Dogs seem to love getting dirty but hate getting clean. The team at Max the Dog Wash streamlines the process. Waist-high tubs let owners comfortably wash their dogs, scrubbing out fur with brushes and raking out tangles that are havens for dirt in a chorus of gentle splashing sounds and baritone barks. After bath time, owners can reward their best friends with dog treats made in the shop or pictures from the mailman’s awkward high-school years.
Inside a spacious 6,000-square-foot facility, Christine Fox, a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, and her staff provide training, daytime and overnight boarding, and grooming services for dogs of all shapes and sizes. Daycare and overnight-boarding services provide canines with ample indoor play areas and individual walks, during which a trainer reinforces basic commands, such as “come,” “heel," and “stop leaving the toilet seat up.” Multiple exercise sessions also teach socialization techniques, wearing pups out for tranquil rides home. The facility also houses separate areas for small and senior dogs to ensure places for them to play safely.
During group training sessions, canines learn basic etiquette, such as to come when called and how not to pull on the leash. Dogs can also go on to learn more advanced commands, graduating to agility training or acting classes to teach them how to obey commands in busy film studios. Individual training sessions offer one-on-one attention, either in the home or at the facility.
K-9 Cuts has been in the dog-grooming business for more than 20 years. In that time, the staff has developed the best practices for dogs, including the use of all-natural products, cage-free spaces, and a special HydroSurge bathing system that simultaneously massages and cleans coats. Dog lovers brush dogs? teeth, clean ears, trim nails, and brush out coats until silky smooth and ready for prom with the neighbor's poodle. Pampering services range from nail polish applications to facials.
Just because you don't see any cages at Barks N Recreation doesn't mean pooches run amuck at doggie day camp. On the contrary, the staff keeps a watchful eye on pets but allows them to run free among friends. Squabbles are rare, since only good-tempered dogs are allowed, and pups are divided by size and demeanor. The day camp even offers a pet taxi that will pick up pooches within a 10-mile radius for daycare or grooming.
It's not quite enough for animal-lover Lindsay Archer to spend time with pets all day long at her day job as a veterinary technician. So she opens her home to pets whose owners need a few days away. Beyond taking in dogs and cats, she also watches other domestic animals, such as guinea pigs.
When dogs get home from a day at All American Pet Resorts Rochester Hills, they sleep like puppies. More than half of the 9,000 square-foot-space is dedicated to play areas, both inside and outside. Pet owners sleep well, too, knowing that safety is of the utmost importance here.
Indoor rubber flooring and outdoor turf cushion footfalls and wrestling moves, and the areas are kept sanitized with an antimicrobial system. Staffer stay onsite 24 hours a day, and webcams inside the boarding suites allow owners to make sure their pups are happy and doing all their homework. Owners can also schedule grooming sessions during daycare or boarding stays.