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.
With its large windows, high ceilings, and 6,200 square feet of frolicking space, Healthy Hound Playground strives to convince pups that they're always outdoors. The facility's play areas are divided into three cage-free sections where dogs of similar size, activity level, and political leanings can mingle together. Humans enrich their play during daycare sessions with one-on-one activities such as Frisbee fetch or a 2-mile run. At night, pooches can hunker down on elevated cots inside private Canine Cottages. All of them get tucked in beneath cozy fleece blankets, but various boarding packages boast different amenities, from cuddle time to email updates for pet owners.