The biggest dilemma facing urban dog owners is how to keep Mr. Woofers stimulated and healthy while you’re out at work for nine or ten hours at a stretch. Of course, with those long sedentary office hours, it’s likely that those same owners aren’t getting enough exercise themselves. Enter: fit BERNAL fit, which looks to solve both problems. The Bernal Heights studio (and its Glen Park twin) provide a supervised play area for four-legged buds, while the humans burn off the calories over on the gym side or at one of the many yoga mats. A recipient of PETA’s Most Progressive Fitness Center, it’s a great alternative to doggie daycare for people who nonetheless worry about their pets’ mental health – and their dog walkers can help pick up the slack mid-day or while you’re out of town.
Precita Bark keeps pooches clean with full and self-service dog washes. With either option, the staff supplies everything necessary, including towels, all-natural shampoos, and pompoms for the ankles of balding poodles. The groomers also administer doggy spa treatments, including blueberry facials. And before dogs and owners head out, they can grab treats and toys.
Dog boarding without kennels. It may seem like a curious proposition, but the family-run team behind Citipets, run their center based on the philosophy that dogs function best when they're part of a pack?overnights included. Further, the duo believes kennels cause anxiety and provide dogs no comfort from nightmares about cars chasing them. Instead, dogs bunk down in communal sleeping rooms where classical music eases them to sleep.
That's just one way Citipets provides special care for each furry visitor. At daycare, dogs are separated into groups by size and temperament during their full day of play. In the 5,000-square-foot outdoor area, they wrestle on artificial turf and play with one other and the dedicated staff. Indoors, they take over 9,000 square feet, with plenty of nooks for tired dogs to recharge with a nap or curl up with War and Peace.