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DIY Dog Care: That Will Make Your Dog Beg For More

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Most of us would jump at the chance to get pampered at the spa. I go often because a day at the spa feels great. I started thinking I bet my dog would love a relaxing massage. He walks miles every day with me and I am sure his body aches just as much as mine.



I decided to have a monthly spa day for him in my home. It’s a great way to treat him like royalty and keep his muscles limber after those long walks. Let’s get started on this DIY dog care. 



Step 1:  Spa Day

Spa day should be an experience for your dog. Start him out with a nice vigorous walk. Keep him hydrated during his walk by stopping and giving him water and healthy treats. I  pack a few morsels of Purina® Pro Plan® Bright Mind as treats. Backed by 85+ years of Purina research, it has advanced nutritional value with enhanced botanical oils shown to promote alertness and mental sharpness in dogs 7+.


Step 2: Nail Trim

After returning from chasing the squirrels. Nothing feels better than a nail trim. Keeping the nails trimmed will help prevent any cracking that could happen when your dog is walking. To keep the nails lubricated I massage a little fish oil at the base of the nail with a soft touch. Nails tend to be a sensitive for most dogs. Adding Purina® Pro Plan®  to your pet’s diet has loads of omega-6 fatty acids which keeps his skin and nails healthy.


Step 3: Bath Time

The number one rule in a spa is a calm environment. Baths can be stressful at times for a dog. Using a dry bath method with cornstarch and baking soda helps absorb oil and is a great deodorizer. A wet bath is a proper way to clean a dog. This is just a more relaxed method. Use a wire brush to remove any loose hair or debris.


Step 4: Massage

Ahhh! Ruff! that’s the right spot. Massaging your dog lowers blood pressure and reduces stress for both the giver and the receiver. What better way to bond with your dog. Use a flat hand slowly massage on all parts of the dog’s body. Focus on areas you feel that your dog needs it.



I am grateful to PetSmart® for being a wonderful place for me and Luigi to bond. Bring your pet as often as possible to keep that friendship going. At your next visit get a $10 PetSmart gift card when you spend $40 on Purina Pro Plan. (Make purchases from 10/15/18 –11/24/18. Upload receipt by 12/1/18.) The Offer will be fulfilled within 8–10 weeks from the submission date.” Learn about details here!





  1. Maria I really like the idea of using a dry bath method. My dog hates bath time with a passion. I am definitely trying this in the winter months when the wet bath is not an option. And of course, we need to feed them well so they stay strong and healthy.

    1. Mary when you make the recipe for the dry bath, just mix 1/3 cup cornstarch and 1/3 cup baking soda and just sprinkle all over and rub in his skin for a few minutes and comb out.

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