Little Ways To
Treat Your Pup

Mani-pedis and tasty treats are a great way to pamper those special people in your life. You and your human friends might regularly treat yourself to the finer things, but what about your cute canine friend? Those little luxuries are available for your pooch, too. Here are a few ways to pamper your pet.

Woman having picnic with dog

1Homemade goodies

There's nothing better than home cooking, and the same goes for your dog. Homemade dog treats like bacon bites, cheese cookies and peanut butter biscuits are perfectly healthy for your pet in small quantities, as well as being super easy to make. Crafting your own dog treats isn't only a tasty and creative way to pamper your pet, but a great way to know what you're actually feeding them. Many dog treats have unnecessary additives, just like human food. Pick your favorite concoction from the thousands of recipes available online.

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2Massage time

Just like humans, dogs hold stress in their muscles. Of course they love to be pet, so why not take it one step further with a dog massage? It can increase circulation, promote flexibility and make stress disappear. While there are massage therapists that will work on dogs, try simply rubbing the muscles at home to see how your pooch likes it. If they groan, that's a good sign.

Check out the tutorial below for pet massage techniques.

3Shampoo between groomings

Your dog might not be ready for a haircut yet, but bathing them at home is a great way to make them feel like they just left the puppy salon. Remove excess oil from the fur and get them looking and smelling fresh, then watch as they prance around, showing off their shiny new coat.

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4Pedicure those paws

There are dog-specific salons in big cities, but if you don't live in an area with one, giving your pet pretty paws is easier than it seems. First, make sure your dog is responsive to having their paws handled. If so, give their nails a little trim, being careful not to hit a nerve. Paint their nails with a shade of nail polish that compliments their sassy personality.

5Dog day

Dogs love nothing more than spending the day outside. After all, it's in their nature. Pick a nice day to go to the park and have a picnic with your pooch. Pack some food for you and for them, then spend the day running and playing in the park. A few games of fetch or Frisbee are a great way to get your dog up and active, as well as fitting in a little exercise for yourself.

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Comments on "5 Ways to pamper your pooch"

Paige February 25, 2013 | 3:55 PM

My "Baby" Annabelle, is my pride, and joy. I couldn't live without her. She's a Wiener dog/ Chiuaua mix. ( Sorry if I didn't spell that right.) These 5 steps, really help me show my love for her, by pampering my little pooch. Even though she's not to fond of having her petite doggy paws handled. My second dog, Lucy, loves being pampered, she is a Yorkie, so the hair around her feet is long, because she's a growing show coat. But, I still manage to get her nails painted. I put little bows in her hair, and dress her up in little doggy shirts. (Annabelle weighs a bit too much, and is a bit to round for an outfit. :P) But, thanks for the tips!!

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