Certified dog trainer and owner of Dogs Making Better Choices Alise Trees believes that dogs want to serve their masters, but “the key is establishing a respectful and trusting relationship between dog owners and their pets.” As part of canine training, she offers a Basic Manners course for dogs, during which owners teach their dogs commands that range from sit, down, and stay to skills that include loose leash walking. She also conducts private lessons to address individual issues.
The dog handlers at Central Park Dog Daycare love pups, and they ensure that each dog under their care receives special attention while the dog romps in both outdoor and indoor play areas. Dogs are encouraged to socialize with those that are of similar size and temperament while staffers supervise them to make sure they don’t fight. Plus, Central Park’s dog-centric boutique stocks everything a pup needs, from collars and leashes to toys and video games.
Pets are a part of the family, but when meal times roll around, many owners often feed them unhealthy ingredients they aren't used to. That’s the why the staff at Barking Dog Bakery have created a menu of freshly baked dog treats that work to promote any breed’s overall health while satiating their taste buds. They whip up their signature dog bones in flavors such as chicken and oats or pumpkin, working to—depending on the type of treat—promote strength and prevent cancer and inflammation. They don’t add sodium or sugar either, using only ingredients that are healthy for a pet’s system. They also make treats that eschew the use of wheat and corn for dogs with allergies, and make special dog cakes out of carob and peanut butter.
A specialty dog and cat boutique, Paws Around Town boasts a wide selection of high-quality products to pamper furry sidekicks. The friendly and knowledgeable staff helps shoppers sniff their way through the assortment of toys, treats, clothing, and other specialty items. Handsome hounds can pick up fashions for dog shows, puppy proms, or a chic strut in the park with an ultra-suede Susan Lanci brown jacket ($56.99+) or don a printed top, such as the “Mr. Sexy” white tank ($18), at the beach or gym. Collars and leashes, such as the black-and-white polka-dot pink adjustable collar ($20.99+) or Avant Garde Sherlock retractable leash, outfitted with a comfortable rubber-grip handle ($35.99–$47.99), let owners stylishly rein in pets.
Sisters Mary Shappee and Gert Shuckhart have been taming horses for most of their lives, beginning as children in 4-H club. While Gert manages Majic Stables' office and rare bookmark collection, Mary's passion for riding keeps her in the saddle, where she teaches private and group lessons that rein in riders as young as 5 years old. A 70'x198' indoor arena allows for nighttime and fair-weather rides, and the 100'x200' outdoor area is dotted with jumps and dressage letters for tricky choreography.