At Jonah's Ark Doggie Playcare & Training, play is the key term. In this 2,000-square-foot indoor playground, dogs romp freely, toss toys into the air, and clamber on and off agility obstacles. Plenty of lounge space offers tired pups quiet time as well. According to co-owner Saro Boghozian, wrestling and chasing other dogs not only teaches pups how to behave better, but also aids in their mental development. For further canine education, owners can enroll dogs in the center's training courses. During classes, the staff appeals to each dog's natural intelligence; owners are taught to train their dog with praise, rather than coax them with treats or discipline them with a rolled-up newspaper.
Christie Sharpe can read dogs' minds––well, maybe not directly. But after 11 years as a professions dog walker, she certainly understands their needs. Christie is licensed, insured, and fully first-aid certified to take beloved pooches on invigorating dog hikes, and can even teach them basic commands, such as "sit" or "do my taxes.” Clients can also solicit Sticks and Bones for in-home pet-sitting services.
Alternative, holistic health care for pets and animals. Cress Spicer and Wendy Jones have over 30 years experience working with Reiki, Bodytalk, Hawaiian Lomi Lomi (sacred massage) and First Nations traditional healing. They combine all modalities to bring powerful energy work for whatever ails your pet.
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At Dog Taxi Vancouver's daycare and boarding facilities, the comforts mirror those of a high-class hotel: personal trainers, walks on the beach, and no cages. The kennel-free environment uses homestyle boarding methods, which means dogs socialize, exercise, and rest freely, both indoors and out. There is some structure to their schedules, however—at least three times a day during boarding stays, the staff takes each dog for a long stroll past parks and shorelines. One of these sessions lasts two hours and includes an obedience-training course, during which qualified trainers impress the value of good behaviour and teach their charges how to properly enunciate "thank you" when your mouth is full of tennis ball. Pups that don't stay overnight can still benefit from these lessons by dropping in for half-day daycare visits.
As its name suggests, the company also oversees a fleet of taxis that ferry four-legged passengers to and from various locales. The cabs—all of which are environmentally friendly hybrids, propane-powered, or electric vehicles—shuttle pets between their homes and destinations such as airports, the vet's, or a friend's yard.
A trip to Bow Wow Haus leaves canines neat, fresh-breathed, and smelling of suds. Services vary slightly between the three locations, but Bow Wow groomers typically clip nails before brushing teeth, and trimming fur. They even pamper with Dead Sea salt, add whimsy with feather fur extensions, and polish dogs' lorgnettes before opening night at the opera. Special events include hikes and mixers for dogs and their human counterparts. Trainers, a pet photographer, and a reiki practitioner are also on staff, making Bow Wow a one-stop destination for many animal fans.