Even in his days on the police force, Michael Gould found himself working with dogs. As a lieutenant, he commanded his department's canine unit, and this affinity for dogs serves him well as the owner-operator of Hounds Town USA. Born from a dog-training business, Hounds Town USA is not just a place for dogs to hang out while their owners are away. Here, in the large, temperature-controlled facility, they satisfy their pack instincts with a group of like-minded pooches. They chase one another, flop down for naps together, and discuss methods for getting the cookie jar off their owner's kitchen counter. All staff members have been thoroughly trained to interact with a pack of dogs, and they supervise this pack constantly, encouraging good behavior with physical and verbal praise. Because all pups are given a temperament test before their first day, they're assigned to a playgroup that matches their playing style and preferences, even if they really just want to play House.
NY Kennel Club ensures the well-being of canines of all breeds and backgrounds, from visitors stopping by for a bath and a haircut to rescue puppies looking for a new home. Along with grooming services, which range from simple nail trims to complete makeovers, the cage-free kennel houses its guests in spacious pens, giving the dogs plenty of room to romp. Each pup up for adoption has been thoroughly checked by a local veterinarian, and expert trainers can aid new owners in tasks such as housebreaking—the technical term for when a pet gets a little too excited with a sledgehammer.
The American Dog Club connects dog lovers with puppies looking for a new a home. The organization works strictly with USDA-certified and licensed private breeders, who follow strict regimens for the care and feeding of puppies. Once a pup leaves the breeder and comes into the Dog Club's care, the pet sitters provide an equally intense level of care for each pooch. They feed them doggy milk, baby food, and vitamin-enriched water. They provide them with toys and blankets, and socialize them with other puppies in cage-free play environments. If a puppy lingers with them for too long, they immediately put him or her up for adoption; they like to see their animals land in loving homes, no matter what.
Of course, caring for an animal is a long-term commitment, and they provide services to help out pet owners regardless of their dog's age. They sell a range of specialty toys and foods meant to keep dogs healthy and they groom dogs of any size, trimming nails and shampooing fur.
Deep-cleansing facials. Relaxing massages. Feather hair extensions. These are just three of the treatments that await Luxury Pet Spa & Boutique's canine and feline visitors. The spa staff believes that pets deserve the same luxury afforded to their human counterparts, and this is reflected in everything from its hypoallergenic products, to its holistic pet food, to its decor: chocolate-colored walls, cushy armchairs, and the stained wood table Lassie used to write her memoirs. Chandeliers spill light across the treatment rooms, where groomers shampoo fur, trim nails, and cleanse ears. However, these are just the preliminary steps to an animal makeover. The groomers also style fur with the finesse of hairdressers and use airbrushes to paint fur with colorful accents.
Daniel Reitman, the eponymous owner of Dan’s Dog Walking and Pet Sitting, lends a helping paw to pet owners with services that cater to all manner of beast and bird. Daniel and his fellow pet experts take pride in their long list of repeat customers—a testament to their hard work as well as their ability to establish relationships with the animals in their care. Vet-recommended and fully bonded and insured walkers and overnight sitters take time to learn about pets’ dietary restrictions and exercise habits before they even meet, allowing them to immediately build a friendship defined by wagging tails and purrs. The eco-friendly company demonstrates its commitment to animals and the environment by using leashes made from recycled materials, cleaning up with biodegradable sanitary bags, and discouraging dogs from chewing on fossil fuels.
A lifelong dog lover, Larissa knew from the age of 13 that she wanted to work with animals. She received a pre-veterinary biology degree but ultimately decided to pursue a career in dog grooming, focusing on making pups look as they feel when they catch the scraps that find their way under the table while a toddler eats. At Dog Island Grooming, which she co-owns and operates, she offers bathing and grooming packages with routine treatments such as haircuts and nail trims, as well as luxe spa services that include fizzy paw soaks and blueberry facials.