There’s no denying our dogs do so much for us, from giving us unconditional love to helping reduce our stress levels. Plus, they make a pretty incredible companion for cuddles or play times! So, who can blame us for wanting to discover fun ways to treat our dog like the prince or princess they are? From buying our beloved pooch a new lead and collar, pet bowls and other pet accessories, to giving them a paparazzi-worthy lifestyle, treating our dogs doesn’t have to cost an arm and a paw. Keep reading for some easy and affordable ways to treat your dog!
Fit for royalty: DIY doggy day spa
Doggy salons are a great way to treat your pooch, but they can get expensive, especially if you want to give them the full treatment! The solution? Create a DIY doggie day spa at home and give them some TLC without breaking the budget. There are plenty of amazing dog shampoos and bath products on the market that will leave them smelling divine. However, you can easily make a good-quality doggy shampoo at home with ingredients you might already have in the cupboard! All you’ll need is non-toxic dish soap or baby shampoo and water, with some added white or apple-cider vinegar to fight fleas. Add one part of shampoo and vinegar to two parts of water in a spray bottle, and you’re good to go! Of course, it wouldn’t be a doggy day spa without clipping your dog’s nails, giving them a blow dry and brush, and even adding on a nice relaxing massage. Gently massaging your dog’s ears and paws is not only a treat for them, but you’ll even find it relaxing yourself!
Create an elegant dining experience for your furry friend
It wouldn’t be the royal treatment without an elegant dining experience! There are tons of dog friendly cafés around, but you can also create a fine-dining experience for your furry friends at home! The first step is selecting dishes fit for our dogs. This is the perfect time to whip out a lick mat or elevated bowl, giving them some variety at meal time. Next up is the food. You can try your hand at making a customised menu and homemade dog treats. Making your own dog food helps you learn the essential dietary needs of our dogs, including how much protein, fats and other nutrients they should be having. Plus, it’s a sure way to have their tails wagging come mealtime. Homemade dog treats are also encouraged! A mix of peanut butter and yoghurt popped in the freezer can make delicious pupsicles. You can also make tasty dog-friendly biscuits by mixing peanut butter, oats, a banana, an egg and a dash of flour and baking it in the oven for 20-minutes.
Fur-ever fashion: How to dress your dog like royalty
What member of royalty doesn’t love to dress the part? And your very own prince or princess is no different. A personalised dog collar is a great place to start dressing your dog to impress. In the winter, a stylish dog jacket can help keep your pooch warm and make them look adorable. Think about how cute your pup will look cuddled up in a new wool jacket or fur-lined dog hoodie! You can also DIY a dog bandana for your pooch! Simply cut a square of fabric and hem the edges (or even leave them raw for that rustic look). Then, fold the bandana in half from point to point to make a triangle, with the pattern facing outwards. Simply tie the bandana around your pooch’s neck, leaving enough space to fit a finger, but not enough for a paw to get stuck. Talk about adorable!
Create a palace for your pooch
Every prince and princess needs a castle with ‘help’. While creating a cosy, safe environment for your dog is a clear requirement for being a pet owner, keeping it clean can be a chore. Thankfully, technology has come to the rescue with the innovation of robovacs! Robotic vacuums are typically 30 cm in diameter and have a wall caddy you plug into a socket. You can program your robovac to tour your home hoovering up pet hair, dust and pesky dog biscuit crumbs. You can even find robovacs with mops to polish your floors to perfection.
Plan a royally fun day out with your dog
You simply must take your doggy prince or princess out to meet their subjects! There are so many fun activities you can do with your pet, from visiting the dog park to meeting other four-pawed royalty, a trip to a dog-friendly beach or a hike, lunch at a dog-friendly café or even a weekend away on a dog-friendly vacation! With more and more people owning dogs, more places are opening to our furry friends. It’s a great excuse to get out and see more of our neighbourhood and take more adventures. We love our pets so dearly, so the more ways we can show we care and return the love, the better.