Watch My Wag, LLC is more than just a place for dogs to play while their parents are away. Because it was designed and supervised by a dog behaviorist, the pup-focused facility delivers a therapeutic experience that hosts structured play sessions and helps younger pups adopt good habits and shake the bad ones.
Older canines get some time to socialize with spirited youngsters, during which they can play, run, and jump with their new hard-to-tire friends. Over the course of playtime, youngsters watch their more mature companions to pick up proper doggy etiquette and the best tricks to convince owners to hand over some bacon during Sunday brunch.
Private training sessions help pawed pupils ditch bad habits and adopt good ones, from not chewing on furniture to how to create Excel spreadsheets should they ever grow opposable thumbs. When the sunsets and playtime ends, pups staying overnight retire to a private suite, where high-quality dog food and a comfortable bed await them.
The canine-compatible staff of Pet Starz trains, entertains, and watches over pooches in the indoor and outdoor activity areas of its colorful, cage-free facility. Professional grooming services keep companions stylish, and obedience and puppy-training classes help pets master the art of sitting, staying, and memorizing the location of potentially dangerous wells. Staffers help their quadruped charges become more comfortable with other dogs and breeds, and a thrice-daily cleaning of all activity areas and kennels ensures pups stay healthy, clean, and safe.
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.
At Tuscarora's Country Club for Dogs, Vivian Kelly and her staff of caretakers groom and board dogs and cats on 30 acres of grassy pastures. An 8,000-square-foot play area entertains dogs that can play with companions and ample toys. Dogs are boarded in comfort in cageless suites replete with heating, air conditioning, and 24-hour music, and 24-hour security discourages them from committing investment fraud. Tuscarora's groomers treat coats with warm baths, massages to remove dander, and hand-scissored haircuts.
The loving staff at the AAHA- and AVMA-certified Caring Hearts Animal Hospital recognizes that pets are treasured members of the family. At the head of the facility are Drs. Lorie White and Laura Morefield, who oversee a practice equipped with comprehensive medical and surgical facilities. With more than 22 years of veterinary experience each, Drs. White and Morefield treat pets with acupuncture, behavioral medicine, dentistry, and emergency care. To that end, their animal hospital contains a lab and pharmacy, as well as radiology, surgery, examination, grooming, and boarding areas. Trainers also lead puppy and behavior classes, ensuring pups can lead obedient lives and will never eat dessert with a salad fork.
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.
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.