Dressing your puppy in a raincoat or tying its bootlaces to keep out December puddles won’t matter a lick if that critter’s tum isn’t filled with grade-A chow. Today’s side deal will treat your furry child’s appetite in ways that sneaking leftover filet mignon into its kibble never could. West Seattle Dawg will prepare a seven-course feast for your pooch, including home-baked treats from its bakery, and ship it to you for $10. Whatever dietary needs a canine can have, WSD will cater to them with a culinary flourish far more flourishy than hiding doggie pills in cheddar cheese.
In an interview with The New York Times, Rover.com’s CEO Aaron Easterly describes his business as a means of connecting "dog owners who need care for their animals to dog lovers willing to provide it for some extra cash.” Thus, his business serves as a friendly alternative to “lock[ing] their dog in cage for a week” at a kennel. Providing dogs with a real home or apartment to call home while their owners are away, Rover.com calls upon dog fanatics to showcase their walking, feeding, and ear-scratching skills by boarding or staying at the homes of local pooches.
With a network of more than 200,000 members across the country, Rover.com allows owners to peruse the online profiles of potential hosts and seek out a local caretaker based on reviews, personal preferences, and availability. Once connected with the pet-sitter, owners can schedule an optional meet-and-greet between hound and human to ensure a compatibility of personalities and rising signs. While on vacation, dog parents keep in contact with their four-legged friends and their sitters via Rover.com’s messaging service and photo updates. The company’s dedication to canine well-being extends to their Sit a Dog, Save a Life program, which grants the site’s sitters a chance to donate the entirety or a portion of their profits to a pet-related charity such as The Animal Rescue Site or the Coalition to Unchain Dogs.
Unless they have a doggie fitness gym at home, most dogs don't get all the exercise they should. That's where Tanya of Walk With Tanya Dog Walking Services comes in. The canine enthusiast whisks pups outside for quick jaunts around the neighborhood or trips to the dog park while owners are at work. She also provides pet-sitting services, wherein she stops by to feed cats and change their litter boxes or transports pups to her own home for a comfortable stay.
Using positive, reward-based training methods, Good CitiZen Dog Training’s canine behavioral specialists help train both pets and owners while nurturing healthy dog-man relationships. In addition to private training sessions that address specific behavioral issues, the Good CitiZen trainers host group classes to train dogs alongside their peers. Sessions include basic puppy training and Growly class, which tackles aggressive behavior and teaches owners to identify canine body language. Dog trainers also monitor doggy daycare to safely socialize dogs while owners are away and ensure each pup receives enough play, exercise, rest, and food, plus up-to-date editions of squeaky newspapers.
Followed by his beagle buddy, a golden retriever clambers down a ramp and into an 11’x18’ heated pool, then swims away with a rope toy in his mouth as the beagle chases after him, barking all the way. It’s open swim at SpawZ Dog, where canines splash under the careful supervision of the doggy daycare’s licensed practitioners. Private pool-therapy sessions provide low-impact workouts that build strength and range of motion, benefiting dogs with arthritis, sore joints, and hip dysplasia. Elderly dogs enjoy “senior swim,” where they can paddle gently without contending with young pups cannonballing, while water-phobic dogs can stay secure by walking on an underwater treadmill.
Dogs signed up for daycare and boarding romp around a 3,750-square-foot indoor area, padded with half-inch-thick rubber non-slip safety flooring that’s easy on canine joints. An outdoor area provides space for dogs to duck into clubhouses or reenact scenes from Turner and Hooch in a toy car. Smaller pups can retreat to their own exclusive space, outfitted with a car-shaped bed and padded seating. At night, dogs bunk down in private areas with soft bedding, surroun