Well after the sun has set over the Tortolita Mountains, the world-class trainers at Crazy Heart Ranch grab the reigns under the lights of a spacious outdoor arena. When they're not riding, the horse-loving crew lends their equine knowledge to students during monthly clinics, group lessons, private lessons, and kids' camps at the Northwest Tucson ranch, where they focus on creating meaningful relationships between riders and horses. All resident instructors and horses are experienced in reining, Western and English riding styles, ranch horse versatility, and team roping. Guests can saddle up and ride on the ranch's private trails, or complement lessons with a picnic under the region's native Mesquite trees, the same trees that money doesn't grow on.
At Anthony's K-9 Academy, head trainer Anthony Holcomb calls what he does "people training for dogs." This is because dogs read their owners' body language and energy for cues on how to react. An experienced trainer, Anthony has a range of training methods in his tool belt, which he adapts depending on the dog and its owner. He holds both group and private training sessions, and will even board dogs who are especially challenged or need to be convinced there is no monster living under their beds.
Dr. Connie Anderson’s love of animals shines through in every facet of her life. Not only has she studied veterinary medicine at Oregon State University and Washington State University, but she and her family live with a menagerie of dogs, cats, birds, tortoises, goats, and Holly, a pot-belly pig.
At Dr. Anderson’s practice, Animal House Veterinary Clinic, she and her team pair their love of animals with the latest technology. Their microchip implants, for example, help identify pets if they are lost or don Groucho glasses, and digital x-rays screen for unseen injuries. The in-house lab and pharmacy ensure quick turnaround on prescriptions, and an array of lower-tech services—such as grooming, physicals, and vaccines—round out the health care treatments.
Boasting a 100% cage-free environment and over 8,000 total sq. feet, Gilbert Dogs 24/7 & Chandler Dogs 24/7 keep pups active as they romp around in open playrooms supervised by well-trained staff on grounds open 24 hours a day. The boarding facility screens every dog during a behavioral evaluation conducted prior to admission. All pooches that pass are free to run around the daycare gnawing on toys, crafting canine art, and acquiring best friends who don’t ever demand that they fetch newspapers or platters bearing three-course meals. Supervising staff members are certified dog lovers and have completed an Interpreting Dog Body Language seminar to help diffuse potential conflicts in the playroom, and film videos of pups having fun to show to returning owners. For clients leaving their pups for an extended period, the facility’s overnight boarding service allows owners to rest easy knowing that an overnight staff member is always on hand to comfort canines after nightmares of losing at poker. The shop rounds out its canine-comforting service menu with shuttle rides to appointments or puppy field trips, courses in obedience training, and spa grooming sessions in which pups are washed, dried, and brushed until coats gleam with a healthy shine.
Everyone who works at Riggs Road Veterinary Clinic comes with a
background in caring compassionately for animal welfare. So when owners bring their pets to Riggs Road Veterinary Clinic, they can expect a safe environment where medical professionals will ensure they remain healthy. The team is adept at all kinds of preventive and surgical care, including dental exams, microchipping, and vaccinations. During annual wellness exams, a doctor will check on your pet's major organ systems, inquire about appetite and nightclub habits, and perform any diagnostic testing that can help add your pet's longevity.
Dog trainers Danny and Silvia Wilson founded Bark Busters Home Dog Training in Australia in 1989, hoping to help reduce the number of dogs abandoned or euthanized because of their behavioral problems. More than two decades later, their business has grown to incorporate more than 400 franchises worldwide and has helped more than 750,000 dogs live harmoniously with their human counterparts. Rather than bribing pups with treats or applying punitive methods such as shock collars, Bark Busters’ therapists follow a training system based on canine communication and pack behavior. Dogs instinctively respond to these body-language and voice-control techniques, which therapists customize to suit each dog’s personality and each family’s needs and lifestyle. Over the course of the training, therapists curb behavioral problems such as aggression, barking, jumping, gambling, and digging while teaching canine owners the leadership skills they need to make their pets feel confident and secure.
Bark Busters’ confidence in their services allows them to offer a lifetime-support guarantee. If the dog's behavior does not improve, therapists will work with the client for one year or for the lifespan of the dog—depending on the service purchased—at no additional charge.