Studies indicate that humans first domesticated wolves as long as 33,000 years ago. Over millenniums, these wild creatures eventually became dogs, the unconditional companions we know and love today. The dog walkers at NYC Pet Nannies work to improve upon this already ancient relationship with modern technology. Using a digital registration system, scanners, and GPS trackers, the staff provide dog owners with live updates about the location of their precious pooches during walks that last anywhere from 15 to 50 minutes. Automated emails, meanwhile, dispatch to owners’ inboxes along the way, keeping them in the loop.
Technology isn’t the only way they enhance the dog-walking experience, though. Before ever touching a leash, each walker must pass an intensive certification course, become bonded and insured, and beat a greyhound in a foot race.
Dog owners let out a sigh of relief when they leave their pups in the capable hands of licensed staffers at Harlem Doggie Day Spa. They can rest assured knowing the staff never puts boarding charges in a crate overnight, unless it's by request. Instead, dogs enjoy perks such as multiple trips out in the fresh air and some cuddling while watching TV. Daycare charges spend their time scampering in the indoor or outdoor yards, playing with other dogs and staff members.
And when owners pick up pups and kitties after their grooming sessions, they find pets looking as fresh as they did when they first came of the assembly line—complete with bows, painted nails, and mohawks.
Hiring someone to pet-sit requires a lot of trust. You're not only giving them access to your home but also the responsibility of caring for a beloved family member. That's why each time a new client calls Sir Gatsby Pets, owner Angel Martinez personally meets with them—both the customer and their furry companion—for a preliminary consultation, where he gets to know the pet’s temperament and the owner's schedule. He then assigns a permanent sitter from his staff of insured and background-checked animal aficionados, who can walk, play with, and administer medicines to the pet and who pairs best with the pet’s personality. Sitters stand ready to aid their furry clients at any time, whether they're taking pets on morning walks, romping through evening playtime, or acting as the sole human members of Iditarod Halloween costumes.
Dog On It Doggie Daycare & Boarding Not content to let dogs idly sit around and trade strategies for garnering extra treats, the pet-sitters at Dog On It Doggie Daycare & Boarding engage furry companions with a range of activities, including socialization. Pooches stretch their legs during three daily walks. During breaks from playtime, they relax on bunk beds, sofas, and window seats while watching a virtual fish tank and pet shows on a flat-screen television. Grooming sessions keep pets looking sleek during their stays, and the in-house chefs prepare freshly cooked meals, prefaced by a delectable amuse-bouche to get dogs’ juices flowing. For overnight accommodations, the staff provides roomy chambers appointed with plush bedding instead of keeping pups cooped up in crates.
Doggie day care or boarding spares you the guilt of keeping your pawed protégé in a cage while you're working overtime, flying away on business trips and vacations, or staring at your dog while he's in a cage. During the day, NY Dog Spa dogs gambol freely with their fellow hounds in group play. Each boarded dog gets a private run or cage (depending on size) for sleeping and eating, and boarding rates include one individual walk every day (a dog weighing less than 20 pounds costs $54 a night for five nights or more). Facilities are healthy, happy environments where only fully vaccinated and spayed/neutered dogs are accepted. Playgroups for dog day care are formed based on size, age, and temperament (no aggressive dogs are allowed for boarding or day care). Day-care rates also depend on size (a dog that weighs 21 to 49 pounds costs $37 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m).
In 1990, John Ziegler hired a dog walker to take his 8-month-old yellow lab Merembe out on regular walks. The plan was to escort the rambunctious pup to Central Park, where she could enjoy fresh air and social time around other dogs and people. Just to make sure he was getting what he paid for, John followed the dog walker—and discovered that Merembe spent the entire hour cooped up in a tiny apartment while the walker went on errands. The indignation that any dog owner would feel at this discovery is what prompted John to found Biscuits & Bath, an all-encompassing dog-care company that strives for transparency, knowledge, and compassion in all they do.
A bounty of doggy knowledge backs every service at Biscuits & Bath, whether it's grouping dogs by size and temperament at daycare to balance safety and fun, or pairing groomers' image-enhancing brush-outs with checks for ticks, ear infections, and unusual basketball ability. True to the company's roots, each dog walker is bonded, insured, and thoroughly trained to take beloved friends on a daily romp. Dogs are kept safe from big-city hazards by donning two slip collars, a climb-spec harness, and a reinforced nylon leash, allowing the company to boast nearly one million incident-free walks in 2011. On-site veterinarian services give pups a checkup incentive with the center's play-filled environment, and overnight boarding services keep timid dogs at ease with constant supervision and flexibility with special requirements.