4-C Stables hands equine enthusiasts the reins to its team of even-tempered horses for trail rides, camps, and lessons within its expansive facility. Stable owner Stacey, a veterinary technician by training, heads up 4-C's 60-minute horsemanship lessons, which are tailored to each rider's experience and introduce varied aspects of horses and horse care. Students begin with the basics of safety and grooming before matriculating to more advanced equitation topics, such as dismounting and riding in slow motion for dramatic effect. With successful completion of all beginner-level requirements, students can graduate to intermediate studies, where they learn such skills as proper care of the tack, issuing verbal commands, and riding with the correct posture.
At Barks and Bubbles, scruffy pooches are transformed into well-groomed pups with an array of specialty grooming services. Clients can use the facility’s amenities for a do-it-yourself wash, or requisition a skilled tech for more complicated services such as a dog haircut, nail clipping, or flea and tick prevention. The store also pampers canines with a large inventory of brand-name and hand-made dog apparel and accessories.
With three large indoor play areas and adjoining outdoor romp ranges, Camp Bow Wow lets canines loose to frolic with friends or simply survey their own tails. The puppy palace's staff of certified counselors is trained in dog behavior and categorizes dogs into play groups based on size, demeanor, and brainpower, allowing pets to engage in more evenly matched games of Trivial Pursuit. Canine-ophile customers can pamper pooches with a nail trim and bath to wash away dirt, scruff, and Alpo-scented cologne. Additionally, owners can further spoil prized pets with an afternoon of doggy day camp, or by following up day camp with an overnight stay. An all-inclusive respite at the camp engulfs pets in luxury while their owners are away, providing blankets, play time with camp counselors, and a cozy cot in a cabin-themed space with campfire treats in the evening.
Founded in 1980, Man's Best Friend welcomes pets and their caretakers for training, grooming, and boarding services. A variety of training programs are designed to fit different pet personalities and specific goals such as obedience training and home protection. Boarding offerings include overnight stays and daycare, with separate facilities for dogs and cats complete with climate control and ample space.
Although pups may be more comfortable when bathed by their human companions rather than strangers, in-home grooming can be unpleasant for owners, who often walk away from tubs with bruised kneecaps and drenched clothes. Dirty Dawgz blends the best of both worlds with self-serve dog-washing stations that allow apron-clad owners to stand upright while refreshing fur. Waist-high stainless-steel tubs come equipped with spray hoses that make bath time more convenient than the bucket-and-faucet or pop-the-waterbed methods used at home. The tubs comfortably fit both large and small dogs as owners make use of the facility's shampoos and conditioners, towels, and brushes. For more in-depth sessions, grooming expert Jessica Bannister shows off her award-winning skills through stylish cuts and glossy coats.
Wild smiles dance across the faces of pups and humans alike at K9 Kountry. Sunlight streams across the grassy lawn as dogs of all sizes frolic in the outdoor runs or in their own dog yards, tiring themselves out by playing with a variety of toys or gathering to put on a performance of Othello. As the sun sets, the pups careen indoors for a warm meal of freshly cooked meals and snacks, such as chicken or hot dogs, before hunkering down for the night in the climate-controlled shelter. The staff at K9 Kountry takes care of mutts of all sizes and temperaments with daycare, overnight boarding, and basic obedience training courses that focus on ensuring communication between dogs and their owners.