Dr. Connie Anderson’s love of animals shines through in every facet of her life. Not only has she studied veterinary medicine at Oregon State University and Washington State University, but she and her family live with a menagerie of dogs, cats, birds, tortoises, goats, and Holly, a pot-belly pig.
At Dr. Anderson’s practice, Animal House Veterinary Clinic, she and her team pair their love of animals with the latest technology. Their microchip implants, for example, help identify pets if they are lost or don Groucho glasses, and digital x-rays screen for unseen injuries. The in-house lab and pharmacy ensure quick turnaround on prescriptions, and an array of lower-tech services—such as grooming, physicals, and vaccines—round out the health care treatments.
Boasting a 100% cage-free environment and over 8,000 total sq. feet, Gilbert Dogs 24/7 & Chandler Dogs 24/7 keep pups active as they romp around in open playrooms supervised by well-trained staff on grounds open 24 hours a day. The boarding facility screens every dog during a behavioral evaluation conducted prior to admission. All pooches that pass are free to run around the daycare gnawing on toys, crafting canine art, and acquiring best friends who don’t ever demand that they fetch newspapers or platters bearing three-course meals. Supervising staff members are certified dog lovers and have completed an Interpreting Dog Body Language seminar to help diffuse potential conflicts in the playroom, and film videos of pups having fun to show to returning owners. For clients leaving their pups for an extended period, the facility’s overnight boarding service allows owners to rest easy knowing that an overnight staff member is always on hand to comfort canines after nightmares of losing at poker. The shop rounds out its canine-comforting service menu with shuttle rides to appointments or puppy field trips, courses in obedience training, and spa grooming sessions in which pups are washed, dried, and brushed until coats gleam with a healthy shine.
Dog trainers Danny and Silvia Wilson founded Bark Busters Home Dog Training in Australia in 1989, hoping to help reduce the number of dogs abandoned or euthanized because of their behavioral problems. More than two decades later, their business has grown to incorporate more than 400 franchises worldwide and has helped more than 750,000 dogs live harmoniously with their human counterparts. Rather than bribing pups with treats or applying punitive methods such as shock collars, Bark Busters’ therapists follow a training system based on canine communication and pack behavior. Dogs instinctively respond to these body-language and voice-control techniques, which therapists customize to suit each dog’s personality and each family’s needs and lifestyle. Over the course of the training, therapists curb behavioral problems such as aggression, barking, jumping, gambling, and digging while teaching canine owners the leadership skills they need to make their pets feel confident and secure.
Bark Busters’ confidence in their services allows them to offer a lifetime-support guarantee. If the dog's behavior does not improve, therapists will work with the client for one year or for the lifespan of the dog—depending on the service purchased—at no additional charge.
The trainers at Best in Show Kennels aid pups and their owners in breaking down communication barriers that hinder behavioral correction. Training lessons—formulated by a head training director with 15 years of experience in world training competitions—are tailored to each pet’s needs, beginning with an evaluation that identifies any specific behavioral issues, from jumping on the couch to selling family heirlooms on the Internet. Along the way owners learn to bolster their body language and identify any issues in their nonverbal behavior. When boarding is needed, staffers keep a close eye on pups overnight, during supervised playtime sessions, and on two regular walks each day.
Arizona Pet Vet is a network of 17 animal hospitals peppered throughout the Valley area. The veterinarians use modern treatments and therapies to care for animal companions, treating each pet like an important member of its owner's family. The company doles out tips for bringing home a new pet on its website and exhibits evidence of the animal kingdom's capacity for cuteness on its Facebook page.
The staff of groomers at Elite Paw Spa specializes in caring for the needs of timid and senior dogs and cats during grooming sessions or daycare romping. Pet spa packages range from the basic silver package, which includes a custom cut, to the elite package, which includes organic shampoos and two hours of play time. It also offers doggie-daycare services ranging in time from a few hours in length to a full day.