Pet Grooming Services
Your dog is our best friend at Tails of Hawaii.
Not only are your dogs are our best friend, they are our passion. Their happiness and well-being are our top priority. We offer an array of services that promote health and well-being for all pet personalities, shapes and sizes. Call 676-WOOF to start your dog on a journey to wellness and happiness. Whether it be in full service, swimming, lodging socialization or just a nail trim.
Tails of Hawaii is here for you. Give us a call at 676-9663.
Your dog is our best friend at Tails of Hawaii.
Pet Boarding and Dietary Services
Hi! Welcome to Tails of Hawaii! We offer a full range of services for your dog; including day care (“playcare”), lodging and grooming. We have two locations to serve you. One in Waipio, on Ukee Street and one in Honolulu on Ahua Street. When you bring your dogs to Tails of Hawaii, you can expect a few things from us.
We focus on providing your dog with a healthy experience while visiting our facilities. It’s important to your dog that he receives a balance between exercise, mental socialization and adequate rest time. Activity is vital to dog’s daily routine. Our services are setup for you to customize your dog’s stay based on his individual needs. After all, no one knows your pet like you do.
A daily routine during his visit will ensure balance and positive experience. Not all dogs are suited for canine interaction, but they do require human interaction and exercise. Our accommodations provide lots of run-around and one-on-one time with our pet pals. You may want to add a special treat for our dog from our apartment to make his stay a little more personal.
Here is a quick overview of our daily routine. Early in the morning, we wake up and its relief time for the dogs. Then, we start with our morning meals. We provide high quality holistic meals. You also have the option to purchase home-made hot meals, full of vitamins, veggies and healthy protein sources. Or you prefer to have your dog stick to a personal diet, bring it all along and we will serve it up for you.
Our daily routine includes playcare. During playcare, we have schedule playtime, including bubble time, water play, one-on-one group training and toy time. Every dog likes nothing more than a nice, quiet nap. We darken the rooms and put on some easy music to load your dog into dream land. Then, they are off and running again with revived energy.
After a long day of playing and interaction with our pet pals. It’s time to wind down for the evening. Twilight wipe downs, story times and tuck-ins with a gourmet treat and a snuggly bed make for a night of dreams.
At Tails of Hawaii, we have a strict regimen in providing excellent care for your dogs. Our facilities are kept clean throughout the day and deep cleaning is done twice daily.
Daily five-point inspections of all lodging dogs are conducted to ensure your dog’s health and coat are in top shape. Respect and predictability are what set Tails of Hawaii services above the bar. We put great effort in building relationship with your dog. Our love for dogs and understanding of the canine mentality, in addition to low people to puppy ratio, promotes dog friendship and human bond.
Splashing tail services, salon and spa. Professional hair-dos and cuts, luxurious, deep down clean baths, pedicures complete with polish and nail designs. Also available is the brush of a life-time brush out.
At Tails of Hawaii, we don’t just offer pet care; we also invite our puppy parents to connect with their dogs via cyber space while they are away. Our webcams are available daily, between 7am and 7pm. Remember Hawaii Time.
Pet taxis services are available for those who are in a bind with shoddier your dog to playcare or lodging. We also have relocation services available. At Tails of Hawaii, we understand your pet is an extension of you. Our goal is to provide pet parents with peace of mind while travel or other obligations take them away.
Tails of Hawaii provides a safe and stimulating environment for all pet personalities. Call us today to make an appointment for an assessment so we can determine the best playcare and lodging accommodations for your pup.
Pet Lodging Services
We take Benly to Tails of Hawaii because they love Benly just as much as we do.
Our goal here is to provide an atmosphere as close to home. We worked really hard in keeping the dogs as close to their normal lifestyles and life patterns as possible.
Bred is happier here at Tails of Hawaii than she is anywhere else. Aren’t you?
We leave our dogs here because we trust Tails of Hawaii.
When the dog owner comes in and says “My dog has a great time and I’m going to bring my dog back for playcare.” That’s when you know you’re doing what you’re set out to do.
Well, they really, truly care.
Tails of Hawaii Locations
Last week, we featured Smokey, who I’m thrilled to announce, has been adopted. Now, let’s do the same for Jojo. Find out more about him after this segment.
So, Tails of Hawaii is an alternative for people who need pet care. For many years, there were only vet clinics for dogs to stay in and we innovated with K-tree dog boarding. We can accommodate right about a hundred dogs in this facility. And then our second facility will be able to accommodate about two hundred.
