You and your pup can get pampered together right at home. These DIY treatments bring the luxe, calming vibe of a spa to your own bathroom.
Set the Stage
Turn on soothing music, like iCalm’s pet-specific calming tunes. Add a couple drops of lavender oil to a diffuser, and switch from overhead lighting to lamps. Light flameless candles, and pour you and your pup a big glass (well, bowl…) of cucumber-infused water. You’re ready to get pampered!
A Hair Affair
Work a pea-sized dollop of pure, organic coconut oil between your palms to warm and melt the hair treatment. Massage the oil into your dog’s shoulders and down to her bum. The massage loosens tight muscles—great for aging pups—and the oil softens the fur. Cleanse your hands, then work a small dollop into your own hair. Pay extra attention to your scalp to get the biggest benefits from the oil’s properties. Allow the oil to condition for 10 to 15 minutes, then wash and dry (fur and hair) as usual.
Mani/Pedi for Two
Trim or file your dog’s nails and snip any errant between-the-toes fur. Give your own nails a quick touch-up, then apply pet-safe, non-toxic nail polish to your dog’s toes. To keep her busy while you apply, let her nibble on a few pieces of cucumber from her water dish—healthy and distracting! As her nails dry, coat your own in either a complementary hue of human polish, or match yours by using her perfectly-safe polish on your own nails.
Voilà! Pampered, relaxed, and pretty! Top it off with a night snuggled on the couch watching your favorite movie, and you’ll both be completely rejuvenated!
Maggie Marton is a freelance writer based in Indianapolis. When not hiking with her two pit mixes, Emmett and Cooper, or playing with Newt the Cat, Maggie writes about them (and the pet industry) at ohmydogblog.com and maggiemarton.com.
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