Pet Profiling at PetSmart

I was alerted that PetSmart is now banning “bully breeds” from their PetsHotel program which includes their Doggy Day Care. PetSmart is not basing this on an evaluation of individual pets but rather discriminating against the entire breed. According to the PetSmart website only the following dogs will be considered for their program:

  • Dogs at least five months of age
  • Dogs who have been socialized with other dogs but are not of the “bully breed” classification or wolves/wolfhybrids
  • Dogs who are in good health (no fleas, ticks, or contagious illnesses)
  • No intact (unneutered) male dogs, pregnant females or females in heat
  • Dogs who have the following vaccinations: Bordetella, Rabies, Distemper, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus

The “bully breed” classification is defined as American Pit Bull Terriers, Miniature Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, American Bull Dogs, Bull Terriers or mixed breeds that have the appearance or characteristics of one of these breeds. You can see the pet requirements on the PetSmart PetsHotel page.  

Is PetSmart being discerning or just discriminating? 

Beware of Bark Park

My neighbors just returned from a week in Hawaii.  I saw them walking their two year old Golden Retriever today and asked them about their trip.  They said the beach was lovely but the bliss was busted when they picked up their dog from Bark Park.  The poor dog smelled like urine, had poop caked on her fur and couldn’t wait to leave.  

My neighbors said Bark Park is under new management and they will never take their dog back there again.  I am warning all of my clients to stay away.  The best place I have found is PetSmart in Mountain View.