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A pup’s day at Doggie Paradise tends to resemble one a human child might experience: playtime, exercise, naps, and a ball to gnaw on. The facility’s wide-open space separates into several dog runs, allowing similarly tempered and sized pooches to socialize and play. Whether staying for daycare or overnight boarding, each guest is ensured ample attention from the friendly staff, along with timely feedings, medications, and treats. Doggie Paradise also has online webcams that run 24/7 and allows owners to check in with their dogs from afar.
Dog owners let out a sigh of relief when they leave their pups in the capable hands of licensed staffers at Harlem Doggie Day Spa. They can rest assured knowing the staff never puts boarding charges in a crate overnight, unless it's by request. Instead, dogs enjoy perks such as multiple trips out in the fresh air and some cuddling while watching TV. Daycare charges spend their time scampering in the indoor or outdoor yards, playing with other dogs and staff members.
And when owners pick up pups and kitties after their grooming sessions, they find pets looking as fresh as they did when they first came of the assembly line—complete with bows, painted nails, and mohawks.
The Canine Cure, LLC owner and trainer Mary Jean Alsina has spent years educating students. Her career began in a traditional classroom as a public-school teacher, honing her ability to relate to students and write the alphabet in perfect order. Eventually, she left the bells of public school behind to focus her teaching talents on furrier students, showing both pets and owners how to curb unwanted habits. Mary Jean prefers to keep both pup and parent comfortable during her sessions by hosting lessons in owners’ homes, where they feel relaxed.
Studies indicate that humans first domesticated wolves as long as 33,000 years ago. Over millenniums, these wild creatures eventually became dogs, the unconditional companions we know and love today. The dog walkers at NYC Pet Nannies work to improve upon this already ancient relationship with modern technology. Using a digital registration system, scanners, and GPS trackers, the staff provide dog owners with live updates about the location of their precious pooches during walks that last anywhere from 15 to 50 minutes. Automated emails, meanwhile, dispatch to owners’ inboxes along the way, keeping them in the loop.
Technology isn’t the only way they enhance the dog-walking experience, though. Before ever touching a leash, each walker must pass an intensive certification course, become bonded and insured, and beat a greyhound in a foot race.