Joan and Dennis Dalebout have owned Abraxas Pet Resort since 1982, and along with their staff, they pamper pets with meticulous grooming services and daycare or overnight care. Nestled inside a barn-like structure known as the Big Dog House, the resort boasts a groomery that employs quality pet products unavailable in most pet stores. Outdoors, patches of grass and sand as well as an exercise area help pooches to play off excess energy, whereas small playhouses and pools provide ideal spots to lounge or work on a tan.
The Animal Park, a full-service grooming, boarding, and daycare facility, bestows quadruped companions with a cage-free retreat. In each of the supervised indoor and outdoor small-dog (30 lbs. and under, starting at $20/night) and large-dog (more than 30 lbs., starting at $25/night) facilities, tail-waggers share olfactory secrets or pose for CM Coolidge paintings. Litter-box denizens may enjoy a stay in the Kattery Room (starting at $12/night), with its toys, mazes, climbing wall, and window perches.
The Living Planet Aquarium has become one of Utah´s most unique and popular attractions, and is definitely a must-see if you are planning a trip to Utah. Exhibits feature sharks, rays, seahorses, jellyfish as well as octopus, eels, starfish, amphibians, trout and other freshwater species.
Kahlia and Todd opened Doggie Castle so dog owners would have a peaceful place to take their dogs to be groomed. The groomers on staff treat pets like royalty, handling them gently, cleaning them with lush products, and pretending it's normal when pets use the royal "we." In addition to grooming and spa treatments, Doggie Castle offers local, regional, and national transportation for dogs in a temperature-controlled SUV, complete with frequent stops to play and stays in pet-friendly hotels, when necessary.
Ivan Pavlov famously worked to condition dogs’ behaviors by ringing a bell whenever he fed his canine subjects, creating a mental link between the food and the sound. Soon, the dogs began to salivate anytime they heard the bell, regardless of whether food was offered. The owner of Hanna's Naughty Dog Training trains pooches with her own spin on the Russian scientist’s technique: she ticks a clicker and presents a treat whenever a dog successfully follows a command. After a few sessions, the treats aren’t even necessary—the dogs will respond to the sound of the clicker alone, and owners can continue training them at home with their own clickers. Training sessions are personalized to each dog and can be geared to tackle common issues such as excessive barking, chewing, and potty training.