The echoes of contented barks reverberate across The Mutt Hutt’s 9,200-square-foot facility, where canines of all breeds sleep, nosh, and frolic in a safe and controlled environment. Daycare sessions include free and structured playtimes and multiple daily walks, allowing dogs to stretch their muscles and blow off steam. A midday rest between those activities gives them time to reenergize as they dream about playing catch in open meadows or chasing down cats with slender tails of beef jerky. The facility’s boarded residents follow a similar schedule, with the added perk of daily breakfast and dinner.
The Mutt Hutt’s staff also makes house calls, dropping by residences to keep an eye on pets. When they aren’t changing litter boxes or playing with lonely kittens, staffers clean messes off lawns so garden gnomes no longer have to hold their noses in disgust.
Nestled in the heart of a scenic 45-acre expanse, Out of Reach Farm hosts one indoor and one outdoor ring, both equipped with challenging jumping courses. A covered arena juts out from the indoor ring, hosting private and small group lessons. While one of three instructors relays equestrian basics or advanced techniques to pupils aged 5 and older, parents and other spectators keep cozier than mitten-clad sheep in a heated viewing area. As the seasons evolve from chilly to sun-drenched, so do the farm's offerings, which include half-day summer camps suited to riders aged 5–15. For a more intimate peek into farm life, patrons can schedule two-hour birthday parties, with an hour devoted to pony rides for guests.
With three individual chains in its family of stores?Pet Valu, Paulmac's Pet Food, and Bosley's?scattered across Canada and the northeastern United States, Pet Valu claims the title as the largest pet-supply retailer in North America. Inside its well-stocked outlets are more than 7,000 products for dogs, cats, fish, reptiles, birds, and other animals. These include specialty items that range from grain-free dog food and multilevel bird cages to hamster balls that resemble helicopters and neon-colored shells so your hermit crab can achieve success in the online-dating world. Some locations are furnished with grooming facilities where professionals pamper dogs with shampoos, nail trims, and other perks, along with self-serve stations let owners wash their own pets. Stores also partner with local shelters to host regular adoption events.
The pet-loving folks at Walk It Like A Dog understand the deep connection between owner and pup and take the task seriously from leash to release. Before the first walk, they'll meet and greet you and your four-legged friend in an effort to establish trust and an understanding of your dog's specific needs. Upon request, your walker can also provide fresh water or food during the scheduled walk. After the jaunt through the park and sprint down the sidewalk, your Walk It Like A Dog dog walker then returns your pet to its humble abode and sends you a text message confirming that the beagle has landed.
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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.