Bored animals can easily get anxious, resulting in rebellious behavior such as furniture gnawing and forming a punk-rock cover band. Quash canine caterwauling with today’s Groupon to Pet Paradise, valid at the Jacksonville Airport or University Boulevard locations in Jacksonville, or at the St. Augustine location. Choose between the following options:
- For $24, you get two days of dog daycare (a $48 value).
- For $48, you get three nights of dog or cat boarding (up to a $111 value).
- For $99, you get an eight-week pet-obedience group course (a $225 value).<p>
The crew at Pet Paradise coddles both overnight and daytime critter clients in a resort-like enclave that provides each furry lodger with private quarters, bedding and toys, and an array of amenities. Canines can revel on a sun-baked lawn that surrounds the doggy-bone-shaped swimming pool before cooling hides with a refreshing dip. Supervised group playtime gives dogs a chance to find an alto for their moon-serenading choir, and outdoor walks allow for sightseeing and exercise.
Pooches relish alone time in suites that allow them to roam indoors or outdoors, and kitties can retire to a felines-only wing of the resort, where soft music relieves the stresses of intensive yarn auditing. A caretaker lives onsite to supervise any late-night emergencies or after-midnight munchies, and owners can check on their pets with a 24-hour webcam. Humans treating their treat eaters to daycare can drop off and pick up their pets anytime between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Owners who conduct pickups or drop-offs outside of regular business hours pay additional fees, which are not included in the Groupon value.
Experienced dog trainer Richard Starks leads pups and their parents in weekly, one-hour obedience classes that pin-down bad behaviors and reward good habits. Furry friends learn basic behaviors alongside various breeds and robotic facsimiles in courses designed to make home life easier. Additionally, pet owners practice methods that curb canine urges to destroy furniture and leave empty milk cartons in the fridge. Richard’s techniques reflect his experience with K-9 units as well as his lessons from trainers Matthew Margolis, an author and TV-show host, and Tom Rose, a veteran instructor of both dogs and dog trainers.
The scene is a familiar one: hotel guests lounge beside the outdoor pool as staff members filter around, offering refreshments or collecting clients for a spa treatment. However, at Pet Paradise, the pool is bone shaped and all the guests are dogs. This luxurious scene is one cat and dog owners can find at this boarding and daycare facility that has been owner Fred Goldsmith's pride and joy for a decade. The animal lover was inspired to start his own pet hotel when he simply couldn’t find a place he was comfortable leaving his bichon frise when he went on vacation.
Fred made Pet Paradise to his exact specifications, and the pet hotel's amenities reflect the loving care he lavishes on his own beloved pup. Dogs and cats can luxuriate in spa-quality grooming treatments or burn off some energy during group playtime. In the evening, pets can settle into plush bedding and feel safe knowing that the dedicated live-in staff resides just a bark away. Nocturnal kitties spend the night exploring their own private six-level cat condos while gentle spa music fills the air to keep them entertained. In case of any emergencies, Pet Paradise keeps veterinarians on-call, and in the event of a snack emergency, each staff member is a certified bacon cook.