Our facilities are a little different. The dogs get to be running around and playing and they get to burn off their energy. So, at night, when it comes time to sleep, they are ready to go to sleep. We do have dogs that stay at the cannel. Those dogs, we accommodate them by taking them out for walks every two to three hours.
They get a lot of interactions so we rarely clean up messes in the cannels. We have different sections for all the dogs. We have tiny dogs in one room that’s a little quieter. We have the big dogs down here in our bow-wow and they have 515 square feet to run and play. Then we have our medium dog area, where the little higher active dogs, and that’s the cabana and that’s upstairs. It’s a lot like daycare.
You can’t ignore when a dog needs something. You have to constantly clean, constantly work at keeping the dogs healthy and safe and knowing everyone. Most of the employees know every dog name.
This is Sakee, she is a good girl.
This is Budder Beagle, his mom just start bringing him here because she wants him to lose some weight.
This is Roko, his mom talks to him in mostly Spanish. “Muy bien”
Stellar is object aggressive so sometimes when she picks up the toys and does not like to give it back. So, you have to open her mouth and get the toy out of her mouth.
A lot of people, they have an impression of their dog and that’s their dog as a human. We are going to be taking Clementine and introducing her to the pack. Does she have any discomfort zones with the other dogs? Is there anything that you are concerned about that we need to watch out for?
I think she gets a little timid sometimes with the larger dogs. I brought Clementine in just for a light grooming and by evaluations, let’s see how she does with other dogs just in case we need to board him some other time. What we will do is take her in and we will have her slowly immerge into the pack and when she is in there. We will let her settle in and stay there about two hours.
Come on Clementine, say bye! Come on Clementine.
When they bring their dog here, it’s different than even the dynamic set of Dog Park. They don’t have that tendency to have to feel out the other dogs and find the packing order. But here, almost instantly, they know exactly what they are walking into. Some dogs that are naturally dominant whether it be by breed or just personality.
We’re in there with the dog; we have to make sure that the dogs know that we are the leaders of the pack. That they have to turn to us first, if not, it would be chaos in there. Clementine came in. She is a small dog; I can tell by her mannerisms that she has a shy side. She is not excited; she is not wagging her tail.
Her eyes are a little bulging, so I know that she is going to be a little nervous and it’s going to take a little some time to assimilate her into the pack. She is drooling a little bit, she has her tail tucked, so that’s definitely signs of her being uncomfortable around with the other dogs. So we are going to try and make this as positive of an experience as a time for her.
Because of her shyness, I am going to encourage her to choose to enter the pack, choose to be around the other dog. How to do that is, I will bring her in and I will hold her so that the other dogs can’t get into her face, because that’s very rude and intimidating to dogs. We want to encourage sniffing at the back side, where dogs communicate.
It’s like a human handshake. We will let the dogs sniff her bottom but if they are coming up to her face, we will push them away and tell them no. We start using any type of harsh corrections will intimidate Clementine. I will hold Clementine on my lap and I will soothe her and as soon as she start showing a little bit of interest with the dog.
I will let her choose when she is ready to jump off my lap. Also, what I do is I start making my lap a little smaller and a little smaller by soothing forward in my seat. That way, it is more uncomfortable for her to be on my lap than be in the pack. It’s been a pretty successful tool in getting a shy dog into the pack.
Clementine jumped off from my lap and she joined the pack with the other dogs where instantly trying to figure out who’s this dog, what’s going on with her, why is she involved in our area. I discouraged the other dogs from overcrowding with the squirt of water on the behind. It’s to keep them away so that they won’t overwhelm her.
Now, once they settled down and not so much in her face then, Clementine turned around and she wanted to go and meet everybody. She was very respectful with the way she did it. She did not go into anybody’s face. She was always at the back side saying hello.
My guess just from this past ten minutes with her is that, it will take a little bit of time to be comfortable with the other dog. She will probably have to come for three consecutive days before boarding. The beagle in her will come out and I am very sure that she is going to start to be a social, playful dog.
Dog Training Tips and Suggestions
Jojo is currently in foster care but he needs a permanent home. His future lies in your hands. To help Jojo and other dogs like him, please contact the Hawaii Dogs Foundation and our next segment, we would like to introduce you to Tails of Hawaii.
Keeping the pack balanced is vital to the safety of the dogs and that is the pet pals’ job.
You just kind of watch out when they play, run or they get carried away.We just don’t want them to create the inferior.
That’s the first thing we train them on is to read body language and prevent anything from happening.
So you always have to watch that playing line. They are playing and they do like to play hard and the one that’s lying across when they are getting out of control with the other dogs.
