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Your Guide to Pet-Friendly Oak Creek

If you're a pet lover, here are some places you might want to know about.

People who love their pets know there isn't enough you can do for them. We buy them special toys and treats, arrange play dates and shell out countless sums for safeguards against injury and illness. If you're a pet lover, here are some places you might want to know about around Oak Creek.

Boarding/Daycare Facilities

There's a lot of trust involved when a pet owner must leave their companion in the care of another. Oak Creek has a few options for trusted daycare/boarding facilities.

Puppy Playground watches your dog while you're at work or on vacation. What separates this business, 8411 S. Liberty Lane, from other doggy day cares is its cage-free environment. Other similar facilities will break mid-day and crate your canine, but Puppy Playground offers constant supervision from trained professionals.

's professional and loving staff at their Oak Creek franchise offer day care, boarding, training, grooming and even special parties for your beloved dog. One of nearly 30 Central Bark locations, this facility opened in 2005.

Pet Supplies

Without pet supplies stores, how will we pamper and spoil our pets?

Petco is a one-stop shop for all your pet supply needs. Located at 8551 S. Howell Ave., this location sells items to meet any pet's needs, from cats to dogs to fish. Petco also sells smaller pets including birds, reptiles, gerbils and ferrets, for those looking to adopt a new one into their homes.

offers just about everything needed to care for a pet. Along with high-quality natural foods and treats, accessories for dogs and cats are also inventoried. A family-owned business since 1985, the staff is well-versed in its products and can help customers find an item even if it's not in stock. In addition, grooming services are offered for dogs under the same roof.

Training

Though some might disagree, most pets don't need to be trained outside the home. Dogs, on the other hand, can be a handful for anyone, no matter the breed. A couple of Oak Creek businesses are skilled at molding your wild mutt into man's best friend.

is a dog obedience training facility located in the Oak Creek Technology Center near 13th and Ryan. It offers results-based training programs designed around the goals you've identified for your dog. It also has private classes and home visits. Paws-Itivly Behaved K-9's is affordable and works with all kinds of dogs.

Sirius Companion Dog Training operates out of the above-mentioned Puppy Playground Mondays through Wednesdays as well as Sunday afternoons. They use positive reinforcement to help build a relationship between you and your dog based on mutual-respect. Their trainers are certified with 25 years experience in the trade.

Other

It's a cruel fact of the pet-owner's life that we outlive so many of our companions. But apart from giving them the happy and peaceful end they deserve, there's little else we can do. How we treat their always-untimely deaths often has more to do with our own grieving than what's necessary for them, but this process allows us pet-lovers to move on and love again.

operates out of the Forest Hill Memorial park and specializes in pet burials, monuments and cremations for those who have recently lost a companion.

Nicki Schneck August 23, 2011 at 06:43 PM
I think my dog's favorite place is Culver's - they give out treats in the drive-thru.
Jacob Crawford August 25, 2011 at 12:00 AM
Excellent!

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