After decades spent loving their own dogs, Kelly Santarelli and her husband Pat began Lucky Bones Dog Day Care to nurture others’ pets as if they were their own. Separate playrooms host large and small dogs, ensuring great danes won’t be bullied by howling beagles. When pups tire of splashing in the pool and scampering down slides, a quiet rest area lets them prop their weary paws on beds and blankets. Dogs can take vacations of their own with Lucky Bones' overnight boarding service, which includes access to all daycare amenities.
Since 1988, Pet Supplies Plus has welcomed millions of furry critters of every stripe—from llamas and monkeys to potbellied pigs—into their animal-friendly stores. The shop is designed so that both pets and their owners can easily navigate the inventory of more than 10,000 items. Wide aisles give leashed pups enough room to roam, colorful signage keeps shoppers moving in the right direction, and low shelves allow dogs to sniff out their preferred brand of rawhide chew. A self-serve dog wash enables guests to scrub their canine companions' coats to a youthful, puppy-like shine, whereas grooming services enlist professionals to tackle tougher jobs, such as brushing out matted fur or convincing dalmatians to stop mixing white and black after Labor Day.
There's no question pets are in good hands when they're at All Tails' R' Waggin'. That's because the owner, who founded the business in 1999, not only works at her own business daily, but also lives on site. This means an experienced pet care pro is always on hand to oversee the company's boarding service, which places pets in a spacious 4' x 14' run regardless of their size. All Tails' R' Waggin' also offers positive-reinforcement training as well as professional and self-serve grooming.
Dogs reign supreme at Bark Avenue, where a team of dog-obsessed caretakers play with them and groom their coats. Doggy daycare affords plenty of romping time followed by overnight boarding. In addition to boarding dogs, staff groom furry guests of all sizes and hair density, showering them with extra pampering by brushing their teeth, painting their nails, and de-shedding their lustrous coats. Hypoallergenic and medicated shampoos are also available for sensitive skin or dogs allergic to themselves.
Acme Canine's team of pup-loving trainers, who has trained over 1,000 dogs, brings a combined 30+ years of experience to their sessions, gently and humanely improving human-pooch relationships with individualized training plans. During the in-home canine assessment, instructors observe dogs in their own environment, taking note of the distractions, triggers, and television theme songs most likely to prompt misbehavior. Dog-whisperers combine canine psychology, learning theory, and behavior modification to guide dog development, and customize individualized training plans to each family's needs.
Dog trainers designed every aspect of Lucky Dog Day Camp's 4,500-square-foot facility, and unlike most pet stores, the company focuses exclusively on a single species. Tails wag constantly within its supervised confines, where play sessions let well-mannered pups exercise and socialize freely. However, Lucky Dog's staff doesn't let dogs frolic and play checkers without any rules. Run by Jim Alloway, a trainer with more than 25 years of experience, their obedience programs can housebreak puppies and teach older dogs to obey advanced hand signals. To ensure pets look as well as they behave, Lucky Dog's groomers bathe, brush, and cut dogs' flowing locks.