Whether large and huggable or small and lovable, your furry canine companion proves the sentiment that dogs are man’s best friend. From enjoying grand vacations to ordinary walks in the park, your dog remains by your side and has truly become a beloved member of your family.
While you likely put a lot of effort into treating the humans in your life, it is important to put the same amount of effort into the relationship you have with your dog. This not only improves the bond you have but can help to keep your pet happy, healthy and active for years to come.
Consider these top seven simple ways to pamper your pup:
1. Roll in the Dirt
Although you and your pet may seem to enjoy many of the same activities, you should keep in mind that your dog is still an animal. Dogs enjoy exploring the great outdoors, and many cannot resist the temptation to roll around and dig in the dirt. While you do not need to join your dog in this activity, encouraging your canine to get in touch with his wild side and get a bit messy rolling around in the dirt can be fun to watch. As an added bonus, your furry pal will get plenty of exercise!
2. Have a “Spaw” Day
Nothing is as refreshing for a human as a relaxing day at the spa. Extend this sentiment to your dog by treating him to a “spaw” day. Get his nails trimmed, give him a thorough cleaning at an Evolution Dog Wash station, and give him a rejuvenating rub down.
3. Visit a Doggie Day Care
If you only have one dog at home, your pup may not have the opportunity to interact with other dogs. That’s why a doggie day care visit can feel like a special treat. Your pet will relish the chance to socialize with other dogs, and he will enjoy the special attention from the staff as well.
4. Plan an Adventure Day
Discovering new activities or locations is fun for both you and your canine. Whether you venture to a new dog park, a secluded hiking trail or even a dog-friendly brewery, know that the sights, sounds and smells will invigorate and stimulate your dog (and you) for days to come.
5. Buy Special Treats
Do you usually opt for the bacon-flavored treats? Switch the flavors, brands or textures of your dog’s treats every so often. Allowing him to try something new will be a special experience, and your canine may even develop a new favorite treat.
6. Give a Full Scratch Down
Nothing is greater to a furry friend than a thorough scratching. From the ears to belly, and all the way to the back, take your time and give your pup the gift of a full scratch down from his favorite human.
7. Make Room in Your Day for One-on-One Time
If your schedule is usually jam-packed with activities, make room in your day to spend some one-on-one alone time with your pet. Whether you go for a walk, play a game or simply lounge around the house together, your pet will love the attention he gets when it’s just the two of you.