Certified dog trainer and owner of Dogs Making Better Choices Alise Trees believes that dogs want to serve their masters, but “the key is establishing a respectful and trusting relationship between dog owners and their pets.” As part of canine training, she offers a Basic Manners course for dogs, during which owners teach their dogs commands that range from sit, down, and stay to skills that include loose leash walking. She also conducts private lessons to address individual issues.
At Mia & Company Pet Salon, pooches get primped and pampered. In the pet-friendly confines, experienced dog groomers keep canines looking tip-top with sudsy shampoos and baths. They also snip unruly fur, trim talons, and clean out the ears of furry family friends.
Sisters Mary Shappee and Gert Shuckhart have been taming horses for most of their lives, beginning as children in 4-H club. While Gert manages Majic Stables' office and rare bookmark collection, Mary's passion for riding keeps her in the saddle, where she teaches private and group lessons that rein in riders as young as 5 years old. A 70'x198' indoor arena allows for nighttime and fair-weather rides, and the 100'x200' outdoor area is dotted with jumps and dressage letters for tricky choreography.
A specialty dog and cat boutique, Paws Around Town boasts a wide selection of high-quality products to pamper furry sidekicks. The friendly and knowledgeable staff helps shoppers sniff their way through the assortment of toys, treats, clothing, and other specialty items. Handsome hounds can pick up fashions for dog shows, puppy proms, or a chic strut in the park with an ultra-suede Susan Lanci brown jacket ($56.99+) or don a printed top, such as the “Mr. Sexy” white tank ($18), at the beach or gym. Collars and leashes, such as the black-and-white polka-dot pink adjustable collar ($20.99+) or Avant Garde Sherlock retractable leash, outfitted with a comfortable rubber-grip handle ($35.99–$47.99), let owners stylishly rein in pets.