Though it’s a dog-eat-dog world, a careful grooming and bathing is proper etiquette before any pup sits down for a frankfurter feast. Prepare a pet for a dinner-party debut with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get $75 worth of pet grooming, training, or boarding from Bark's 5th Avenue, a full-service pet-care facility in northwest Houston.
Bark's 5th Avenue pampers pooches with advanced grooming services, romp-ready facilities, and a highly trained staff. The grooming procedure includes a full range of beauty-bolstering treatments: shampoo, ear cleaning, toenail trim, anal gland expression, brushing, coat polish, and more. Each pet will leave with a free bandana and a commitment to put down the newspaper and go sit on his or her master's foot. Prices depend on the dog's size and condition, and average around $41.
You can also use your Groupon toward training. Bark's 5th Avenue's three-week boot camp for dogs uses positive reinforcement to curtail unruly behavior and teach dogs of all ages to play by the rules. The price of $850 includes a complimentary consultation to help determine the appropriate training regime for each individual animal.
During day care ($16–$21 per day), tail-waggers romp through the one-acre, fenced-in Central Bark play area with dogs of similar size and temperament. Pups that board overnight get exercise plus a night in a standard kennel or private suite. Boarding prices vary depending on weight.
Proprietor and master trainer Pennie Mahon has been in the pet business for 25 years. She has trained three U.S.- and world-champion Frisbee-catching dogs, two of which went on to sign eight-figure deals with major movie studios, while the third penned the best-selling memoir Sky Full of Frisbees. Mahon's pledge is to give her customers' pets the same affection and attention she gives her own live-in creatures.
Nearly 100 Citysearchers give Bark's 5th Avenue an average of five stars:
- We have trained both our dogs at Barks with excellent results and we continue to board there when ever [sic] we go out of town. All Barks personnel seem friendly and good with our dogs and they never seem to have a problem handling the big guy. – WTravis
- It is now a year and a half later and Hailey goes for daycare at least once a week and boards there about once a month. The big dogs are separate from the small ones, and they pay special attention as necessary. – kjngrl658
- We know our dogs are well taken care of while we are out of town and that they are having a good time at doggy day care. – jessica 2280