At Urban Animal Kingdom we know your pet is an important part of your family. If you’re like us they might be the most important part! That’s why we set such high standards for all of our pet care visits.
I’m Beth, owner and founder of Urban Animal Kingdom. I have always been dedicated to animals since before I remember. I have previous work experience in veterinary care, wildlife rehabilitation, and wildlife research. I started this business after working in the pet care field in the Twin Cities for years and I knew I could improve upon industry standards, hopefully inspiring other companies to do the same. After starting my own dog walking company I realized how important it is to have a solid understanding of dog behavior and training techniques in order to have a fun and safe walk. So I decided to become a certified dog trainer. I have since completed my dog training certification and have helped many clients build positive relationships with their dogs.
I work very closely with all of my employees. Everyone is fully vetted, passes a background check, and becomes certified in pet first aid and cpr. I also train them extensively in leadership exercises, loose leash walking skills, and focus games. This ensures that every single time we get the honor of a playdate with your pup they are in great hands with a quality professional.
Owner, Founder, and Certified Dog Trainer
Beth Martin has been an animal lover her whole life and has always known her goal was to improve the lives of animals. She has worked for animals in many capacities, including in veterinary care, dog daycare, and wildlife rehabilitation, and now she can add dog walker and trainer to the list. Fascinated by animal behavior, she decided to start the business when she was walking dogs for another company while studying for the GRE to get into graduate school for animal behavior. She never found a graduate program that she felt as passionate about as she did about working up close with animals one on one, thus Urban Animal Kingdom was born!
Beth continues to increase her knowledge through dog training programs. She also looks forward to someday opening a doggy daycare where she can spend time working with groups of dogs and pushing the limits of what a quality daycare can be. And she eventually dreams of starting a rescue group to house rescue dogs and rehabilitate them in the safety of her facility.
and Cat Care Specialist
Stephanie Blooflat is a manager and scheduling coordinator with Urban Animal Kingdom. Her passion for animals and her drive to always improve the way we do things at the company have proven invaluable. As a lifetime cat lover and care taker, she has become the company cat specialist. She understands their particular needs and ensures that each cat visit caters to their personality. She has seven years of experience working with dogs at dog daycares and boarding facilities, with five of those years in a management or leadership role. She is the glue that keeps the company running day to day.
OTHER CANINE COUNSELORS
Each staff member is fully vetted, background checked, and trained in loose leash walking, leadership exercises, and pet first aid and CPR. We take every measure to ensure that each and every member of our team has the tools they need to ensure safe and fun walks for your pet. They work closely with Beth, owner and dog trainer, on techniques specific to each dog. AT Urban Animal Kingdom, your pet is a part of our family and we take that very seriously.