A Stay in the Country Pet Lodging is a paradise for tail-waggers of all shapes and sizes. It has indoor and outdoor doggy dens, heated floors, and room to roam in spacious play yards (dogs play least four times a day, in groups or individually). Pups are fed two meals a day and treated to treats all day long. The facility, a family farm, is dedicated to giving four-legged friends plenty of personal attention and will gladly accommodate any woofer’s specific need, as long as they don’t involve chocolate bones.
Backed by an armory of natural shampoos and soaps, the groomers at Shampooches Salon & Spaw untangle and trim coats, leaving pups to strut out in a well-groomed parade with tongues lolling happily. Flea and tick treatments keep pests at bay, and trimming around the ears leaves pooches ready to listen for the sounds of other dogs barking or coaches discovering loopholes that allow canines in the league.
To say that Far Fetched Tales' head trainer, Pamela, has a way with animals would be a major understatement. Her 30 years of experience include time spent working on a farm and showing and training horses, and her own prized corgis, Harley and Jo Dee have won seven national titles combined. Throughout her career, Pamela has helped well-meaning dogs overcome a variety of behavioral issues, from jumping and chewing to separation anxiety and poker addictions, using techniques that focus on positive reinforcement. Beyond training neighborhood pooches to sit and stay, Pamela also offers agility training for pets and owners who are interested in qualifying for competitions, as well as pet sitting and training for service and therapy dogs.
Signature service: Income-tax preparation
Staff size: 2–10 people
Average duration of services: 30–60 minutes
Pro tip: Play center and movies for children; refreshments; knowledgeable, customer-service-oriented staff