Hey, let’s face it – life is hectic. Working 9-5, caring for loved ones, and running errands…there is little time left for you! Putting aside “me time” is important for mental health and wellbeing. We recommend you set aside time every month for a “me” day to help you revive. I always make sure to create something special and have a spa day….with my dog. No kidding! Here are my tips for you to have have a spa day with your dog!
Incorporate your dog in your relaxation time, after all, who doesn’t like being pampered? Plan a spa day at home for both of you so you can relax and enjoy each other’s company. Put on a little pup-based music, get dressed up in a plush robes and slippers, and for something special, pour yourself a flute of champagne (and a bowl of water for your dog). Place your dog’s bed in the bathroom so he can snuggle in – and you two can relax together.
We like to give our pups a nice bath, along with a warm epsom salt pawdicure (it has a lot of benefits, read more here), towel dry them and gently rub organic paw balm on their pads. Next we snuggle them in thick robes, and just like a toasty burrito, place them in their dog beds (their warming pad on low) we’ve positioned next to the tub. After I quickly clean and refill the tub, I sink in and let the my cares float away. I stay in my soothing, epsom salt and organic bubbly, warm tub for about 10-15 minutes – playing soothing music, sipping my champagne and softly singing to my pup…don’t judge, it’s a fun time! Once done, I jump in my jammies and finish drying my pup with a lukewarm blow dry. Lastly, I top off their spa-day experience with a nice tootsie massage!
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Tips For Spa-ing Your Dog
- Pre-Wash Groom/Brush: Working from largest toothed comb or brush to smallest, remove snarls and groom your dog to a smooth, free flowing finish. Use a doggy fur detaingler to help make your dog’s pre-bath brush out easier.
- Healthy Products: Use dog-friendly grooming products that are tear-free, and contain no detergents, parabens, phosphates, or alcohol, and are biodegradable and cruelty-free. Gently clean the area around your dog’s eyes. Also, place organic cotton balls in your dog’s ears to keep them water free. during bath time. Rinse your dog clean from all products.
- Tub Safety: Make sure that you draw the tub with lukewarm water, akin to a human baby – dog’s skin is very sensitive to heat. Place a rubber mat in the tub to keep your dog from slipping and sliding. If you shower your dog, same rules apply.
- Drying Wet Dog: Gently squeeze the water out of your dog’s fur. Use a tangle-free towel, moving in the same direction (not back and forth) to dry your pup. Human hair dryers run too warm for dogs. If you use one, set it to cool and swiftly move the air over your dog’s body. If you can, use a dog-specific hair dryer – these break down water molecules much more efficiently, have the correct temperature and will leave your dog’s coat smooth and snarl-free.
- Paw Massages: Follow the tips in the image to the right. All of our dog’s paws require moisture, we use an overall product for this and a special product for our pup with paw-related grass sensitivities.
As you can tell, spa day is a big deal in our house. I like to try and make it special. Sometime it’s just a better mind-set to have a spa day with your pup instead of thinking of it as ‘giving my dog a bath’. It’s all in how you look at life – look at it with joy, and joy will come your way. For me, one way I add joy in my life is by having special spa days with my pup!
Thanks for reading, and until next time – take care and keep on lovin’ your dog!
With lub, MattieDog, a little dog making a big impact in this world!®