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How to Spoil Your Dog
with the Ultimate Luxury Lifestyle
Every dog owner wants to give their furry friend the best life possible. While it doesn’t take a lot to keep a dog happy and healthy, treating our pups to a little luxury can be a lot of fun! After all, we enjoy many of life’s luxuries ourselves, whether it’s dining on fine cuisine, slumbering in soft beds or taking trips to the salon. Why not provide your dog with these same comforts? If you want to give your pet a lifestyle of luxury, keep reading!
Opt for Safe, Non-Toxic Toys
Toys are some of the first things we think about when spoiling our pups. But before you run out and grab an armful of playthings, you want to make sure what you purchase is safe. Ideally, opt for toys that aren’t too small, are well-made and can keep them occupied, or that are handmade. For example, crocheted toys that are all made from 100% organic cotton are good options, which is a guarantee your dog’s toy won’t have chemicals or additives. Other great choices include the beloved Kong or even puzzle toys where you can hide tasty (and safe!) treats.
Splurge on the Best Snacks
Anyone will agree that good snacks are hard to beat. Spoil your dog with the best treats you can find! Choose treats that are made with healthy ingredients like whole meats, grains, and vegetables, and try to stay away from treats that contain lower-quality ingredients such as meat by-products, sugar, artificial colors, and flavors. Chicken jerky is a great option because chicken is almost always the number one ingredient. Check out reviews on sites to find a brand of chicken jerky that meets your quality standards.
Make Your Own Dog Food
Try to follow these same guidelines when purchasing dog food for your pet. Healthy, clean ingredients are always best! But kibble isn’t your only option. If you enjoy cooking and have time to play around in the kitchen, consider making your own dog food from scratch. Preparing dog food from basic ingredients like lean meat and vegetables is a great way to keep your pet healthy while treating them to a whole new world of flavor. Just make sure you do your research first to ensure your homemade diet is balanced and complete.
Take a Trip to the Groomer
Everyone deserves a spa day every once in a while, including our pets! Taking regular trips to the groomer is an excellent way to maintain your dog’s hygiene, detect skin and health issues, check for fleas, reduce the risk of ear infections, reduce shedding, and keep them smelling nice. Your dog will look and feel great after a trip to the doggy spa. If you want to go the extra mile, treat your dog to a gentle massage when they get home!
Get an Orthopedic Bed
Compared to regular dog beds, orthopedic beds are designed specifically to support dogs’ joints, spine, and overall body. Daily Puppy explains that orthopedic beds are particularly beneficial for larger breeds and older dogs who can experience muscle and joint stiffness. These beds are typically made from thick, high-density foam or memory foam that relieves pressure points and keeps the spine aligned while the dog is resting or sleeping. Give your dog the ultimate gift of comfort by purchasing a bed at least one size bigger than the one recommended for your dog. Who doesn’t love stretching out on a great big bed?
Keep in mind that beds are also a good way to keep your dog off your furniture. A rambunctious dog can easily do damage to furniture, which can end up costing you a bit of money ($350 and $1,000 on average). So, by spending a little money on a good bed for your dog, you can ensure that you don’t have to shell out even more to repair destroyed furniture!
Hire a Dog Walker
Most dogs have to endure long hours left at home alone while their owners are at work. If you have the budget for it, consider hiring a dog walker to visit your home and give your dog some company while you’re away. Hiring a dog walker is a great way to ensure your dog gets the exercise and socialization they need to stay healthy and well-behaved. Plus, a mid-day walk will help your dog burn off all that pent-up energy before you get home, so you can enjoy some calm bonding time after work.
Everyone loves spoiling their dogs. Fortunately, it’s not hard to give your dog a luxurious life. From buying high-quality treats to hiring a dog walker to keep your pup company while you’re away, there are several things you can do to make your dog’s life more enjoyable—and make your life a little easier too!
Author a Yorkie Lover!