Vista Farms’ equestrian experts edify saddled-up students ages 5 years and older on the basics of horse handling. At a private, one-hour lesson (a $35 value), mounties can bring their own horse or ride 1 of up to 10 on-site horses, building a new relationship through relaxed strolls and trading favorite novels. Head trainer Lisa Park focuses on building trust between horse and rider, providing a rundown of natural horsemanship skills and national-level showing techniques, and getting maximum height and distance out of built-in ejector saddles.
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.
Dog Training Elite's founder and head trainer John Mestas leans on 32 years of experience training pups of all shapes, sizes, and breath swampiness. He's worked with guide-dog puppies, coached members of a search-and-rescue team, and has trained police-department canines. In training programs for family pets, he leverages that experience to help pups learn behavioral basics and weeds out troublesome habits such as sitting on the furniture and jumping.
Dr. Kirsten Doub takes her work home all the time. The veterinarian truly loves pets, adopting older animals, working with rescue groups, and often welcoming foster dogs and cats into her house. Dr. Doub extends this same compassion to everyone who enters Union Park Veterinary Hospital, whether canine, feline, or human.
Pets and their owners come to the vet for numerous reasons: checkups, dentistry, vaccinations, and emergency care, to name a few. Whatever the reason, Dr. Doub and her team make the process as easy as possible. They allow drop-off appointments so people don't have to miss work, and they make house calls for older pets who've lost their bus passes.
PupTub, a self-service dog-grooming salon located in Cottonwood Heights, provides owners with all of the equipment and products necessary to keep pooches looking and smelling their best. Owners shampoo, condition, and dry their pet's fur before getting to the details with an assortment of grooming tools, ear wipes, and disposable toothbrushes with mint- or poultry-flavored toothpaste. PupTub also offers dog-sitting services.
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.