Utah Dog Park cares for canines of all sizes with an array of boarding, daycare, and grooming services. Dirt-caked dogs are ushered into a cheery orange-walled dog wash room, where marble bathtubs and detachable shower heads spray warm water across their every mud splatter, coat bramble, and temporary tattoo. Utah Dog Park's staff of hound handlers massages away fur contaminants with pooch-friendly shampoo and conditioner before a rubdown and drying session. A nail trim tames unwieldy claws and dampens the pitter-patter of puppy feet to help dogs more effectively sneak up on waiters carrying steaks.
PupTub, a self-service dog-grooming salon located in Cottonwood Heights, provides owners with all of the equipment and products necessary to keep pooches looking and smelling their best. Owners shampoo, condition, and dry their pet's fur before getting to the details with an assortment of grooming tools, ear wipes, and disposable toothbrushes with mint- or poultry-flavored toothpaste. PupTub also offers dog-sitting services.
Vista Farms’ equestrian experts edify saddled-up students ages 5 years and older on the basics of horse handling. At a private, one-hour lesson (a $35 value), mounties can bring their own horse or ride 1 of up to 10 on-site horses, building a new relationship through relaxed strolls and trading favorite novels. Head trainer Lisa Park focuses on building trust between horse and rider, providing a rundown of natural horsemanship skills and national-level showing techniques, and getting maximum height and distance out of built-in ejector saddles.
Dog Training Elite's founder and head trainer John Mestas leans on 32 years of experience training pups of all shapes, sizes, and breath swampiness. He's worked with guide-dog puppies, coached members of a search-and-rescue team, and has trained police-department canines. In training programs for family pets, he leverages that experience to help pups learn behavioral basics and weeds out troublesome habits such as sitting on the furniture and jumping.
With spring spreading like a bag of spilled gravy, now is the ideal time to throw open the windows and get home-care projects underway. Pick up a Stanley six-piece screwdriver set for $6.99, a VPT rip hammer for $8.49, and a whole bunch of screws, anchors, and bolts (prices vary), and you'll be ready to finally mount every buffalo nickel and steel penny in your coin collection. Illuminate the newfound décor with a 12-pack of Ace light bulbs ($21.48), the better to see by as you make use of a Purdy four-piece premium paint-tray kit ($19.99). If you need to match paint to a favorite coverlet or choose a hue that complements a pleather recliner, each store offers a paint-matching service free of charge. Get keys made for $1.99 a pop, or clean a barnacle-encrusted carpet with the help of a carpet-cleaning machine ($30 a day to rent).