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Pet GuideWith everything from obedience courses to dog parks to pet hotels, here's a guide that will make you howl with delight

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Blue Ribbon K9 Las Vegas Dog Training Center

Blue Ribbon K9 specializes in puppy training, dog obedience training and behavior modification, offering private, in-home training lessons.

6210 N. Jones Blvd. #752982, 656-9719, blueribbon-k9.com


The above is a 5 minute video of Apol, Blue Ribbon K9's mascot, it's certified master dog trainer David and Blue Ribbon K9 founder Daniel on Animal Planet.

 

Christine Hanley, dog trainer

Local dog trainer Christine Hanley uses the “Bark Busters dog obedience training system,” using the natural dynamics of canine communication such as body language and voice commands to get your dog sharp and smart.

1-877-500-BARK, barkbusters.com

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Good Paws, LLC

Convinced your human-canine relationship is falling apart because Sparky just isn’t listening? Good Paws teaches the skills to truly communicate with your dog, offering group classes, private lessons and behavior and nutrition consultations.

469-1437, goodpawstraining.com

 

Happy Tails Family Dog Training

Offers reward-based training, in-home and phone consultations, day and board training, clicker training and “New Pup Prep” for new dog owners.

219-9174, happytailsfamilydogtraining.com

 

Ry Steffen, All Dog Solutions

Ry Steffen is a Canine Behavior and Training Specialist who specializes in aggression management and obedience training.

375-0678, alldogsolutions.com

 

Sin City K-9

Sin City K9

Trainer Rich Damico’s system adapts to the dog’s personality and teaches humans how to “think like a dog,” tailoring training methods to invidual pets.

260-6586, sincityk9.com

 

Sit Means Sit Summerlin Dog Training

Offers outdoor group classes in obedience to teach dogs to behave in high-distraction environments and teach owners to practice off-leash control.

1800 S. Town Center Drive,
518-9444, summerlin.sitmeanssit.com

 

Smarty Paws Canine Coaching

Smarty Paws Canine Coaching provides a stress-free learning environment. Services include agility, behavior and obedience training as well as rehabilitation and conditioning.

4161 N. Rancho Drive #120,
396-8501, smartypaws.com

 

Vegas Valley Dog Obedience Club

Offers dog obedience training sessions three times a year, AKC-licensed trials two times a year, dog-related functions, and obedience demonstrations at local events and local schools.

368-0656, vvdoc.org

 

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Pet sitters

A Pawsatively Purrrfect Petsitting Service

Offers dog-walking, pet companionship, in-home pet-sitting, day visits, house-sitting, overnight stays, pet transportation and more.

682-6758

 

Anthem Pet Sitting

Anthem Pet Sitting aims to preserve the atmosphere of your home while you’re away. They focus on eliminating travel trauma for both pets and owners along with specializing care to your pet’s specific dietary and exercise needs.

8022 S. Rainbow Blvd. #213,
568-PETS

 

Anytime Pet Sitters

Owner Suzanne Ippolito and her team have many years of experience working with all kinds of animals, including special needs, hospice, senior pets and newborns.

419-5859, anytimepetsitters.com

 

Critter Sitter

Offers hourly and extended care, pet taxis and, most importantly, reduces the stress of finding a good pet sitter.

8405 Pacific Spring Ave.,
510-8787, crittersitterlv.com

 

Dog Duty Pet Sitting

Karen Emptage’s company has a variety of services such as pet sitting, dog walking, overnight pet care and pet transportation throughout the valley. 

324-1652, dogdutypetsitting.com

 

Gals on the Go-Pet Sitting, Dog Walking and Errand Services

Entrust your precious pup in the caring hands of a school teacher, Reiki Master, or flight attendant, just some of the care-givers Gals on the Go provides.

614-4271, galsgo.com

 

Paws Pet Service

Operated and owned by pet first aid and CPR certified Stacey Armstrong, Paws Pet Service offers pet errands, pet taxis, trail hikes, hotel visits, dog walking and more. 

608-5503, paws-pets.com

 

Pet hotels

American Dog & Cat Resort

Pioneers in cage-free boarding, American Dog and Cat Resort has amenities such as size-appropriate play areas, “temperament tests” to ensure aggressive-free playtime and plenty of hands-on help. 

2900 E. Patrick Lane, 795-3647, doghotel.net

 

Camp Bow Wow

Camp Bow Wow is a rustic summer camp-themed dog care center complete with doggie sized log cabins. Both day and overnight camping options are available.

5175 S. Valley View Blvd.,
255-CAMP, campbowwow.com

 

Doggie District Pet Resort

Four indoor/outdoor play areas make for socially stimulating daytime activities with private rooms for night stays. Pick-up and drop-off services available.

4250 S. Rainbow Blvd., 252-3647, doggiedistrict.net

 

LV Dog Resort, Luxury Dog Hotel

Las Vegas Dog Hotel is the Four Seasons for dogs, with spacious individual suites equipped with chandelier lighting, custom paint and crown molding. Every suite has a color cable TV, movie of the day, comfy beds and a plethora of toys.

2675 W. Arby Ave., 560-7387, lvdoghotel.com

 

Small Town Dog: Las Vegas Dog Boarding

Private villages and private villas, complete with dog house, potty area and yard to play in, starting at $25 a night. Bring your own food and blanket.