They are watching for these slightest things that may be you would not see through your untrained eye. But these girls, they know what’s coming ahead of them.
I have a one-year-old Basenji, she is right over there. She has a dry color. She has got a little bit of Alpha in her, so meaning, she wants and try to control everybody. So, whenever we bring in a new dog, we do have to watch how she acts, especially because she wants to let the new dog knows that she’s boss. Just looking at that crazy thing will tell.
He do try to use positive reinforcement when we’re here. We try not to poke too much on the back and so, by keeping her on the leash, she kind of has a restriction on where she can go and what she can do. And by using water to try and get her attention away from the other dogs. That’s what we are trying to do here.
We try to use the most semi-correction possible with these guys. And look, this is Joey and he came to say hi. Good job, Joey! Good job! Good job! Hi Popo!
Our goal here is to provide an atmosphere as close to home for the dogs outside of their home. So, we don’t treat a dog according to the breed or according to our regimen. What we do is we treat each dog individually. Owners are welcome to bring their own food. We heed up three different bags of different types of food for one dog and mixed it together this way. We also provide hot meals for the dogs. We worked really hard at keeping the dogs as close to their normal lifestyles and life patterns as possible.
These two dogs in here, the reasons why they are separated is because, they don’t get along with the other dogs. They are actually rescue dogs. And we are trying to find them a new homes. They are very good with people, but we really want to try and find them homes together. Just because they have been together for a long time.
So, we really don’t want to separate them. They are very sweet. Anyone who is interested, just give us a call.
Common reason why people bring their dogs here initially is for boarding. They are going on a trip, they want to leave their dog here.
I am leaving for Vegas tonight. We will be leaving our dog here because we trust Tails of Hawaii with our dog who is really, really a family member. We would not leave them with anybody else.
The playcare is something that’s a little new to the island. It’s a new concept then people say “you mean, you take your dog to doggie day care. What is that?” Well, we have a lot of people who are unable to provide the exercise that their high energy dog need.
We live in a condo and we can’t leave her home alone because she will bark. And so, we use, the day care here for that reason and it’s great boarding too.
We have people who just worked really long hours and they feel very guilty leaving their dogs at home. So they bring their dogs or they just not able to take their dogs out for paddies, their dogs wrecking their house. They come here and burn off all that energy and when they go home, it’s family time.
They can all be together and enjoy, without feeling guilty and so tired to take my dog out for a walk. The dog’s been through it all day, fed, cleaned and ready to go home and be a part of the family. We also have a lot of military people who bring their dog in when they get sent away for a couple of weeks.
We do show them the love and affection. So, in return, they do get that sense of discipline and control in their life but also the fun from us giving them the attention and playing with them with the balls and with the other toys.
Most dogs, when they are at home, by themselves, they will sleep from nine to ten hours. So this can be kind of shock on their body and running around and playing for six hours straight. So, we find it important to promote rest time in about lunch time, between twelve and one. We go ahead and turn off the lights and we played classical music.
We encouraged the dogs to lie down and take a little nap. Also if we have dogs that are very young, we will go ahead and find a quite area at the back of the kennel and give them quite time and tune in a little raw hider or something and quite time to rest.
These three dogs here are where their mother brought them in because she had to find a new place and work where they stayed. They are all rescue dogs. She rescued them about nine years ago. She is looking for homes where I believe these two here. This one here was born with a birth defect.
Her left hand paw is missing and so the breeders tried to put her out of her misery and shot her through the head and it came out through her eye. So, that’s why she is missing an eye because it was not a successful euthanasia which we don’t condone it anyway.
This one here, Chloe, she had a broken arm and it never got treated. She is a little intense, so, I think the mommy is going to keep this one here. In Tails of Hawaii, we are trying to help the mother out in anyway to find a family for these dogs.
You can see a dog roll as they come in and start socializing. I’ve had owners who would tell me “My dogs never look at another dog.” Let alone and play with the other dogs at one time off the leash. A lot of them have behavioral problems that get modified by just being in the pack.
A lot of it is because we administer control over the dogs, a slight discipline, a controlled discipline over the dogs. Sometimes, they are not getting at home or pet owners just don’t know how to do that. I’ve had dogs come in and they stay here for a week and in the beginning, they are just in the corner shivering, scared with any dogs and any dogs come up near them, they would bite them.
By the end of their stay, they are running around, jumping on the couches, playing with everybody. You know, that really is a reward for us as pet pals, when the owner comes in and says “Oh my God, I had a great time and I am going to bring my dog back in your play care.” That’s when you know you are doing what you are set out to do.