Dogs dream of luxuries like chew toys and head pats, but at Grand Paws Pet Salon and Spa, they can experiment with a different indulgence—facials infused with blueberry or vanilla. The salon specializes in aesthetic treatments for dogs and cats, which range from facials and nontoxic dye jobs to flea shampoos and ear cleanings. Founded by Heather Hinkle, an alumna of The Paragon School of Pet Grooming, the salon initially hit the road as a mobile grooming service. Nowadays, however, Hinkle and her team have migrated to a spacious storefront where pets can play and socialize after their service is over, rather than passing time by staring at the clock, wondering what it is.
Club Wags offers high-quality products and if the team doesn't feel comfortable using a certain product with its own pets, then that product never enters the store. Since 2010, the boutique pet shop has supplied dog and cat owners with high-quality foods, toys, and supplies—from braided chew rings made from grass-fed buffalo to grain-free food to all-natural and hypoallergenic grooming goods. Beyond cultivating a roster of select products, the team helps customers make informed decisions on behalf of their pets’ diet and overall health, providing digestive supplements and calming treats to help reduce separation anxiety. Their care and know-how extends into Club Wags' mobile grooming service, which travels to pet owners’ homes with an arsenal of all-natural grooming products to spruce up pets for upcoming doggy award ceremonies.
Even after dropping their dogs off at LIttle Rascals, owners are never truly separated from their pups—they can always check in on them through a live webcam feed. That's just one of the amenities that elevate the grooming, boarding, and day care center to feeling more like a dog resort. While at the facility, dogs play with a range of toys that include balls, tug-of-war ropes, and Frisbees. Pups who stay overnight snooze in a choice of quarters that range from a simple crate to a cageless suite complete with a child-size human bed.
When it comes to keeping pets looking good, the grooming technicians at Little Rascals transform dog fur into chic, clean coats with their washes and deshedding services. A slew of training classes also teach pups fundamental skills for living in the human world, such as how to fetch a newspaper without swallowing a single bite of it. Even cats have a place here, with grooming services created just for them.
Planet Pet in Adams Morgan is a paradise for pets. The universe of Planet Pet includes a shop, a grooming salon, a daycare center and a pet hotel. They also do nutrition counseling, training and dog walking. The pet shop, although somewhat sparse, stocks all-natural pet food and supplies, mainly for cats and dogs, but also carries some stuff for the average rabbit or guinea pig. The doggy daycare section is staffed by an animal-crazy crowd, and there is even a convenient curbside drop-off for parents leaving their pets for the day or just for a few hours. Not to mention, the boarding center is staffed every single hour of the year.
The Downtown Dog Resort & Spa's diverse 10,000-square-foot facility helps its canine guests sleep, exercise, and stay healthy all in one spot. During daycare sessions, pups are matched with friends of similar sizes and temperaments before they clamber over jungle gyms and dive into pools. Doggie treadmills help pooches jog off extra pounds, and obedience training teaches them to avoid the temptation of biting on a check-raise bluff during a game of poker. At night, boarding pups settle into small and large suites replete with heated floors, elevated beds, and overhead air-conditioning. In addition to creature comforts, the hotel also keeps vets from the adjoining Swan Harbor Animal Hospital close to dole out health screenings and respond to any issues that might arise.