Shaun Froshour's decade of canine search and rescue experience made him the go-to guy when dogs needed training. Friends and clients swarmed him with requests to work on their canines' behavior problems or watch their dogs overnight. Eventually, Shaun realized he could parlay his expertise and passion for pooches into a business and decided to open the Canine Retreat and Behavior Improvement Center. Known today as Paws-itively Healthy, the center has trained and hosted hundreds of hounds of all breeds.
Froshour and his managing partner, Jill Stouffer, chaperone tail-waggers as they laze, play, and plan book-club meetings at the canine retreat. Grooming services gussy up pups with de-shedding treatments, nail trimmings, and toothbrushings, or the experienced duo can pet-sit or walk dogs as owners travel. Froshour and Stouffer call upon years of experience during obedience training to teach dogs verbal commands and hand signals including sit, stay, and vogue.
Zoom Room?s dog training facilities have one cardinal rule: owners must be present during class. This is because humans need just as much training as their canine companions when building confidence and communication, and it?s important that owners learn the best positive-reinforcement techniques from the knowledgeable staff. Group classes cover topics ranging from general obedience and agility training to more specific needs such as overcoming shyness. Other classes include Urban Herding, where dogs herd exercise balls into soccer goals indoors, Scent Work, where dogs learn to sniff out missing car keys or the TV remote, and Pup-lates, which is geared toward overweight or senior dogs, or those recovering from an injury.
In fact, improving canine social skills is one of Zoom Room?s missions, as evidenced by the regularly hosted fundraiser events and Doggy Disco parties, which give dogs a chance to meet other dogs and expand away from their inner circle of fire hydrants. This combination of training and fun, in addition to the facility?s selection of solution-oriented training gear, natural dog treats, and functional dog accessories, has garnered an array of local and national press.
In a high-ceilinged, sunlight-drenched and fully renovated factory building at the edge of Manayunk’s Main Street business district, Caring for Cats is a multipurpose resource for felines and their owners. Keep your kitty healthy and purring with Caring for Cats’ veterinary services, including on-site radiology capabilities and a maintenance program designed specifically for older animals. You can even untangle and beautify your long-haired feline with their grooming services, or board your buddies here while you’re out of town. Simple point-of-sale pieces at the front of the facility help keep your kitty well groomed with flea combs and toys too, so they’ll quickly forgive you for the bath. Best of all, barking or otherwise curious dogs are never an issue at this cats-only facility.
The roomy pet grooming salon and spa Chez Bow Wow in Northern Liberties aims to make your dog or cat look spiffy without rankling them during the often-unhappy treatment process. The shampoos, cuts, nail clipping and teeth brushing happen on three tables fully visible behind the counter, and all services are done with eco-friendly products. Before and after their sessions, dogs can hang out in a roomy waiting area and cats get large interconnected cages that allow for roaming. Chez Bow Wow welcomes temperamental and special-needs animals as well, and they partner with the local Street Tails Animal Rescue organization to make homeless critters look their best. A selection of grooming tools, shampoos and accessories like pet-odor-eliminating candles are for sale.
Full-body massages. Pedicures. Hot-oil treatments. These aren’t pulled from the menu at a high-end New York spa—they’re taken from the lineup of services at locally owned The Pet Snobs Boutique, where a staff of animal lovers pampers pets with an array of upscale grooming services. Furthermore, the team has packed its shelves with colorful toys and professional pet-care products, inviting canines, cats, and their owners alike to come in and browse. In grooming rooms, four-legged companions kick back as seasoned staff members dole out lavish baths, styling services, and skin treatments while gossiping about the town’s handsomest mailman.
During doggy daycare at Dog School, pets play in harmony with as few restrictions as possible. Dogs are never forced to sleep in crates unless they want to. Little dogs can play with big dogs if they like. The staff—all trained in pet first aid and CPR—attentively watches over the laissez-faire playground, tending to each animal's needs and taking dogs on walks alone or in pairs.