Horses graze on the hillsides of the 200-acre valley at Shamrock Ranch, and tail-wagging guests enjoy the coastal breeze during long leash walks. Led by trainer Lisa Nava Rhodes, the Shamrock Ranch team cares for pets while practicing training methods that encourage healthy relationships with owners. The team also hosts overnight stays in their climate-controlled kennels or kitty condos, feeding pets with owner-provided food or Shamrock Ranch's own hypoallergenic treats. Top Performance oatmeal shampoo revives coats during grooming services, and dogs can enjoy brush outs and nail trimmings after getting bathed and listening to gossip about neighborhood squirrels.
Unable to find a nearby shop to supply their Frankie and Cheeko—a chihuahua and a chihuahua-terrier mix, respectively—with accessories, dog owners Kattya and Patrick took matters into their own hands—they opened their own pet boutique in Union Square. At Cheeko B Pet Boutique, they shelve food and treats alongside gear such as collars, leashes, and grooming supplies, outfitting dog and cat caretakers with tools that rarely sacrifice style for function. For example, designer dog outerwear from brands such as Ruff Ruff Couture and Urban Hund shield pooches from the elements and the judgmental stares of style-savvy squirrels. DailyCandy praised the store in 2008 for its sophisticated tastes in four-legged fashion, deeming it a "Trendynob pet hub" where you can "class up your canine."
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.
You won’t see cages line the walls at K9 Playtime. Instead, you’ll notice an open indoor environment where dogs can romp, sip from fountains burbling with fresh water, and socialize with other canines and friendly staffers. To make their stay even more accommodating, the facility installed certain zones with K9 grass, a durable artificial sod specifically designed for dogs to aid in proper outdoor potty training. In addition to keeping them happy and active, this social environment makes dogs more receptive to behavior training. Using positive methods, K9's pet experts can correct issues such as separation anxiety and fear- and insecurity-based aggression toward strangers, as well as help potty train them.
At the end of the day, furry visitors either go home or stay overnight for boarding, sleeping on comfortable beds. Staff members are always present to ensure safety and security.
As lifetime dog lovers, Ashley and Doug Bunker were discouraged by the overcrowded and grimy conditions they found at many of the dog daycare centers near their home. So they decided to open up their own dog daycare, SF Hound Lounge, where they could give pups exceptional attention in a clean, spacious facility. SF Hound Lounge has a 7,000-square-foot main play area as well as a separate play area for small dogs and large, lung-bearing goldfish. Staffers supervise the dogs at all times and disinfect shared toys and bowls daily. In addition to the cage-free boarding loft, the facility includes a self-serve dog-washing area stocked with shampoo, brushes, and nail clippers.
Redhound’s friendly, knowledgeable staff helps pet owners and their big ole schweeties navigate an extensive collection of food, toys, and accessories for dogs and cats. Learn healthy, dog-friendly recipes from the Bubba Rose organic cookbook ($14.95), or harness hounds to an OllyDog leash ($24) for a jaunt through the neighborhood, the park, or a rival farmer's pumpkin patch. While pups can chow on Redhound’s array of organic dog food and gnaw on a large natural cow dog toy ($20), feline compatriots can nibble from a dainty PetWare ceramic dish ($22) to refuel from a long day of napping in the windowsill. Furry friends are welcome in the store, and are welcomed with a complimentary treat.