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How to Give Your Dog the Ultimate Life of Luxury
Who doesn’t love a good massage, a top-notch meal, and a pillowy bed to fall into at the end of the day? Just like us humans, dogs always welcome a little luxury. Pampered pups enjoy long, happy lives thanks to the additional attention that is given to their physical and mental health. If you love spoiling your furry friend and you have the budget for it, why not go all out?
Check out the following tips for fun ways to spoil your dog, courtesy of Whiskers to Tails Petsitting.
Find a Luxurious Bed
According to the American Kennel Club, dogs spend about 50 percent of their day sleeping and another 30 percent awake but still lounging around. A good dog bed will keep your dog warm, give them space to stretch out, and support their joints—which is especially important as they get older.
Spoil your dog with a luxurious bed to help them relax in peace and get sound sleep during the night. Keep the size of your dog in mind as you search for a dog bed. A large dog might benefit from an orthopedic or memory foam bed to cushion their weight, while a small dog might need a self-warming bed to provide additional warmth in the winter months. In the summer, you may even want to get a second bed to keep outside for those summery afternoon naps.
Another option to consider (that can be used indoors or out!) is an elevated bed. This style has gained popularity over the last few years because they’re great for regulating your dog’s body temperature. When it’s chilly, they keep your pooch off the cold floor (often the case with tile flooring in the winter) or ground outside. When it’s hot, they allow cool air to flow underneath, keeping your pet from overheating. Plus, large dogs—especially those with joint issues—may find them easier to get in and out of, since they don’t have to lower themselves down as far when getting on and don’t have to raise themselves all the way up when getting off.
Cook for Your Dog
Dogs, just like humans, need all kinds of essential vitamins and minerals to function at their best. This is why it’s important to buy high-quality dog food. DVM 360 recommends learning how to read dog food labels so you can look for key nutritional sources that your pet needs every day.
If you have the time, why not supplement your dog’s dry food diet with some home-cooked meals? This is an excellent opportunity to spoil your dog a little more, adding some mouth-watering variety and additional nutrition to their regular diet. AllRecipes has several great recipes for healthy homemade dog food to help you start cooking five-star meals for your furry friend, or you can order up healthy meal deliveries for your pampered pooch!
Splurge on a Spa Day
If you really want to give your dog a taste of the high life, treat them to a spa day. One spa treatment that your dog is sure to love is a massage—who wouldn’t? Dog massages relieve anxiety, ease pain, improve circulation, and can help dogs heal from an injury or surgery. Your dog will also benefit from a professional grooming at the spa. Bathing will help your dog maintain a healthy coat, trimming around the face and ears will prevent infections, and nail clipping will promote optimal foot health. Plus, the groomer will check for bumps, wounds, infections, or skin conditions that may need treatment.
Buy Some Interactive Toys
We all love buying things for our dogs. Go the extra mile and get your dog some interactive toys to prevent boredom and enrich their mental health. Puzzle toys will encourage your dog to problem-solve, which makes them much more engaging than your typical squeaking animal. Consider getting a few and swapping them out every once in a while to keep your dog guessing.
Another idea is to keep some indoor games in your back pocket for rainy days. Both you and Fido will enjoy a little romp together, blowing off steam and making memories! And for times when you’re busy, you can stream shows just for your four-legged family member.
Doggy television can be a real plus for busy times, but keep in mind you might experience latency if your whole household depends on WiFi. Thankfully, you can get 5G wireless these days, so the whole family can surf at the same time, whether it’s Fido’s entertainment, the kids’ school lessons or your work. You might even decide to hook your pooch up with some more tech tools, like a smartfeeder or ball game.
Go for an Outing
For most dogs, there’s nothing more exciting than going on an adventure with their favorite human. Take your pup on outings to make Fido feel like a star, and don’t be afraid to get creative—your pet will love mixing it up! Try some of these ideas:
- Take a “sniff walk” where your dog’s nose leads the way. This can be especially exciting for tracking dogs like bloodhounds, German shepherds, and beagles.
- Find a hiking trail at a local park that you can explore together. Just make sure it won’t be too tough for your pet to trek.
- Take a car ride to your favorite dog-friendly pet store and let your furry friend pick out a new toy.
- If you’re too busy to go exploring with your pet, ask your favorite dog walker to take them for a walk.
If you believe that it’s impossible to spoil a dog too much, you’re not alone. Pet owners are always looking for opportunities to pamper their beloved furry friends. It feels good to treat our dogs to tasty snacks, soft bedding, and fun outings. After all, they deserve it for showering us with all that love!
For more information, tips and ideas to keep you and your furry friends healthy and happy, connect with Whiskers to Tails Petsitting!