Lisa, along with her staff at Lisa’s Little Paws, watches dogs of all sizes during doggie-daycare sessions or overnight boarding. The staff takes pooches outside to the swimming pool and sandbox on nice days or plays music and movies to entertain them indoors. In addition to boarding, Lisa’s Little Paws also offers grooming services and a boutique.
Though Terri Watson specializes in dog grooming, her expertise extends to daycare, overnight boarding, and industry-grade belly rubs. She allows visiting pups to do as they please, whether it’s jumping on couches, fetching toys, or napping in a comfy bed. In addition to providing a safe, clean place for dogs to hang out while they wait for their masters to return, Terri strives to help her canine boarders burn off excess energy and socialize with other dogs.
Due to their curious nature, dogs often come home dirty, whether from chasing squirrels through muddy fields or disassembling your car's transmission. Community Bark Dog Wash & Coffee Bar's dual locations provide specially designed stations for washing dogs of all sizes, whether for self-service sudsing or full-service washing by friendly groomers. The cleaners furnish all the tools needed to groom pups to perfection, including shampoos, conditioners, brushes, combs, and high-velocity hair dryers.
Whether returning from a walk or waiting for their pooch to dry, pet lovers can hang out in the dog-friendly Barker Lounge, where they can sip Alterra coffee and munch on pastries. The café also supplies treats for canine customers and free WiFi service for laptops and bark-activated phones.
Advanced surgical suites, an underwater treadmill for physical therapy, and doctors highly knowledgeable in the field of orthopedic care. Though this may seem like a list of features found at a major city hospital, it actually belongs to Packerland Veterinary Center. Offering state-of-the-art pet services that range from routine vaccines to advanced cancer care, owner Chanda Holschbach and her team of dedicated veterinarians draw from an arsenal of advanced medical equipment that includes digital x-rays, , dental gear, and surgical tools used for hip replacements. With access to an in-house laboratory, the forward-thinking center also provides pet-patients with cutting-edge treatments, such as stem cell therapy and therapeutic laser treatments.
Grooming specialists, meanwhile, keep four-legged pals looking and feeling fresh at the center's on-site grooming studio, which they outfit with individual kennels and a fully-equipped bathing area.
Zoom Room?s dog training facilities have one cardinal rule: owners must be present during class. This is because humans need just as much training as their canine companions when building confidence and communication, and it?s important that owners learn the best positive-reinforcement techniques from the knowledgeable staff. Group classes cover topics ranging from general obedience and agility training to more specific needs such as overcoming shyness. Other classes include Urban Herding, where dogs herd exercise balls into soccer goals indoors, Scent Work, where dogs learn to sniff out missing car keys or the TV remote, and Pup-lates, which is geared toward overweight or senior dogs, or those recovering from an injury.
In fact, improving canine social skills is one of Zoom Room?s missions, as evidenced by the regularly hosted fundraiser events and Doggy Disco parties, which give dogs a chance to meet other dogs and expand away from their inner circle of fire hydrants. This combination of training and fun, in addition to the facility?s selection of solution-oriented training gear, natural dog treats, and functional dog accessories, has garnered an array of local and national press.
On Howell Avenue sits a school where students never want to leave. Pet University's head trainer Dennis Trzcinski has more than 20 years of experience in canine training, including teaching service and police dogs. Dogs move through carefully structured curricula, and upon completion, should be such well-behaved family members that they'll have earned a no-holds-barred graduation trip to Cancun. The trained staff also engages dogs in stimulating activities during daycare and boarding stays.