Outfitted with spas and treadmills, Pooch Hotels are nearly the same as human accommodations, with one key difference: your dog might get a tummy-rub with their turndown service. These venues were all designed by dog-lovers whose main priority was canine comfort, regardless of the length of each guest's stay.
Dogs on daycare visits, for example, are sorted by size and temperament before entering one of multiple play areas. Monitored by human "Pack Leaders," they socialize amidst toys, treats, and wading pools at select locations, or run outside if the weather and facilities permit. Those who have booked a room for the night can relax in a private suite, outfitted with a glass door rather than bars. These range from standard to presidential and even palace suites—rooms outfitted with luxury bedding and flat-screen televisions tuned to dog-friendly programming. Customers might also schedule a spa appointment for their pooch, choosing from services such as baths, "pawdicures," and even facials.
The hotels pursue peace of mind for owners as actively as they pamper their dogs. Certain locations have installed web cameras in the play areas and suites, enabling people to check in on their pets and guilt them about the time they napped instead of writing a postcard. Staff remain on-hand at all times to welcome newcomers and care for already-snoozing pups.
Canine Retreat pampers pooches in an open environment. Before playtime, staff members use their group canine-management training to screen dogs for temperament and place them in a group of likeminded canines. Dogs can then run around on a 12,000-square-foot rubber floor, imitating bouncy balls without incurring sore paws or joint injuries. After a long day of climbing on a series of colorful tunnels, ramps, and dog hammocks, pets can slumber in a sleeping area, grouped according to size. In addition to daycare, Canine Retreat offers bathing, nature excursions, and wellness services. Parents also can keep an eye on their pooches with private daycare viewing areas.
Tish believes in taking her work home with her. When she’s not running Walk 'n' Roll Pet Sitting, she stays busy volunteering at pet foster centers, coordinating the LA Chapter of the National Canine Cancer Foundation, and tending to her own three rescue dogs: a labrador named Maddie, an English bulldog named Stella, and a pug named DaVinci. Her love and knowledge of pets also applies to Walk 'n' Roll Pet Sitting’s staff. She handpicks everyone on her team, each a pet owner who passed a thorough background check and completed extensive training. With their daycare, cage-free boarding, and in-home pet-sitting services, the staff treats each pooch as part of their family by recognizing individual personality traits and calling them on Thanksgiving to argue. They also exercise canines during private dog walks and offer additional services such as baths, vet visits, and administering medications.
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The pet-care experts who make up the wooftidoo team all have one thing in common: they specialize in animal handling. Oh, and they really, really love pets. To make sure they're prepared for anything, all members of the wooftidoo team—trainers, instructors, groomers, and veterinary technicians—are also insured, bonded, and certified in dog and cat first aid and CPR by the American Red Cross. All that preparation enables wooftidoo to provide pet owners with a number of different services, ranging from dog walking and daycare to training and pet-concierge services.
The experienced, award-winning animal attendants of Melissa's Mutt Hutt travel to pets' domiciles to nurture animals with custom care. During an initial consultation, an animal nanny will meet your pets, learn their daily routines, pick up house keys, and discuss discretionary services, such as providing treats and toys. Pet sitting includes morning and evening neighborhood walks, feeding, playtime, and brushing. While keeping an eye on your pets, pet au pairs will also water plants, pick up mail, toss trash, and rotate lights. Then, after visits, homeowners can peruse detailed notes chronicling their pets' activities, temperaments, and tic-tac-toe victories.