How I Create A Spa Day With My Dog

How I Create A Spa Day With My Dog

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!

How I Create A Spa Day With My Dog, by Rebecca Sanchez, The Pet Lifestyle Guru at MattieDogSpa Day With My 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!


Explore Some Dog Spa Products We Love!

Spa Day With My Dog, by Rebecca Sanchez, The Pet Lifestyle Guru at MattieDog TrueBlue Dog Grooming Products Giveaway! by Rebecca Sanchez, The Pet Lifestyle Guru at MattieDog! Spa Day With My Dog, by Rebecca Sanchez, The Pet Lifestyle Guru Spa Day With My Dog, by Rebecca Sanchez, The Pet Lifestyle Guru at MattieDog Spa Day With My Dog, by Rebecca Sanchez, The Pet Lifestyle Guru Spa Day With My Dog, by Rebecca Sanchez, The Pet Lifestyle Guru at MattieDog

Tips For Spa-ing Your Dog

  • How I Create A Spa Day With My Dog, by Rebecca Sanchez, The Pet Lifestyle Guru at MattieDogPre-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!

Rebecca Sanchez, The Pet Lifestyle Guru at MattieDog

 

MattieDog Gets Adopted, Shih tau rescue, story of a dog's rescue and adoption

 

MattieDog A little dog making a big impact in this world, MattieDog, social media superstar, animal advocate, animal author


With lub, MattieDog, a little dog making a big impact in this world!®

Tweet Mattie on TwitterLike Mattie on FacebookFollow MattieDog on Bloglovin

Get MattieDog’s Newsletter for Breaking News, Tips, Discounts, Giveaways and Coupons!

Share Some MattieDog!

Rebecca Sanchez is a nationally recognized leader in the human-animal bond. Known as "The Pet Lifestyle Guru™" at MattieDog (her heart dog)! Rebecca is an award winning writer that blogs about her life with her doggos, and sometimes about her husband who reluctantly agrees to participate in her shenanigans. Rebecca's work can be seen in numerous dog magazines, and in her books on Amazon.

48 Comments

    • It is so much more fun to create a spa day, than a boring old ‘bath’ day! Thanks for sharing!

      Reply
  1. I love this idea and wish we could but I only have a shower here, praying in my next place there will be a bathtub as I really want one LOL

    Reply
    • We don’t use the bathtub very often – but for a spa day, it is nice!

      Reply
  2. Such an adorable post! I love the idea of putting cotton balls in your dogs ears. I had never thought of that before!

    Reply
    • Us either – our dog groomer gave us this tip!

      Reply
  3. I learned the hard way to brush my long haired dogs BEFORE bathing them. Oh, what a mess I created. My dogs don’t mind getting bathed, but I think if I did some of these things, they would actually enjoy it.

    Reply
    • Our pups truly enjoy the spa days – they weren’t keen on the baths…. we decided, heck, if we have to go through all of it, let’s have a little fun!

      Reply
  4. This is a fabulous idea. I wish I had seen this post a week ago…it would have been a fabulous activity to add in on my dog’s birthday. Will have to do this after our hike tomorrow 😉

    Reply
  5. This should be a cute printable so you can have people post Matti’s lovely (and well thought out) tips on their wall!

    I love the idea of a pup spa day, making something like this fun is the best idea ever!
    Dash Kitten Crew recently posted…Drop, Cover, Hold with Dusty CatMy Profile

    Reply
    • This is a great idea! Spa-days are the best 🙂

      Reply
  6. Such a fabulous idea – it’d work with my Charlie cat too – he’s a big snuggler and loves to be groomed and have paw-flexology treatments.

    Reply
    • That is wonderful – would love to see some photos of Charlie cat enjoying his spa-day!!

      Reply
  7. I wonder if I tell Miss Edie she is having a spa day instead of having a bath she would enjoy it more? I know just reading this that I wished it was me getting all the pampering!

    Reply
    • So true – that’s why we turned something dreaded into something soothing! If nothing else, Miss Edie would snuggle in a warm bed while you enjoy yourself!

      Reply
  8. Such a great post with awesome tips! My hubby is in charge of our dog’s “spa days” and I will be sure to pass this along to him regarding the bathing our pup.

    Reply
    • Thank you – and hope he enjoys the post!

      Reply
  9. So cute! I actually didn’t know Epsom salt was safe for dogs! We try making bath time as fun as possible for the girls and I could easily see this being a lot of fun!

