Surrounded by 30 acres of lush terrain, Canine Obedience Unlimited gives four-legged family members an expansive, off-leash training experience. All training courses meet once per week for one hour to teach canines the essentials of sitting, staying, and break dancing on grass. Dog agility classes lay the groundwork and fine-tune the obedience skills necessary to navigate an intricate framework of weave poles and teeter-totters, whereas the interactive dog obedience courses tame all manner of behavioral problems in a small- to medium-size group format. Alternatively, the AKC S.T.A.R. puppy preschool is geared toward pooches ages 8- to 20-weeks old and teaches owners how to transform juvenile delinquents into upstanding canine citizens who hold doghouse doors open for their elders.
Before modern-day salons, barbershops were a haven for masculine camaraderie with a side of hair services. When Joe Grondin, a master barber of more than 30 years, opened the first Roosters Men's Grooming Center, he worked to recapture that ambiance, but updated the styling techniques. Today, men there revel in a slow-paced atmosphere and contemporary services. Clients sit comfortably during cuts that culminate with aftershave and a dash of powder on the neck and vintage facial shaves, road to recovery facials, complete with a cleansing and hot towels.
Tina Pavone spent two decades of her life in business casual before abandoning corporate life for a career working with her real passion: animals. At Walking WetNoses, Tina and her staff spread their love for furry friends by walking dogs, pet-sitting, cleaning up yards, and other pet-care services for busy owners. They even lead a dog and owner boot camp that, thanks to a fitness trainer and dog trainer, works on owners' fitness and dog's willingness to follow orders.
Advantage Horsemanship Equestrian Center’s Scott Purdum has felt at home among horses his entire life. His parents recognized his comfort and prodigious skills with the animals when he was extremely young, and bought him his own horse when he was just 3 years old. Unlike many youngsters, who quickly tire of a sport or only participate for the promise of halftime puppy giveaways, Scott’s passion grew, leading him to show in hunter and pleasure by the age of 6 and go on to study equine science at the University of Maryland. Naturally, this level of familiarity with the animals lends him a high degree of authority when helping humans expand their horsemanship knowledge and training for all breeds. He’s even translated his skills into a television series in which he covers common training and riding topics. At Advantage Horsemanship Equestrian Center, he works with a team of horse experts to lead trail rides and provide training. Scott’s riding instruction extends to the disciplines of both English and Western riding, which he disseminates through lessons, clinics, training DVDs, and several articles.
Even after dropping their dogs off at LIttle Rascals, owners are never truly separated from their pups—they can always check in on them through a live webcam feed. That's just one of the amenities that elevate the grooming, boarding, and day care center to feeling more like a dog resort. While at the facility, dogs play with a range of toys that include balls, tug-of-war ropes, and Frisbees. Pups who stay overnight snooze in a choice of quarters that range from a simple crate to a cageless suite complete with a child-size human bed.
When it comes to keeping pets looking good, the grooming technicians at Little Rascals transform dog fur into chic, clean coats with their washes and deshedding services. A slew of training classes also teach pups fundamental skills for living in the human world, such as how to fetch a newspaper without swallowing a single bite of it. Even cats have a place here, with grooming services created just for them.