At Lead-N-Succeed, Master Certified dog trainer Maria Ruvio improves communication lines between pooches and owners with hands-on behavioral modification and positive reinforcement. Working with all breeds, sizes, and ages, Maria molds pups into positive members of society, teaching them how to properly walk on a leash, how to deal with separation anxiety, and how to hail cabs without growling at others. Maria also offers coaching in verbal commands, and provides dog-walking services in half- and full-hour intervals.
Studies indicate that humans first domesticated wolves as long as 33,000 years ago. Over millenniums, these wild creatures eventually became dogs, the unconditional companions we know and love today. The dog walkers at NYC Pet Nannies work to improve upon this already ancient relationship with modern technology. Using a digital registration system, scanners, and GPS trackers, the staff provide dog owners with live updates about the location of their precious pooches during walks that last anywhere from 15 to 50 minutes. Automated emails, meanwhile, dispatch to owners’ inboxes along the way, keeping them in the loop.
Technology isn’t the only way they enhance the dog-walking experience, though. Before ever touching a leash, each walker must pass an intensive certification course, become bonded and insured, and beat a greyhound in a foot race.
Hiring someone to pet-sit requires a lot of trust. You're not only giving them access to your home but also the responsibility of caring for a beloved family member. That's why each time a new client calls Sir Gatsby Pets, owner Angel Martinez personally meets with them—both the customer and their furry companion—for a preliminary consultation, where he gets to know the pet’s temperament and the owner's schedule. He then assigns a permanent sitter from his staff of insured and background-checked animal aficionados, who can walk, play with, and administer medicines to the pet and who pairs best with the pet’s personality. Sitters stand ready to aid their furry clients at any time, whether they're taking pets on morning walks, romping through evening playtime, or acting as the sole human members of Iditarod Halloween costumes.
Daniel Reitman, the eponymous owner of Dan’s Dog Walking and Pet Sitting, lends a helping paw to pet owners with services that cater to all manner of beast and bird. Daniel and his fellow pet experts take pride in their long list of repeat customers—a testament to their hard work as well as their ability to establish relationships with the animals in their care. Vet-recommended and fully bonded and insured walkers and overnight sitters take time to learn about pets’ dietary restrictions and exercise habits before they even meet, allowing them to immediately build a friendship defined by wagging tails and purrs. The eco-friendly company demonstrates its commitment to animals and the environment by using leashes made from recycled materials, cleaning up with biodegradable sanitary bags, and discouraging dogs from chewing on fossil fuels.
As a pioneer of the alternative pet-care movement for more than 20 years, Whiskers offers organic and chemically cleared goods to city-dwelling critters and their conscientious keepers. Begin your pet’s lifestyle overhaul with phytonutrient-rich vitamins from Udo's, which contain whole food concentrates for healthy coats, increased energy, and keener squirrel radar ($15.99 for cats, $25.99 for dogs). Or, upgrade treat time with high-protein, low-fat buffalo strips from Rosie’s Rewards, which satisfy snack-cravers who lack the opposable thumbs necessary for hitchhiking to Denny’s ($13.99). Herbal aids for pet cough ($17.99 for 2 oz.), dirty ears ($9.99 for 0.5 oz.), and upset tummies ($45 for 8 oz.) make up Whiskers’ own line of natural remedies. Less-than-lustrous locks get love from Dr. Shawn’s organic, all-in-one shampoo, infused with tea tree oils, aloe vera, and coconut ($22.99 for 16 oz.).