From pocket puppies to extra-large beasts, Pimp My Pooch Pet Spa coddles all breeds with salon services worthy of man’s best friend. Groomers massage their furry customers with organic and eco-friendly shampoos before hand drying them with soft towels. From there, they’ll administer either a breed-appropriate cut, or follow the owner’s lead and design a custom look. Throughout each 90-minute service, dogs can nibble on organic treats as a reward for good behavior or finally mastering their times tables. The treats are also available for purchase, along with doggy outfits, in the boutique. Pups who haven’t quite grasped the art of sit and stay can enroll in Pimp My Pooch’s dog-training sessions. Led by Melissa Munoz, the group or private seminars can alleviate all sorts of behavioral problems, from excessive barking and chewing to poor leash manners.
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.
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.
At their core, children and dogs aren't so different; both require love, attention, and a time out if they're gnawing on the furniture. Luckily for pet owners, the owners of Paws 4 Dogs have experience with both—they were former teachers who used to wrangle middle and high school students on a daily basis. Today, the now-retired educators put all the patience and fortitude they gained as teachers to use helming dog walks, dog park visits, and pet sitting sessions.
Signature service: Veterinary medical care
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Pro Tip: When you schedule an appointment, make sure there is enough time to transfer your pet's medical records before your visit.
As the owner of Roxy’s Doggy Day Care & Boarding, Kathleen expresses her love of animals on a daily basis. During daycare stints and overnight stays, she and her team entertain pups with walks and rough-and-tumble dog toys, rather than forcing them to play lightly with porcelain dog dolls.