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.
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.
If you’re looking for a dog facility specializing in a holistic approach, Wagville in Glassell Park is a top choice. Driving by, the storefront is impossible to miss with a colorful orange doorframe, an enormous address above it and a bright green playing dog painted around their windows. It’s a fun space in an industrial part of town, selling all manner of doggy goods and offering daycare, boarding, grooming and training services. Four web cams keep nervous owners connected while boarding their pet at Wagville, and dogs are grouped by their size to make sure everyone plays nice in the large indoor and outdoor spaces.
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.