Who says only humans need a little R&R? Whether it’s getting your dog’s luscious locks washed and trimmed or taking them out on an adventure, four-legged friends deserve the occasional break from routine. Here’s a handful of ways to let your pet live their best life this season.
When it's scrub-a-dub-dub time, some pups will gladly hop in the tub, but for the bath-shy and breeds that require special grooming, a trip to the doggie spa is key – like Dogtopia of Warwick’s state-of-the-art facility. “With a focus on safety and using top-quality products, our spa offers a range of services, from basic baths and haircuts to comprehensive grooming treatments like teeth and ear cleaning, de-shedding, and brush outs,” says owner David Giardino. And let's not forget the luxurious blueberry facials! If you have a young pup, Dogtopia’s first-day puppy package is designed to introduce them to the spa experience, providing extra time to familiarize them with all aspects of grooming – plus you’ll leave with a grooming report card detailing your pup's appointment. 30 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick, Dogtopia.com/Warwick
If Fido is itching for a little excitement, sign them up for an Adventure Class with Training Tails. Taking place at different outdoor locations each week, dogs’ obedience and behavior is tested in real-world situations while socializing with other people and pups. Training Tails also offers a range of group classes, or at-home training is a great way to brush up on some basic skills before hitting the trail. “Training is something that should be simple, fun and effective!” says owner Jen Reynolds. “It’s a time of day that both you and your pup enjoy.” Cranston, TrainingTailsRI.com
If your furry friend is destined for a future of helping others, they might be a good candidate to become a certified pet therapy dog. The first step is inquiring about classes with Dynamic Dog Training, where Susan and Harry Parker will work with pets to achieve a range of goals, from learning to be non-reactive in crowds to making school and hospital visits. Once your dog is evaluated for temperament and a multitude of other specifications, they can be enrolled in a 14-week class to earn their certification. The next Paws from the Heart certified therapy class begins on September 6. West Warwick, PawsFromTheHeartPetTherapy.org
There are many ways to keep your pup active, and while the warm weather is ideal for long walks, some canines feel most comfortable in their own yard. Bring the gym to them by setting up some fun agility equipment or hiding treats around the yard for them to find – there’s nothing a dog loves more than using their nose! Swimming is another great way to exercise your pooch. A trip to Block Island promises your choice of dog-friendly beaches, and most Rhode Island beaches allow dogs during the off-season. But until September rolls around, why not fill a kiddie pool with water to splash away the dog days of summer? Always keep pets cool and hydrated, especially senior pups, in any adventures you undertake.
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