One dog keeps his nose to the ground, seeking a lost child by scent. Another guides a sightless owner into an office building, helping his human friend locate the elevator. These dogs both learned their trades thanks to the team at Gimme Grace Dog Training. Kea Grace leads this pack, helping pooches reach their full potential with a blend of classical and operant training, extensive experience in training both professional and pet dogs, and the know-how gained from multiple professional certifications. During obedience classes, family pets learn basic commands—such as how to sit, heel, or answer the phone when asked—or tricks and agility stunts designed to wow passing humans. Some dogs also train for a profession, such as service dogs who assist owners with medical needs or police dogs who learn to track targets, to search and rescue lost loved ones, or to detect bombs and drugs. The facility also takes in overnight guests, incorporating training sessions into their stay if desired. The fruits of the week’s training sessions go on display every Tuesday night, as dogs show off their talents during Pay to Play sessions led by trainers ready to help pups master skills or to referee during impromptu games of Red Rover.
Amid the lush hush of surrounding woods, Treats Pet Resort boards canine and feline guests, pampering them with modern amenities and 24-hour care. Check pooches into a suite for a two-day play date involving naps in toddler- and twin-sized beds. Leisurely television viewing keeps critters occupied on rainy days, and ceiling fans whirl above to cool chic kitties who refuse to remove their fur coats during their relaxing weekend stay. Large outdoor patios connected by pet doors let furry friends roam freely, and loving hands lead unlimited playtime and long walks along imaginary beaches.
Pam Graham's devotion to horses spans more than 30 years, of which she spent more than a decade as a full-time groomer for some of the nation's premier trainers. Leveraging her experience in breeding and foaling, Pam keeps horses in good health and fine spirits by caring for them in the familiar confines of their home stables. In addition to caring for the horses of other owners, she's lovingly maintained her herd for more than 20 human years, which translates to about 4 horse years or one one-thousandth of a horsefly year.
For grooming—a skill that Pam teaches on the side at her own clinics—she wields curry, mitt, and rake brushes, each of which contains bristles of a varied thickness to thoroughly soften and shine coats. And when she horse sits, Pam leaves her beauty kit at home and makes one or two visits each day to replenish food and water, deliver supplements, and perform a visual once-over before reporting to owners via phone or email.
Aided by a staff of animal lovers who have spent countless hours at rescue organizations, Dr. Kerry Garrity keeps pets healthy by providing a range of veterinary services. Dr. Garrity and her team administer yearly vaccines, examine fractures with the help of digital radiographs, and tend to older pets with specialized geriatric services. They also nurture overweight dogs with Royal Canin Veterinary Diets and counsel new owners on pet-care strategies, such as letting one’s canine fetch the paper only after removing the funny pages. After appointments, clients can treat their dogs and cats to accessories from the pet boutique, such as knit-fish cat toys, fleece pet sleeping bags, bowls, and treats.
Drawing on more than two decades of pet protection, Invisible Fence of Greater Louisville keeps beloved beasties safely inside yards and other outdoor spaces using modern technology and individualized training. Homeowners will receive in-home consultations to help determine the scope of their pet-protection needs, including installation specifics. Invisible Fence Brand systems boast surge protection and can be installed around property to section off forbidden areas, including pools and gardens, and cut through a variety of terrains such as wooded and underwater areas.
Once the pet-centric force fields are installed, Invisible Fence of Greater Louisville will provide individual, play-based training via its certified methods to teach curious pooches how to frolic about yards while avoiding the fences. The hands-on training sessions teach dogs to respond to the warning signals issued by their fancy new computer collars, which emit foreboding tones when curious pooches scamper too close to the fences. After the in-home consultations, professional installation, and pet training, carefree canines can take charge of their outdoor surroundings and remain safe without diminishing yards? aesthetic beauty.
The experienced, kind staff at The Pet School and Hotel comfort animal guests with private rooms, deft grooming, and training built around positive reinforcement. Each dog that vacations at the Pet Hotel lounges in 36 square feet of climate-controlled space and heads outside five to six times daily to play and practice poses for upcoming calendars. Cats frolic together in a spacious rec room filled with toys, hiding holes, and black holes to absorb their insatiable curiosity while birds nest at the private residence of the owner, who has more than 20 years of experience caring for exotic avians. Dedicated to canines and felines, the Pet Salon's groomers condition coats and skin with oatmeal, protein, and flea baths and specialize in the FURminator technique that clears out matted undercoats to reduce shedding.