Sure, I can load my little Yorkshire terrier, Misty, into the car and haul her to the groomers. It would be so much easier and faster than trying to do it myself. However, I’ve found that Misty is more comfortable at home and she loves the extra time and attention from me.
My doggy spa at home
Misty’s not a teacup sized Yorkie, so she goes in the tub for her bath. I get everything ready in advance so her dog spa day is special for both of us.
That readiness includes:
- Doggy music. To read the post “Music for Dogs” click here.
- Calming scents. I use lavender or chamomile in a diffuser.
- Homemade dog shampoo. For the recipe click here.
- Homemade dog rinse. For the recipe click here.
- Nail clippers
- Scissors to clip the hair away from her eyes, ears and back end. I use blunt end scissors that way there’s no risk of accidentally injuring Misty. (I don’t think I could live with the guilt.)
- Cotton balls to clean her ears. Learn how to clean dog ears by clicking here.
Misty enjoys a spa day about once a month. It’s a special time for both of us. I never hurry the process. After she is bathed, clipped and brushed I give her a massage. I always end her spa day with her favorite homemade treats. For the recipe click here.
If my pal was a 200 pound St Bernard, I don’t know how I would handle a dog spa day, but I would figure out something. The reason is that a spa day is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a special time with my dog.
In addition to her monthly dog spa day, I take Misty on walks every day even though some days those walks have to be cut short; I brush her every other day, and I spend time playing with her every day. I have a happy, well-adjusted dog and that is good for both of us.
Now go have fun and relax.