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.
Hiring someone to pet-sit requires a lot of trust. You're not only giving them access to your home but also the responsibility of caring for a beloved family member. That's why each time a new client calls Sir Gatsby Pets, owner Angel Martinez personally meets with them—both the customer and their furry companion—for a preliminary consultation, where he gets to know the pet’s temperament and the owner's schedule. He then assigns a permanent sitter from his staff of insured and background-checked animal aficionados, who can walk, play with, and administer medicines to the pet and who pairs best with the pet’s personality. Sitters stand ready to aid their furry clients at any time, whether they're taking pets on morning walks, romping through evening playtime, or acting as the sole human members of Iditarod Halloween costumes.
The dog lovers at Hounds on the Hudson believe that a pet owner's peace of mind is equally important as the pet's happiness. To put minds at ease, the daycare and boarding facility's webcams enable clients to check up on their canine counterparts online. What they'll see is dogs galloping around the 1,500-square-foot outdoor run, or pups playing poker in the four indoor play spaces. The highly trained staffers keep dogs under 24-hour supervision and reward good behaviors to maintain a comfortable, positive environment. For overnight boarding, furry guests snooze on raised Kuranda beds inside climate-controlled suites. Dogs in need of obedience training can also practice good manners with trainers that have been featured on Animal Planet's Underdog to Wonderdog.
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.