Brushing, Boarding, and Behavior Training

Brushing, boarding and a dog-gone complete guide to

Taking care of Fido & Fluffy


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Family pets have been called “the new kids” of the 21st century. Because we agree that these furry family members deserve at least the same TLC as our human offspring, we offer here some of the best pet-care resources in the area


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By Laurie Yarnell with Marisa Lascala


» Boarding Services*

When you’re away, here’s where the cat and dog can play:

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590 Harrison Ave., Harrison

(914) 967-1721

One Brockway Pl., White Plains

(opening in spring)

Animals Housed: Dogs and cats

Price Per Night: From $26-$31 for two-room suites or $44-$49 for luxury suites with outdoor patios

The Scoop: Laid-back party animals would likely consider Best Friends’ new 21,000-square-foot vacation resort-like center, complete with front-lobby check-in and gift shop, a home away from home.



9 Hobby St., Pleasantville

(914) 773-2020

Animals Housed: Dogs

Price Per Night: $40 (toy breeds);

$45 (others)

The Scoop: Prepare your dog for such daily activities as doggy gymnastics, cool-off time in the pool on hot days, and 5,000 square feet of fenced-in yard for running around. Crates, beds, or cots are available on request and special-needs dogs are welcome. And, so you don’t worry while you’re away, owner Renee Forgione is accredited in pet first aid.



46 Grace La., Ossining

(914) 762-6188

Animals Housed: Dogs and cats

Price Per Night: $20-$29

Also Offers: Maintenance of special diets

The Scoop: Built in 1911, it’s one of the oldest continually operating boarding facilities in the United States. Have your own litter of critters? Larger accommodations allow all of a family’s pets to room and exercise together for a true bonding experience. For added peace of mind, owners live on the premises.



150 Jackson Ave., Hastings-on-Hudson

(914) 478-1633

Animals Housed: All

Price Per Night: $12/cats; $22-$24/dogs

Also Offers: Bathing, grooming, outside playtime

The Scoop: This third-generation, family-owned and operated facility on one-and-a-half wooded acres has cared for parakeets, pet pigs, and even a striped tiger.



Route 22, Bedford

(914) 234-3771

Animals Housed: Dogs and cats

Price Per Night: $16-$21/cats; $24-$66/dogs

The Scoop: Features optional deluxe private suites with carpeting and color TV (“Animal Planet” and “Lassie” reruns are popular with the guests, who have included the pets of Glenn Close and Chevy Chase).



342 Pelham Rd., New Rochelle

(914) 576-7648

Animals Housed: Dogs and cats

Price Per Night: N/A

Also Offers: Sale of champion breed puppies and kittens, and fresh frozen bait and tackle fishing supplies

The Scoop: Supervised by a professional dog trainer, veterinary technician,

and walker.



21 Nursery La., Rye

(914) 967-4577

Animals Housed: Dogs and cats

Price Per Night: $16/cats, $17-$26/dogs, depending upon size

Also Offers: On-site pet supply and grooming shop

The Scoop: Family-run and operated for 40+ years.



500 Lake St. E., White Plains

(914) 946-0961

Animals Housed: Dogs

Price Per Night: $45

Also Offers: Grooming, training; specializes in breeding cavaliers.

The Scoop: As the smallest kennel in the area, it won’t house more than 25 dogs at a time.


*Many county veterinary hospitals also offer on-site boarding for their patients.


» Grooming Services*

Where to take your pet when he’s having a bad fur day:

(NOTE: Pricing includes a shampoo, cut, styling, nail clipping and ear cleaning unless otherwise noted.)


Bark Avenue Grooming

& Boutique

179 Lindsey Ave., Buchanan

(914) 788-8880

Pricing: $45-100 (cats $55-$75)

The Scoop: Offers clothing, gifts and pet accessories.


Balmoral Kennels/Best Friends Pet Resort & Salon

(See Boarding)

Pricing: Basic shampoo: $35-$75,

haircut: $55-$135—varies depending

on breed

Special Services: Will brush teeth, too (the best few bucks you’ll ever spend).