3430 E. Tropicana Ave. #65,
750-9962, smalltowndog.com

 

Just Like Home Doggie Hotel and Grooming

This homey pet hotel offers structured meal times for dogs and lots of room to play. Just Like Home is home to the city’s first “dog splash park,” overnight boarding, day care and pet birthday parties. Military discounts available.

4872 W. Lake Mead Blvd., 558-5689, justlikehomedoggiehotelandgrooming.com

 

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Dog parks

Bark Park at Heritage Park

Has a separate small dog area, trees, benches, lights, agility equipment, drinking water and a water play area.

300 S. Racetrack Road

 

Centennial Hills Dog Park

This dog park has benches and a separate small dog area. The larger park is more multipurpose with an amphitheater, concession stands, playgrounds for kids and picnic areas for families to enjoy a day out with their dogs.

7150 N. Buffalo Drive

 

Charlie Kellogg and Joe Zaher Sports Complex

One of the best dog parks in town, the Kellogg-Zaher Sports Complex Dog Park has a large space for dogs to roam and get their daily exercise. Also has separate areas for smaller dogs to enjoy the outdoors.

7901 W. Washington Ave.

 

Silverado Ranch Dog Park

Renovated in 2003, this dog park has a separate area for small dogs under 30 pounds. The park has benches, bright lights, trees, water spigots and gravel ground cover.

9855 S. Gillespie St.

 

Spring Valley Dog Park

This dog park has a separate small dog area, benches, some shade is provided, and no lights. It is recommended that no children under the age of 5 are brought to the park.

7600 W. Flamingo Road

 

Veterans Memorial Park

Recently opened in 2011, Veterans Memorial Park has a separate area for small dogs and a large grass area for all other dogs. Other park amenities include a fishing pond, horseshoe pit, barbeques and a water playground.

1650 Buchanan Blvd.

 

Dog walkers

A Purrfurred Pet Care Service

Professional dog walker Pam Nickels will take your dog out for you around your local neighborhood and dog park. Also featuring hikes in the Red Rock Conservation area upon request.

7495 W. Azure Drive #110,
375-7230, purrfurredpet.com

 

Fetch Pet Care

Fetch Pet Care is a national search engine that provides a list of pet sitters and dog walkers across America, as well as throughout the valley.   

8916 Happy Stream Ave.,
448-4518, fetchpetcare.com

 

Events

Paws Charity Golf, benefitting Golden Retriever Rescue of Southern Nevada

June 2, 10 a.m. Enjoy a full day of 18 holes of golf (with cart), lunch, wine, beer and spirits, “Caddies Bid,” auction, raffle, contests, prizes and great gifts.

11111 W. Flamingo Rd.

 

Pup Crawl, benefitting Adopt-a-Rescue-Pet
June 13, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

Drink, mingle and be merry with fellow pet-lovers while raising money to benefit the local charity Adopt-a-Rescue-Pet. Well-behaved, leashed dogs welcome.

Coconuts Mexican Bar & Grill, 6605 S. Las Vegas Blvd.

 

Pet Adoptions by The Animal Foundation
June 24, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Tivoli Village in conjunction with The Animal Foundation hosts monthly pet adoptions on the last Sunday of every month.

440 S. Rampart Blvd.

 

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Adopt-A-Rescue-Pet 

Adopt-A-Rescue-Pet lodges all rescue pets in foster homes, the “under construction” rescue ranch and local boarding facilities. 

1500 E. Tropicana Ave. #105, 798-8663, adoptarescuepet.org

 

The Animal Foundation 

The largest animal shelter in Las Vegas, this nonprofit organization also serves as an adoption center that provides help to more than 50,000 homeless, lost, neglected, unwanted and abused animals.

655 N. Mojave Road, 384-333, animalfoundation.com

 

Foreclosed Upon Pets, Inc.

Foreclosed Upon Pets, Inc. (FUPI) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the rescue of domesticated animals that have been ill-treated and/or deserted by their owners due to economic hard times, home foreclosure, loss of employment, deficient income, death or illness.

272-0010, forecloseduponpets.org

 

Golden Retriever Rescue Southern Nevada

For pet lovers who know what breed of dogs they want, Golden Retriever Rescue of Southern Nevada is one of the several breed-specific dog rescues in town.

7065 W. Ann Road #130-656, 598-4653, grrsn.org

 

Heaven Can Wait Sanctuary

Originally a spay and neuter clinic, Heaven Can Wait now serves the greater pet community with programs such as Pups on Parole, a dog adoption program that is run out of a local women’s correctional facility.

546 N. Eastern Ave. #175,
227-555, hcws.org

 

Las Vegas Valley Humane Society

LVVHS provides a trap, vaccinate, neuter and return to caretaker program for feral cats. Also provides a service “hotline” 7 days a week to rescue animals in trouble that are strays or deserted. 

3395 S. Jones Blvd., 434-2009, lvvhumane.org

 

Little Friends Foundation

Little Friends Foundation is a no-kill animal shelter that cares for dogs and cats with the help of volunteers and foster families. 

6631 Surrey St., 463-9995, littlefriendsfoundation.org

 

Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Home to more than 800 rescued animals, the Nevada SPCA aims to treat each animal as an individual being with a name, not a number. 

4800 W. Dewey Drive,
873-SPCA, nevadaspca.org

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