How to Give Your Dog a Spa Treatment at Home

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Introduction

Treating your dog as a pampered pet is the way to go to show him how much you care. Giving your dog a spa treatment at home is not only fun and rewarding for both of you but can also be beneficial in many ways. Show your dog just how much you love him by treating him like the pampered pooch he is. Build the bond between the two of you by spending time with him, from exercising and working out all the way through grooming, drying and brushing then ending with a fabulous treat together.

Dog's Perspective

Pooches love to be pampered. He might love the massage and games and all the fun bonding, but he might be a little apprehensive about the bathing and the nail clipping. Even if your pampered pooch doesn't enjoy the pedicure as much as you do, you can still make your at-home spa day together incredibly enjoyable.

The Exercise to Relax Method

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Start the day off right
The day you decide to give your dog an in-home spa treatment, be sure to plan the entire treatment from start to finish so everything is prepared and goes smoothly.
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Exercise
Start off your spa treatment by getting your heart rate and your dog's heart rate up with your dog's favorite exercise. This could be tossing the ball in the backyard or going for a run along his favorite trail. Keep your exercise short and simple and make it about your dog and what he enjoys most.
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Massage the head
After your dog has worked those muscles, give him a gentle massage. Have your dog stand and work at the top of his head down towards his neck, gently rubbing in small circles pulling his skin and muscles back away from his head.
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Massage shoulders
Have your dog sit or lie down and begin to work his shoulders. Using the tips of your fingers, tap into his muscles with circular motions for a soft gentle massage. Your dog's shoulders carry much of his weight and work hard. Take this massage slowly and pamper your pooch.
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Pedicure
Once your massage is done, give your pup a pedicure. Clip his nails, watching carefully for the quick that hides inside the nail which could cause bleeding if cut. You can also give your dog's nails a beautiful color with nail polish during his pedicure.
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Warm bath
With a warm bath waiting for your dog--you can run this warm water while you're giving a pedicure-- give your dog a nice gentle bath. Use a sweet smelling shampoo that not only conditions his skin and strengthens his coat but also makes him smell delicious.
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Brush
Once your dog is out of the bathtub, carefully pat him dry with a towel and brush his coat through from head to tail, top to bottom. Take your time with your dog and use soft, slow motions to brush him.
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Treat together
Get some treats the two of you can share together. This can be your favorite vegetable that your dog loves as well or a nice peanut butter and honey ball for your pup and one for you.
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The Soft and Relaxing Method

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Set the scene
Set the scene for your spa treatment at home with your dog. Dim the lights, light some candles, incense, or diffusers with scents that are calm and relaxing for both you and your dog. Be sensitive to your dog's strong nose and don't overpower him with scents; set the scene with something relaxing.
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Music
If your dog has a jam, play it. If he doesn't have particular music he loves, play something you enjoy that is relaxing. The more relaxed you are, the more your pooch will pick up on that during his spa treatment.
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Warm bath
Run a warm bath for your pooch. Use some soothing conditioners like oatmeal or aloe for his skin and give him a nice gentle bath. If your dog doesn't enjoy baths, make this quick and easy but get him clean and smelling good.
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Nails
Once your dog is out of the bath and towel dried, move on to his nails. Clip them but not too short and file them so they don't get caught on anything as he walks.
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Brush
Brush your dog's fur with a pin brush. Be sure to get out any knots or tangles and focus on making your dog's style beautiful. If your dog is still wet from his bath after doing his nails you can use this time to dry him with a hair dryer on a low setting. If you have a fluffy dog this will help his fluff look even prettier.
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Massage
Lay your dog down on a couch, a table, or on the floor and give him a gentle massage. To do this with your dog, you will need to use your fingertips to knead his muscles from his shoulders down around his back and neck and up to his head behind his ears. You can also gently take each leg and give him a very gentle massage on each leg.
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Comfortable relaxing
Once you are done with your massage, get yourself and your dog a favorite treat and lie back and relax together. Talk to your dog softly, enjoy the music and the ambiance, and enjoy the spa treatment you've given your dog on his special spa day.
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Caution & Considerations

  • Pampering your pup is easy to do with a spa treatment.
  • Include yourself in your dog's spa treatment. Setting the ambiance and enjoying your time with your dog can be just as relaxing for you as for your dog.
  • There are several products on the market you can use for your spa treatment or you can make your own at home using natural ingredients.
  • Oatmeal baths are very easy to do with crushed oats added to water or mixed with baking soda and water for a thicker paste.
  • Be sure before you give your dog a bath to brush through all of his fur and get out any tangles. This will make bathing easier and the brush out after the bath more comfortable for your pup.
  • Dry skin and dry coat can be soothed with oils added to your dog's massage or to your dog's bath water.
  • A good spa treatment that starts off with exercise relaxes your dog more quickly once he's ready for his pampering and spoiling.
  • You can paint your dog's claws with dog-safe polish to create a reminder of your special spa treatment.

Conclusion

Anyone who has had a dog day deserves a spa day as well. Pamper your pooch with a spa treatment you can get into as well. Your pup will feel great and look fur-bulous. Make this spa treatment fun for you both and ensure it's a stress-free time together by planning ahead.

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