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.
Matt Caranante’s journey to becoming a dog trainer started, oddly enough, with bed bugs. While working as a handler for a bed-bug-sniffing beagle, he realized how powerful the relationship between dog and owner could be. He went on to rescue another dog, this time an abused beagle from a high-kill shelter, and the reward he felt from rehabilitating his pet made his next step clear: He enrolled in Animal Behavior College’s dog-training certificate program and founded Let's Play!
As a positive-reinforcement dog trainer, Matt brings out canines’ best behavior by mixing work with fun activities that help channel their energy. He offers private, in-home sessions to disengage pups from remote controls, as well as group classes to work on basic obedience and manners. Matt also works on behavioral modification to solve common issues such as separation anxiety, dog aggression, and excessive barking.
The team at Paw Prints New York is composed of animal lovers who take fastidious care of four-legged friends while their owners are away. Supplying everything from dog walks to at-home play sessions, the Paw Prints’ crew builds trusting relationships with pets to ensure they’re safe and sated. The animal attendants can even digitize their services, providing virtual walks so owners can check in on pets via Skype or Facebook.
Though grooming prices depend on size, breed, and condition of the fur, the expert staff at Walter's will ensure satisfaction, meticulously giving your pup a breed-specific cut, puppy cut, show cut, or exotic cut to your liking. They'll give dogs a gentle nail trim ($10), bath ($50–$90), or full grooming package ($70–$120), including shampoo, fluff dry, style, ear cleaning, nail trim, and more. If you're busy painting the walls or showing your home to prospective buyers, drop the dog off at daycare for $45 or utilize overnight boarding services ($55 dogs, $40 cats). Walter's will even help you show some love for your furry friend with a pet-friendly birthday party ($95). If you use today's Groupon for any service under $65, you'll be given a credit of the remaining balance to use toward the next visit.