Spa DogsPublished October 24, 2017
Spa’s are big business: hotels, private chains, traveling spas… people love to get pampered, massaged, and destress. But dogs, not all dogs love what would equate to a day at the spa. I can only speak for myself when I tell you that grooming my dog Canoli, was a chore best served by someone else.
When he was a puppy, I started to bathe him myself. He had a weekly bath in my tub, and then he ran around my apartment for about thirty minutes until he was dry and fluffy. He hated this day of the week, and as I bathed him every Saturday morning, he started to know when it was Saturday and he would literally hide under my bed. I would have to crawl under and push him physically out the other side, then run after him as he would be try to flee my evil ‘mommy’s going to bathe me’ clutches.
Getting him in the tub— and keeping him in the tub until he was clean—resulted in me having to do a massive deep clean of my bathroom after we were done. Finally, I decided to gut-up and find the cash to pay someone else to bath and clip him. Well, what can I say… We went through MANY groomers as a result. Canoli would cry, and refuse ‘treatment’ at even many of the finer doggie spa establishments. He even would nip and at times bit the odd groomer. It was an ordeal for both of us. I started to compile a list of his ‘spa do’s and spa don’ts’ to try and ensure what I hoped would be a successful spa bathing and grooming experience, for us both!
Finally, in the last five years of his life, Canoli met a groomer named Jen, whom he actually loved. She had a way to talking to him, and she didn’t frighten him. He was actually completely calm when he was around her and I was very grateful, as not only did I no longer have to fear possibly being sued from a groomer being bit, but he never looked better. He came out of that doggie spa smiling, happy, fluffy and smelling great.
So, not all dogs are Spa dogs, and I am not sure if yours is or is not. But just like dating, finding the right fit in a partner in life isn’t always an easy thing to do. So if you love your dog, take time to find the right groomer, the right vet, the right doggie-sitter, as if they are happy and comfortable, so too she yee be!
Woof ! Until next week dog lovers! Don’t forget to get your copy of Where the Dogs Go!
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