    Reply
    • The Epsom salt soak truly helps with allergies and general cleaning (and due to the magnesium, the pups just calm down – like humans when we soak in it). Give it a whirl – it’s a lot of fun!

      Reply
  10. Hilarious!! We get their baths over as soon as possible, can’t see my husband turning it into spa time but I’m going to show him this post and see what he thinks!!

    Reply
    • We use to do the dreaded bath – and just found it too stressful for all involved (having 3 dogs does that to you). So – I decided to rotate their baths, once a week for one dog and combine it with my Saturday self-indulgent time, and viola… spa-day!! Plus, who doesn’t like a little champagne 🙂

      Reply
  11. Magic really needs a spa day. He’s so big, we have to do the suds & rinse outside so waiting for the next warm day.

    Reply
    • Oh oh – Magic is gonna get a bath! 🙂

      Reply
  12. This is a great idea. I also use ‘soggy doggy’ towel for my dog and find it works miracles. I’ll start ‘prebrushing’ though – didn’t even think of that.

    Reply
    • For us the Soggy Doggy towel is our first towel used – we gently press/squeeze the pups and then follow up with our tangle free towel! With long-haired Shih Tzu’s we must pre-brush….or use a 1/2 bottle of cream rinse! Thanks for stopping by!

      Reply
  13. A spa day sounds so relaxing… too bad none of the Lapdogs enjoy the bath, however! Their big angel sister Lola used to love baths…

    Reply
    • Well – maybe they’ll just come and stare at you enjoying your spa day (dogs are strange like that! 🙂 )

      Reply
  14. That sounds like a fun bath. I love the idea of using calming music, I’m a huge fan of music to soothe a pet. Thanks for the fun post.

    Reply
    • Music really does make a difference – it helps set the mood for the pup, signaling a ‘calming’ time for them. We use the same cd every single time and viola, our pups get it!

      Reply
  15. Hahahahaaaa…. given how much water is hated by the wee little Mr. Mr. I wonder if this would make a difference!

    Reply
  16. This sounds Pawsitively wonderful! I like all the tips you provided – I’ve never heard of a tangle free towel, I have to look into that. Phoebe tends to get very tangled & matted. Good bonding activity!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv them

    Reply
    • Oh wow – tangle free, quick dry towels are the best! Typically you’ll find them for humans, so we just use them for our pups!

      Reply
  17. Kilo likes watching me having a spa day- I have an amazing bathroom. Sadly he does not love bath time, even in my shower or bathroom, and he has limited grooming needs. He has a monthly quick wash and then rubs off on everything. He tries to eat towels.

    Reply
    • Ha ha ha!! Kilo sounds like a hoot 🙂 Some pups are just like that – early in my life we had one dog that would jump into our bubbly tub, we had to be careful with her….she loved baths!

      Reply
    • It is such a fun thing to create!

      Reply
  18. We love indoor spa days and it looks like you do, too. I am learning at home grooming and having a blast with it – Dex is getting the works.

    Reply
    • It does take a little work for those of us with ‘hairy’ pups – but when we turn to creating fun then it can be a complete blast!! Good to hear that you and Sex are enjoying yourselves!

      Reply
  19. Um of course I want a spa day with my dogs! This is really important – my favorite thing to do is to take warm towels out of the dryer and to wrap each of the dogs up in a burrito style wrap.

    Reply
    • Pupuritto!! Our little girl likes that – the boys….they like to do a little freak out, run around like fools and then come back to the bathroom to snuggle in their spa-bed!

      Reply
    • The one we use is in the post (http://amzn.to/2eqaBzs) and the other one we like is the SnuggleSafe one (we use more minimal due to microwave) – Mr. N would love one!

      Reply
  20. What a lucky pooch you have! I wish I could get a spa day like this

    Reply
    • It’s liberating to turn something somewhat dreaded into a fun, enjoyable time!

      Reply
  21. Regular baths are quick so a spa day is definitely a fun thing to do with your dog. Done it with my Prince and he used to really enjoy it he somehwo knew the difference between a regular bath and a pampered one.

    Reply
  22. I’m wearing a facial hydrating mask as I read this post 😉 What a fabulous idea to combine humans & doggie grooming time and turning it into a Spa experience. I’ll give it a try very soon!
    Barbara Rivers recently posted…How I Taught My Dog The Rollover TrickMy Profile

    Reply

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This