With this package, registered pooches can enroll in any $85 weekly class; classes take place once a week for six weeks. Pre-requisites apply for intermediate and advanced classes, and aggressive dogs and barking cats are not permitted. Young canines get schooled on proper dog-park etiquette, including basic commands, loose-leash strolling, and social interaction, at the Positively Puppies class. For dogs more than five months old, the Manners for Life class effaces improper actions (jumping on people), and the Wallflower class pumps up social skills for shy breeds. Intimately sized classes guarantee ample attention. View a complete list of featured courses here.
At Punchestown Stable, skilled instructors equip equestrians of all ability levels with show-quality horses, saddles, and new skills. Sarah Reilly, the owner of the stable, calls upon prestigious riding and training experience as she bestows riders as young as 5 with the knowledge, techniques, and carrot-flavored sugar cubes necessary to curry a stallion's favor. Budding cowboys and cowgirls must wear pants and closed-toe shoes, but the stable stocks all other key riding equipment. By tailoring instruction to each rider’s experience and interests, Sarah ensures that no one bored by mythology ends up riding a centaur.
Tucked away on the owner's 25-acre farm just outside Louisville, Utopia Animal Care welcomes dogs of all breeds and sizes to a loving home away from home. During daycare stays or slumber parties, pups can be found romping about the 2-acre, fully fenced outdoor play yard or snuggled inside the cage-free facility, where each canine suite is outfitted with organic snacks, fresh water, and cable TV. To restore that new-dog smell, Utopia's licensed groomer manages manes of all textures and lengths with breed-specific cuts and brush outs and helps pups to unwind from long hours dreaming of chasing squirrels with canine massage.
Unlike animal resorts that have subpar turn-down service and overpriced treats in the mini-fridge, The Pet School and Hotel accommodates your pet in a cage-free climate-controlled area. Each windowed room is sectioned off by solid walls, which prevent star-crossed guests from getting lost in one another's puppy-dog eyes.
For more than 40 years, Animal Crackers has satisfied the style appetites of choosy children and discerning parents with an array of fine threads made for boys (newborn to size 7) and girls (newborn to size 10). Customers can drape their 1- to 2-year-old princess in beach-time fashion with a Vive La Fete swimsuit ($46) or get recital-ready with a pair of ballet slippers ($18.50). The “young man” designation proves to be more than just a stern warning when boys sport silk ties and button-down shirts and youngsters look handsomely festive in a hand-smocked Anavini birthday outfit ($66, for 12–24 months). Accessories such as Smathers and Branson needlepoint belts ($99.50) hold up pants better than a long licorice rope. Alphabet games ($18) and magic trick sets ($19.99–$29.99) make fine Labor Day presents for hard-at-play nieces.
Clark Clouse's father, Tommie, worked with horses for more than 40 years while tending his own barn, so it was only natural that Clark too would excel at riding long after his father's retirement. Clark, with more than 20 years of experience training horses, has won more than 35 World Championship titles and was named 'young trainer of the year' in 2007. At Clouse Stables, he and Sheila Clouse board and train American saddlebreds, and they also offer lessons for riders of all experience levels. The riding instructor at the stables, Maryta Montgomery, has been successfully competing in the show ring since 1992. Montgomery received training from some of the best riding instructors in the Saddlebred industry, including instruction from Renee Biggins and Missy Hughes.The stables are situated on ten acres with an indoor arena an outside track.