If you own a pet, you’re probably a regular at your local pet shop. Whether you need more food, treats, or supplies for your furry friend, having a nearby pet store is essential to keep your pet happy and healthy.
However, when you’re quickly running in and out of your nearest pet shop to pick up supplies, you might overlook the extra services that the store offers. These days, many pet shops provide grooming, training, doggie daycare, and other services that you might like to check out.
In this post, we’ll share some examples of these pet shop services. While your nearest store might not offer all of them, it’s worth checking out their website or asking their staff to find out if they have any of these bonus services.
Dog and cat grooming
If you haven’t found a local pet grooming service that you love, check to see if your pet shop offers pampering services for your dog or cat. Some stores have self-service pet wash stations, while others have staff on site that will bathe and trim up your pet while you shop.
Before you visit, check out your pet store’s website to see if you need to book a grooming appointment ahead of time and get an idea of how much they charge.
Whether your pup is struggling with house training or aggressive behavior, pet training can be an immensely helpful service for both you and your pup. Pet shops around the country offer in-store training classes for both puppies and adult dogs, so you can help your pooch learn good behavioral habits.
If you’re concerned about your dog’s behavior around other animals, you can book private sessions in the shop or at your home.
Doggie daycare and boarding
When leaving your dog alone isn’t an option, doggie daycare is a great way to make sure your four-legged friend is safe and well-fed. Certain pet stores (including select PetSmart locations) offer daycare and overnight boarding to look after your pup while you’re at work or traveling.
Before you book any type of animal boarding service, we recommend checking out reviews of the service, meeting the staff, and touring the facilities to make sure you’re comfortable with leaving your furry friend in their care.
Modern life can get incredibly busy. Sometimes it’s just not practical to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian for basic care. Fortunately, many pet shops offer vet services in-house so you can easily get your pet up-to-date on critical care such as vaccinations, heartworm medication, and microchipping.
Alternatively, smaller pet stores often partner with mobile vet clinics on weekends, so you can swing by and get your dog or cat checked out, even without an appointment.
No matter how much you love your furry friend, there’s no denying that pet ownership can be time-consuming. If you’re looking for ways to conserve time in your day-to-day life, consider taking advantage of these extra services if your local pet shop offers them.
For more resources on pet ownership, check out the PetPonder blog.