Zoom Room?s dog training facilities have one cardinal rule: owners must be present during class. This is because humans need just as much training as their canine companions when building confidence and communication, and it?s important that owners learn the best positive-reinforcement techniques from the knowledgeable staff. Group classes cover topics ranging from general obedience and agility training to more specific needs such as overcoming shyness. Other classes include Urban Herding, where dogs herd exercise balls into soccer goals indoors, Scent Work, where dogs learn to sniff out missing car keys or the TV remote, and Pup-lates, which is geared toward overweight or senior dogs, or those recovering from an injury.
In fact, improving canine social skills is one of Zoom Room?s missions, as evidenced by the regularly hosted fundraiser events and Doggy Disco parties, which give dogs a chance to meet other dogs and expand away from their inner circle of fire hydrants. This combination of training and fun, in addition to the facility?s selection of solution-oriented training gear, natural dog treats, and functional dog accessories, has garnered an array of local and national press.
Dead Broke Farm's name derives not only from the cost of owning horses, but also from the terminology for teaching a horse to wear a saddle—known in the industry as “breaking a horse to ride.” Trainers stable “dead broke,” or thoroughly saddle-trained, horses, alongside more spirited animals on the 110-acre farm. They also house steeds saved through their horse-rescue program, with more than 70 of their mounts avoiding fates in slaughterhouses and other undesirable ends since 2004.
Horses show off their trotting chops during farm trail rides, carrying riders on explorations of the rolling hills and whispering creeks scattered across more than 10 miles of bridle trails cut through woods populated by deer, cranes, and other wildlife. Private rides allow for more personalized routes and can incorporate stops at scenic ponds for proposals or more challenging terrain for advanced riders. Instructors also schedule horseback-riding lessons, teaching balance through rides over undulating terrain rather than through exercises such as riding a horse that is riding a seesaw.
At Mount Tabor Boarding and Grooming, furry companions stretch out in overnight suites, frolic with other pets in three play yards with natural grass, or receive makeovers from professional groomers. The kennel’s orthopedic mattresses usher canines into dreams of chasing cars and rescuing bacon from wells, while aromatherapy-scented condos give cats a sense of relaxation and superiority. A fresh air exchange system inside the kennel kicks out odors and keeps pets breathing easy. Pet stylists trim overgrown claws, shampoo fur, and uncoil fur tangles with thorough brushing. During pre-boarding consultations, staffers evaluate each pet's needs and ability to get along with other animals.
Brother Wolf Animal Rescue began in 2009 as a small group of volunteers dedicated to helping the community of homeless pets and promoting responsible pet ownership. Over the course of its first year as a licensed shelter, the nonprofit organization was able to find homes for 1,300 cats and dogs.
In addition to working with animals in need of behavioral training, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue also stocks pet supplies and provides grooming services. Its specialty grooming services include bathing, nail trimming, ear cleaning, and gland cleaning for the needs of specific dogs, as well as cats pretending to be dogs.
Brier Creek Pet Hotel proprietor Lisa Sarvas is a veterinarian who also breeds and shows dogs. The pet hotel—which offers both daycare and boarding—is an extension of her love for animals.
Daycare charges enjoy several indoor or outdoor play periods, either in groups or one-on-one with staff members. Overnight guests bunk down in private suites with access to a covered outdoor run; upgrades include elevated beds, televisions, and exclusive exercise space. There's also a groomer on staff to make sure dogs look their best for any upcoming dates with fire hydrants.