There is something incredibly pleasing and soothing about an hour of self-care with an at-home spa session. We feel relaxed and increase our confidence with a relaxing bath, a good scrub and facial to rejuvenate the skin and a manicure. It feels good to take our time with the process and to enhance the sensory experience. If it feels so good for us, why not indulge our pets with a similar approach the next time they are due a bath. We can provide a relaxing experience, offer the best products and give them a great message, hair cut, blow dry and pedicure.
Creating the Ideal Environment For a Dog Spa Session
A relaxing environment is important. Limit any noise and distraction and focus on sounds and smells that the dog will enjoy. Try and make sure that bath time and grooming time occur in the same spots, with a comfortable bathing tub, well-loved pillow and other familiar factors.
A massage is relaxing and beneficial during this spa session
A massage is a great way to start the process as it helps to relax the dog, especially those that may have some anxiety about baths and grooming tools. They can make a new positive association between bath time and the pleasure they receive. This massage is also beneficial for health. It can promote circulation, stimulate the release of oils into the coat and aid any aching muscles. The movement of your hands could be enough, but some dog-friendly skin creams help too. This massage can continue during the washing process, as you massage shampoos into the coat.
A good cut and blow dry will get the coat looking at its best
This is a great time to get the clippers out and give the coat a trim. If the dog is having the full spa treatment, then this is a great addition to the list. Choose a suitable clipper and comb for your breed’s coat type and carefully bring it back to its ideal length. This might also be a good time to handle any dead hair and deal with the shedding process. Grooming mitts and rakes can remove large amounts of hair, especially in shedding sessions. Rinse off any remaining hair during the dog’s bath, then give them a good blow dry treatment with a dog dryer – not a hair dryer.
The best products always make us feel pampered, so offer the same to your pet
The products we use can make a big difference. Sometimes the scent will add to the relaxing experience. Sometimes it is the feel of the product and sense of quality. Here it helps to choose the very best dog-friendly products with natural ingredients. Look for natural moisturizers, cleaning agents and other nutrients. Avoid any chemicals and parabens.
A Doggy Pedicure is a Great Way to End the Process
Finally, there is no reason why our beloved dogs can’t enjoy a pedicure too. This doesn’t mean spending half an hour with layers of nail polish – although there are some dog owners with designer toy dogs that would surely give this a try. Instead, you simply need to clip the nails to the right length and file off any rough edges. A nail grinder gives a great finish if your dog can handle the noise and vibration.