695 Locust St., Mount Vernon

(914) 667-2873

Pricing: $44 and up



466 Ashford Ave., Ardsley

(914) 693-1110

Pricing: $8 (just nails); shampoo/cuts to $105, varies depending on breed (cats: $8-$75)

Special Services: On-site “Barkery” and luncheonette serves doggie treats. Also offers dog birthday parties.


Breeders Pick

513 Central Ave., Scarsdale

(914) 722-9299

Pricing: $40-$100, depending on size and hair (cats: $50+)

Special Services: Training, sales of puppies and kittens starts at $500+

The Scoop: Named a “matchmaker for dogs and humans” by The

Journal News.



(See Boarding)

Pricing: $25+ 

The Scoop: Even Cerberus, the three-headed guard dog of Hades, would simmer down after experiencing the personal touch of a grooming session here. Owner Renee Forgione is certified by the New York School of Dog Grooming. “Special needs” dogs welcome.



205 Harrison Ave., Harrison

(914) 835-6777

Pricing: $55+ depending on what your friend has been rolling in (cats: $75+)

Special Services: Your canine has the blues and the blahs? Treat her to some of Clip-N-Cuddle’s holistic and natural remedies and vitamins.


Critter Comforts

1475 Weaver St., Scarsdale

(914) 472-5407

Pricing:  $35-$150 

Special Services: Special order custom canines starting at $700 and going up

to $3,000

The Scoop: In business for 12 years, this full-line pet store has kitties for adoption.


The Cut Above

2122 Boston Post Rd., Larchmont

(914) 834-6014

Pricing:  $50+

Special Services: Treat your pooch to a full day of pampering at its doggie day spa (starting at $50), featuring bath, haircut, styling, nail trim, ear cleaning, and choice of bow or seasonal bandana.


Dog’s Place

981 Main St., New Rochelle

(914) 636-2020

Pricing: $45-$55

Special Services: A complimentary

schpritz of doggie cologne leaves Fifi smelling extra sweet.

The Scoop: Owner Fran Bove limits the number of clients on-site at any one time.



16 Halstead Ave., Harrison

(914) 835-2929

Pricing: $45+ (cats $50 to $65)

Special Services: Sells holistic food for the pets of the granola crowd and uses mud from The Dead Sea (natch) to treat skin conditions.


K-9 Kutters & Kats-2 (also Rye Country Boarding Kennels)

21 Nursery La., Rye

(914) 921-0695

Pricing:  $35-$100+ (cats: $40-$70)

The Scoop:  The owner personally attends to all animals.


Le Beastro Gourmet Pet and Grooming Apparel

1005 Boston Post Rd., Rye

(914) 921-0279

Pricing: Bath, shampoo and styling: $25-50 (small), $50 (medium), $50+ (large)

(cats: $55)

The Scoop: Uses all-natural skin conditioning products and offers on-site boutique.


Love R Pets

243 Main St., New Rochelle

(914) 633-7387

Pricing:  $25-$65 (small), $65-$85 (large), $95-$125 (poodles); (cats: $65+)

Special Services: Hydrosurge bathing (“massage” for stressed-out dogs), medicated baths, flea dips, lion cuts for cats, bathing for ferrets and guinea pigs, and grooming for rabbits. 


Noah’s Park

140 Mount Vernon Ave., Mount Vernon

(914) 665-8269

Pricing:  $38+ (Chihuahua $20+); (cats: $45)

Special Services: A pair of your favorite pets might enjoy a stylish makeover, complete with choice of bow or bandanna.

The Scoop: The shop is owned by veterinarian Alan Meyer and located next door to his Mount Vernon Animal Clinic.


Northwind Kennels

(See Boarding)

Pricing: from $25 (beagle) to $80+ (Newfoundland); (cats: $30+; shaving on request)

Special Services: Training

The Scoop: For the cultured pet set, Northwind features piped-in music (classical of course).


Patti’s Grooming

264 Washington Ave., New Rochelle

(914) 632-6978

Pricing:  $35+ (varies depending on breed; (cats: $40+ but must be groomer-friendly)

The Scoop: Is your pet ready for her close-up? Ask about appearing in one of Patti’s infomercials.



