No matter how strained our schedules are, we always manage to find the time to treat ourselves and the people closest to us. You and the humans who are close to you may have it pretty sweet, but what about your dog? It may not be immediately obvious, but it’s tough being a family pet! Here are a few ways to pamper your pooch.
You’ve probably had some absolutely divine food at restaurants before, but nothing really beats home cooking does it? The same principle applies for your dog. The thought of making your own dog food may not have occurred to you before, but it’s much easier than a lot of people think. Homemade treats like cheese cookies, bacon bites, and peanut butter biscuits are perfectly healthy in moderation, and your dog will go crazy for them! You’ll also be able to have a little more control over what your pet is eating, as a lot of store-bought dog treats contain harmful additives. Look up some recipes, and get cooking!
Just like humans and countless other animals, your dog undergoes stress, which can lead to muscle tension. Like any dog, yours loves being petted, and you can take this a step further by giving them a nice, stress-relieving massage. Do it right, and you’ll promote flexibility, improve your pet’s blood circulation, and make their stress melt away. There are massage therapists out there who specialise in dogs, but if you fork out on one of these you may be liable to feel like you’re being ripped off! Look up a demonstration, and give it a try yourself. If they groan, then you’re doing it right!
Buy them Something
Again, just like humans, dogs can be a little materialistic at times! I’m sure your pet had a favourite toy they’d rarely let anyone touch when it was a puppy. If it’s been a while, why not take your dog to the pet store and pick them up something that they seem to like? Squeeze a few chew toys in front of them, and see if you get a good reaction from any of them. Alternatively, you could splash out on a new kennel, or even a memory foam dog lounger. Buying your pet things can be a little hit and miss, but it’s still an idea!
Unless your dog is in its old age and only wants to sleep, then there’s probably nothing it likes better than being outside. After all, it’s in their nature! With all the tech we have access to at home, you could probably do with a dose of the great outdoors too, so why not set a date where you spend as much time outside as you can? Take them out to some park you’ve never been to before, or look up some nearby nature reserves where they can sample all the sticks they could want. Your dog may come back absolutely filthy, but they’ll also be overjoyed!