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I got to know Alicia Wolman, the owner of Sublime Canine, at the Reston dog park, where she had an uncanny ability to keep an eye on all of her client dogs. My standard poodle, Storm, is downright crazy about her. Storm is not the easiest dog to handle at the dog park because she plays hard** and has the doggie equivalent of asperger's syndrome and can't read other dogs' body language to know when to back off. Alicia took this all in stride and gave me some useful hints for distracting Storm when she starts overwhelming other dogs. Alicia offers a number of services, including LONG dog park expeditions with the dogs getting 2 or more hours of serious, supervised playtime, which she calls the "puppy pack." She also does behavioral work with dogs, including long-term work with timid, fearful dogs. Alicia tries to pair your dog up with at least one other compatible dog when suggesting a schedule for her puppy pack service. The puppy pack goes to several area dog parks and the large fenced back yard of one customer. An exhausted dog is a happy and well-behaved dog, and mine are exhausted after their weekly puppy pack outing. Alicia is also flexible enough to take my dogs on an as needed basis when work drags me out of the home office for more than an hour or two. Facebook Page [see below] Alicia Wolman, Sublime Canine, email@example.com **This is typical for standard poodles. That show haircut is a total lie; they love to box and wrestle. If Storm is on her back, it's because she wants to wrestle from below. She doesn't understand the whole rolling over onto your back submission thing. PollyG aka Polly Goldman
http://www.yourdogsbestfriends.com/ We take our bichon to Your Dog's Best Friends for daycare on evenings we want to go out and for boarding. I previously took him to another place (WOOFS) which was fine, but he didn't like it very much, but he really likes Your Dog's Best Friend. And they seem to provide more service for the money. The staff are very friendly, they always seem to be able to handle boarding requests, even during holidays. They have cageless boarding with staff there 24/7. Unlike other places we have boarded him, he seems to get a lot of human contact, lots of play time with other small dogs, and is well kept. I know that at some point someone brushed him at least once the last time he was there because he didn't come home with any mats, and he would have without being brushed in four days. They will do nail trimming and grooming too, although I have never used this. And they have a kind of neat system for the doggy daycare called positive playcare. I noticed that when he comes home from this daycare he is tired, but very happy. And isn't upset about going back like he was previously. It seems a bit frou frou, but it actually seems to have made a difference, so we'll take it! Their staff seems to be much more hands on and in the action with the dogs which helps them build a relationship with the staff and feel comfortable with them. And they also help maintain your dogs obedience levels, which we don't really need, but might come in handy. They also are happy to accommodate mixing his wet and dry food. You can call in for updates if you so feel the need. It was the same cost as other places with less service. Max is really a very personable little guy and needs a lot of attention, so we were happy to find a place we could leave him without coming home to massive separation anxiety. They also offer training, although we haven't used it. Katelin Moomau