Different from the average pet-boarding facility, Paradise 4 Paws has a bone-shaped pool surrounded by more than 20,000 square feet of indoor play area, plush accommodations, and comfy boarding suites. Staff members roam the facility 24/7, playing with animals during the day, tucking them in at night, and performing à la carte services such as grooming, obedience training, health checkups, and canine massage therapy. Paradise 4 Paws has its own training academy, and its pet-care professionals have received pet-first-aid certification from the American Red Cross.
The pet-minded staff cares about pet owners, as well, granting access to the play area’s real-time webcams and offering airport parking and transportation.
When pets get dropped off at The Pooch Patio, it's not the just the dogs who want to stay forever. Both daycare and boarding charges relish the playtime they get with like-minded dogs, as they lounge in the indoor playroom or gallop around the 2,000-square-foot outdoor run. The groomers work to get pups clean and fluffy, or stand by to help owners using the self-service grooming stations, which earned the facility one of several nods from D Magazine, most recently in 2012. But once pups' owners see the sun-drenched outdoor patio, where they can settle down with an espresso or glass of wine from the onsite Java Haus and Wine Bistro, they might never leave. And once they find out they can use the free wireless internet to work or redesign the doghouse they just built in Minecraft, they might need to reserve an overnight suite for themselves as well.
The loving staff at Lucca Bella Doggie Spa and Boutique treats each and every dog like a four-legged family member, pampering them with spa-like grooming services and providing a home away from home in their climate-controlled daycare rooms. While leaving the house is undeniably exciting for a dog, Lucca Bella fosters a calm and peaceful spa experience by using all-natural grooming products, hand-drying manes instead of using noisy blow-dryers, and keeping antagonistic squirrels out of sight. For puppy facials and baths, the canine caretakers go at a speed the dog is comfortable with to avoid unnecessary stress.
During daycare sessions, owners gain peace of mind knowing their canine companion is making new friends in Lucca Bella's indoor, climate-controlled play area and outdoor sunbathing spot.
Owners come to Dirty Dawgz Plano to use specialty grooming tools such as deshedders, undercoat rakes, and slicker brushes. They also find specialty shampoos, such as oatmeal, tea tree, and whitening, many of which can smooth out fur, oust fleas and ticks, or make the dog invisible to people whose hearts aren't true. When Dirty Dawgz Plano staffers perform services themselves, they adapt the grooming to each dog's size, breed, and personality.
Pups stand taller after a visit to Urban Dogg. Here a rank of self-serve wash stations await dogs and their owners, who help their charges find that show-dog look with shampoos made from natural ingredients. For an additional fee, the staff will also wash and fluff dogs, and treat them to full grooming services if needed, such as combing out the coats of dogs who feel they are too mature for their dreadlocks.
Guests turn in for the night to recline in plush beds as they listen to soft music and enjoy meals delivered by attentive staff members. Rather than venturing out in the morning to shop and sightsee, however, these lodgers would rather spend some quality time with a chew toy. When away from home, pet guests at Pappy's Pet Lodge lie in the lap of luxury with amenities typically found in four-star human resorts. Orthopedic, chew-proof Kuranda pet beds cosset pups while they rest from the day's three walks and bounty of play time with similar-sized dogs. Experienced trainers also lead classes that help banish bad behaviors, from chewing on the couch and barking excessively to borrowing the car without asking.