At Dog as a Second Language, certified and vet-recommended instructors are fluent in canine care. They welcome pooches to their residential center for training, boarding, and daycare. In the sprawling backyard, dogs can run, socialize, and cavort with each other during daycare sessions before adjourning to a nap session complete with story time and bone-flavored tea. One-on-one training helps establish roles and simple commands, strengthening bonds with reward-based exercises. Meanwhile, these positive behaviors also seep in via subtle teachings during boarding sessions complete with quiet time, exercise, and plenty of time with other dogs.
At first glance, Fullwood Animal Hospital might look like a hospital for humans. Only diminutive treatment tables and a row of boarding cages hint that its pristine, professional spaces are actually for healing pets. The hospital boasts all equipment necessary to diagnose and treat animals: an X-ray, ECG machine, a surgical suite with anesthesia. There's even a lab on-site, so some basics parasite and urinalysis tests can undergo analysis quickly.
Lessons at Thalia Farm presents a nurturing, safe, and fun environment where students can learn to become well-rounded horseback riders through lessons, summer camps, and after-school programs. Specializing in dressage and three-day eventing from the balanced, versatile seat of English equitation, instructors use riding as a conduit for instilling leadership skills, responsibility, safety, and discipline. Lessons incorporate jumping and basic flatwork, as well as handling and grooming trained lesson horses. Students also learn how to tack and untack their mounts without help from the instructor or the talking horse in the next stall.
The crew at Pet Paradise coddles both overnight and daytime critter clients in a resort-like enclave with private quarters, sumptuous bedding and toys, and plenty of amenities. Canines revel in the sun-baked lawn surrounding a doggie-bone-shaped swimming pool before cooling humid hides with a refreshing dip. Supervised group playtime gives dogs a chance to find an alto for their moon-serenading choir, and outdoor walks allow for sightseeing and exercise. Pooped pooches relish alone time in indoor/outdoor suites, and kitties retire to a felines-only wing of the resort where soft-playing music relieves the stresses of a long day of napping, stretching, and napping.
Metro Paws' day-care facility boasts more than 16,000 square feet of air-conditioned indoor play space, more than 25,000 square feet of fenced outdoor space, and an on-staff team of super-smart puppies. Drop off your four-legged friend for two full days of attentive care and fun-filled playtime ($50) at the day care's accommodating digs, sparing yourself the guilt of leaving your pet alone during days when you can't be around the house. Metro Paws is staffed with friendly, experienced employees at all hours, ensuring your pup will always be safe and never feel lonely. Dogs attending day care are assigned to "neighborhoods" of 10-15 other cuddly companions. All indoor amusement areas are outfitted with cushioned, non-skid rubber flooring. For pick-up and drop-off times, see here.
At Club K-9 of Charlotte’s two locations, more than 30,000 square feet of space sprawls out for pups to tucker themselves out while their families work or travel out of town. Owner J.P. Brewer and her first-aid- and CPR-certified staff maintain a safe, clean environment where four-legged friends can have fun, exercise, and improve their social skills with little to no anxiety. During doggie daycare, the staff separates dogs by age, size, and temperament and supervises the centers’ indoor and outdoor play areas. Overnight boarding guests enjoy some of the same amenities found in hotels for humans, such as climate-controlled suites with elevated beds, quiet music, and dimmed lights. The Club K-9 team also pet-sits and performs dog-grooming services.