4 Ways In Which You Can Spoil Your Dog Rotten by Mark Eckenrode
You spoil your pooch as close to rotten as you can get, donít you? Hey, who doesnít? Itís almost impossible not to, with those adorable, big, beautiful eyes, little lashes, soft fur just behind earsÖ they almost beg to be spoiled. But what can you really do? There are all of those new doggie day spas, doggie day cares, and other doggie luxury services, but how often can you really afford things like that? I mean, most people rarely have enough cash in bank to get themselves a surprise manicure and pedicure, much less spring for their pups to get a quadripedicure. You give her a few scratches behind ears, rub her belly, and maybe give her a massage and splurge on some gourmet treats, but you have to pay rent and eat each month. Your budget just doesnít allow for constant spoiling of your dogÖ
1. Or does it?
You can make shampoos, fragrances, and skin conditioners doggie day spas use whenever you want for a lot less money than you think. Wouldnít your pup love to have an at-home spa treatment? Give these recipes a shot next time you want to pamper that pup:
2. Aromatic Dry Shampoo
250 ml (1 cup) cornmeal 250 ml (1 cup) baby/talcum powder 5 ml (1 tsp) rosemary 5 ml (1 tsp) lavender
Combine all of ingredients in a large, airtight container and let them sit overnight. This will allow rosemary and lavender to scent other two ingredients lightly. When ready, sprinkle generously over your dog and brush it into her fur by working your fingers against lay of her coat. Once itís worked in thoroughly, use your fingers or a hard rubber brush to massage her coat in direction of fur but working in circles. Brush until mixture is completely out of coat. Your baby will smell great, powder and cornmeal help absorb excess oil and dirt to clean her, and she wonít have had to go through trauma of having a full bath! How great is that?
3. Herbal Shampoo
470 ml (2 cups) purified water 10 ml (1 tbsp) rosemary 10 ml (1 tbsp) orange zest 30 ml (2 tbsp) chamomile 10 ml (1 tbsp) lavender oil 120 ml (1/2 cup) baby shampoo
Bring water to a boil, then remove from heat. Add all of herbs, cover dish, and allow it to steep overnight. Strain mixture and stir in oils, then gently add shampoo until well-mixed. This shampoo should be kept refrigerated for freshness when not in use, but use about 2 tablespoons every time you wash your dog for a sweet-smelling, great treat for both of you. Donít forget to give her a little massage while youíre rubbing it in!