The Dog House, the retail outpost of the Good Dog Food Company, carries an array of treats, toys, and holistic pet products and also regularly hosts 75-minute educational classes for bi-legged canine companions. During the Behavior Basics class on September 24, Dr. Crista Coppola, who has a PhD in animal behavior, instructs owners how to bond with pets, prevent behavioral problems, and get dogs to wear sweaters. Clients can share their pet's loving demeanor following the October 4 Making Your Dog a Therapy Dog class, led by certified therapy-dog handler Cal Oliver. Pupils' brains soak up info about canine therapy work, rules, and how to determine whether their dogs are telepathic enough to be suitable. Five minutes prior to each class, students meet at The Dog House to stroll over to a conference room at the Regus offices. The Dog House requests that four-pawed friends remain at home during the classes.
Pets are more than just animals, they’re members of the family. Along with that belief comes a certain attitude that the pet lovers at Shaggy Chic love to indulge. Kelly Petersen, the founder of Shaggy Chic, takes great pride in pampering her pets, though it has sometimes brought her judgment and scrutiny.
But take a look around her salon, and it doesn’t appear that judgmental eyes have affected Kelly one bit. She and her staff lovingly primp pups and other pets with a signature line of paraben-free shampoos, conditioners, detanglers, and fur fresheners, all of which are made in the United States from natural ingredients. In the salon, they groom pets with services that include baths, fur blowouts, nail trims, and ear cleaning. They can also spruce up furry friends with additional services such as teeth brushing, blueberry facials, and pawdicures that include paw-pad massages and nail polish.
Doggie District Pet Resort treats canines not as pets, but as welcomed guests of its boarding and grooming facility that doubles as an oversized doghouse. A groomer with over 20 years of experience can snip and style canine hair in a calm, spa-like environment. During overnight stays, dogs relax on personal beds and enjoy the comforts of home with their favorite toys or pinup calendars of giant bones. Four-legged friends can roam safely in the 10,000-square-foot outdoor play area, where a closed-circuit camera system that monitors the lot at all times.
A nautical treasure trove of exotic fish and aquarium supplies, Atlantis Tropical Fish outfits aquatic admirers with all the gear necessary to create and maintain their own miniature marine ecosystems. The friendly staff helps fish enthusiasts navigate through the food, chemicals, pumps, and lighting equipment needed to keep fish healthy and less likely to throw stones in their new glass houses. A large selection of tanks ($19.99–$1,600) are shaped and sized to contain all manner of the freshwater and tropical fish ($1.25–$499) kept in stock.
Sniffany & Company treat pets like royalty, attracting the eyes of humans and pooches alike with its racks of outfits, plush pillows, and chic dog carriers. Off the retail floor, groomers with at least five years experience tend to unruly nails and fur with all-natural shampoos and conditioners. They begin and end each grooming session with a consultation, which helps acquaint them with four-legged clients and ensures that owners are happy with their pet?s haircut. The staff is equipped to handle breeds of all sizes, from bichons and cocker spaniels to siberian huskies and labs, capping each grooming service with a complimentary bow or bandana.
Pet grooming can improve the cleanliness of your home as well as your favorite critter?take, for instance, deshedding treatments.
Most cats and dogs shed constantly, and cleaning it up can be an endless job. To help reduce the amount of pet hair floating around your home, groomers offer deshedding treatments?which some claim can reduce shedding by 60%?80% more attractively than shaving all but a pet?s left hind leg.
There are many different deshedding methods, but most treatments follow a similar trajectory. The groomer does an initial combing or brushing to inspect the animal?s coat and work through any tough mats that have developed. Then the pet gets a shampoo-and-conditioning treatment with products made for helping loose fur move along. A powerful dryer blasts the fur, taking with it lots of loose tufts. Finally, most groomers also use a special deshedding tool. Devices such as the Furminator use a comb to push through the topcoat and draw loose undercoat hairs against a stainless-steel edge and clear them away.