Dogs romp around 7,500 square feet of cushioned rubber flooring, nuzzling with new friends and learning off-leash etiquette like every toddler eventually must. This is the scene at Performance Plus K9 Activity Center during its Perfect Pups pet obedience course, a seven-week program that teaches pooches aged 8–18 weeks how to respond to easy commands and respect owners' homes. It's just one of the obedience courses that the dog-loving staff at Performance Plus offer—they also provide classes in competition obedience and agility. Plus, they recently added new services including grooming and boarding, so pups can stay all day.
For more than three decades, Hawkswood Farm has designed its leafy 45-acre parcel of land to be not just a place to ride horses, but also a calming escape from the bustle of daily life. There, riding enthusiasts of all skill levels can pair up with a friendly horse from the herd of more than 30, and enjoy their lessons in a private, semi-private, or group setting far away from hassles such as traffic on interstate highways or interstate horse trails. Lessons can cover both English and Western styles and take place on the farm's indoor ring, outdoor lighted rings, or, for more seasoned riders, the cross-country jump course.
Brookline Grooming & Pet Supplies provides a fully equipped self-service cleaning zone for hound handlers to scrub four-pawed pals without sullying home bathrooms or kitchen sinks. A self-service dog wash provides guests with all materials needed to de-dirt Rover, from shampoo and water to towels and tail-waxing tools. An arsenal of brushes and combs detangle knotted coats, and high-velocity dryers dry fur more efficiently then forcing your pooch to car surf on the way home. Today's Groupon gets owners 45 minutes of washing time, which is available on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Monday through Saturday after grooming hours are over (usually around 3 p.m.). No appointment is necessary, but Brookline Grooming recommends that pet owners call ahead to check availability.
All posh dogs love shopping along Newbury Street – or at least their owners do. But when the pooches get dirty, it’s time to book an appointment at Pawsh Dog Boutique & Salon. Located in the Back Bay, just steps from Newbury Street’s glitz, the trained professionals on staff carefully trim each dog’s nails, clean their ears and even brush their teeth following the full-service grooming. This by-appointment-only salon also sells carry-on bags for small pups, haute collars, stylish jackets, comfortable dog beds, conditioning shampoo and a selection of natural foods, which is helpful for owners with finicky or allergic pets. After all that, your dog will still love the doggie treats on the counter most of all.
BYOD is a self service dog wash and dog outfitter. We provide a high quality facility with high-tech bathing units. All our staff is well trained and well versed in all things dog. Walk in, wash your dog, get nails trimmed, pick up some holistic food and treat and leave the clean up to us.
Lauded by The Improper Bostonian as 2011’s best pet boutique, The Fish & Bone seeks out high-quality pet essentials to stock the shelves its Newbury Street hub. Handpick a doggie bag of treats from a smorgasbord of pup-approved chewies, such as The Peanut, a nuttily-shaped and flavored chew toy ($16.99), or Moose Antlers ($17.99+), all-natural lobster- or blueberry-flavored long-lasting chew hailing from Maine. Meteorlight balls ($11.99) ensconce an internal light to foster late-night play or help pooches sign secret messages to far-off ancestor Canis Major, and Beba squeaky toys ($14.99) cater to the patriotic pup with an all-in-one treat dispenser made in the USA. The Fish & Bone also stocks collars, jackets, pet beds, strollers, and halters for pets who crave a stylish, safe, and snuggly lifestyle.