At Dog as a Second Language, certified and vet-recommended instructors are fluent in canine care. They welcome pooches to their residential center for training, boarding, and daycare. In the sprawling backyard, dogs can run, socialize, and cavort with each other during daycare sessions before adjourning to a nap session complete with story time and bone-flavored tea. One-on-one training helps establish roles and simple commands, strengthening bonds with reward-based exercises. Meanwhile, these positive behaviors also seep in via subtle teachings during boarding sessions complete with quiet time, exercise, and plenty of time with other dogs.
At first glance, Fullwood Animal Hospital might look like a hospital for humans. Only diminutive treatment tables and a row of boarding cages hint that its pristine, professional spaces are actually for healing pets. The hospital boasts all equipment necessary to diagnose and treat animals: an X-ray, ECG machine, a surgical suite with anesthesia. There's even a lab on-site, so some basics parasite and urinalysis tests can undergo analysis quickly.
Lessons at Thalia Farm presents a nurturing, safe, and fun environment where students can learn to become well-rounded horseback riders through lessons, summer camps, and after-school programs. Specializing in dressage and three-day eventing from the balanced, versatile seat of English equitation, instructors use riding as a conduit for instilling leadership skills, responsibility, safety, and discipline. Lessons incorporate jumping and basic flatwork, as well as handling and grooming trained lesson horses. Students also learn how to tack and untack their mounts without help from the instructor or the talking horse in the next stall.
Metro Paws' day-care facility boasts more than 16,000 square feet of air-conditioned indoor play space, more than 25,000 square feet of fenced outdoor space, and an on-staff team of super-smart puppies. Drop off your four-legged friend for two full days of attentive care and fun-filled playtime ($50) at the day care's accommodating digs, sparing yourself the guilt of leaving your pet alone during days when you can't be around the house. Metro Paws is staffed with friendly, experienced employees at all hours, ensuring your pup will always be safe and never feel lonely. Dogs attending day care are assigned to "neighborhoods" of 10-15 other cuddly companions. All indoor amusement areas are outfitted with cushioned, non-skid rubber flooring. For pick-up and drop-off times, see here.
Twelve years ago, Heidi Ganahl decided to pursue her dream and opened the first Camp Bow Wow in Denver. Camp Bow Wow has now burgeoned into a national franchise with more than 200 locations in 40 states, and her success has earned attention from the likes of CNN Money, CNBC, and various other news outlets.
One of the secrets to Heidi?s success? Her love of dogs. Born from a desire to provide a safe, healthy place where owners could drop their pets instead of cooping them up at home, each Camp Bow Wow location functions more like an all inclusive kids? summer camp than a depressing kennel. Pooches are free to frolic with each other in outdoor and indoor play areas and spend their afternoons making fun of the postman?s latest haircut, all while their owners watch them on Camper Cam video streams. For overnight visitors, temperature-controlled cabins host beds with fleece blankets, and the camp counselors give each canine camper a campfire treat before putting them to bed. Dogs and owners feel at ease knowing that certified camp counselors, trained in dog behavior and pet first aid, are close at hand.
Along with the visiting dogs, this Camp Bow Wow location also functions as a foster home for Project Halo, a local no-kill shelter.
A graduate of Animal Behavior College's Dog Training Program, Lexi Johnson knows that dog training is as much about teaching the human as it is the pet. The Dog's Life Training gets to know each dog owner during in-depth chats to help them understand what actions most effectively quash their canine’s behavioral issues. Next, Ms. Johnson thoroughly evaluates the dog, takes breed-specific issues into account, and creates a customized training program accessible to dogs of all reading levels.
Unlike aversive methods, all of Ms. Johnson's programs center around positive reinforcement that rewards good behavior with crunchy treats. Every family member gets a chance to jump in, establishing a clear leadership role and eliminating undesirable behaviors such as barking, biting, or performing Shakespearean sonnets with swear words added. Ms. Johnson, with occasional assistance from assistant trainer Travis, works with clients at public parks or in their own homes, which she encourages as it creates a familiar, effective training environment for the pooch.