The pet stylists of Applause Four Paw’s freshen pets’ looks without causing stress to the animals. Before snipping a single strand, pets and their parents meet with a groomer for an initial consultation to discuss grooming options. Dogs are never given tranquilizers to keep them calm—just plenty of petting and voices as soothing as their mother’s nursery howls. Additionally, the staff ensures that only organic, hypoallergenic oatmeal shampoos touch pups’ skin to reduce irritation.
Cameo's skilled staffers tend and shear canine flocks amid hunter-green walls and sturdy wooden dividers. After a maximum of 10 tail waggers arrive each day, the staff nudges the pups to develop sociable demeanors through friendly play and brisk walks around the facility. When pups grow weary of needy human attention, they can lounge on soft doggy beds in front of large picture windows and bark at passing needy humans. Cameo's groomers wash dogs with all-natural John Paul Pet shampoo before slathering their coats with tea-tree oil and oatmeal conditioners. Once dogs are squeaky clean, groomers clip their nails, trim their fur, and teach them how to quote dog movies.
U.S. Detection Dogs LLC. trains K-9s in odor detection of narcotics, explosives, bed bugs, and more, and provides them to a range of government agencies, businesses, schools, and homes. Within their 7,500-square-foot facility, groomers use their ease with animals to perform grooming services. Massages relax loyal pets, and coat-cleansing shampoos and soaps brim with lemongrass and cedar to repel bugs and peppermint oil to keep dogs clean.
“A one-of-a-kind animal funhouse,” raves USA Today, and Great Britain’s Daily Mail calls The Barkley Pet Hotel & Day Spa “the most luxurious pet hotel in the world.” With limousine transportation, gourmet meals, a full-service spa, and plenty of supervised playtime, the 32,000-square-foot resort for dogs, cats, birds, and exotic animals does not resemble a traditional kennel.
Designed in collaboration with pet-care consultants, psychologists, behaviorists, arborists, veterinarians, and old episodes of Lassie, the climate-controlled facility sports cheerful colors, plenty of skylights, and an advanced ventilation system. Tropical fish dart across tanks flanking multilevel cat condominiums where loving staff members lavish kitties with continuous attention. Dog owners can choose from a range of suites—many of which are equipped with flat-screen TVs and leather furniture—for their canine friends.
The Barkley’s cage-free doggie day camp gives pups plenty of supervised outdoor playtime. Humans can check in with their furry friends on a live, streaming webcam. The Barkley also offers professional grooming and obedience-training services, and Dr. Daniel Slaton and Dr. Steven Rosenstein at the adjacent, fully integrated Westlake Village Animal Hospital are on call 24 hours a day, seven day a week, in case of emergencies.
Camp Canine’s daycare staff pampers dogs with sprawling play areas, nutritional treats, and interactions with furry companions. Four-legged campers conquer the grounds’ rocky climbing area or cool off in the water, lounging by the waterfall and competing in wet fur contests. To imbue canines with the requisite energy for play time, the camp’s on-site nutrition specialist serves enzyme-laden kibble and anti-oxidant rich Kangen water. A trained camp counselor supervises pups at play to prevent cunning canines from duping their peers into Ponzi schemes. Whether headed to work or to do afternoon errands, dog lovers may pick up and drop off furry friends any time during regular hours.
Loose Pooch Dog Club, a dog-daycare facility, accommodates dogs of all sizes and play styles. Along with resting or playing in the air-conditioned playroom, pups also head outdoors for hourly potty breaks and playtime. Owner Nathan Woods has helped more than 3,000 pet owners work with and optimize their experiences with their dogs. At training classes, dogs learn obedience through customized plans and at-home exercises, plus step-by-step lesson plans that help set up owners for success.
Nestled amid the greenery of Topanga Canyon, the resort offers four to five hours of supervised outdoor playtime in open yards and trails each day. When night falls, fidos enjoy blissful dreams of fat, slow rabbits in a climate-controlled indoor shelter. The resort provides scrumptious dog food, but you can provide your own if your mutt lives exclusively on saffron-infused truffle risotto. Boarding at Topanga's 4,000-square-foot facility costs $39 per night for canines under 30 pounds ($46/night for non-neutered/non-spayed dogs) and $45 per night for pups more than 30 pounds ($52/night for non-neutered/non-spayed dogs). Owned and operated by a licensed guide-dog trainer, Topanga Pet Resort allows your canine companion to come home slightly more erudite than when he left, or at least liable to request opera music during belly rubs.