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Americans spend millions of dollars each year on their beloved pets at Christmas time. Years ago, the money people spent on their dogs was usually for necessities such as food, basic grooming, obedience training, inexpensive toys and treats. No longer considered "just pets" dogs are cherished, important, loved members of the family that provide joy, unconditional love, friendship and loyalty. In return, people shower their dogs with love, affection and necessities, often at Christmas time.
Gifts for dogs are no longer restricted to just the basics. There is an increasing market for gifts that are true luxuries such as canine spa treatments, fabulous designer clothing and furniture, jewelry, homemade and gourmet food and expensive toys. The total amount of money spent on dogs at Christmas for luxury and high-end products continues to grow annually. Today there are a huge number of dog services available such as dog spas, doggy daycare, fabulous grooming facilities, and personal dog trainers just to name a few. A day at a canine spa makes a wonderful Christmas gift for your pampered pooch or is a great gift to give family members or friends for their wonderful canine companions. Planning a gift of a day at the dog spa does take some planning and careful consideration based on your dog and their level of socialization and comfort in being in new places. For those dogs that enjoy getting out and about this is a terrific option.
Just like peoples lives, a dog's life can be stressful for those living in the noisy hustle and bustle of the city, especially around Christmas time. Many owners feel that their dogs deserve a place to relax, unwind, feel and look their best and receive celebrity treatment at Christmas and other times of the year. There are very modern and luxurious dog spas that offer dogs a pampered relaxing visit, luxury body treatments and wonderful clips and cuts to make them look fabulous. Although all dog spas pamper their pooches, each one offers something different from the next. Many exquisite, exclusive hotel chains with fabulous upscale furnishings, crystal chandeliers and fabulous modern decor now welcome dogs all year long including Christmas time. They spoil the dogs with designer dog beds, gourmet meals and wonderful spa treatments. Pet spas take dog grooming to a new level by offering body and massage treatments, nail care and color, haircuts, conditioning and even highlights. Some dog spas have overnight stays from one night to several weeks or more and offer private suites for the dogs, room service spa meals, television, dog sofas, and more. This is really the deluxe version of a boarding kennel and they are becoming more popular for all types of people and their dogs.
A very popular Christmas dog spa treatment is a canine therapeutic massage, which benefits dogs in many ways such as relieving aching, sore muscles along with strengthening them. Around Christmas time, many dogs become restless, noisy, hyperactive, tense or sometimes even aggressive because it is such a busy time of year with so much activity going on around them. A therapeutic massage at the dog spa will pamper your pooch and help quiet it down and relax. It can also help pets cope with arthritis, hip dysplasia and other ailments. Some spas offer canine swim rehabilitation therapy for dogs suffering from conditions such as orthopedic surgery, elbow and hip dysplasia, geriatrics and arthritis. For Christmas, book your pampered pooch a spa treatment that starts with a good brush out to remove any dead hair or skin, improve circulation and stimulate the natural oils in your pet's hair. A soapy massage stimulates the hair follicles and skin, while a hot oil treatment removes or helps prevent matting. All natural, organic bath products keep the dog's fur and skin in excellent shape. Many dog spas offer Christmas packages to pamper your wonderful companion that include a bath, massage, hand-scissor haircut, nails polish and more. Others offer Christmas dog spa packages that let you to choose the spa treatments you want for your pet.
Always be sure to ask about the products that the salon uses, especially if your dog has any skin problems, allergies or other health related concerns. The spa staff should be able to professionally offer suggestions about the products they would recommend as well as provide tips and ideas for you to help maintain the coat, skin and clip when you bring the dog home. Spas are, after all, looking for repeat customers that will continue to bring their dogs back year round. Good marketing and positive interactions between the people plus a relaxed, beautiful dog will all help in the best form of marketing available.
If you would like to give your dog a spa treatment for Christmas but cannot afford to take him out for a professional dog spa because it is either too time consuming or expensive, you may want to consider giving your canine companion a home spa treatment. This is a wonderful way to bond and spend time with your pet. Along with the regular items needed for a bath such as a brush, towels, and shampoo, make it a home spa treatment by having soft music playing in the background and spending time just with your dog, without distractions and interruptions.
Give your dog a relaxing, gentle massage by petting him and then softly massaging his sides and back. This is a pampering Christmas spa experience for your puppy so be sure to keep some treats he loves handy. Make a fuss of your pet and give him treats throughout the spa session. Lavender or vanilla scented conditioner made specifically for dogs will leave your pets fur looking wonderful and smelling even better. Make the Christmas home spa treatment for your dog a positive, rewarding, enjoyable experience. It is a great way to bond and spend quality time with each other. After a spa treatment that includes music, aromatherapy such as vanilla or lavender conditioner and a massage, most dogs are much calmer.
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