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.
Geralyn Kelly believes that the only way to train a dog is to know everything about them. After starting her dog education more than ten years ago, Geralyn has amassed canine knowledge via jobs at a pet store, a kennel, and now her own dog-behavior company. Since then, she has trained the North Carolina's first registered service greyhound, and taught a Shih Tzu how to alert her owner when his pacemaker battery is low.
Today, she leads training classes for dogs of all levels. She starts with beginning commands, such as sit and stay, ensuring dogs have figured out the fundamentals. More advanced classes teach dogs to heel and to come when called, while the therapy dog classes teach dogs the necessary skills to practice extreme patience and pass the therapy dog certification test.
In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of ?hard-to-find tools,? and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone?s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.
The canine-compatible staff of Pet Starz trains, entertains, and watches over pooches in the indoor and outdoor activity areas of its colorful, cage-free facility. Professional grooming services keep companions stylish, and obedience and puppy-training classes help pets master the art of sitting, staying, and memorizing the location of potentially dangerous wells. Staffers help their quadruped charges become more comfortable with other dogs and breeds, and a thrice-daily cleaning of all activity areas and kennels ensures pups stay healthy, clean, and safe.