The Canine Cure, LLC owner and trainer Mary Jean Alsina has spent years educating students. Her career began in a traditional classroom as a public-school teacher, honing her ability to relate to students and write the alphabet in perfect order. Eventually, she left the bells of public school behind to focus her teaching talents on furrier students, showing both pets and owners how to curb unwanted habits. Mary Jean prefers to keep both pup and parent comfortable during her sessions by hosting lessons in owners’ homes, where they feel relaxed.
D Pet Hotels are so luxurious, people may be tempted to slumber there themselves. The level of sophisticated decadence so closely resembles that of human-level hotels, owners could be forgiven for genuinely confusing their own booking with those of their pets. But when eyes shift from the suites' people-style beds, ornamental throw pillows, flat-screen televisions, and chic color palettes, it becomes clear that D Pet Hotels is definitely for canines—albeit discriminating ones. The center offers boarding, daycare, grooming, and training with a ritzy twist. From its Ferrari and Porsche chauffeur service to its full boutiques and dog SAT tutoring, services are famously high level. So much so that they've pricked up the ears of Conan O'Brien, Good Morning America, and Vogue. And, of course, there's no bland kibble for these spoiled pooches. Instead, owners choose from a variety of custom dishes cooked by the private chef and delivered to the doggy's suite each morning.
Andrea Batista has always been passionate about dogs, and has spent the past five years working with them professionally. She studied grooming with the Nash Academy and training with Penn Foster Collage—online courses helmed by experienced instructors and their digital pets. Andrea is also an expert in keeping furry friends safe thanks to her pet CPR and first aid training.
When she grooms a canine, Andrea starts with a basic bath and concludes with scented spray and a bandana or bow. She also takes pups on energetic walks that incorporate socialization and playtime. Energetic dogs can also receive fast-paced jogs next to a bike to make sure they come home happy and tired. When the weather permits, Andrea opts for scenic locations such as the beach or rugged hiking trails.
The dog lovers at Hounds on the Hudson believe that a pet owner's peace of mind is equally important as the pet's happiness. To put minds at ease, the daycare and boarding facility's webcams enable clients to check up on their canine counterparts online. What they'll see is dogs galloping around the 1,500-square-foot outdoor run, or pups playing poker in the four indoor play spaces. The highly trained staffers keep dogs under 24-hour supervision and reward good behaviors to maintain a comfortable, positive environment. For overnight boarding, furry guests snooze on raised Kuranda beds inside climate-controlled suites. Dogs in need of obedience training can also practice good manners with trainers that have been featured on Animal Planet's Underdog to Wonderdog.
Thanks to BarkCare, from the creators of Barkbox, there's no need to trick pets into going to the vet. Instead, Dr. Rob and Dr. Sarah travel to their clients to take care of dogs in the comfort of their own homes, surrounded by the chew toys they love. BarkCare's general house calls include belly rubs, physicals, and general grooming services such as nail clipping and ear cleaning. But they can also tend to sick dogs—showing up to perform check-ups, do blood work, and provide vaccines. In addition, they're the company responsible for the BarkBox, a monthly subscription for pet owners that sends them a handpicked selection of goodies ranging from toys to gourmet treats, bones, and hygiene products.