Spoil Your Pet
From exclusive social clubs and therapeutic massage sessions to fine art portraits and haute couture, here are a handful (or is it pawful?) of ways to show your love.
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Start off the day socializing with friends, then it’s off to a session with the personal trainer and a few laps in the pool. Make sure you schedule in some “me” time for a bubble bath, massage and gourmet meal before heading back to the condo for some TV and a good night’s sleep. It’s a day fit for a Hilton heiress—or your precious pooch.
There are plenty of perks to make life more luxe for your cherished cat, beloved bird or bunny—even your favorite fish, ferret, gerbil, hamster, guinea pig or mouse. Delaware companies offer a wide range of products and services for creatures great and small. Some focus on health or home-away-from-home comfort and safety. Others are purely for pampering. And who deserves it more than your very best friend? Start here.
Give Don and Anna Brown eight weeks at their Academy of Dog Training and Agility in Newark (588-4636, academyofdogtraining.com) and they’ll give you a dog that sits, stays and comes on command. An eight-week Puppy Head Start program focuses on housebreaking and discouraging chewing and other destructive behaviors that are all too often part of the exuberance of youth. Cost is $100 for each eight-week session. The academy also has an indoor pool for therapeutic and recreational swimming.
Chuck the choke collars. Take your pal for some gentle etiquette instruction at Greenwood Dog Training School in Wilmington (998-8770, greenwooddogs.com), which offers six- to eight-week group beginner and advanced classes for $125 to $145. Private customized puppy classes that help with specific behavioral issues are available in your home, the homes of owners Susan Greenholt and Mary Woodward, or at the facility ($65).
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