Outfitted with spas and treadmills, Pooch Hotels are nearly the same as human accommodations, with one key difference: your dog might get a tummy-rub with their turndown service. These venues were all designed by dog-lovers whose main priority was canine comfort, regardless of the length of each guest's stay.
Dogs on daycare visits, for example, are sorted by size and temperament before entering one of multiple play areas. Monitored by human "Pack Leaders," they socialize amidst toys, treats, and wading pools at select locations, or run outside if the weather and facilities permit. Those who have booked a room for the night can relax in a private suite, outfitted with a glass door rather than bars. These range from standard to presidential and even palace suites?rooms outfitted with luxury bedding and flat-screen televisions tuned to dog-friendly programming. Customers might also schedule a spa appointment for their pooch, choosing from services such as baths, "pawdicures," and even facials.
The hotels pursue peace of mind for owners as actively as they pamper their dogs. Certain locations have installed web cameras in the play areas and suites, enabling people to check in on their pets and guilt them about the time they napped instead of writing a postcard. Staff remain on-hand at all times to welcome newcomers and care for already-snoozing pups.
A southerner by birth and Californian by the grace of her accounting career, Bark Williams's owner Deborah Sharp helps pet owners bond with pooches during grooming sessions at her hospitable doggy spa. Clients can clip claws and primp paws at the self-service stations, which come equipped with soaps, shampoos, brushes, and dog-care products. Bark Williams also houses a full-service grooming spa that spruces up pups with full washes, haircuts, nail trims, and teeth and ear treatment delivered without any kenneling, crating, or taunting from neighborhood cats. The shop keeps pups feeling as good as they look with optimum raw pet foods from brands such as Halshan Premium and The Honest Kitchen.
Healthy Spot's knowledgeable staff stocks its award-winning eco-friendly shelves with pet food and toys and unfurls a bevy of holistic services for four-legged friends. A large selection of treats, including Plato salmon strips ($13) rewards pooches for good behavior, such as remembering to put the toilet seat down. Donning a supersoft zebra hoodie ($45), pups can catch up on the latest gossip with other canines at doggy daycare ($10/hour; $30/half day; $45/full day). Owners can indulge their furry companions by treating them to a relaxing signature spa treatment ($35+), which includes a shampoo, massage, and permission to chew their way out of the bathtub.
Blending ancient Taoist principles of inner balance with cutting-edge diagnostic, medical, and surgical care, Dr. Annie M. Harvilicz and her team at Animal Wellness Centers cater to pawed companions with holistic care and genuine compassion. When Scruffy gets eerily aligned with his moniker, let him test the uber-cleansing waters of the Best Bath Ever, which includes a gently soothing shampoo, conditioning treatment, hand drying, and regal upkeep tips from the Fancy Feast cat ($30–$70 depending on pet weight). A la carte nail clipping ($16), ear cleaning ($16), and anal-gland expression ($22.50) refresh doghouse dwellers between baths, and canine and kitten insides can get equally spruced with Dr. Annie's own product line of vitamins and other supportive supplements. The center also opens its doors for babysitter-defiant felines and house-party-prone pups with luxury cat boarding ($35/day) and doggy daycare ($40/day), where all fellow overnighters are guaranteed to be vaccinated and free of Milk-Bone–shaped lock picks. Checkups, spays and neuters, behavior classes, and more can also be scooped up with this deal.
As a member of the Pet Care Services Association (formerly the American Boarding Kennel Association), K9 Loft is devoted to offering the best in dog-care services. The large, state-of-the-art facility is kept clean and safe for dogs of any shape, size, and ratio of robot to animal parts. With the daycare service, customers can store their terriers, salukis, or affenpinschers for a full day ($35) in a climate-controlled environment that is constantly supervised by trained staff. The best friends of best friends maintain sanitary conditions throughout the day through use of biodegradable cleaning products. As animal friends socialize with other barkers and snack on Natural Balance hors d’oeuvres, streaming webcams make it possible to view them in action, or inaction, from afar. All dogs are screened and organized into separate groups—including designated areas for non-social dogs—depending on their size and personality.
Between the green-and-white tile and the plastic lobby chairs, the Dogromat certainly nails the ambiance of the back half of its titular portmanteau. But this Mar Vista petcare store provides a high-end level of service for its four-legged clientele. Dogs can get the grooming and pruning treatment from one of the Dogromat’s specialists or, thanks to the self-serve stations in the store’s back area, from their loving owners. If anything, that’s the main function of Dogromat: give customers a place to simply, safely and securely scrub down their pets. Of course, the shop also features a selection of healthy, natural dog food, from brands like Taste of the Wild and Orijen. Just beware: this is a very popular weekend destination for Mar Vista locals looking to clean up their pooch.