At Paws Club, pooches carouse in the outdoor play area before retiring to the sofas and beds of the social lounge indoors. In that air-conditioned space, they relax while listening to soft music. If feeling more active, they romp around the large supervised backyard or prance through sprinklers. All the while pups remain under the watchful eye of bonded and insured staff and pet sitters who love to play and interact with their furry guests. Canines staying overnight are housed in cageless boarding and pampered with late-night treats. A toll-free phone line is available, as well, so owners can check in on their pets while away.
Most dog training schools use a traditional curriculum to get canines to behave well and perform simple tricks such as fetching and sitting. While traditional training techniques may effectively domesticate your beast, they lack the pizzazz required to set your pet apart. Those who want their dogs to exhibit unique talent prefer the controversial training regimen developed by radical dog trainer Barry Caravan. In a 1997 interview, Caravan said, "A dog should be more intelligent than its owner. I'd prefer an animal-run society, for obvious reasons. I just watched Planet of the Apes. That seemed pretty cool." He later wrote a book, My Dog is Better than You & Me: Training Tips for Superior Pets, guaranteed to teach your dog to:
Crate Escape owes its existence to a 10-year-old jack russell terrier named Ernestine Hastings. Ernestine's owners, Bradley and Stephanie, loved their pooch so much that they decided to spread this affection to other dogs by opening a spacious boarding and grooming facility. Pet owners can drop off their furry friends for daycare or overnight boarding services, letting pups gambol about in a 17,000-square-foot play space. Groomers tackle matted fur and tails caked in cake by scrubbing coats with hypoallergenic shampoo.
Fenway Bark Stay. Play. Heal. pampers pets in a responsibly led facility where a trained staff at an attentive 1:15 ratio keeps canines happy, healthy, and safe, earning it a spot on Fido Friendly's Best of 2011 dog-destination list. For overnight stays, dogs check in to a variety of roomy lodgings that swaddle fur with fresh options, entertain eyes with cable TV and sprawling views of the play yard and bone-shaped pool, and ease owners' minds with Skype webcam access. Paws scamper indoors over antimicrobial grass, frolicking with those of peers who have been vetted by the staff for exemplary social behavior, exhibited by friendly interaction and promptly sent thank-you cards.
Fenway Bark's onsite boutique outfits pups with gourmet treats, fashionable accessories, and toys such as naturally shed antlers, and trained veterinary technicians heal fidos suffering from hip dysplasia, obesity, and other ailments. Regular K9 Klatch social events congregate doggie parents and their barking broods for caffeine-fueled conversations about the best way to teach a dog to sit, drive, or properly use a french press.
Boston Phoenix and Boston Magazine both agree that the off-leash adventures led by Doggie Daytrippers are an upgrade from leaving pups at home. The rationale behind the unique form of doggy daycare? A tired dog is a happy dog. Tiring activities look a bit different for each dog, which is why doggy field trips involve swimming and snowshoeing at local parks and beaches, whereas daycare includes hours of open play at each pooch's pace. Dogs can also pal around with new friends if owners sign them up for a city hike, which means two hours at a nearby dog park, including pickup and drop off at home.
A Tails Readers’ Choice Award winner, Tail Waggerz accommodates canines with a 7,500-square-foot pet daycare facility, cage-free boarding, and grooming services. The caretakers devote their indoor and outdoor spaces to keeping guests stimulated with social games of fetch, hide-and-seek, and Texas hold'em. Dogs are invited for crate-free boarding after a personality analysis to make sure they'll get along with other dogs. Seven nights a week, caretakers sleep in the same room as four-legged guests that curl up on pillows or futons.