Poway’s The Animal Keeper perfects pampering pets
By Emily Sorensen
If you’re looking for somewhere to board you pet while you go on vacation, The Animal Keeper, in Poway, has a doggie bed waiting for your pet.
Serving Poway since the 1980s, The Animal Keeper, located at 12280 Oak Knoll Road, is your one-stop shop for boarding, grooming, training and day care for your beloved pets.
The Animal Keeper, which has four locations in San Diego and Orange County, began as a dog boarding facility. Now, its services have expanded far beyond that. “[The Animal Keeper] has evolved over the years,” said Christie Ferris, president of The Animal Keeper.
One of the most popular services The Animal Keeper provides is doggie day care and day camps, for working pet parents who need a little extra help taking care of their dogs during the day. “Day care and camp are the biggest part of our business,” said Ferris. “We take care of your pets during the work day, and return them to you happily worn out from playing. They can just be companions after work, without needing to take them for a long walk.” Camps and day care give a balanced mixture of socializing, training and playtime.
The Animal Keeper also offers fun events for your pets, including birthday parties, pet showers, ice cream socials, and when it’s too hot to play outside, “pupcorn and a movie” indoors.
A wide variety of grooming and spa services for your pet, including massages and blueberry facials, are also available at The Animal Keeper. Every grooming appointment, regardless of extras, includes bathing, ear cleaning, nail clipping and pad trimming, as well as a blow dry.
The Animal Keeper can also train you and your dog. Experienced instructors can teach you how to train your puppy, or beginning instruction on how to train a grown dog.
If you need to go out of town, The Animal Keeper will board dogs, cats, birds and “pocket pets” like rabbits or other small pets. Your pet will be fed, played with and cared for while you’re away. Dogs can get nighttime “turn down service,” where they will be read a story and given a cookie before turning in for the night.
Ferris said she believed it was the training The Animal Keeper employees undergo that separated them from other animal boarding facilities and day cares. “We do an enormous amount of training with our employees,” said Ferris. “They learn to read dog body language, and know different breed traits. We focus on prevention of issues, rather than intervention.”
Employees have two days of in-classroom training per month, and also undergo training in the yard with a certified trainer. All employees are also training in first aid and pet CPR.
To find out more about what The Animal Keeper has to offer, call 858-748-9676, or visit www.theanimalkeeper.com.
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