritability, or incessant repetition.
In addition to attending to the feathered guests, Kookaburra Bird Shop also accommodates cats and dogs with boarding services. Cats are treated to padded resting areas and a room to explore, while dogs frolic on two walks a day or head out on a run accompanied by a distance runner.
Guests turn in for the night to recline in plush beds as they listen to soft music and enjoy meals delivered by attentive staff members. Rather than venturing out in the morning to shop and sightsee, however, these lodgers would rather spend some quality time with a chew toy. When away from home, pet guests at Pappy's Pet Lodge lie in the lap of luxury with amenities typically found in four-star human resorts. Orthopedic, chew-proof Kuranda pet beds cosset pups while they rest from the day's three walks and bounty of play time with similar-sized dogs. Experienced trainers also lead classes that help banish bad behaviors, from chewing on the couch and barking excessively to borrowing the car without asking.