139 Croton Ave., Ossining

(914) 941-7403

Pricing:  $41-$65 (varies depending on breed)

The Scoop: The Paws pros are Westchester veterans, having been in business for 35 years. They are also card-carrying members of National Dog Groomers Association of America, Inc.



51 Babbit Rd., Bedford Hills

(914) 242-8422

Pricing: $60-70 on average but as high as $200 for cats, a specialty

Special Services: Embroidered dog breed pillows and handmade collars and leashes for sale

The Scoop: Owner Tara Santorelli never, ever uses tranquilizers on pets.



623 Milton Rd., Rye

(914) 967-8882

Pricing: $55-$100 (varies according to breed and style)

Special Services: Fine scissoring, hand stripping, coat conditioning, use of luxury shampoos

The Scoop: Owner Jody Ritter promises that “your pet will feel at home with us.”



(See Boarding)

Pricing: N/A

Special Services: Sells extensive line of crates, beds, muzzles, harnesses, collars, leads, etc.


Pretty Paws, LLC.

217 Fremont St., Harrison

(914) 777-0745

Pricing: $65/hour

Special Services: Tired of schlepping Fido to the groomer? This mobile service comes to you; all that shampooing and shaving take place in the company’s vehicle.




200 East Main St., #8

Mount Kisco

(914) 666-2121

Pricing: $60/hour (small-medium); $70/hour (large dogs and cats)

Special Services: On-site doggie daycare with pick up and delivery service, training and accessory boutique, plus a selection of containment fences

The Scoop: Favorite getaway spot of Caymus Palminteri, Chazz’s king shepard, this pet beauty salon features individual mirrored styling stations and a broad selection of upscale pet shampoo products.



91 Knollwood Rd., White Plains

(914) 997-7877

Pricing: $30-$70

Special Services: Sale of puppies and kittens, boutique of accessories, veterinary vaccination clinics offered on-site monthly.

The Scoop: Formerly Shake-A-Paw, the store will hold its renaming ceremony sometime this month, so keep an eye out for its grand reopening sale.



390 Palmer Ave., Mamaroneck

(914) 698-2468

Pricing: N/A

Special Services: Walk-in nail clippings for cats and dogs (who has time to plan ahead?).

The Scoop: If your pet hates tooth brushing or nail clipping, relax: the store will take care of these pesky tasks.



392 King St., Chappaqua

(914) 238-0244

Pricing: N/A

Special Services: On-site boutique



135 Willett Ave., Port Chester

(914) 939-4512

Pricing: $35-$100 (depending on breed) 

Special Services: Hot oil treatments, hand-scissoring and medicated baths

The Scoop: Owner Renee Romanello is planning on opening a doggie daycare service sometime this month.


*Many county veterinary hospitals also offer on-site grooming for their patients.


» Training & Behavioral Counseling Services

Manners do matter, even for a furry family member. If your pup is acting more like Cujo than Lassie, check out:



(800) 427-3647

Services: Training for any breed at all levels for obedience, protection and correction of behavioral no-nos. 

Format: Private lessons only, at homes anywhere in county

Prices: Varies with distance and dog

The Scoop: “Take your dogs out often,” owner Richard Kruper advises. “It’s a time for bonding, and it gets them housebroken!”




Michelle Bertrand, CPDT

12 Blackthorn La., White Plains

(914) 684-1334

Services: Training, behavioral counseling and pet sitting. Will also assess, diagnose and make veterinary referrals.

Format: Training is done at your home because, Bertrand says, “Just like children, dogs often behave when they are in a foreign environment and forget their manners at home.”

Prices: $80 consultation

The Scoop: Bertrand, a certified pet dog trainer, uses systematic desensitization, relaxation techniques, and therapeutic massages to tackle those deep-seated anxiety or trauma-related issues.




933 Main St., New Rochelle

(800) 462-9575

Services: Training without chokers, pain or punishment (lots of treats instead)

Format: Private only

Prices:  Appx. $700

The Scoop: Ed Beckmann, author of Love,

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