Though primarily a dog walking company, Executive Dogs is also responsible for many of the new friendships made within the Los Angeles area. Their staffers get to know each pet and develop close bonds with the animal. That way, dogs look forward to walks as much as owners look forward to having more time on their hands. To keep canines calm and at ease, the company's team makes sure to step over mom-threatening cracks, and only walks pets individually or with other dogs that live in the same household. The dog lovers also house sit for owners who require extended time away from home.
Founded in 2007 by certified master dog trainer Jaime Van Wye, Zoom Room fosters relationships between dogs and their owners through obedience and agility classes. Obstacles such as hurdles, hoops, and ramps populate the interactive indoor facility, helping energetic pups burn off steam, gain focus, and get in shape for roles summer stock productions of Homeward Bound. In addition to basic obedience courses, specialty classes for shy or overly rambunctious dogs build confidence through positive reinforcement and a controlled class environment. Dogs seeking less structured outings often romp through half-hour blocks of private gym time, working through the agility course at their own pace.
A Dog’s Life Rescue was born out of a great love for animals. Co-founders Julia Pennington and Allison Lange lead an all-volunteer team dedicated to rescuing abandoned, abused, and neglected dogs and other animals. The volunteers predominantly serve as street rescuers: whenever they get a call about an injured dog stuck in busy freeway traffic, they stop whatever they're doing to help rescue it. The organization relies on a network of fosters to shelter, care for, and rehabilitate pups while they await placement in permanent loving homes. A Dog’s Life Rescue holds adoption events three times per month, and also helps educate low-income communities on the importance of spaying or neutering pets.
As a member of the Pet Care Services Association (formerly the American Boarding Kennel Association), K9 Loft is devoted to offering the best in dog-care services. The large, state-of-the-art facility is kept clean and safe for dogs of any shape, size, and ratio of robot to animal parts. With the daycare service, customers can store their terriers, salukis, or affenpinschers for a full day ($35) in a climate-controlled environment that is constantly supervised by trained staff. The best friends of best friends maintain sanitary conditions throughout the day through use of biodegradable cleaning products. As animal friends socialize with other barkers and snack on Natural Balance hors d’oeuvres, streaming webcams make it possible to view them in action, or inaction, from afar. All dogs are screened and organized into separate groups—including designated areas for non-social dogs—depending on their size and personality.
They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but Ira Meisler doesn’t buy it. The real-life dog whisperer has used positive reinforcement—namely love, affection, and praise—to train pups for the past 30 years and invites dogs of all ages to enroll at American Pet Hotel & Dog Training. Puppies and mature dogs alike practice and absorb basic commands and—with or without their owners’ help—learn the art of potty training. For instance, customers can drop their pooches off for a few weeks of in-kennel training or have a trainer come to them for in-home sessions. Either way, Ira guarantees a lifetime of good behavior. If at any time a dog begins to regress on its training, he’ll offer a refresher course absolutely free of charge.
Beyond training services, American Pet Hotel & Dog Training also operates just what one would expect: a doggy hotel. While owners are away on vacation, guests can rest comfortably inside individual private indoor dog runs, each of which is cleaned and disinfected throughout the day. During their stays, they can lounge atop fleece bedding, frolic with staff during playtime, and enjoy at least six walks every day. Cats can rest their paws at the hotel as well. Private "kitty condos" ensconce felines in cozy spaces with relaxing music, and they also can enjoy designated play time with a scratching post or two. To ensure the safety of all pets, the hotel has a veterinarian on call 24/7 or 168/49 in dog time.